Take it from the Ear Candle Lady. I've been candling for over 30 years and pretty much have seen it all. Here's some of the frequently asked questions with REAL answers!
Ear Candle Q&A
Is ear candling a scam? If the ear candles you have used before were made from paraffin and someone told you all the "gunk" left in the candle afterwards was from your ear, then YES, you were scammed. From what we know, Ear candling dates back to at least Ancient Egypt. There are variations of ear candling used all over the globe. In our modern day, we are governed by the "scientific method". Anything that can't be studied by this method is considered a "scam", and great efforts are made to discredit it. Of course, the "scientific method" can't explain why the bumble bee can fly! Generally speaking, natural remedies are inexpensive, so pharmaceuticals and Doctors won't make a fortune from prescribing them. It's easier for Doctors to call it a scam, than lose patients to alternative remedies. What's the big deal about soy wax? With efforts to promote "green living" and ecological responsibility, some ear candle companies (like www.earcandles.us) use very little packaging (just enough to protect the candles) and DO NOT use paraffin (aka: food grade, cheese grade, gulf, candle); instead they use a more expensive beeswax / soy wax blend in the crafting of their ear candles. Soy wax leaves far less residue inside the candle than traditional paraffin, thus the candles clog less, allowing more warmth and cleaner smoke to enter the ear canal to aid in softening ear pain and excess wax in the ear.
With their beeswax soy wax blend, you get a true result in your candling session because there is virtually no residue from the candle! Beeswax is exceptional! Exceptionally expensive by itself. Both soy and beeswax are renewable sources for wax and burn completely. HOWEVER, "100% beeswax", "essential oils", "herb infused" are all marketing hype other companies use to charge you more for their product! Is it safe to use paraffin ear candles? DO NOT USE EAR CANDLES MADE OF PARAFFIN. Beware of the Paraffin Scam! Paraffin leaves lots of "gunk" (residue) in the bottom of the candle which many people believe to be ear wax. Paraffin "gunk" is, unfortunately, one of the biggest scams being used to shock people into buying ear candles. I have zero tolerance for those who promote paraffin "gunk", "wicking action", "chimney effect", "vacuum", or any related terms in ear candling practices or presentations. These are scams designed to trap the ignorant.
For the record, when I began using ear candles in the late 80's I too was taught "all that gunk" was from the ear and the ear candle "sucked" all that wax out. I have since learned differently and am more empowered by the wellness effects of ear candling than ever before. A remedy that is thousands of years old, has proven the "test of time" . Do they really work? That's really up to you. If you were told it "sucks the wax out of your ears" then the answer is NO. If you believe that the individual is responsible for his or her own healing then YES, ear candling works. Many of my own personal experiences and those of my clients, friends, family and customers express relief from ear pain, hearing problems, ringing in the ears, chronic wax build-up, sinus issues and headaches. Remember, alternative remedies take longer, but cause less damage to the body than invasions from drugs, probes, irrigation, surgery, etc. The very things a doctor would recommend!
BTW: ear candles do not help you or your spouse with "selective" hearing loss! LOL Is all that stuff in the tip of the candle from my ear? No. If your ear candle is made with paraffin, 99% of the wax residue is from the ear candle. It's not wax "removal" that makes ear candling such a wonderful alternative remedy. If you are using a paraffin blend candle and you want to know which wax is which, let the candle cool. After it has cooled, squeeze the wax. If it is squishy, it may be mixed with ear wax from your ear. If it is hard, you can be certain that it is all from the ear candle. How often do I candle my ears? Common sense is the determining factor. I candle my family every 3-6 months and during cold, flu and allergy season we candle weekly. 2-3 candles per ear is normal. I would never use more than 4 candles per ear under any circumstances. When is ear candling a "no-no"? If the ear drum is perforated, if there are tubes in the ear, or if you have any rash or open sores/wounds in or around the outer ear do not candle! Ear Candles may help with ear ache pain, but do NOT reduce infection. You should seek the advise of a doctor if any of these conditions are present. I didn't see much wax in the candle after I finished. Should I candle again? No. That means you are NOT using paraffin ear candles! Ear Candling should be used as maintenance rather than for repair. The candling process lets the individual achieve a sense of clarity. I always ask my clients to "come in for a landing" after they have been candled. I ask them to envision the landing gauge from an airplane. Once they sit up from being candled, I ask them if they are they coming in straight, or are they feeling tipped to one side or the other? If one side (wing so to speak) is heavier than the other, then I candle that ear again. Balance is achieved when they come in "straight for their landing". If you are using a paraffin based ear candle then rest assured most, if not all, the wax is from the ear candle! With