Itchy Ears - Ear Candling

I ears have been driving me absolutely crazy!  CRAZY! 

One doctor told me to put two drops of baby oil in each ear at night.  I did that, and I do believe it made it worse - so I decided to go back to a tried and true remedy (for me) share with me years ago when I was still teaching.

It is called Ear Candling.  Wikipedia says the following:

Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. Medical research has shown that the practice is both dangerous and ineffective and does not help remove earwax or alleged toxins. The claim by one manufacturer that ear candles originated with the Hopi tribe also has been disproven.

Personally, I disagree, but I wanted to be sure you understand.

Here is what happened:

 I lay on the bed with a newspaper covering my face and arms.  The ear candle was slotted through a hole in the paper. It has to be completely upright, and someone needs to be with you the whole time - about 10 minutes. Raf lit the candle, and you can see the flame.  We burned it down to the mark on the candle you can see above the newspaper.

We kept a water bowl close by, and when the candle got to the mark, Raf took it and dumped it into the bowl of water.

Now, I used to be able to lie down on the floor for this, but since I can't get up and down so very well, this was the alternative.  It's probably safer on the floor.

When you candle, you cannot feel heat and what you hear is a sort of soft popping sound.

After the candling was complete, I opened the bottom of the candle to see what had come from my ear.

This is a photo of the piece of wax that was removed from my ear.  It is substantial, as you can see.

Ear candles can be purchased online or at health food stores. 

I do warn you, please read instructions carefully before you do this - but for me, it really works.  My ear is so much better!


This is something I've never heard of before. It's always good to know what can be available for those that choose to go a 'non medicated' way to heal.
Barbara said…
I have had this done but my question was - was it war wax or candle wax? Only a crumb compared with yours though!
Sue in the Wood said…
Ear wax drawn out by candle wax. Really helped. Am now using coconut oil to keep the ear from waxing up so much.
shanegibbs said…
Ear candling is a good way to remove wax, but as you said it’s not safe. I would suggest not doing it in presence of children as they can try to repeat the same and can cause big trouble. The safest and most suggest way to remove wax is ear wax removal by a professional doctor. Other alternatives are ear buds, which remove excess of ear wax quite easily. While removing wax never forget to protect your ears after wax removal which is much important, falling in same can cause many problems. To know more about ear wax removal visit

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