An ear candle is a thin, long, cone shaped hollow tube made of various materials. I have heard of indigenous cultures using birch bark and beeswax. Some people use a variety of fabrics with paraffin or soy wax. I prefer to use organic, unbleached cotton soaked in pure beeswax.
One end of the candle is placed into the ear and the other end is lit, which creates a gentle suction. The warmth of the flame can loosen earwax, excess mucus, and flakes of dead skin or debris that may be in the ear canal. The vacuum effect slowly pulls everything that's ready to be released into the base of the candle.
My research has uncovered several possible sources and dates of origin for this ancient practice of ear candling. No one is really sure when or where it all started and there is even some controversy as to the efficacy of the treatment. I can say that without a doubt, I feel a difference after having had my ears candled, as have all of my family members who've tried it and my clients.
What can you expect during an ear candling session?
It's quite a relaxing experience. There may be a sensation of warmth or heat as the candle burns down. There is generally a slight pulling sensation as the vacuum effect gently pulls out excess ear wax, mucus buildup, dirt and debris from the ear canal. One may hear some sizzling sounds from time to time. Overall, my clients report that it's very soothing and some say they almost fell asleep.
Once the first ear is complete and the body position changes to a vertical one, it's common to hear that there is a noticeable difference between the right and the left ear. Many people report feeling clearer, lighter, more open. Some say the ringing sensation in their ear has stopped. Others don't feel much difference at all. Almost every time there is visible matter accumulated in the ear candles, and I always cut it open for the client to observe what was pulled out from their ears. I find it interesting to compare each side.