Thermal Auricular Therpy

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History of Ear Candling

Ear Candles have been used traditionally by the Shamen healers whose historic roots are found in Asia, South and North America. Ancient wall paintings show the importance of ear candles in rituals, initiation and healing ceremonies. They have been regarded as spiritually cleansing and used before meditation.

In 1980 a German company called Biosun, CE marked, obtained the original recipe for the candles and after researching, refining and moderating them they produced them for a worldwide market.

What are candles made of?

The majority of candles on the market consist of the following ingredients:-


100% beeswax                    strong antiseptic and anti-inflammatory

Honey extract                     healing, good for allergies

Sage essential oil                anti-inflammatory and astringent

Chamomile essential oil    anti-inflammatory, astringent

St John's Wort                     relaxing, anti-inflammatory

Beta-carotene                     Vitamin A , strengthens immune system


Woven cotton, flax or linen interior (organic or pesticide free)

  • Candle will also contain a small filter in one end to protect your ears

Psychological benefits

  1. Relaxing

  2. Calming

  3. Improves clear thinking, alertness and concentration



Physical benefits


Stimulation of blood flow to the head and neck due to heat.

Stimulation of O2 and nutrients to area encouraging healing

  • Sinus congestion - warmth and massage help alter pressure

  • Colds and flu – clears airways and boosts immune system

  • Compacted or excessive ear wax – warmth loosens wax

  • Children’s glue ear – encourages muscular action thus draining

  • Tinnitus – may reduce noise level and stress levels

  • Lymphatic congestion – warmth soothes tenderness and drains

  • Snoring – drains passages

  • Vertigo – reduces stress levels, increases blood circulation

  • Motion sickness – helps balance inner ear, reduces stress

  • Blocked tear ducts – warmth changes pressure and clears

  • Temporomandibular joint syndrome – warmth assists mobility

  • Neuralgia of facial nerves – improves circulation, relaxes

  • Down's syndrome – small outer ear canals – releases wax

  • Tense neck muscles – relaxing, massage helps

  • Labyrinthitis – warmth helps with infection     

  • Headaches – Increases blood circulation, reduces tension

  • Allergy symptoms, rhinitis -  changes pressure and drains

  • Hearing difficulties – warmth,vibration helps move wax

  • Swimmers/surfers ear – dries moisture, reduces secretions

  • Pain or pressure when flying/diving – opens Eustachian tube

  • Meniere’s disease (must have GP clearance) -  stress reduction

  • Stress reduction – relaxing, warming, calming


Clients who swim or dive regularly can benefit from regular treatment. Ear candling should be given 48 hours before or after.




  • Any facial infection plus those affecting eyes e.g. conjunctivitis

  • Perforated ear drum (last 12 months)

  • Grommets in place or have fallen out in last three months

  • Child under three years old.

  • Current ear infection

  • Taking antibiotic for any ENT problem

  • Circulatory disorder

  • Dysfunction of the nervous system – involuntary muscle action

  • Inflammation in the area

  • Allergy to any ingredients in candle

  • Pregnancy – first trimester

  • Mastoiditis, otosclerosis, otospongiosis

  • Cochlear implant

  • Diabetes (GP clearance required)

  • Auricular cysts

How does the candle work?


Laboratory tests have shown that the wax in the candle is not ear wax. The residues in the candle are predominantly beeswax.

The ear candle acts as a chimney. The natural movement of the flame creates vibrations in the moving air. These rise up through the candle and gently massage the ear drum, which creates a vacuum and is drawn down inside the hollow of the candle. The vapours replace the oxygen in the ear and helps to dry up excess moisture in the ear, creating balls of wax with the mixture of ear moisture and powder inside the candle. 


A candle will normally burn down in 8 – 13 minutes. A slow burning candle can indicate blockages as can a candle that smokes a lot. The sizzling sound that can be heard by the client is the ingredients vaporising at different rates. Some of these herbs turn to a fine yellow powder and some of the beeswax may solidify.


Following an ear candle treatment the client may find that some earwax falls out due to the warmth and moisture.