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Ear Candles

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What is Ear Candles?

Also known as Thermo Auricular Therapy, Ear Candling is an excellent and non-invasive treatment suitable for problems and conditions related to the ear, nose and throat areas.

Conditions Ear Candles May Be Useful for are:

Sore throats, Hay Fever, Headaches, Migraine, Sinusitis, Catarrh, Anxiety

and Stress, Stimulates Lymphatic System, ^Tinnitus, *Ear Wax, Glue Ear

*The candles do not actually suck ear wax out of the ear and the residue left in the candle is a combination of the beeswax and cotton and NOT ear wax – your practitioner should be able to supply more details in this regard.


^Please contact me to discuss Ear Candle Treatment for Tinnitus


Ear Candling should not be used as an alternative to seeking medical advice - Always consult your Medical Practitioner/GP - see below for instances where Ear Candles are not suitable as a treatment option.


How Do Ear Candles Work?

Ear Candle treatment uses long, hollow ‘candles’ which are made of organic cotton and a selection of natural ingredients such as honey extracts, crushed herbs and beeswax.

The candle is gently placed about a quarter-inch into the ear and lit, allowing the flame to pass down the candle’s hollow centre. The warm air comes into contact with colder air, creating a vacuum effect. 

Ear Candling encourages deep relaxation, which is enhanced by the infusion of herbs and essential oils.

What Happens During A Session?

When carried out professionally, an ear candling session can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for the client. At the start of the session, you will have a consultation, where your therapist will discuss your medical history and current symptoms to help assess if ear candling is the right treatment for you.

You will then be placed in a comfortable position on your side before the therapist gently places a specialised candle in your ear. This will be lit and held in place while it burns for around 10 minutes.

What will I hear and will it hurt?

No ear candles doesn’t hurt it is s a relaxing treatment. You are likely to hear a crackling sound as the candle burns and feel a warm, gentle massaging sensation in the ear. When the candle has burned completely, it will be removed from your ear and extinguished. This process is then repeated on the other ear.

Many report an immediate relief of pressure after the treatment.

How long will it take?

A session will last for approximately one hour, and an hour and 15-minutes if you've opted for a candle treatment with a Facial or Foot Reflexology session.

How Often Can I Have It Done?


Over the 2 days following treatment you might find more wax being removed from the ear as the herbs and essential oils will continue to work. You should use no more than 2 ear candles per ear, per treatment, and a course of 5-7 treatments is recommended for best results.


Always allow at least 2-3 days between each treatment.




The experience should be relaxing and may make you feel sleepy. If this is the case then don’t fight it – just rest. It may be a good idea to complete the treatment before going to bed as this way you can appreciate a good night’s sleep.


Try to drink plenty of water following the treatment.


If going out then cover your ears if it is particularly cold or windy.


Avoid water entering the ear for 24 hours following the procedure e.g. swimming underwater.

Is Ear Candling Safe?


While it is considered a natural approach with no side-effects, ear candling does carry risks. Having a lit candle inserted into the ear requires expert handling and supervision to avoid potential problems such as a punctured eardrum or burns to the face, hair, scalp or ear.


It is also advised that the treatment is not carried out after any form of ear surgery and if you have any of the following:

Cysts in the Ears

High Blood Pressure

Ongoing Ear or Sinus Infections

Cochlear Implants

Allergies to Products in the Candle

Inflammation of the Ears

Perforated Eardrums

Grommets or Tubes in the Ears

Acute Otosclerosis

(an abnormal bone growth in the middle ear)


(an infection of the mastoid bone behind the ear)

Difficulty Breathing around Small Amounts of Smoke


Generally, ear candling is a safe and relaxing experience – as long as the treatment is not used excessively or carried out incorrectly. This is why it is important to seek out a qualified practitioner who is able to carry out ear candle treatment professionally.

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