In ancient times the process was described as "coning". Cone
shaped instruments made from pottery clay were used. The glazed pottery cones
had a double helix carved inside to create a downward spiral energy flow of the
smoke and heated air. This would carry the burning herbs down into the ear
canal. The action is a counter clockwise flow caused by the vacuum action of the
cone. The smoke and the heat cleansed the ear canal and pulled the debris out by
vacuum as the air was burned out the ear canal.
This process was used in
China, India, Tibet, Egypt, the Mayan, Aztec and American Indian Cultures.
Cleansing cones or candles are an ancient, universal form of therapy used by
nations all around the globe. Some form of wax or some burnable substance was
used as the carrier in the cones. Some Indian tribes simply blow herbal smoke
down into the ear canal through a cone shaped object, many times it was wrapped
Many cultures considered coning a spiritual practice for clearing the mind and
senses. They claimed it cleared the mind and body so you could meditate and open
up your sensitivity.
In current times many cultures such as the South American Mexican Indians and
some American Indian tribes are using ear coning. Materials vary from pottery
cones to rolled up newspaper soaked in wax.
In the present time, due to health regulations we have to use disposable
candles. Cones or candles are made from strips of unbleached cotton or linen
dipped in paraffin and/or beeswax and herbs. The spiral roll built into the
candles during production creates the same effect as the pottery cones. In some
cultures they have mixed herbs into the wax or placed herbs in the cone during
the burning process.
they teach ear candling as a remedy. In the U.S. this is a relatively new
process to the general public. In many cultures ear candling is the remedy of
choice for ear infections, Candida, fungus growth, ear aches, etc. A few
holistic doctors in the U.S. have shifted over to ear candling from irrigation
Common ear wax build-up muffles hearing for many. Yeast's, allergies or just wax
build-up, removed from the ear canal regularly will restore hearing, relieve
tension or pressure in the ear and sometimes relieve other symptoms not
consciously connected with the ear condition before the process. Removal of
excessive wax allows better hearing, usually immediately.
Candida can cause a mold/yeast allergy which in turn causes itching inside the
ear. Parasites can cause many problems if allowed to grow in the ear. "Swimmers
Ear" is quite often caused by growth of bacteria etc. in the ear plus ear wax
which stops the clearing of water from the ear. Some have also removed fleas
Ear aches can be caused by mucus blown into the ear from the Eustachian tube.
Ear candling can often release the pressure and relieve the pain.
The moist warm dark conditions in the ear cause fast growth of many organisms,
If excess ear wax blocks the ear it can cause pressure build-up from various
The way it works
The spiral of the cone causes the smoke to be pulled down in to
the ear canal. This causes the ear canal to warm up and loosen the wax and any
other material. As it heats it up, the candle causes a suction by creating a
vacuum in the ear canal. Air is drawn up from the Eustachian tube into the
middle ear then through the porous membrane out into the outer ear. The heat and
the vacuum draw out the wax and other materials from the ear canal into the base
of the candle. As it burns down you will hear a lot of cracking and hissing
which is the process of removing the wax etc. The warmth feels soothing and
relaxing during the process.
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