Hopi Ear Candles
The modern form of Hopi Ear Candles (usually as supplied
by BioSun) may be used in a gentle treatment that may have
the effects of extracting inner-ear wax (if present), relaxing
the client, and alleviating any conditions due to inner-ear
wax and/or pressure and/or stress.
History of Hopi Ear Candles
Hopi Ear Candles have been used by Native Americans, especially
Hopi Indians, to achieve a wide range of effects, some of
which are therapeutic in a conventional Western (as opposed
to a purely spiritual) way.
Traditional Native Americane ear candles differ
from those used in modern Western Hopi ear candle treatments.
This is because the actual 'candles' used in modern therapeutic
treatments (see the upper illustrations to the right of
this text) are cylindrical rather than conical. This is
a safety feature to ensure that no sharp points can
be inserted into clients ears. Another difference is that the Native Americans use/d these
candles for a variety of purposes - mental, spiritual and
physical - hence they used a wide range of different herbs
in the different types of ear candles. By contrast, the
modern Ear Candles (top illustration, right) always include
the same ingredients.
What does a Hopi Ear Candles Treatment involve?
Hopi Ear Candle Treatment usually begins with a consultation
during which the practitioner asks the client a series of
questions about how she is feeling, her medical history
and why she has requested this treatment. This is an opportunity for the therapist to ensure that
there are no reasons why it would not be adviseable for
the client to have a Hopi Ear Candle Treament that day (e.g.
perforated ear drum/grommets or other drainage devices in
ear/outer ear infected or inflamed/allergies to the ingredients
of the candles/etc.). This is also an opportunity for the client to ask any questions
he/she may have about the treatment, make any requests,
and understand exactly what - and what NOT - to expect of
Assuming all is well, the therapist will usually then invite
the client to make him/herself comfortable on a therapeutic
couch. The client will be asked to lie on his/her side (adjustments
being made for anyone who is unable to assume the usual
position for this treatment e.g. due to disabilites). This
position is so that the first ear is uppermost and easily
accessible to the therapist. The client may also be covered with a blanket, if required,
for warmth and comfort.
Each ear will be treated in turn. (If one ear is thought
to be more blocked than the other then the 'good' ear is
usually treated first.) After each ear has been treated the therapist will usually
invite the client to lie on his/his back on the couch while
the therapist does give him/her a 20 minute face-massage,
to help stimulate the absorption of the herbs from the candles
into the tissues of the sinuses and face. (All aspects of
all treatments are always, of course, optional.)
Following the treatment itself, the therapist may invite
the client to get up slowly when he/she feels ready to do
so. It is good practice for the therapist to ensure that
the client is sufficiently alert to drive home or move onto
their next task.
The therapist might also invite feedback about the treatment,
show and discuss with the client the type and extent of
ear wax extracted by the candles, and answer any questions.
Most therapists also usually encourage their clients to
drink a glass of water immediately after the treatment.
Further Information about Hopi Ear Candles
Introductory courses in Hopi Ear Candles are available from
some local colleges and also from centres that specialise
in teaching natural / alternative therapies. For a personal
introduction to this subject and to meet like-minded people
who have similar interests find out what is available in your