by Kara McNabb, N.H.E.
For more than 20 years, herbs etc, has carried ear candles to help you clear your sinuses and congested ears from excess wax build-up. When done properly, ear candling is a safe, effective way for do-it-yourselfers to have better hearing.
While cotton swabs may pull out some ear wax, they actually push bacteria further into your ear canal. These tiny sticks also run the risk of causing damage to the ear canal or ear drum. Furthermore, they may also contain harmful chemical residues.
Ear candling is the practice of using cones made from beeswax to clean the ears of impurities and help with various ear disorders. Think of it like a chimney on a fireplace. As the cone burns, smoke travels into the ear canal, warming the earwax and creating a gentle vacuum. This can dislodge wax and any other debris and pull it into the cone. First-timers might see a powdery discharge. This is yeast build-up in the ear. You should always do both ears. Most people find they need two candles per ear twice a year. And for those who work in loud areas, they may need to repeat the process with up to three or four candles, up to four times per year. Always have someone help you. Pick up instructions from herbs etc.