May 04, 2008

Hopi ear candling

Hopi:  a candle brought music to my ears

Liz Mulholland waxes lyrical about a treatment used by the Ancient Greeks and American IndiansI am now addicted to what is known as thermal auricular therapy, or ear candling. Though subsequent treatments have not proved as dramatic as the first, the decongested life is a revelation, and more pleasant than knocking back Sudafed.

Ear candling, a traditional therapy used by the Ancient Greeks, was popularised by the Hopi Indian tribe of the American south-west. The narrow, hollow rolled column of cotton flax is impregnated with beeswax. Now know as Hopi candles, they also contain honey, sage, St Johns Wort, and camomile. The patient lies on their side and a candle is gently inserted as far as is comfortable into the ear canal. It doesn't hurt, but it feels odd.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My sister makes ear candles and is a reiki master; she does candling for a living and I highly recommend it.