Ear Candling
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Ear Candling (correctly known as Thermal-Auricular therapy, and often erroneously referred to as Hopi Ear Candling) is a therapy that involves placing candles in the ears, lighting them, and allowing them to burn down to a safe level. We use protector discs as an additional safety measure, and the therapist will be holding the candle at all times.
The candles themselves are made from unbleached natural cotton and beeswax.
The candle is inserted a small way into the ear canal, and when lit creates a vapour that gently massages the ear drum. Their tube shape creates a chimney effect, drawing away the vapour and any impurities from the ear. Gentle heat from the candle stimulates the blood and lymphatic circulation, and may help boost the immune system and regulate pressure within your sinuses.
The treatment can help in the management of sinus congestion and pain, migraines, glue ear, tinnitus, catarrh, headaches, and excess ear wax, and can ease the symptoms of colds, ‘flu and hay fever. Many people are able to use regular ear candling as an alternative to syringing.
As the gentle massaging of the ear drum helps to equalise pressure in the inner and outer ear, this treatment can also help with pain when flying and with balance problems such as vertigo.
Your therapist will take a medical history and use an otoscope to check ears for infection or an excess of wax. You will be asked to lie on your side. A candle will be placed gently in your ear and lit; you will hear a crackling sound and experience a warming sensation. The first candle will be removed and the treatment repeated in your other ear. The face and sinuses will be massaged after each candle has been used, and for a few minutes and the end of the session, in order to stimulate the removal of lymphatic debris, and to aid in clearing your sinuses. Whilst the inside of the candles will be inspected after use, much of the remaining debris is from the candle itself – ear candling will encourage your body to cleanse itself of material, excessive wax etc. over a few days following the session. This is a very relaxing treatment, and is pleasurable and pain free.

As with all therapies, there will be some instances where ear candling is not suitable, and as such we regret that we are unable to perform this treatment on anybody who has suffered perforated ear drums.

Price £25 per session, or pay up-front for 5 sessions, and receive the 6th free!


For more information, or to book an appointment please email info@healtherapy-orkney.co.uk, or phone 01856 874929