I really was not sure that I was looking forward to seeing Brenda Cousens at the ACH Complementary Clinic for my Hopi Ear Candling. It had always sounded such an odd thing to do – a lighted candle in your ear!!!! But the reality was quite different – it was a totally relaxing and soothing experience.
Ear candles have been used for centuries among the people of the Siberian prairies, Asia, and the native and South American Indians, but it was only at the end of the last century that the Hopi, the oldest Pueblo people with great medicinal knowledge, brought the candling to Europe. Earcandles are typically made from beeswax, honey, sage, St. John’s wort, camomile, beta-carotene and cotton. Not very romantic, but they work rather like a chimney! A light suction action, together with the flame, creates a vibration of air in the earcandle, generating a gentle massage like effect on the eardrum.
After completing a brief questionnaire, I lay on the couch on my side while Brenda candled both ears in turn. It was an odd feeling at first as the candle was placed in the ear and turned lightly until it sealed in place, but very gentle. As soft music was played I relaxed and it was extremely pleasant. If you wish, you can see the amount of wax removed – ugh! Perhaps best not to! The best part for me was the last – a face massage. Absolute bliss!
If you suffer from ear problems forget the syringe at the GPs and try a Hopi Ear Candle Treatment. It is said to be good not only for removing wax, but balances the pressure in the ears, forehead and sinuses. It is soothing and helpful for earache and headache, ear noise (tinnitus), stress and nervousness.
Reviewed by Jill Poet, published in Healthy Life – Mind, Body & Soul Magazine issue 3. Summer 2006