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Hopi Ear Candles

Ear candles are an ancient and natural therapy handed down by many civilisations and used far afield such as Asia, The Siberian Prairies, and most notably native America. It is from this part of the world that the oldest tribe of Pueblo people, and with their great medicinal knowledge and spirituality give their name to the candles we call hopi.

Ear candles were used traditionally by Shamen healers. Ancient wall paintings (such as those found within the caves of the Grand Canyon) show the importance of ear candling in initiation rituals and healing ceromonies of the tribe.

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 practise reached the modern world via the native North American Hopi Indians.

Which conditions can a treatment be useful for?

This non-invasive complimentary therapy is designed to help treat conditions associated with the ear, nose and throat. It can also be used to promote deep relaxation and is thought to have therapuetic benefits which can help to relieve stress and revitalise the body as well as helping the following

  • Excessive or compacted ear wax
  • Snoring
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Glue ear
  • Colds
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Noises in the ear and tinnitus
  • Relaxation
  • Neuralgia
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Menieres disease
  • Swimmers ear, surfers ear, and divers ear
  • flying problems and pressure regulation
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Loss of smell

How Hopi Ear candles work

The cylindrical shaped cones, which are hollow, are each approximately 22cms and 0.5cms in diameter. The candles are lit and the ingredients, which are impregnated into the cotton, vaporise and are drawn down the hollow center of the candle into the outer portion of the ear by a long established 'chimney' (heated, air current flow) principle.

The heat of the released, circulated vapours travel inside the ear gently  massaging the ear drum (lymphatic membrane), this is a similar action to the effects of sound waves. This action helps to regulate the pressure systems within the head including the sinuses, which may be infected. You will experience a warm feeling with crackling sounds (similar to bacon sizzling) as the candles ingedients vapourise and the candle burns own. Once both ears have been treated, an ear, face and head massage is given to encorouge lymphatic drainage and enhance the effects of candling.

The circulation with the external ear of the enriched vapours, when reinforced by the massage, will form an overall holistic treatment. Together the combination of massage and heat along with the ingredients will soothe irritated areas, stimulate periperal blood circulation, intensify the immune system, strengthen the lymph glands and stimulate energy points eg, on the external ear.

Candle Ingredients

Only natural ingredients (except in the filter) are used. These are based on a traditional formula which originated with Hopi indian tribes in Arizona in the South West USA.

The candle ingredients are 

  • 100% beeswax. This product is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and fights infection.
  • Honey extracts. Honey and bee pollen products have been clinically shown to help sufferers with hayfever (allergic rhinitis). They work on the same principles as homeopathy by treating like with like. Taking a small amount regularly helps the body build resistance to allergens. Normally, the body releases antibodies to fight allergens which in turn release histamine that may cause swelling and irritation in the body's tissue
  • Sage. This heb is anti-inflammatory and astringent (tightening of the skin and blood vessels which reduces blood flow and mucous secretions)
  • St Johns Wort. This plant is anti-inflammatory and astringent. It is gently relaxing and has a restorative effect on the nervous system.
  • Chamomile. This perennial herb is anti-inflammatory, asringent and is useful for mental stress, anxiety and nervous excitability.
  • Beta-Carontene (Vitamin A). Vitamin A was the first vitamin to be discovered. It fights infections and strengthens the immune sysytem.


Hopi Ear candle treatemnt with sinus massage