What is Ear Candling?

Ear Candling, also known as Ear Coning, is the ancient process of removing a build up of excess wax within the ear. Its origins stem from Native American Indians, Chinese, Egyptian, Mayan and Tibetan cultures.

Ear candling is useful in treating:

  • sinus
  • headaches
  • hearing problems
  • colds/’flu
  • earache and infections


It is a very safe treatment. Hollow ear cones (or candles) are made from beeswax and organic linen that have been soaked or treated with herbs. They are gently inserted into the ear canal and draw wax and bacteria from the ear like a vacuum. The heat from the flames creates a very warm, soothing and pleasant sensation in the ear area, with some people reporting feeling their sinuses opening up and a lighter and less congested feeling.

Exercise physiologist Merendi Leverett from Merendi Health & Wellness said Ear Candling was a great alternative to using cotton buds and could be used as a weekly or monthly ‘cleaning’ routine for ears.

“I am one of those people who has to visit my GP yearly to get my ears ‘flushed out’. I can tell you it is not a nice experience, especially if the wax has become compacted in the ear canal,” Merendi said.

“I find using ear candles a natural and safe alternative to keep my ear wax under control. You can either administer them yourself with help from a friend or family member, or visit a practitioner. Our therapists offer a lovely ‘face massage’ afterwards,” she explained.

2 thoughts on “What is Ear Candling?

  1. Is this safer than having ears syringed with water or having the wax sucked out ? I have a lot of trouble as I have very short ear canals, and wax builds up very frequently.

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