Original Hopi Ear Candles
Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions. These ear candles induce a revitalising heat upon the head and ears, which soothes, relieves and relaxes.
A Brief History of Hopi Ear Candles
This is an ancient and natural therapy handed down by many civilisations. It is believed that the Ancient Greeks used ear candles, initially probably for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but much later on a purely physical basis. However, the practice reached the modern world via the Native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona (it’s interesting to note that Hopi means peaceful people). Ear candles were used traditionally by Shamen healers. Ancient wall paintings show their importance in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies of the tribe. The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians.
How do Hopi Ear Candles work?
The candles are made from the natural ingredients of beeswax, honey extracts, sage, St Johns Wort, chamomile, beta-carotene and organically grown flax. Constant high quality is ensured. The candles work on a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions. Secretion flow is gently stimulated and the vapour collects and removes impurities or deposits. Most of these are carried away through the candle “chimney”, although some of them can be found in the condensed candle wax residue after removal from the ear, or could even work their way up to the surface 24-48 hours after.
What are Hopi Ear Candles used for?
Though results may vary from patient to patient, some of my clients have reported Hopi Candles to be helpful with:
- Excessive or compacted wax in the ears
- Irritation in ears and sinuses
- Pressure regulation in cases of : sinusitis / rhinitis / glue ear / colds / flu / headaches / migraine
- Stimulation of local and reflex energy flow
- Energetic revitalisation in cases of hearing impairment
- Relaxing and calming effect in cases of stress
- Noises in the ears, ringing, tinnitus
Remember, if in doubt, always contact your GP.
Are there any side effects?
No contradictions are known to date but as a precaution, it is advisable not to use Hopi candles:
- If grommets are in place
- If there is inflammation or infection
- In the event of an allergic reaction to the contents.
However, most clients find the treatment relaxing and regularly describe a “slight relieved feeling” in the ears and head but also a relaxing and calming effect on the whole system. Where long-term conditions are being treated, the client sometimes experiences slight headaches and occasional popping shortly after the treatment.
What a typical Treatment Session entails
You will lie on your side comfortably and listen to relaxing music. The candle is then gently placed into the auditory canal, where it is lit and held in a vertical position, whilst keeping the candle steady you will receive a face massage concentrating on acupressure and sinus points. You will experience a pleasant crackling sound as the candle burns and a warm comfortable feeling. As the candle burns down, the residue ash (if it falls) will just turn to dust. The candle is then taken away while you lie there for a few moments before turning over to treat the other ear. To conclude this treatment a foot massage is given to re-enforce the ear and face reflex points. Most clients find the whole experience very relaxing. Some may even fall asleep during the treatment.
Duration: 45 minutes