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Ear Candling goes back to ancient Egypt and was not only used to clean the ear canal and sinus cavity out but was thought to open
the “Eye of Horus” which was actually a reference to the pineal gland or the
highest chakra (third eye). Medicinally
ear candling draws yeast and ear wax out of your sinus cavity and ear canal by
creating a vacuum with flame. Ear
candling is totally safe and can be beneficial to anyone but especially people that are prone to ear
and sinus infections. You never want to
do ear candling while you have an ear or sinus infection. Wait until your infection is completely out
of your body and then use ear candling as a preventative method. As someone who has used ear candles for the
last 17 years I recommend the beeswax ones over the linen ones as the beeswax doesn’t
burn down as fast or get clogged as easy as the linen ones.
I would suggest doing ear candling every 4 months, after you have had a
sinus infection or when you can feel any buildup or pressure in the ears from
too much wax. It helps to have someone
with you to help or do this for you but you can do ear candling by yourself as long as you are careful to watch the flame and make sure it doesn't drop on your hair, bed or clothing.
Supplies you will need:
2- 4 Beeswax Ear Candles (If you live in Casper,WY then Alpenglow Natural Foods is only place that carries these)
- Large cup halfway full of water
- A bobby pin opened up or other medal skinny
poker (to unclog candle)
Tea Tree Oil or Olive Oil
Q-Tips and Cotton Balls
Ear Candling Instructions:
- As a precautionary measure to infection, put a
drop or two of olive oil or tea tree oil on q-tip and swab in and around ear
- Light the wider end of one ear candle and lay down
on your side. Put the narrow end of ear
candle in ear just over your ear canal – it doesn’t have to be actually in your
ear just close enough to close the gap of air to create a vacuum effect (if you
see smoke out of the corner of your eye you don’t have it close enough to your ear)
- You will feel a pleasant warm feeling in your
ear and hear a slight crackle as everything begins loosening up and then after
a few minutes you will actually feel the candle drawing wax and yeast out of
your sinus cavity (your face will feel a tightening sensation and sometimes it feels like your
head is getting lighter in weight).
- About every 2-4 minutes you need to cut ear
candle down as it burns to prevent burnt linen portion from dropping down on
your hair, face or bedding. Take ear candle out of ear area and hold lit ear
candle over your water cup. Cut only burnt portion off but not so much that
you extinguish the flame (it should still be lit the whole time you are doing this). You also need
to be taking candle out of ear to check that the end that goes in your ear
isn’t clogged. You can tell when it is clogged because you won’t be able to see smoke coming out of the bottom when you take it away from your ear or you just won't feel it drawing anything out
anymore- if end is clogged take your opened bobby pin or poker and simply hold
over your water cup and unclog.
- Continue ear candling while cutting down and
unclogging until you have burned ear candle to half way. You will then be done with that ear or if you
feel like you haven't gotten everything out,you can do a second ear candle on that ear to continue to draw wax
and yeast out.
- You may now switch to other ear and do your other ear for 1 or 2 ear candles.
- Dip several q-tips and cotton balls in rubbing
alcohol and clean around the ears and almost inside but never put q-tips all the way
inside ears as you can puncture the ear drum.
When you have cleaned the yellow film (yeast and wax) reswab ears with
olive oil or tea tree oil to prevent any infection
- If you want to see how much gunk (yeast and wax)
you drew out of your sinus cavity and ears you may cut sides of ear candle open
and carefully open up to see. Do not play in or touch gunk as it can cause
infections. Below is what your used ear candle will look like. I once burnt an ear candle down by itself without using it on my ear to see if this debris actually came out of me or was something from the ear candle, as I was skeptical and yes it is actually from your body and not the ear candle.
You are now done and need to properly clean
up. Use cotton balls with rubbing
alcohol to clean your scissors well.
Dump the cup with the burnt debris outside in the yard and throw away any
larger pieces of burnt ear candle (You don’t want to clog your toilet or sink
with the burnt ear candle pieces). Bleach cup and wash your hands thoroughly before touching anything else. You
will feel like your head is ten pounds lighter and drier in a good way. Try to relax while you are doing ear candling
and more will be released. If your ears
feel slightly more sensitive or the tiniest bit soar after ear candling, this will go away in a few
hours and is not an indicator of anything wrong.
**** I am not a doctor and nothing in this article/website is suggesting that I am. The information contained in this article/website is not intended to replace professional medical counsel concerning small or serious ailments. You assume all risk in trying any suggestions learned from this article/website. You should always consult your doctor if you have any questions or worries about anything concerning your physical or mental health. The knowledge shared within this article/website are simply ideas and theories based upon my own personal studies and experience throughout 17 years of holistic living and trying these things myself.