a 100% Beeswax, or a Beeswax / Soy Wax blend, you will be able to look inside and through the candle without cutting it open. A good ear candling session will give you an immediate sense of clarity, relaxation, and wellbeing --just like a massage! In most cases you won't see anything come out immediately after the session, HOWEVER, if you have excessive wax build-up, you should notice more sloughing out in the 2-3 days afterwards. It's important to keep in mind that most alternative remedies (home remedies, wellness remedies, etc) do not offer instant results like pills and antibiotics do. Alternative remedies don't destroy your liver either! If my ears are itchy should I candle them? No. Itchy ears can be a symptom of scores of issues or it might be as simple as a reaction to the chemicals in your shampoo. Rinse your ears thoroughly each time you shampoo. ALSO, there is a fungus that grows in the ear, which loves the humid climates in our southern states. Take a q-tip and swab the outer ear twice daily with brown vinegar (apple cider vinegar). That should cure it within 24-28 hours. What do I do if some of the candle gunk gets in the ear? You can expect the possibility of this happening if you use paraffin based ear candles. To remove it, use a Q-Tip dipped in hydrogen peroxide or a good ear oil, and gently swab the residue out of the ear using outward sweeps being careful not to push it further inside. Repeat the process until the residue is removed. Afterwards, put 3 drops of a good ear oil on a small piece of a cotton ball and place in the ear. Leave that in for at least an hour before removing (overnight is better). If you feel pain or can't get the residue out of your ear, go to your Doctor asap! While my friend was ear candling me it was very hot and uncomfortable. What happened and what should I do? Soy burns hotter than paraffin which is one of the reasons s should be mixed with beeswax. Paraffin leaves lots of residue which can drip into the ear canal and cause possible damage. Regardless of the type of wax used, the person ear candling should always check the candle during the session to make sure there isn't any wax dripping down the candle. You can check this by keeping a lamp on during the session. The light reflecting through the candle will allow you to see any bulk wax dripping down. If this happens and you feel uncomfortable: STOP CANDLING IMMEDIATELY! FOLLOW MY EAR CANDLING INSTRUCTIONS HERE Using gauze at the tip of the ear candle not only acts as a very comfortable heat barrier but helps to make a tight seal around the ear for candling purposes.
There was _________ stuck on the end of the candle. Did that really come from my ear? My customers and clients (as well as family) have told me about all sorts of things ending up in the ear... dirt, bugs, sand etc. My own son had a foam pellet from a bean bag chair stick to the end of the candle. . . 5 years and several doctor visits AFTER the bean bag chair broke open and sprayed all over him! The ear is built to get rid of foreign materials, and every so often we need to help it along. Scores of our valiant military personnel order ear candles to get rid of the sand and ear pressure problems while they are over seas! After I ear candle there is powder inside the candle and sometimes in my ear. What is it? Most beeswax candles will produce powder. A soy wax / beeswax blend will produce a minimal amount of powder but the tip will not get clogged like paraffin candles.
Any ear candle containing beeswax will produce a larger accumulation of powder residue than plain paraffin. If your supposed "100% beeswax" candle has "gunk" in it instead or along with powder (after you finish candling), the company you ordered from mixes it with PARAFFIN!
If you are using a paraffin or a paraffin / beeswax blend ear candle, stopping a few times during the session to clear the tip (use a toothpick) will help. When you finish the session, use a q-tip dipped in hydrogen peroxide and gently swab the ear to collect any powdery residue you are uncomfortable with. Duh, don't stick the q-tip too far! Does this really even need to be said?
Any natural material is NOT going to be 100% predictable, so expect some variations to occur from time to time.
All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for a medical advice or treatment for any general or specific medical conditions. Ear candles are not a medical device to be used to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. Ear candles are not a substitute for medical treatment. All those involved in the manufacturing as well as sellers, retailers, brokers, venders, and associates assume no liability from the ear candling process or treatment, or any loss, damage or expense of any kind arising from the use or inability to use this product. The end user and or recipient assumes full responsibility and does not hold the manufacturer and those associated with the dissemination and administration of the ear candle liable for any claims, obligations, expenses, or damages resulting from the use of the afore mentioned product. As of February 2010, the FDA issued a warning about the misleading assertions made by some manufacturers and retailers. From that report the FDA discourages consumers from using ear candles as, according to “scientific method”, it has no proven medical benefit. We know it works. So, despite the government interference, we encourage the use of alternative therapies for general health and wellness.