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Hopi Ear Candling
(Thermo Auricular Therapy)

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Hopi Ear Candle in use


Hopi Ear Candling is an ancient therapy, which was practiced by the North American Hopi Indians of Arizona, as a sacred ritual to cleanse and harmonise. Hopi translates to ‘peaceful people’.

The hollow candles are made from unbleached, organic cotton or linen; impregnated with beeswax, honey, St John’s Wort and medicinal herbs such as sage and chamomile. They have a safety filter at the base to prevent any debris from falling into the ear during the treatment.

When lit the candle creates a light chimney effect, massaging the ear drum and ear canal through vibration and warmth; drawing out wax and impurities; clearing the ear, sinuses and nose. This helps to balance the pressure in the ears, forehead & sinuses, creating a lighter feeling in the ear and head. A soft crackling sound may be heard during the treatment as the candle burns.

A facial massage is also carried out to improve circulation and lymphatic drainage, making it a very soothing and calming treatment.























History of Ear Candling

Ear Candling is also known as Thermo Auricular Therapy. It is a very ancient tradition stretching back centuries when folk healers all over the world used the therapy in one form or another.

It can also be traced back to the Native Americans of North and South America. This special knowledge was brought back to contemporary Europe from the Hopi people, the oldest Pueblo tribe, with knowledge of healing and deep spirituality.
Traditionally ear candles were used to cleanse the aura and to drive out negative energies.

The treatment is so calming that stress and anxiety can also be relieved.

The Candles

The candle is a thin, hollow linen tube. Each candle is handmade to a traditional recipe and incorporates honey, sage, St John's wort and camomile. Ear candling is not suitable for people who have a perforated eardrum, grommets, acute ear infection or inflammation of the ear and surrounding area.

The Treatment

The recipient lies on one side, in a comfortable position, with their head supported by a pillow. The candle is placed in the outer ear and ignited. The candle is held at all times while it is burning down and you will be aware of a gentle warmth and experience a pleasant crackling sound. The warm air softens any debris and excess wax in the ear and it is drawn into the base of the candle by a chimney effect. The movement of the flame creates a vibration of air that generates a massage-like effect on the eardrum. Administering gentle heat locally stimulates the peripheral blood circulation, lymphatic and immune systems.

Once the candle has burnt down to a marked level it is removed and extinguished. The process is then repeated on the other ear. Each candle takes between 8 and 12 minutes to burn down.
Following the candling a neck and face massage is carried out. This enhances the actions of the ear candles. It can also help to drain the sinuses, eliminate toxins and help with lymphatic drainage.
The whole candling experience is so wonderfully relaxing and soothing that many people drift off to sleep.

After Treatment

You will be advised to lie quietly for a few minutes.
Most people notice a 'lightness' in the ear and head areas.
The candle contents will be examined and if there is a long-standing problem the necessity of further treatments will be discussed.









Thermal Auricular Therapy can be beneficial for conditions such as:

  • Glue ear

  • Sinusitis

  • Tinnitus

  • Vertigo

  • Migraine and tension headaches

  • Excess ear wax

  • Hay-fever or other types of Rhinitis

  • Meniere’s disease

  • Relief of pre flight or pre diving pressure

  • Congestion from colds


Treatment cannot be carried out if there is a current ear infection, grommets present in the ear or a perforated/absent eardrum.





























































Hopi Ear Candle Therapists


Claire Bersier