Rachel J Lambert BA (Hons) MIFPA (AC Registered) MAR MICHT

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Hopi Ear Candling
Hopi Ear Candles are hollow ‘chimneys’ made from 100% natural ingredients. The treatment is ancient. It combines heat and natural ingredients to treat pain and discomfort. The ‘recipe’ used to make the candles originated with the Hopi Tribe of Native Americans who live in the Grand Canyon area of the United States. It is believed that many ancient civilisations used ear candles, including peoples of the Siberian prairies and Asia as well as North and South America.
The candles are made from:-   
≈ Pesticide-free woven Cotton and Pure Beeswax which have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which fight infections.
Honey extracts which can aid allergic rhinitis (hayfever). Similar to the homeopathic principle of treating like with like, a small amount builds up antibodies to fight allergens.
Sage which is anti-inflammatory and astringent, encouraging the constriction of blood vessels to reduce blood flow and mucous secretions.
St John’s Wort which is anti-inflammatory, astringent, relaxing and restores the central Nervous System.
Chamomile which is anti-inflammatory, astringent and relaxing.
Beta-carotene (Vitamin A) which fights infections and also strengthens the immune system
Once placed in the ear and lit, the heat and candle ingredients work to cleanse the ear and regulate pressure within the inner ear. They are believed to aid Ear Nose and Throat related conditions and people chose to receive this treatment because it is gentle and non-invasive. The treatment is also deeply relaxing. After the candle burning, this relaxation is further enhanced by a soothing neck, face and scalp massage, or a longer massage if required. The massage eases muscle tension, works reflex points on the ear and improves the circulation of blood and lymph to the whole area.
A treatment session involves the burning of a candle in one ear and then the other. It is a safe procedure. Filters prevent candle wax from entering the ear canal, the candles are only burned down to the marked safety line, the face and hair are covered by a protective cloth and a trained Therapist will position the candles in such a way that any ash or dust does not fall towards the face.
During the candle burning, clients may feel warmth, hear a faint crackling sound and sometimes may temporarily feel the ear blocked. If any pain or discomfort is felt, the Therapist will stop the treatment. At the end of the treatment, any residue will be cleaned from around the ear and the candle remains will be opened and analysed.
The main aims of Hopi Ear Candling are relaxation, improving the immune system and the relief of Ear, Nose and Throat problems through the use of heat and the therapeutic properties of the ingredients of the candles. A treatment affects the outer ear, ear drum, middle ear, inner ear and eustacean tube.
Heat vaporises the ingredients and draws them down the ‘chimney’ into the outer ear. The warm vapours massage/vibrate the ear drum which helps to regulate pressure systems within the head, including the sinuses. The aroma of the ingredients is also inhaled into the sinus area which is both relaxing and clearing. The treatment will continue to work for 48 hours.
Benefits of Hopi Ear Candling
Hopi Ear Candling can be used with many conditions:-
Pressure problems within the inner ear when flying, swimming etc
Headaches and Migraines
Sinusitis and Rhinitis
Colds and flu
Glue Ear
Excessive ear wax
Loss of smell
Looking at the contents of the candles after a treatment can help a therapist to determine the effects of the treatment and suggest appropriate after-care advice, including when it would be advisable to have another treatment. The contents of candles at the end indicate the condition of the ears and how hard the candles have had to work. Any wax found in a candle after a treatment IS NOT EAR WAX. The Candles DO NOT draw wax out of ear, but they have been found to soften the wax so that it comes out naturally.
Immediately after a treatment, it is generally advisable to relax, drink plenty of water and keep the ears warm. There is a possibility that clients may get a slight headache from sinus pressure change or feel catarrh in the throat as the sinuses clear.
Long-term after-care advice for the ears includes using ear plugs when swimming, not poking anything into the ears, reducing caffeine/salt/dairy intake, increasing water intake, avoiding loud music/walkman etc, using Sodium Bicarbonate ear drops if wax continues to be a problem, and avoiding smoking and alcohol.
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