What are the uses and benefits of ear candles?

ENT doctors strongly forbid cleaning the ear canal by means like cotton swabs, which are likely to clog or even harm the ear by pushing the waxes inwards. This can lead to inflammation of the ear canal, ringing and whistling, and even temporary deafness. Ear candling is an alternative that is not only natural, but also more effective and safe, with benefits you may not even realise existed, such as the chance to live more, yes you heard it right, the chance to live more!

The use of ear candles for ear hygiene

Ear candling is a traditional technique that is considered the most effective way to clean the inside of the ears. It is drawn from the Hopi tribe (Indians from North and Central America) who have been using it for centuries. This treatment lasts about 10 minutes for each ear and should be performed on average once a month, for young and old alike. It consists of extracting (and thus cleaning) the wax, also called cerumen, from the ears using a tube containing beeswax. The upper end of the tube is lit and the other end is inserted into the ear canal. When burning, the flame of the candle produces an effect similar to that of a chimney. As the air in the candle heats up and rises inside the tube, a small vacuum is created both in the ear and at the base of the candle. This slight depression will suck the excess earwax already softened by the heat out of the ear. The wax will end up inside the candle, giving the ear a pleasant feeling of cleanliness and hearing clarity. For more information on ear candles, visit www.vivreplus.fr.

How to use ear candles?

The ear candle treatment requires the help of another person. The one receiving the treatment should lie on his or her side in a horizontal position so that the candle remains vertical. Once he or she is comfortable, the end of the candle (the thin part of the tube) is inserted into the ear canal. Once the candle is properly positioned, the top end of the candle should be lit. Don’t worry about the risk of burning, a protective disc is usually supplied with the candle, which will protect the area around your ear. Thereafter, wait for the candle to burn out, which takes about 10 minutes, remove it and dip it in a glass of water. Then repeat the operation on the other ear.

The benefits of the use of ear candles

Using an ear candle for ear cleaning is very effective and has many benefits. It helps the person receiving the treatment to get rid of buzzing and whistling sensations and even temporary deafness due to the accumulation of earwax. This is because the ear candle, when used frequently, helps to soften the wax and expel it from the ear through the tube. This technique also helps prevent certain ear diseases and problems such as otitis and tinnitus and can even cure migraines and sinusitis. It has been reported that ear candling also improves balance and therefore prevents dizziness. For example, after a bath in the pool or in the sea, ear candling can also be used to remove water residues that have accumulated in the ear. Finally, this therapy method provides a feeling of well-being, relaxation and relief thanks to the gentle heat that is released during the treatment. As the ear candle burns, it releases a vapour of beeswax microparticles which helps to soften the earwax and reactivate its secretion.

When should you avoid using an ear candle?

Even though ear candling is very effective and does not present any particular risk, there are certain cases where it is not recommended to use this technique. For instance, this technique should not be used when you suffer from an ear infection or inflammation. It is also not recommended for someone who has recently had surgery on the ear, even a small one such as paracentesis, which is usually performed for serous or acute otitis. The same applies to more or less serious ear damage such as a perforation of the eardrum. Finally, as the ear candle cleaning technique is a wax-based procedure, it is not recommended for people who are allergic to beeswax or other associated products.

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