Hopi Ear Candles
Traditionally, ear candles were used by Shamanic healers. Hopi means "peaceful people" and refer to a tribe of Pueblo Indians who are very spiritual and have vast medicinal knowledge. The Hopi people would use ear candles before a trance in order to cleanse themselves of negativity. Ancient wall paintings show their importance in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies of the tribe.
In the West, like for example in Munich, Hopi Ear Candles have become useful tools in treating ear, nose and throat disorders. They are especially effective in treating ear/sinus problems, ear wax removal, catarrh, sinusitis, glue ear, headaches, sore throats, colds, hay fever, migraine, tinnitus, vertigo and relieving pressure from diving/flying.
Natural ingredients are used to produce the ear candles which include 100% pure beeswax, honey extracts, sage, St John's Wort, Chamomile, Beta-Carotene and organically grown flax.
The process is extremely relaxing and soothing. After the candle is extinguished, an ear, scalp and facial massage is carried out which further aids blood/lymph circulation and assists in draining the sinus tubes. The candles create a mild suction within the ear canal, which helps to balance any pressure in the head/sinuses and ears. This chimney effect, together with the movement and heat of the flame, helps to create a vibration of air within the ear canal which subsequently gently massages the ear drum. Furthermore, the essential oils and herbs within the candle help to soothe any irritated areas, for example, dry skin or eczema within the ear canal. Heat from the candle helps to stimulate the peripheral blood circulation, which in turn boosts the immune system and reinforces lymphatic drainage. This is further reinforced in the massage following the candling, whilst reflex zones/vital energy points are also stimulated.
The Hopi candle is not a candle as such, but a hollow tube made out of cotton flax. They are impregnated with extract of honey and herb oils. The treatment is very gentle and relaxing and may take up to an hour, depending on the condition being treated. You are asked to lie comfortably and listen to relaxing music. The candle is placed over the ear orifice and ignited. It is hold in a vertical position, the hands of the therapist keeping the candle steady and preventing any ash falling on to you. As it burns, it produces a gentle local heat. The warm air combined with the oil and herbs soften the wax and draw it into the base of the candle. The candle is then removed and the ear and surrounding area is then massaged. The treatment is repeated on the other ear and then a complete facial massage is carried out, paying particular attention to the sinus areas.
Each treatment takes approximately 45 – 60 minutes. You will experience a pleasant crackling sound as the candle burns and a warm, comfortable feeling. Most clients find the whole experience very relaxing. Some fall asleep during treatment.
What are Hopi Ear Candles used for?:
* Irritation in ears and sinuses.
* Pressure regulation in cases of : sinusitis / rhinitis / glue ear / colds / flu / headaches
* Stimulation of local and reflex energy flow.
* Energetic revitalization in cases of hearing impairment.
* Relaxing and calming effect in cases of stress.
* Migraine, circulatory disorder
* Insomnia, exhaustion
* Excessive or solid earwax
* Hearing impairments, head pressure.
* Noises in the ears, ringing, tinnitus.
Remember, if in doubt, always contact your GP.
No contraindications are known to date but as a precaution, it is advisable not to use Hopi candles :
* If grommets are in place.
* If there is inflammation or infection or perforated eardrums.
* If allergic to the contents.
However, most clients find the treatment relaxing and regularly describe a "slight relieved feeling" in the ears and head but also a relaxing and calming effect on the whole system. Where long-term conditions are being treated, the client sometimes experiences slight headaches and occasional popping shortly after the treatment. It is a safe and gentle treatment for children.