What is Hopi Ear Candling and how does it work?

The treatment involves placing an ear candle (as shown in the picture to the left) – which is a hollow tube candle made of unbleached cotton that is coated with natural ingredients such as beeswax, honey and herbs – into the ear canal. Treating each ear separately, the candle gently burns down and it is believed to act like a ‘chimney’ creating a light vacuum effect. The flicker of the flame also creates vibrations that massage the eardrum. The herbal vapours from the lit candle also swirl into the ear canal, helping to soothe and balance. Also known as Thermo Auricular Therapy, Hopi Ear Candling is an excellent and non-invasive treatment suitable for problems and conditions related to the ear, nose and throat areas.


Some of the conditions it is useful for are listed below;

  • Headaches

  • Migraine

  • Hay fever

  • Snoring

  • Compacted ear wax

  • Sore throats

  • Colds and flu

  • Tinnitus

  • Catarrh

  • Sinusitis

  • Asthma

  • Neuralgia

  • Balance problems

  • Glue ear

  • Rhinitis

  • Regulating pressure in ears and head

  • Anxiety and stress


What Does It Feel Like?

As the candle burns down (see video below) , many say it sounds like a fire softly crackling away which adds to the overall relaxing experience. The usual burn time of each candle is between 8 and 15 minutes. A pleasant feeling of warmth from both the candle and the reassurance of the therapist’s touch also makes this a deeply relaxing treatment.


Does It Involve Massage?

The ear candling treatment is followed by a massage of the outer ear and a pressure point and lymphatic drainage massage of the face which complements the effects of the ear candling by helping to release blockages in the sinuses and ears.


All prices below are based on adult prices.  If you require an appointment for a minor then please get in touch for more details.  I am fully DBS checked and I am more than happy for the parent or guardian to be present during the appointment.

30-40 minutes £25

If you feel that you have a cold coming on the treatment can start with a massage prior to the Ear Candle Treatment and also finish with a Lymphatic Drainage Massage therefore becoming a

1 hour treatment. This treatment has been known to help stop/ease colds from developing if caught in the first day or two of infection.


1 Hour £30


Any Precautions?


As with most things, although Ear candling is a gentle non-invasive process, there are certain conditions that would prevent treatment. These include:

* Grommets, drains or tubes fitted in the ear

* Cochlear implants

* Perforated eardrum (or lack of eardrum)

* Ear or sinus inflammation or infection

* Auricular cysts

* Recent head or neck injury

* Recent ear surgery

* Any condition of the ear for which you are seeing your GP

* If you are allergic to ingredients in the candle (please see below for a list of ingredients)

* High or low blood pressure

* Epilepsy

* First trimester of pregnancy.

The Ear Candle I use are BIOSUN Ear Candles.  Biosun ear candles are made by hand using a traditional recipe and the finest regularly tested ingredients. Without compromise, only premium quality herbicide and pesticide-free.  Untreated cotton is used together with pure beeswax, honey extract, and traditional herb of St Johns Wort and pure essential oils of chamomile and sage.

Video of a Hopi Ear Candle treatment at Olettesa, Hazel Grove, Stockport
  • fht_button_landscape_click to verify
  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon
  • Stockport-Stockport
  • Sam Buxton

2018 Olettesa Reiki and Holistic Therapies

Website last updated 31/08/2020