Candle therapy can help ease discomfort

Jenny Logan.
Jenny Logan.

As a therapist, I regularly see people that have on-going problems with mucus around the sinus area.

This can be due to remnants from a cold or other reasons that cause this problem.

Pressure around the nose and eye area can be real discomfort for many. I often recommend steam inhalation with a few drops of olbas or eucalyptus oil in a bowl of warm water and cover the head with a towel, then take deep breaths in to start the process of breaking down the mucus.

For those of you that have more of a stubborn build up of mucus, using the ear candle treatment may work for you to relieve the pressure around this area and rebalance the pressure in the ears.

I also see a lot of people who say their ears feel blocked and cannot hear very well or have a build up of wax in the ears from using hearing aids. I am told that some doctors no longer syringe ears, so people seek relief with this non-invasive treatment, often commenting on how much better they can hear after they have used the candles, and are amazed at the wax drawn out.

The Hopi ear candles are a cylindrical shaped candle made from bees wax, honey extracts, sage, St. John’s wort, chamomile and organically grown flax. The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula.

Thermal Auricular Therapy (ear candle therapy) has been handed down by many civilisations. It is believed the ancient Greeks initially used the Hopi candles for cleansing, healing and balancing. However, much later on the practice reached the modern world via the Native American Indians of North Arizona (interestingly Hopi means peaceful people).

Many people are fascinated at how the candles are used. The smoke generated from the candle circulates the inner ear softening any excess ear wax. The chimney principle of the candle draws up any impurities into the candle.

Periodically the water that we naturally hold behind the ear drum can become excessive, affecting our balance and pressure in the ear drum. The water is drawn up with the softened ear wax, rebalancing the pressure.

One man in-particular that had dreaded the flight to his holidays because of the pain he always experienced when the plane was descending, used the candles the day before he flew. On his return I bumped into him in the supermarket, he told me he couldn’t believe it.

He had no pain flying out or on the journey back, he now uses them every time before flying. This non-invasive, relaxing treatment is used regularly by many.