Native American Indian Spa Treatments


Hopi Ear Candles


Hopi ear candles are named after the Native American tribe who first introduced this gentle therapy to the West.  The Hopi nation is renowned for their extensive knowledge of healing and their spiritual lifestyle. The translation of the word Hopi means “peaceful ones”.

Ear candles are used widely throughout North America and Asia and although the current treatment has come to us from the Hopi tribe, the use of ear candles to treat ear problems has been known for centuries, having been used by the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks.

The Hopi ear candle is not a candle as such, but a hollow tube made out of cotton flax and they are coated with beeswax and honey, infused with Chamomile, Sage and St John’s Wort. The lit candle is placed into the ear and as it burns, the ingredients blend together to form a vapor which travels down the candle and along the ear canal. The candle works like a chimney with a light suction action and draws any impurities to the surface where they are removed. As the candles burns, it gently massages the ear canal stimulating the blood and lymph circulation in the surrounding area. It vibrates gently on the ear drum, like a tuning fork and regulates the pressure of the inner ear. The vapor leaves behind golden colored particles of dust (gold dust) which acts as a natural skin care moisturizer helping to balance the ear canal. It’s good for both dry, itchy ears and oily ears.


The Treatment

The treatment itself involves you lying on the massage table fully clothed. Both ears are treated every time to ensure balance is maintained.  The treatment is very gentle and relaxing and may take up to an hour, depending on the condition being treated.

The Hopi Ear Candle is placed over the ear orifice and ignited. It is only allowed to burn to within 4 inches of the end of the candle. As it burns it produces a gentle local heat. The warm air combined with the oil and herbs soften the wax and draw it into the base of the candle. The candle is then removed and the ear and surrounding area is then massaged. The treatment is repeated on the other ear and then a complete facial massage is carried out, paying particular attention to the sinus areas.

Hopi Ear Candle therapy makes use of the simple laws of science. When the candle is inserted into the ear and lit the flame creates a vacuum drawing wax, Candida, yeast, and other debris from the ear canal into the hollow candle. This vacuum is caused by the warmed air from the flame and colder air moving through its hollow centre. The movement and compression between the ear canal and the candle chamber generate air flow acting like a chimney. It is this that generates the “sucking” action.

The burning action infuses the herbs and essential oils into a vapor, which is drawn into the auditory canal. This performs a massaging function as well as softening any impurities. Many clients report a state of complete mental, physical and emotional relaxation, sometimes even falling asleep. Many often comment on feeling a soothing, liberating, light sensation in the ear and head areas.Hopi Ear Candles

It also stimulates energy points and reflex zones. The high energy light from the flame penetrates through the candle tunnel, transporting a vital spectral frequency inward to important energy centers. The cleansing fire carries negative vibrations away from the metabolic energy fields and harmonizes the energy status. As well as offering real and marked benefits in a non-invasive manner for many ear, nose and throat problems, an ear candle treatment is a deeply relaxing, calming and soothing experience.

After the candle has been extinguished an auricular massage is applied with a blend of oils. To stiffen the flax, they are impregnated with extract of honey and herb oils (in particular chamomile, sage and St Johns wort), the healing properties that have been known to the Hopi tribe for hundreds of years..


Benefits of Hopi Ear Candles

Hopi Ear Candles are reported to help with the treatment of sinusitis, rhinitis, earwax, earache and irritation of the ears including tinnitus. It is also suitable for the treatment of:

  • Reduction of inner ear irritation
  • Relief from colds, influenza, headaches, migraines etc
  • Improves the lymph system and metabolism
  • Stimulates blood / energy circulation
  • Provides a soothing, light sensation around the ear and head area
  • Reduces any ear pain experienced when flying / diving
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Invigorates the immune system
  • Provides a deep and lasting sense of mental, physical and emotional relaxation
  • Reduces Congestion
  • Relieves the affects of stress
  • Stimulates important acupuncture points and reflex zones

It is not suitable for those with perforated eardrums, where grommets are in place or those who may have an allergy to the ingredients.  If you have any questions ask your doctor.