Ear Candling

An Ancient Cleansing Technique

Today, more and more people are seeking alternative methods to digging in the ears with Q-tips or using a hydrogen peroxide flush to clear blockages in the ear canal.

Ear Candling is a natural and non-intrusive technique that may help alleviate the painful effects of:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Chronic sinus problems
  • Minor hearing loss
  • Earwax buildup
  • Allergies
  • Vertigo

Ear candling may also help with:

Dry hacking cough
Many coughs are a direct result of a sinus infection. The inner ear and small sinus cavities get blocked with mucus and infection sets in. Ear Candling helps drain and dry out the small, dark places where germs live and multiply.

Sinus headaches
Blockages in the inner ear or sinus cavities can cause pressure to build. Ear Candling can help to open blocked passages.

Ringing in the ears can be a cause of dehydration coupled with wax buildup. One treatment is to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of pure water each day. Ear Candling may help to break down the wax.

Itchy ears
This might be caused from an abundance of yeast in the body, creating Candida (too much sugar). Candida starts in the intestines and travels up into the Eustachian tube, into the sinus and ear canal. Ear Candling helps to dry out these areas.


Ear Candling (also known as coning or ear funneling) dates back as far as biblical times when hollow reeds from swamp areas were used. This cleansing technique has been passed down for many generations by the Egyptian, Asian and European cultures. Egyptians used it as a folk remedy to improve clarity and focus. It’s also practiced in cultures as diverse as the Tibetan monks and ancient Mayans. This lost process has come back into practice and is now being used by a wide cross-section of people around the World.

About the Candle

The process of ear candling has changed little throughout history. The hygienist begins with a hollow candle made of unbleached muslin (often immersed in an aromatic herbal solution, and then dried) and shaped into a cone and dipped in beeswax.

Do Not Use Candles Made with Paraffin

Paraffin can cause irritation to the eyes and nose, and some people are allergic to it. For this reason, only use beeswax candles made from unbleached muslin. These are the purest, most natural candles. The cost of the candle is more, but the health and safety of the client is the only consideration.

How does it work?

It is believed that as the candle burns, gentle warm smoke is drawn into the ear canal that softens and loosens candida, wax, and other debris through osmosis. This means anything on the other side of the eardrum turns into gas form to pass through the eardrum membrane. It is then collected into the remaining unburned portion of the candle.

Is ear candling for everyone?

No! You should not have ear candling performed if you have any damage to the eardrum, ear tubes, congenital hearing loss, ankylosis of the stapes, acute mastoiditis, or recent surgical procedures to the ear.

***Ear candling should be thought of as a home remedy. While many have found it safe and effective, as well as meditative, it should not replace medical treatment.

75 to 90 minutes with 3 candles in each ear $175

By Appointment only in either our San Mateo or Pacifica Office. Contact me.