Hopi Ear Candling

Thermo-auricular therapy or Hopi Ear candling has been around for many years  being depicted in wall murals by the Tibetan, Egyptian and ancient Greeks; as well  as being used by Native American Indian Shamanic Healers. It was often used as part of spiritual rituals to cleanse the soul and heal the spirit; as well as to clear the ears of ticks and mites.

The candles are made of organic linen coated in beeswax (it can also contain essential oils or herbs), the material is rolled into a hollow tube and has a filter at the end to prevent anything from entering or damaging the ear canal.


When the candle is placed in the ear canal and lit; it acts as a chimney producing a light suction action which helps stimulate the ear, nose and throat area. Then as the flame moves this vibrates the air gently massaging the eardrum; this helps to calm the inner membranes creating an equilibrium. The heat from the treatment stimulates the blood flow to the head and neck area to increase which helps with the lymphatic circulation too.  


This treatment is suitable for all ages.#​


Benefits of Hopi Ear candling

  • Relaxation, calms the mind

  • Sinus congestion, Colds & flu, sore throat

  • Compacted / excessive earwax

  • Tinnitus

  • Glue ear & repeated earaches

  • Lymphatic congestion

  • Vertigo, Meniere’s disease & balance/equilibrium problems

  • Snoring

  • Pain or pressure from flying, swimming, diving etc.

  • Rhinitis and allergy difficulties

  • Blocked eustachian tubes


What to expect:

The entire treatment including consultation, candling, massage, and aftercare should take up to an hour.

Prior to treatment it is best to remove any ear jewellery and tie up long hair away from the ear area. We also ask that you do not use any hair spray or flammable products on your hair within 6 hours of treatment. You will be checked for any reasons you may not be allowed to have the therapy.

You will be asked to lie on your side with your  ‘best ear’ up first. Once comfortable, the ear candle will be inserted into the ear to check for the fit and to allow the practitioner to make any adjustments. You may feel some slight pulling on the ear lobe, but this will not hurt.

 Once ready, the top of the ear candle will be lit, and the candle will be held into place throughout by the practitioner until it is ready to be removed and extinguished.


 While the candle is burning you may hear crackling or fizzing or feel the heat of the flame, we recommend you close your eyes, concentrating on your breathing and the treatment will be deeply relaxing.

Once the candle has been safely removed and extinguished, you will be asked to turn over to the other side and the treatment will be repeated.

After both ears have been candled, you will be asked to lie on your back so the practitioner can perform a gentle massage around the ear neck and face to aid the lymphatic drainage.

Following treatment, you may feel light-headed due to the ears being rebalance, its important to slowly sit up and totally steady yourself before attempting to stand or walk. Once ready, the practitioner will open the remaining candle to show you the remaining contents. Depending on their amount will depend on how often to repeat the treatment.

What the remains mean?

  • Powder / resin present indicates there is deep blockage.

  • Powder / wax present indicates a minor blockage

  • Lots of dark wax indicates wax build up in the ear has been there a while

  • Lots of light wax indicates wax build up is fresh

  • No powder or wax indicates that there is no blockages or wax and ears are clear.

Contra-indications for ear candles:

  • Grommets in place in the ear

  • Recent ENT surgery

  • Acute or obvious ear infection

  • Recent perforation of inner ear

  • A boil, cyst, or open wound in the ear

  • Acute mastoiditis / otosclerosis or psoriasis in the ear

  • Any history of cholesteatoma

  • Allergy to the contents of the candle being used.

Hopi ear Candling Aftercare Advice.

To gain the most from your Hopi Ear Candles treatment, its recommended to do the following:

  1. Increase your water intake over the following 7 days to enhance the detoxification process, you could also try more herbal or fruit teas and juices to assist the process.

  2. Keep out of Draughts, Cold or wet weather and keep the body warm. 

  3. Avoid baths, Showers, Saunas, Swimming or getting water in the ears for 24 hours after treatment. 

  4. Avoid using in-ear headphones or ear-buds for 12 - 24 hours after treatment due to vibrations in the ear canal.

  5. Avoid using cotton wool, cutips, suction or any other in-ear items to clean the ears; use a little warm olive oil to release any earwax instead. 

  6. Follow any specific aftercare advice given following the treatment. 

for 24 - 48 hours after the treatment you may experience sore light itchiness inside the ear canal where the wax continues to loosen and the ears rebalance, please try not to place finger in the ear to ease this. 

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