The Hopi Ear Candle treatment has been in the press over the past few months. It involves the tapered unlit end of a lit candle being placed in the ear to draw out impurities. It supposedly pulls earwax and toxins out of the ear, removing them via the ear canal due to a pressure vacuum created by the flame. A Hopi Ear Candle treatment also apparently helps the sinuses. The candle is not a conventional one. It’s about a foot long and made from linen, covered in wax. Follow DOSE contributor Charlotte, as she finds out what it’s really like…
What Is A Hopi Ear Candle?
The Hopi Ear Candle and process of ear candling was first used by the ancient Greeks and revived by the American South West’s Hopi Indian tribe, to draw out wax from the inner ear.
My Experience Of Ear Candling
I went along to Tara’s Beauty Salon, a clean, no-frills beauty salon in the heart of London’s Victoria. The 30-minute treatment is more relaxing than it sounds, as it starts with a lovely ear massage.
I lie on one side. My ear feels blocked but not unpleasantly so, as the narrow part of the candle is inserted and held there for ten minutes, before switching to the other side.
The candle burns down on each ear until it’s just a few inches long, and it’s neither hot nor painful.
Tara tells me that when the flame burns quickly, it means there are few toxins. When it burns so slowly it almost dies, there are lots of impurities to be drawn out. Mine is speedy, I’m pleased to find.
At the end of the treatment, Tara unwraps the candle to show me the internal linen layer. I peer at what has been collected. The thin, hard bits, she tells me, are ear wax. I have much more on the right ear, for some reason.
And whether or not it’s a placebo effect, knowing that it has all been released is incredibly liberating.
Hopi ear candle, £34
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Hettie is the editor and co-founder of DOSE. A keen runner, she’s also partial to a blast of high-intensity and hot yoga. A country girl at heart, she divides her time between London and the lush rolling hills of North Devon. When she’s not jetting off on her next adventure, Hettie can be found in a candle-lit alcove with a laptop, a spaniel and a full bodied Malbec.