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Ear Candling, Yay or Nay?

YAY!  That is a big fat YAY for ear candling at my house.  I have read so many blogs and heard so many people say that it doesn't work, "there is no possible way for the candle to draw anything out of the ear".  Some even say to do experiments with the candle in a vase and you will see the exact same residue in the candle as you would when doing it over someone's ear.


WRONG!  It works!  I am going to explain how we candle our ears and I will even show you evidence of the ear wax in the candle.  Not only that, proof is in the pudding.  My 8yo is my "model" in the pictures, he went to bed complaining of an ear ache.  It was so late and I was so tired that I didn't want to get up and candle his ear for fear of being so out of it I would start him or something else on fire.  I kept my promise and candled this morning, he is no longer complaining of ear pain.  And.....  he has no more yellow discharge from his nose either.


What You Will Need:

  • Good quality ear candle, they can be purchased at most health food stores, co-ops and even online

  • GLASS of water

  • Scissors

  • Tongs and/or tweezer

  • paper plate or bowl, styrofoam works too if that is all you have, like me

  • matches, lighter - or gas stove to light to candle


I will admit that I don't use the tongs or the tweezer, if I am alone and don't have a 2nd person to help me.  It's impossible to hold the candle, grab the other end with the tongs and cut with a scissors.  So, if you are only one person, I will explain below how I do it on my kids when my husband is not home.  DO NOT DO THIS ON YOURSELF, you could get really hurt.


I begin by cutting an X or cross in the middle of the plate or bowl and sticking the candle in about 1/2 way to 1/4 way down to the tip.  Do not let it burn more than 1/2 way down, it  can get dangerous and burn the person you are candling.


Now, have the person you are helping lay on their side with the ear you want to candle facing up.  Light the candle, the flat end, not the pointed end.  It won't be much of a flame at first but the flame will get bigger as it burns down.  We will cut it off as we go.  Gently place the tip (pointy end) of the candle in the ear.



Since the ear is tender in the first place, GENTLY placing in the opening of the ear is best. You don't need to stick it in there, only rest it in the opening.  If you are working with a child that has a small opening, you may need to pull down or over on the ear lobe to make the opening a little bigger to gently place the tip in the ear opening.


At this point if you are concerned, you may place a damp towel around the shoulders and head to cover any falling pieces of the candle.  I have never had to do this, because falling pieces have not happened, but if you are concerned, it's an option.  That is why buying good quality candles is so important.  Safety First.


As the candle burns down you will have charred pieces of the candle left.  Sometimes they fold over and fall onto the plate.