Ear Candling with Facial Massage

History

Many countries such as Mexico, India, Ancient Greece and Japan all have traditions of blowing smoke into peoples ears for healing purposes. The earliest recorded use is by the Hopi Indians in South Western America, hence the common name 'Hopi Ear Candles'.
Ear candles are now used by GPs in Germany and America for ENT problems, as an alternative to antibiotics, ear syringing and grommets. In the 1980s the German company Biosun took the original recipe, which they tested and modified, and are now the largest selling brand of ear candles on the market. It is Biosun who are largely responsible for introducing ear candling to the West.

How the candles work

This treatment will take approximately 45 minutes. As the hollow candles burn, the air column inside heats and rises. The various ingredients vaporize and make some of the air heavier, which creates a chimney effect. The ingredients burn more or less efficiently according to the state of congestion of the ear canal. The burning efficiency will in turn determine the amount of wax and powder left in the candle at the end of the treatment. The subtle movement and warmth gently massage the ear drum. This creates a change in pressure throughout the whole sinus system of the face which can assist in drainage and decongestion. Ear wax is thus softened and loosened by the action of the candles and may work its way out of the ear in the 48 hours or so following the treatment.
A gentle facial massage is then given after the ear candling to assist in lymph drainage and relaxation.

Actions of the candle

● Softens ear wax (warming effect on the ear drum)
● Gentle massage to the ear drum
● Astringent – helps to dry cavities in the face
● Anti-inflammatory
● Increasing blood flow to the ears
● Relaxing and soothing

The Candles Ingredients and Properties

The candles are made from cotton or linen and impregnated with:
Beeswax – known for it's healing properties. Also antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and good for hay fever.
Sage – Anti-inflammatory, astringent, good for inflammation of the outer ear canal and promotes healing of broken or inflamed skin.
St Johns Wort – Anti-inflammatory, astringent, gently relaxing and has a restorative effect on the nervous system.
Roman Chamomile – Anti-inflammatory, astringent and calming.
Vitamin A (betacarotene) – Boosts the immune system, flights infections and good for the skin.
Honey Extracts – Healing properties and good for allergic rhinitis.

Conditions that may benefit from Ear Candling

Excessive ear wax – the candles may help to loosen the wax which will work its way out after the treatment.
Snoring – candles help to drain nasal passages, so the client may be able to breathe more easily with the mouth closed.
Glue Ear – Warmth from the candle may improve the action of the Eustachian tube and the herbs in the candle help to flight infection.
Headaches – the candling and the facial massage are both relaxing and will help to improve circulation. The candles can also help headaches that are cased by congested sinuses.
Sinusitis and Allergic Rhinitis – the pressure change caused by the warmth of the candles can help to drain the facial sinuses.
Labyrinthitis– this is caused by inflammation of the inner ear. The herbs in the candles may help to fight infection and reduce inflammation.
Before flying – the candles can be used a few days before flying to prevent painful pressure in the ears.
Swimmers ear (otitis externa) – The candles are astringent which may reduce secretions and the herbal vapors can dry excess water and soothe the ears.
Tinnitus – the warmth of the candles improves circulation which may help to reduce the noise. The relaxation element may also reduce stress levels.
Vertigo – The candles may help by improving the action of the inner ear.

Contraindications

Ear candling may not be suitable for people with the following:
● Perforated ear drum (within 3 months of healing)
● Grommets (the treatment could loosen them)
● Allergy to any of the ingredientce in the candles
● Taking antibiotics (they are an astringent as are the candles so together they may be too drying)
● Psoriasis or eczema in the ear (sore or open wounds)
● Recent deep dental work (within 2 weeks)
● Cochlear implant
● Mastoid surgery
● Sore ear or jaw
● Ear infection
● Fever

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