Hopi Ear Candling

About Hopi Ear Candling

Hopi Ear Candles are an ancient and natural therapy handed down by many civilisations. The tradition of ear candling reached the modern world via the Native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona. The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians.

Whilst results vary from person to person, many users of Hopi Ear Candles report that use can aid with the following problems:

  • Flu
  • Colds
  • Tinnitus
  • Sinusitis
  • Ear Infections
  • Excess Ear Wax
  • Headaches or Migraines
  • Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)
  • Perforated Eardrum
  • Otosclerosis
  • Ménière’s disease (Effects Balance)

About The Treatment

The preferred method and recommended position for the treatment is with the client lying down on their left or right side with their head resting on a pillow. Once the client is comfortable the Hopi candle is inserted approximately 3 mm to 5 mm into the external acoustic meatus or ear canal.


Suitability & Advice

It is not recommended to use Hopi Candles, if you are currently suffering from any ear related illness, nor is it recommended to use Hopi Candles while using any hearing aid or device. Below is a short list of some devices and ailments.

  • Grommets
  • Inner Ear Inflammation (Labyrinthitis)
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Taking Medication
  • Ear Infection
Hopi Ear Candles are safe to use during pregnancy. However, it is not recommend to use them during the trimester (during the first 3 months of pregnancy)

During Treatment

Once inserted the Hopi candle is ignited and therapist hands are placed around the base of Hopi candle in a protective position covering the client’s face and eyes. After around ten minutes (or when candle has reached the indicator markings), the Hopi candle is removed and extinguished and the process is repeated for the opposite ear. Treatment time depends on multiple factors such as:

  • The density of the wax ( how hard or soft the wax is).
  • The Volume of Wax in the inner ear canal.
  • The Type of Candle Used.

As the candle burns it uses up oxygen within the Centre of the candle creating a small but delicate suction or vortex in which the wax is slowly extracted from within the inner ear. The antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties of the silky powder left by the candle soothe and decongestant.

Each one of the factors will increase or decrease the amount of time it takes for the candle to burn. However the maximum burn time for each candle is no more than 15 minutes, giving an estimated treatment time of 30-45 minutes.


If you have allergies or sensitivity relating to any of the ingredients used in the candle’s manufacture or you have any concerns regarding use of ear candles you should consult your Doctor, GP or local healthcare provider.