Ear Candling

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Ear Candling


Ear candling requires the use of ear candles. Ear candles are made of cotton or linen that's wound into a cone shape, soaked in wax, and then allowed to harden.

This hollow candle is inserted through a hole in a plate specially designed to collect wax, and placed into the external ear canal. The candle is lit at the opposite end.

Proponents of ear candling claim that this creates a low-level vacuum that draws ear wax and other debris out of the ear and into the hollow candle. After the procedure, a dark, waxy substance is usually left in the stub of the candle.

Many humans find it to be a satisfying procedure, for the reason that they are told that the dark waxy mass they see is a combination of ear wax and debris.

Proponents of ear candling claim that it is capable of assisting to remove ear wax and debris from the ear and facial sinuses. The external ear canal, however, is not continuous with the middle ear, sinuses, Eustachian tube, and nasal passages when the ear drum (tympanic membrane) is normal and intact.

Other manufacturers claim that smoke from the burning candles dries out the ear canal and stimulates the body's natural excretion of wax and dead cells, pollen, mold, parasites, and other debris.

There is no evidence supporting these claims. Critics contend that the dark, waxy debris that remains after ear candling is waxy candle remains, not ear wax.

A Brief History

In ancient times, the process of ear candling was called “coning”. Cone shaped instruments made from pottery clay were used. The glazed pottery cones had a double helix carved inside to create a two-way spiral energy flow of the smoke and heated air. This would carry the herbal content down into the ear canal and draw impurities in the ears outward at the same time.  The process was used in India, China, Tibet, Egypt, Mayan, Aztec and American Indian Cultures.  Some say it dates back to the fabled Atlantis and Lemuria.  Many cultures considered coning a spiritual practice for clearing the mind and senses. They claimed it cleared the mind and body so you could meditate and open up your sensitivity to the life force energy.


Possible Risks

There are some potential risks involved in ear candling:

·         Burns to the ear, skin, and hair from the hot wax

·         Obstruction of the ear canal due to wax dripping into the ear

·         Perforated ear drum

Is Ear Candling Necessary?

Ear wax has a protective role. It cleans and lubricates the ear, and can protect the ear canal from bacteria and fungus. The ear has a self-cleaning system that naturally removes ear wax. Most people do not require additional cleaning. However, a breakdown in this self-cleaning system can cause a condition known as cerumen impaction.

Cerumen impaction affects about 6% of the population and can cause reversible hearing loss, dizziness, and ringing in the ears. It occurs more frequently in individuals with mental retardation and in the older population. Physicians and other health care professionals are required to treat cerumen impaction.



Do not elect ear candling if you have

  • A Recent ear  surgery
  • Cysts or tumors in the ear
  • Mastoiditis in an acute stage
  • Ear drains (tubes)
  • A recent injury or damage to the ear


One study published in the journal Laryngoscope evaluated the efficacy and safety of ear candles. The researchers concluded that ear candles did not produce a vacuum. This small preliminary study with eight ears showed that ear candling didn't result in the removal of ear wax from the ear canal and even caused candle wax to be deposited in some ears.

Typical Benefits


Ear wax buildup is common, and the central influence of the auditory system on coherent body functioning is well known.  Most humans benefit from a clear auditory canal, especially those who

  • Have a chronic  wax buildup condition
  • Work outdoors or in dusty environments
  • Participate in water activities
  • Suffer ear-aches, sinus infections, or allergies
  • Wish to apply herbal therapies as a health benefit

About Our Ear Candles


The candles we use are from C&H Ranch near Payson, Arizona.  These cones are 14 to 15 inches long and are hand-spun for the left and right ears. Candles are made from 100% unbleached cotton muslin and infused with pure bees wax blended with essential oils, herbs and extracts that C&H Ranch has developed over the years. 


There are 9 different types of cones.   Herbs are chosen for their traditional properties and applications. See Herbal Selections (below), and if you have a preference, please call in advance of your scheduled session to reserve your choice.


Herbal Selections


Choose from the following varieties of herbal ear cones from C&H Ranch, made with pure Arizona beeswax & 100% unbleached cotton muslin:


Black Cohosh

Antispasmodic, aids the respiratory system

Eucalyptus (essential oil)

Clearing to the upper respiratory system

Osha Root

Gentle clearing to entire respiratory system

Releasing Blend

Special combination for relieving stress

bergamot, clary sage, cypress, lavender & spearmint

Respiratory Blend

Decongestant, antibiotic qualities

Swedish bitters, mullein, spearmint, rosemary, cedar, goldenseal & echinacea


Antiseptic, encourages patience and love

Soothing Blend

Especially soothing to the entire ear

chamomile, mullein & St. John’s  wort

Tea Tree (essential oil)

Combats fungus, antibacterial and antiviral

Yerba Santa

For its mild decongestant quality



The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada classify ear candles as medical devices and consider the product to pose serious risk of fire, burns, and injury to the ear, surrounding skin, and hair.

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