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Ear candling, a traditional therapy used by the Ancient Greeks, was popularised by the Hopi Indian Tribe of the American South-West. The modern incarnation of the treatment is primarily based on the form used by the Hopi (meaning "Peaceful People") Indians who possess great medicinal knowledge and spirituality. The Hopi Nation are renowned for their extensive healing skills.

The original use of ear candles was for aura and spiritual cleansing for purifying. They were used to cleanse and harmonise the different energy fields of the body. Equally they were also used in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies. The importance and use of ear candles is illustrated in numerous ancient wall paintings including those found within the caves of the Grand Canyon.

Quite different from conventional wax candles, a Hopi Ear Candle is actually a cotton tube, impregnated with beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils, that is painlessly inserted into the ear to draw out impurities and relieve pressure in the head and sinuses.

How it works

Fully dressed the client lies down on their side, with their head supported on a pillow so the auditory canal is vertical.

The process involves placing a specially designed hollow candle just inside the ear canal, as far as is comfortable into the ear canal.

Now known as Hopi Ear Candles, the hand-made structures are hollow tubes which contain honey, sage, St Johns Wort and chamomile.

  • Chamomile – anti-inflammatory and gentle anti-spasmodic sedative
  • Sage - stimulates the lymph, increases circulation
  • St. John’s Wort - restorative tonic for the nervous system

The candle is then lit and the resulting gentle suction and vacuum draws the wax and impurities from the ear and produces a light suction action. This vacuum is caused by the warmed air from the flame and colder air moving through its hollow centre. The movement and compression between the ear canal and the candle chamber generate air flow acting like a chimney. The burning action infuses the herbs and essential oils into a vapour, which is drawn into the auditory canal. This performs a massaging function as well as softening any impurities.

A fire crackling sound may be heard and possibly some gentle popping. The rising air gently massages the ear drum and helps to regulate ear pressure. A small amount of ear wax is also removed during the treatment.

According to practitioners, the candles work like a chimney, drawing impurities out. Most are burned away, although some may be found in the candle wax residue or may appear on a cotton bud 24 to 48 hours after treatment. The column of warm air rising in the candle is said to massage the ear drum while pressure in the sinus cavities and ears is equalised. Most deposits evaporate and are carried away through the candle ‘chimney’. None of the candle residue actually goes into the ear.

Most of these are carried away through the candle chimney, although some of them can be found in the condensed candle residue after removal from the ear - or can even work their way up to the surface 24 to 48 hours later.

Once the ear candling is finished the client receives a soothing head, scalp and face massage to finish the therapy and leave them feeling utterly relaxed.

Who it benefits

Hopi Ear Candles can benefit conditions affecting the head and ears such as sinus congestion, ear noises and excessive earwax.

The rising air through the column of the candle and gentle natural movement of the flame serve to gently massage the ear drum. This has an immediate subjective effect of regulating ear pressure. Users often describe a soothing, light sensation in the ear/head area and a general calming, relaxing effect.

It is often used by people with:

  • Tinnitus
  • Sinusitis
  • Glue ear
  • Hayfever and rhinitis
  • Excessive ear wax
  • Colds
  • Tension headaches
  • Stress
  • Many people report an enhanced sense of smell and hearing which might take a few minutes to adjust to. 

The contra-indications for Hopi Ear candling are -

Infection or inflammation of the ear

Surgery on the ear within the last 3 months

Perforation of the ear drum

Auricular cysts

Grommets, drains or ventilation tubes fitted

Known allergy to bees wax/stings.


Providing you have none of these existing conditions Hopi Ear Candling should be a perfectly safe treatment for you to have. The number of Hopi treatments that may be needed to cure a problem depends on a number of factors. The age of the person, the length of time they have had the condition and what condition the person is suffering from. The older the person and the longer they have had the condition the more treatments that will be needed before there is a noticeable improvement, and some conditions are much more treatable than others, therefore fewer treatments are needed for positive results to be achieved .

Our Hopi Candles are from BioSun (please see details below)

BioSun Ear Candles are made from:

- Pure Bee's Wax

- Honey Extract

- Pures Essential Oils

- Premium Organic Linens

We understand the importance of your confidence. This is why we only use the highest quality Hopi candles. We know that Biosun candles are constantly monitored and tested to maintain their certificates.

HOPI EAR CANDLE SAFETY - More and more satisfied customers around the world use Biosun ear candles. They benefit from 19 years of ear candling experience plus the best quality and uncompromised safety standards.

The red line (maximum burn) marking around our Hopi ear candles and a specially developed safety filter ensure simple and safe application.

"Biosun ear candles are regularly tested by independent institutes"Our ear candles are regularly tested by independent institutes and are the only ear candles that are certified medical products class IIa according to medical device directive 93/42/EEC. It is important for Practitioners of this therapy to understand the difference with the CE label as other ear candle makes do carry a CE label, but it is not of the same standard or classification as Biosun ear candles".

Biosun ear candles are the only ear candles in Europe to have a Medical Device Classification, which is a much higher level of safety standards to obtain. In order to have the CE level IIa classification Biosun have to adhere to a very strict quality control procedure during their manufacturing process.

"safe and easy to use... each packet is supplied with it's own leaflet"There are many other makes of ear candles on the market today, but none that carry such high standards of quality and safety as Biosun ear candles. The Bio Sun ear candles are the only ear candles that are covered by insurers for practitioner use as they are the only ear candles classified as a medical device. They are safe and easy to use, and each packet is supplied with it's own leaflet detailing how they work and how to use them safely.