Hopi Candles

Practitioner: Debbie Macwhirter

Hopi Ear Candles (often shortened to Ear Candles) are hollow tubes traditionally made from organically grown flax, extracts of honey, beeswax and herbs. These candles provide a non-invasive treatment of the ears which are used to treat a variety of conditions in a practice often known as Thermal Auricular Therapy.

Ear candles are used widely throughout Europe, America and Asia by GP's and hospitals to treat a variety of ear, nose and throat conditions. As the hopi ear candle treatment is a non-invasive, relaxing and soothing experience, the popularity of earcandling continues to increase and is a frequent topic of health related radio and magazine articles.

The use of ear candles is thought to be thousands of years old and was seen in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, though it is the native American Hopi Indian tribe that had the most recent influence on modern Europe and helped term the phrase hopi ear candle.

The earcandling treatment is a relaxing one and the patient need only concern themself with lying fairly still in a comfortable position whilst the hopi ear candle is gently inserted into their ear.

When lit, the ear candles have a slight sucking action often referred to as the chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. The rising air inside the ear sets up a vibration which gently massages the eardrum. This can help to regulate the pressures involved inside the ear.

The flow of air within the ear candle creates a circulation of concentrated vapour. This is soothing, calming and protects the irritated areas. Most impurities or deposits are carried away through the candle "chimney", although some of them can be found in the lower section of the candle after removal from the ear, or some wax could even work its way up to the surface 24-48 hours after.

From an esoteric point of view, the cleansing fire carries away negative vibrations from the fine metabolic energy fields and harmonises the energy status.

What Hopi Ear Candles are used for

Though results may vary from patient to patient, some of our practitioners and clients have reported to us that hopi ear candles can be helpful with:

  • Cleaning out excessive or compacted wax in the ears (see Testimonials)
  • Cleaning out yeast build up and dispelling fluid build up
  • Promoting lymphatic circulation
  • Improving immune system
  • Eliminating backed up mucus
  • Alleviating allergic conditions
  • Discouraging candidia
  • Diminishing chronic sinusitis
  • Enhancing hearing, or even taste and smell
  • Relieving ear pain
  • Restoring equilibrium or pressure in the ear (eg for frequent flying, sports such as diving, etc)
  • Stimulating of local and reflex energy flow
  • Noises in the ears, ringing, tinnitus
  • Remember, if in doubt, always contact your GP.