TCM Wellness


An ear candle is a hollow cone created from unbleached fabric, usually linen, soaked in paraffin, beeswax or soy wax. They range in length, averaging about a foot long.

First, you’ll be instructed to lie on your side and make sure your face and outer ear are protected by something like a plate. It will have a hole cut in the middle around the candle to avoid burns from wax drippings. Your practitioner should gently insert the tapered end of the candle into your ear canal at a 90 degree angle from the ear.

For 10 to 15 minutes, you’ll enjoy the pleasant, crackling sound of the burning candle as the person burning it cuts off the end of the cloth every two inches or so. When about four inches remain, the candle is removed from the ear and then blown out.

Turn over. Repeat. Then, look at the disgusting gunk that came out of your ears. How could all of that stuff have been in my head, you ask?

Supposedly, ear candling creates a vacuum inside the ear in order to draw out ear wax. Because of the buildup in the ear canal seen on the burned candle, it’s easy to see why people prescribe ear candles for things such as:

  • Excess ear wax
  • Swimmer’s ear
  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Hearing loss
  • Sinus infection
  • Cold/flu symptoms
  • Stress

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The benefits of ear candling may include:

  • Clears wax & debris from the ear canal
  • Relieves pressure from behind the eardrum
  • Sharpens mental functions, vision, hearing, taste & color perception
  • Eases earache, headache & sinus pressure, allergies
  • Relaxation from the negative charge of the herbal smoke
  • Acts as a catalyst to clear nerve endings & promote healing

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