Ear candles are said to be a natural, safe, non-invasive and simple way of removing excess wax and debris from the inside of the ear. Although ear wax candles are not scientifically proven to recover hearing loss nor cure any specific ear diseases, many people claim that it helps to remove excess wax, improve hearing loss, helps balance and equilibrium symptoms in vertigo, relieve sinus pressure and earache. The use of ear candles should never be used in people who have had recent ear surgery; ear cysts; ear drains; injury or damage to the ear drum and tumors of the ear drum. It is recommended that if you have any certain health problems, to contact your medical physician first.
This procedure of using ear candles is called ear coning, whereby a long tapered beeswax and soy blend candle is narrow enough to be gently inserted into the ear canal and the end is lit. The candle would normally be inserted through a paper plate to protect the face from any spilt wax. The burning flame is said to create a gentle vacuum to promote blood circulation, removal of toxins and wax.
Ear coning can be done on regular basis depending on the amount of ear wax you have. Those with excess ear wax may need to go every week for a few weeks, and those with little ear wax may only need to go a few times a year.
It should be noted that for good quality beeswax candles, there should be little or no spillage of the wax. Ear coning should never hurt, but as the candle burns you will feel warmth in the ear canal and maybe some crackling noises. Ear wax candles can be dangerous and should never be conducted alone, as there may be a risk of skin burns due to the hot wax and may drip into the ear, obstructing the ear canal or even damaging the ear drum.