Hopi Ear Candles
Provided by our resident Holistic Therapist Sue Rogerson - Hopi ear candling (also known as Thermo Auricular Therapy) is an ancient natural and non-invasive therapy handed down by many civilisations, including the ancient Sumerians, Egyptians and Greeks, who used ear candles for cleansing and healing purposes. The practice reached the modern world via the native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona (Hopi means ‘peaceful people’) Ear candles were used traditionally by shamen healers. Ancient wall paintings show their importance in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies. The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians. (ingredients invariably include: Beeswax, Sage, Chamomile, Flax, St John’s Wort). The process of Hopi candling involves a specially designed hollow candle being inserted just inside the ear canal. The candle is then lit and a secretion flow is gently stimulated and draws the impurities from within the ear and allows for easier drainage through the Eustachian tube to the throat. This process is known as ‘the chimney effect’. The flame creates a vibration of air in the candle's shaft generating a massage-like effect on the eardrum, equalising pressure, clearing sinuses, and inducing a pleasant feeling of warmth and balance. Hopi - Ear candling, a traditional therapy used by the Ancient Greeks, was popularised by the Hopi Indian tribe of the American south-west. The narrow, hollow rolled column of cotton flax is impregnated with beeswax. Now know as Hopi candles, they also contain honey, sage, St Johns Wort, and camomile. The patient lies on their side and a candle is gently inserted as far as is comfortable into the ear canal. It doesn't hurt, but it feels odd. "You'll hear a noise like sizzling bacon," Susan told me as she lit the candle; yes, and a gentle "whooshing" warming sensation as things started happening in my ear. She held it steady while a plug in the base of the candle stopped any drips into the ear canal. After 10 minutes, the candle had burned down to a marker - an inch and a half from the ear - and Marie put out the flame. I rolled over and the process was repeated for the other ear. The candles work like a chimney, drawing impurities out. Most are burned away, although some may be found in the candle wax residue - your therapist will show you - or may appear (on a cotton bud) 24 to 48 hours after treatment. The column of warm air rising in the candle is said to massage the ear drum while pressure in the sinus cavities and ears is equalised.
• Hopi Ear Candles £32