Originally published December 9 2008
Ear Candling is Effective and Safe for Cleaning the Ear Canal
by Jo Hartley
(NaturalNews) It is thought that the Egyptians were the first to invent the technique of ear candling, not only for physically cleaning out the ears but for spiritual cleansing as well. They believed that ear candling opened and cleared the spirit centers and refreshed their auras. More recently, ear candling has been becoming more popular in the holistic community as a safe and effective way to remove wax build-up from the ear canal. Over time as we age, heavy impacted wax collects in the ear that normal cleaning cannot remove. Candling is a comfortable and less expensive alternative to the traditional cleaning methods that involve forcing water into the ear canal.
Excessive amounts of debris can accumulate in the ear canal over time. This buildup can create problems and can also reduce hearing. Impacted wax can build up against ear ducts and can block incoming sound waves. This accumulation may be responsible for some of the hearing problems that are common to aging.
Ear candling uses a hollow candle that is similar to a straw. Most candles are made from muslin fabric that is coated with purified paraffin or bees wax. Some specialty candles also contain herbs and essential oils.
Candling is a simple process and is performed with a partner. Three candles are usually used in each ear.
To candle, the person whose ears are being candled must lie on their side or place their head sideways on a surface. The candling procedure may take 15-20 minutes per candle. The person being candled places the small tapered end of the candle snugly into their ear. The candle has to be snug to allow a proper air draw. As the bottom fills, gently tap it out in a bowl and carefully cut back the burned wick. The suction sounds similar to holding a seashell to one's ear.
After candling rinse the ears and place a few drops of oil of garlic into the ear. The normal wax will be replaced within 24 hours. For this reason, during the first 24 hours after candling it is best to protect the ears from wind, cold, and water.
The flame of the candle creates a vacuum that pulls not only wax, but also fungus, Candida, yeast, and other particles of debris out of the ear and up into the candle. The vacuum is created when the warm air from the flame interacts with the colder air moving through the hollow chamber of the candle. The compression between the ear canal and the inside of the candle creates air flow that is actually suction.
As the debris is pulled from the ear and into the bottom of the candle the air flow becomes disrupted. This is why it is necessary to remove the candle and tap out any contents.
Candling has also been used as a last resort for treating chronic ear infections and to avoid ear tubes in children prone to chronic ear infections. Candling has been shown to help the sinus and lymph systems by removing impurities there also. People who have candled their ears often report an improved sense of balance, a keener sense of smell and even an over-all improved feeling of health and well-being.
Candling can be an effective home remedy, but do this procedure carefully. Candling should not be performed on a person who has a perforated eardrum.
About the authorJo Hartley
Wife, Mother of 8, and Grandmother of 2
Jo is a 41 year old home educator who has always gravitated toward a natural approach to life. She enjoys learning as much as possible about just about anything!
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