Published on November 16, 2012 by Amy
Historically, the Native American Indians used ear candling. Glazed clay or stone pottery cones were used with a double helix carved inside to create a spiral energy flow carrying herbs and smoke into the ear canal (the ear canal itself is a spiral). This then creates a counter clockwise spiral energy by which the vacuum action of the candle is created and draws the excess wax up and out of the ear.
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Candles used in North America are made of strips of unbleached 100% cotton or linen dipped into a mixture of paraffin, and/or beeswax and herbs. The strips are rolled spirally and left to harden. When candling, the candle is gently placed in the outer ear canal. The candle can only be inserted into the outer canal a couple of centimeters due to width of the canal and the width of candle. There is minute chance of the candle contacting the tympanic membrane (eardrum) due to the dimensions of the both the ear canal and candle. The opposite end is lighted and burns to create smoke containing spiral energy into the ear.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The smoke and warmth of the candle goes into the ear and softens the earwax, which is osmotically drawn through the tympanic membrane (eardrum). This process is very soothing, relaxing and non-invasive. At no point does the tip of the candle or the ear become hot to the touch. The candles are not burned below 4 inches from the ear.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AND AFTER THE CANDLING
During the ear candling process you will feel a candle being lightly inserted into the ear and after it is lit you may feel a warm sensation in the ear. You should hear some crackling sounds coming from the candle as it burns down. Just relax and enjoy the soothing process being done.
If you have a hearing loss or a candida infection in your ears, you may feel a little heat toward the end of the candle that may be quite soothing to you. If at any time you feel frightened or uncomfortable in any way, the candling process will end and continue when you feel it is appropriate. You could find that your hearing is much more acute and has improved if a blockage of wax has been removed. Your ear could feel airy and opened to sounds, tones and an overall since of freshness.
After being candled you may feel a sense of warmth or itching in the ear. The candler can relieve this by putting some ear oil in the ear or a special ear cream applied to the outer part of the ear. The ear oil contains garlic, eucalyptus, tea tree, olive and mullein oils.
You may find your sinuses are draining or the drainage has increased afterward, which may relieve pressure and help clean out any materials in your sinus area.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD THIS PROCESS BE DONE?
The ear candling process is used for healing and removal of unwanted materials from the ears. We suggest two to three candling sessions, two to seven days apart using two to four candles per ear per session. This allows the slow candling process to complete a cycle of clearing accumulated debris and wax. The ear replenishes its normal protective wax within 24 hours. Once finished with that cycle, more candling can be done with the change of seasons or when needed.
Ear candling can start a process of cleansing the ear system back to normal. Increased pressure in the ears as well as itchiness may indicate the need for ear candling. After a candling, there may be a slight improvement in sight, color perception and balance. This could be due to the subtle changes in their energy flow. A strong movement in the ear and sinus system has also begun.
The nerve contains nerve endings and acupuncture points to every other area of the body, mind and emotions. Ear candling acts as a catalyst to clear out debris and wax accumulated on nerve endings. This allows for clear vibrational flow to the corresponding area of the body, mind and spirit.