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Ear Candling

The Gaia Centre for Holistic Therapy,

17 Frederick Street,



LE11 3BH

Tel: 01509 551513


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What are Hopi Ear Candles?

Hopi Ear Candles are 100% natural and are made from organically grown flax, extracts of honey, beeswax and herbs, such as sage, chamomile and St John's Wort. They are shaped to form a hollow tube approximately 10 inches long with a filter 3 inches from one end. The patient needs to be lying comfortably on their tummy or side. The Hopi candle is lit, and placed gently over the entrance to the auditory canal.

How does it work?

The spiral of the cone causes the smoke to be pulled down in to the ear canal. This causes the ear canal to warm up and loosen the wax and any other material. As it heats it up, the candle causes suction by creating a vacuum in the ear canal. Air is drawn up from the Eustachian tube into the middle ear then through the porous membrane out into the outer ear. The heat and the vacuum draw out the wax and other materials from the ear canal into the base of the candle. As it burns down you will hear a lot of cracking and hissing which is the process of removing the wax etc. The warmth feels soothing and relaxing during the process.

What are the benefits?

Hopi ear candles may not be the first thing that you think of to treat ear, nose and throat problems, however the candles are used to treat many ailments, including migraine and headaches, glue ear in children, catarrh, sore throats, sinusitis, tonsillitis, ‘flu and excessive ear wax. They are also an effective pre/post flight treatment.

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What is its History?

In ancient times the process was described as "coning". This process was used in China, India, Tibet, Egypt, the Mayan, Aztec and American Indian Cultures. History dates it back to Atlantis and Lemuria. Cleansing cones or candles are an ancient, universal form of therapy used by nations all around the globe. Some form of wax or some burnable substance was used as the carrier in the cones.

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Some Indian tribes simply blow herbal smoke down into the ear canal through a cone shaped object; many times it was wrapped up newspaper. Many cultures considered coning a spiritual practice for clearing the mind and senses.They claimed it cleared the mind and body so you could meditate and open up your sensitivity. In current times many cultures such as the South American Mexican Indians and some American Indian tribes are using ear coning. Materials vary from pottery cones to; rolled up newspaper soaked in wax.  In the present time, due to health regulations we have to use disposable candles.

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