The amazing historical tradition and benefits of Ear Candling…
Since ancient times, numerous cultures including the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans have used the long-established natural therapy of ear candling on a spiritual level, to purify and cleanse the aura.
The traditional therapy of ear candling initially used by the Ancient Greeks, was sought after by the Hopi Indian Tribe of the American South-West. Today’s modern treatment is predominately based on the form carried out by the Hopi (meaning “Peaceful People”) Indians who possess great spirituality and medicinal knowledge. The Hopi Nation are well known for their substantial and wide-ranging healing skills.
The very first use of ear candling was for aura and spiritual cleansing for purifying. Their purpose was to cleanse and balance the different energy fields of the body. In addition to this, they were also used to begin rites and healing ceremonies. A large number of ancient wall paintings including those found inside the caves of the Grand Canyon also show the importance and use of ear candles.
Totally dissimiliar to regular wax candles, a Hopi Ear Candle is a cotton tube, sodden with beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils, that is put into the ear to draw out impurities and lower pressure in the sinuses and head.
Today we are able to source other ear candles which perform the same role and are just as beneficial to our health as these ancient Hopi Ear Candles.
This gentle and soothing therapy is indeed well known for its calming and relaxing effects. Ear candles are now widely used everywhere in the modern world for helping specific conditions and to quiet stressful minds.
For those who are new to this amazing treatment, here is how it works.
The fully dressed client reclines on their side, with a pillow holding up their head, so that the auditory canal is vertical.
To begin the process, the specially designed hollow candle is placed just inside the ear canal, making certain it is in a comfortable position. Since the hollow lit candle is placed so close to the face, it may be advisable to use an ear disc which is slid over the candle and placed near to the ear. This foil covered disc then catches or deflects any falling ash.
With the candle then lit, it creates a light suction action making a vacuum which pulls the wax and impurities from the ear. The warmed air from the flame and colder air passing through its hollow center causes this vacuum. The movement and compression between the ear canal and the candle chamber create air flow acting like a chimney. The herbs and essential oils are infused into a mist by the burning action, which is drawn into the auditory canal. This softens any impurities and carries out a massaging action by the upward movement of the air and this aids in regulating ear pressure. During the treatment a small amount of ear wax is also collected in the ear cone.
The candles work like a chimney, pulling impurities out, according to practitioners. The majority are burned away, but there may be some found in the candle wax residue or left on a cotton bud 24 to 48 hours after treatment. The ear drum is said to be massaged by the column of warm air, while pressure in the sinus cavities and ears is equalized. The flicker of the flame also generates quivering that massages the eardrum. The herbal vapors from the lit candle also spin into the ear canal, helping to calm and balance.
Most deposits vaporize and are taken away through the candle ‘chimney ‘and nothing of the candle residue is left in the ear.
As the candle burns down, many say it sounds like a fire gently crackling away which adds to the general relaxing experience. The usual burn time of each candle is between 10 and 15 minutes. A agreeable feeling of warmth from the candle makes this an extremely relaxing treatment.
There are countless benefits of the ear candling treatment as detailed here.
Conditions affecting the head and ears such as sinus congestion, ear noises and excessive earwax can be helped from ear candle treatments.
The rising air through the column of the candle and gentle natural movement of the flame serve to softly massage the ear drum. This has an speedy subjective effect of regulating ear pressure. Users often relate a general calming, relaxing effect and a soothing, light sensation in the ear/head area.
It is often used by people with:
- Tinnitus – For those people who suffer an constant ringing in the ears, the informal evidence asserts that ear candling can cease the irritation by clearing out deeply buried material and blockage in the ear
- Sinusitis – assists to reduce symptoms together with other treatments such as nasal corticosteroids. saline nasal irrigation, with nasal sprays or solutions, which decreases drainage and rinses away irritants and allergies.
- Excessive ear wax – earwax alone is not a health threat, but it can become unpleasant or uncomfortable if it builds up too far. It can be not only unattractive, but also present an model breeding ground for bacteria and other unwanted pathogens.
- Colds – lessens pressure on the inner ear with the removal of excess earwax
- Tension headaches – alleviates headaches and migraines
- Stress – Ear candle treatment has a soothing, relaxing, soothing effect
- Ear Infections – ear candling can help to slow the frequency of such painful infections and do away with space for bacteria to flourish
- Hay fever and rhinitis
Many people also observe an elevated sense of smell and hearing which might take a little while to adjust to.
If there is any swelling or infection in the ear, ear candles should not be used. They are also not acceptable for people who have had recent ear surgery or those with ear grommets or tubes, perforated ear drums or allergies to any of the products in the candle.
The ear candling treatment can be followed by a Charleston rubbing of the outer ear, followed by a pressure point and lymphatic drainage massage of the face which complements the effects of the ear candling by helping to let go of obstructions in the sinuses and ears.
So go ahead and try this amazing experience in Charleston.
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