What is Ear Candling?

I have been hearing about ear candling for years, most recently from a friend who swears by it. 

I had no idea how to do it, but I was intrigued when my daughter’s ears were clogged and someone suggested ear candling as a way to relieve her of the pressure and pain.

Benefits From Ear Candling

How Does Ear Candling Work?

According to this article from Livestrong:

Earwax candling, also called candling, coning or auricular candling, involves inserting a specially designed candle into the ear canal.  

The candle is made of unbleached linen or cotton soaked in beeswax or paraffin, explains Lisa Roazen, M.D. The wax-soaked cloth is rolled into a tapered tube approximately 10 to 12 inches long. 

The narrow end of the tube is inserted into the ear canal and lit. 

Earwax candles work in two ways: 

1. The burning candle creates a vacuum, and the smoke enters the ear canal, softening the wax and loosening debris caught in the ear. 

Ear Candling says the smoke seeps through the eardrum and dissolves mucus and other impurities in the sinus passages, turning the debris into a gaseous substance that is then drawn through the eardrum by the negative pressure created by the burning candle. 

2. The earwax and impurities collect in the unburned portion of the tube.

This is a helpful infographic:

what is ear candling infographic

From my local health food store, I bought two ear candles, one for each ear.
They cost $1.99 per ear candle, but you can buy a pack of them for under $10. 

I was really curious if this would help or if it was some weird holistic voodoo. I love natural cures so I was willing to give this a try.

Thankfully my daughter was open to this although I think she was a little nervous.

Before attempting anything, I watched this video so I knew exactly what to do. If left to my own devices, I was nervous I’d burn my daughter’s hair off.  I cut a hole in a paper plate and stuck the ear candle through so I would protect her hair. 

I had the bowl of water nearby so I could snip off the burning top of the candle.

It took about ten minutes per ear, maybe a little less. 

There was no pain at all, and she did feel better afterward. I now want to try this for my ears too!

I love natural, holistic remedies and during cold and flu season, I stock up on my favorite immunity boosters/natural cures like Colloidal Silver, Garlic tablets, Oil of Oregano, Apple Cider vinegar and raw honey.

Do you have any treatments that work when you have plugged ears or sinus trouble?