Since we began stocking ear candles last year, I have had many visitors to our showroom ask what they are and how you use them.

So here is a rundown on the process known as ear candling -

Ear candling, sometimes referred to as ear coning, is an ancient practice with references being made to the practice in ancient Egyptian times as well as in parchments from Asia. Contrary to the name of some brands of ear candles, there is no record of the practice being carried out in native American cultures.

Ear candles are best made from natural beeswax and cotton fabric, although some may be made of refined beeswax, bleached or treated fabric or may have fragrances added to them - these types of inferior candles are best avoided.

The ear candles are shaped into a tube or cone shape. The cone type generally produces a better airflow and result, particularly the larger cones. One end of the candle is lit and, with the person lying on one side, the unlit end of the candle is inserted into the ear canal of the upward facing ear. The cone shape of the candle creates a gentle air flow which can help to remove excess wax and relieve pressure in the ears. The extent of effects will depend on each individual. The candle is removed and extinguished well before the flame burns down close to the ear.

As ear candling uses a naked flame great care must be taken, and instructions followed precisely to ensure that the process is carried out safely. It is also recommended that you do not try to perform ear candling on yourself. Always have another person, carry out the candling process. A qualified professional trained in ear candling is a very good idea.

If you suffer from any conditions affecting your ears, including infections, perforations, cysts, or if the ear is fitted with grommets or there has been recent ear nose or throat surgery, ear candling is not recommended. If you are not sure if ear candling is suitable for you, please consult a practitioner.

Once the candles have been removed and extinguished, they can be cut open to inspect the residue. Some of the residue is from the candle itself, and some from the ear. They amount of residue from the ear will vary from occasion to occasion and person to person.

Ear candling is a relaxing and soothing practice and can benefit the health of a wide range of people of all ages.

NB - Ear candles must be used with care and following the instructions given. The use must take full responsibility for use. In the case of any ear diseases or abnormalities, please consult a medical practitioner.

Please note that the information supplied regarding usage relates to the ear candles supplied by Essence of Wellbeing. The same information may or may not apply to other brands of ear candles and should not be used in place of instructions specifically relating to other brands of ear candles.

Author's Bio: 

Wendy Mackay is a qualified Aromatherapist and member of the International Aromatherapy and Aromatic Medicine Association (IAAMA). Wendy and her husband David run Essence of Wellbeing a successful Aromatherapy & Massage Supply and Pure Natural Skin Care business, based in Mornington on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula in Victoria Australia.

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