Hopi Ear Candles

What Hopi Ear Candles are

It is known that ear candling was practised by many ancient civilisations including Aztecs, Greeks, Romans and Aborigines. Historical pictorial records clearly show the use of ear candles in cultures across the globe. In America some members of the native Hopi Indians kept the ear candling tradition alive. The Hopi Indians are renowned from their extensive knowledge of healing and their spiritual lifestyle. The translation of the word ‘Hopi’ means ‘peaceful ones’. The Hopi Indians used rolled waxed leaves infused with herbs as part of their spiritual ceremonies and today ear candles have evolved from the use of fire, heat smoke and herbs, which all hold healing qualities. The ear candles used today are thin, hollow linen tubes approximately 7 inches long. They are soaked in bees wax, honey and sage. In the base there is a small plastic ring where the debris from the ear will fall.

How Hopi Ear Candles Work

The candles work on the principle that if energy is circulating properly around the body then the individual will be fully healthy and well. Therefore, one of the functions of the ear candles is to re-stimulate the energy around the head and ears. When the candles are lit at the top, the rising air column inside the candle begins to heat up. As the candle burns down it continues to heat up to the top of the rising air column. This creates mild vibrations and suction at the base of the candle, which helps to loosen compacted ear wax. As the ear, nose, sinuses and throat are interconnected, this helps to regulate and balance the pressure in the ears as well as the whole of the upper respiratory system.

What are the Benefits?

• Alleviates earache by reducing inflammation of the ear canal
• Prevent the onset on colds by clearing congestion in the ear and throat
• Removes and prevents excessive ear wax
• Eases and prevents glue ear in children
• Reduces symptoms of hay fever
• Alleviates headaches and migraines
• Improves hearing by softening and loosening ear wax
• Reduces the symptoms of meniere’s disease and vertigo
• Improves sinus problems by unblocking sinus passages
• Helps problems with snoring by easing congestion of the upper respiratory airways
• Eases a sore throat
• Improves symptoms of tinnitus
• Relaxes and sooths
• Reduces stress and anxiety
• Energises and stimulates

Total Contraindications to Hopi Ear Candle Treatment

The following conditions cannot be treated with Hopi ear candle treatment:
• Perforated ear drum
• Ear Grommets
• Severe eczema or dermatitis in the outer ear
• Cochlear implant
• Current or recent infection to the outer ear, eg boils
• Under the influence on alcohol or drugs

Medical Cautions to Hopi Ear Candle Treatment

The following conditions can only be treated with Hopi ear candle treatment once they have been approved prior to a treatment in writing by your GP:
• Pregnancy
• Recent head or neck injury
• High blood pressure
• Receiving medical treatment or have a condition that might be affected by treatment, such as HIV infection, MS, epilepsy or cancer

What a Hopi Ear Candle Treatment Includes

For the Hopi ear candle treatment, the client begins by laying down on one side the couch, using cushions for comfort. The holistic therapist will check for the fit of the unlit candle in the client’s exposed ear before lighting the candle. When the candle is lit, the filtered end of the candle is placed gently just inside the ear. It is important to note that the candle is not pushed into the ear and the therapist will always check that the client is comfortable. Clients will be able to hear a distant ‘hissing’ noise from the candle, which can be very relaxing and comforting. The candles are specially designed so that no ash will fall or direct heat will be felt by the client. The therapist will hold the candle in a piece of tissue to further protect the client. The candle will take 8-15 minutes to burn down to the safety mark above the filter before the therapist removes the candle and extinguishes it in water. The client will turn over and this will be repeated on the other ear. The therapist will then ask the client to turn on to their back to perform a gentle drainage massage to the face, scalp and shoulders. As well as the physical benefits to the ear and respiratory system, this treatment helps to re-balance and restore energy to the client, leaving them feeling relaxed and revitalised.


Full Hopi Ear Candle Treatment (45 minutes)