Hopi ear candling


The use of candles to treat ear and head problems have been well documented. They were used in ancient Greece and by the Egyptians. Hopi Ear Candles get their name from the Hope (peaceful) people who live in SW of America. Their traditions have been handed down through the centuries.

The candles used today are based on the traditional Hopi Ear Candles.


The candles used are based on the traditional formula of the Hopi Indian Tribes. All ingredients used are pure and natural, and a filter is used to prevent candle residue from entering the ear.

After the candles are lit the ingredients start to vaporise and are drawn down the hollow centre of the candle into the outer portion of the ear. A mild suction occurs and the heat of the released vapours gently massages the ear drum as the pressure gently oscillates. This action in turn gently helps to regulate the pressure system within the head. The release of the ingredients also offers aromatherapy benefits.


Firstly your therapist will need to ascertain that you have no contra indications to the treatment, see below.

You will be asked to lie on one side and the therapist will insert one of the candles, asking if it feels comfortable in the ear, it shouldnt be painful. You may get a blocked feeling, but that will clear.

Next the therapist will light the candle and reinsert it into your ear. The candle takes about 10 mins to burn down, you may hear a crackling/sizzling noise - thats quite normal.

Then you will be asked to lie onto your other side and the same will happen as the first ear.

If at any time the treatment feels painful you need to let your therapist know.


If you have any long standing problems with your ears, the therapist may need to get permission from your GP or consultant before going ahead with a treatment.

Other contra indications include:

  • perforated ear drum
  • grommets in place
  • allergy to candle properties
  • infected or inflamed ear


Benefits and effects include:

  • helps to clear excessive ear was
  • sinus relief
  • snoring
  • tinnitus (noises in the ear)
  • stress
  • neuralgia
  • Meniere's disease
  • vertigo