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Ear Candling

What is ear candling?

Ear candling is a non-invasive therapy. A traditional Biosun ear candle made from natural ingredients such as honey, sage and camomile, is placed in the ear and lit. The lit candle generates a gentle heat which produces a light suction action. This is known as the chimney principle, and works by gently drawing impurities to the surface and loosening ear wax. None of the candle residue goes into the ear.

What are the benefits of ear candling?

There are many benefits to having this treatment which include relief from the following:

  • Sinus problems
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Common cold
  • Hay fever
  • Snoring
  • Flying and other high altitude ear problems
  • Loss of smell

Ear candling can also soften and loosen compacted ear wax, relieve stress, produce relaxation and may aid hearing problems.  I have had many ear candling treatments over the years to ease my own sinus problems and to alleviate the ear pain I experience when travelling by plane, and I have found it to be an incredibly effective treatment.

A typical Ear Candling session

A full consultation with the client takes place before the treatment begins. The client lies fully clothed on the treatment table, lying on their side so the auditory canal is vertical, with their head supported by a pillow. The non-burning end of the Biosun candle is then placed gently onto the outer ear passage, and a light turning movement is applied until the ear candle is sealed in place. The candle is then removed, lit and then replaced back into the ear.  While burning, the candle often generates a pleasant crackling sound (similar bacon sizzling in a pan!) and a warm, comfortable feeling while it draws out the impurities.  The process is then repeated on the other ear.  A short facial massage then takes place. The massage treatment may help to aid hearing problems and relieve pressure in the head and sinuses.

A typical session lasts approximately 40 minutes and costs £25.00


As with many therapies, there are times when it’s not appropriate to carry out an ear candling treatment; the reasons for not carrying out a treatment can be varied and are known as contra-indications. An Ear Candling treatment cannot take place in the following cases if:

  • the ear drum is correctly perforated
  • grommets or other drainage devices are in place in the ear drum
  • the outer ear canal is inflamed e.g. active eczema or psoriasis
  • the client is allergic to any of the constituents of the Biosun candle
  • the client is under specific medical supervision
  • a course of antibiotics or other medication is being followed
  • severe dental work such as root canal work has left the jaw and face sore and possibly in spasm
  • if a current healing process is underway
  • in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy
  • there is a neck problem which severely hampers mobility
  • a cochlear implant has been fitted
  • the client is a young child


Anyone who is receiving medical treatments for any ear condition should always consult with their doctor first.