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Ear Candling
An Ancient Therapy



By Jodi Manninen
Director of Services

Clear Horizons
1200 Trinity Road
Cary, NC

For Appointments, call 919-233-3991




A Brief History


In ancient times, the process of ear candling was called “coning”. Cone shaped instruments made from pottery clay were used. The glazed pottery cones had a double helix carved inside to create a two-way spiral energy flow of the smoke and heated air. This would carry the herbal content down into the ear canal and draw impurities in the ears outward at the same time.  The process was used in India, China, Tibet, Egypt, Mayan, Aztec and American Indian Cultures.  Some say it dates back to the fabled Atlantis and Lemuria.  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 to the life force energy.


Ear candling is a modern form of this ancient procedure that is appropriate for today’s lifestyles. Tools now available, including specially hand-crafted candles, provide an advanced means for both the removal of excess ear wax and  the therapeutic application of herbal agents.



How It Works


The spiral of the cone causes the smoke to be drawn downward into the ear canal.  This causes the ear canal to warm, and loosens the wax and other debris lying there.  The candle flame and the  cone geometry then create a gentle vacuum that draws out this debris and often helps to relieve congestion.  As the candle burns, you may hear some crackling and hissing.  This is a normal sound of the candle at work.

Ear candling is soothing and relaxing, and you may experience a clearing of the sinuses, eustachian tubes and nasal passages.


Typical Benefits


Ear wax buildup is common, and the central influence of the auditory system on coherent body functioning is well known.  Most people benefit from a clear auditory canal, especially those who

  • Have a chronic  wax buildup condition
  • Work outdoors or in dusty environments
  • Participate in water activities
  • Suffer ear-aches, sinus infections, or allergies
  • Wish to apply herbal therapies as a health benefit




Do not elect ear candling if you have

  • A Recent ear  surgery
  • Cysts or tumors in the ear
  • Mastoiditis in an acute stage
  • Ear drains (tubes)
  • A recent injury or damage to the ear


About Our Ear Candles


The candles we use are from C&H Ranch near Payson, Arizona.  These cones are 14 to 15 inches long and are hand-spun for the left and right ears. Candles are made from 100% unbleached cotton muslin and infused with pure bees wax blended with essential oils, herbs and extracts that C&H Ranch has developed over the years. 


There are 9 different types of cones.   Herbs are chosen for their traditional properties and applications. See Herbal Selections (below), and if you have a preference, please call in advance of your scheduled session to reserve your choice.



 Herbal Selections


Choose from the following varieties of herbal ear cones from C&H Ranch, made with pure Arizona beeswax & 100% unbleached cotton muslin:


Black Cohosh

Antispasmodic, aids the respiratory system

Eucalyptus (essential oil)

Clearing to the upper respiratory system

Osha Root

Gentle clearing to entire respiratory system

Releasing Blend

Special combination for relieving stress

bergamot, clary sage, cypress, lavender & spearmint

Respiratory Blend

Decongestant, antibiotic qualities

Swedish bitters, mullein, spearmint, rosemary, cedar, goldenseal & echinacea


Antiseptic, encourages patience and love

Soothing Blend

Especially soothing to the entire ear

chamomile, mullein & St. John’s  wort

Tea Tree (essential oil)

Combats fungus, antibacterial and antiviral

Yerba Santa

For its mild decongestant quality


 Session time is about 45 minutes (allow 1 hour)



Frequently Asked Questions


Question:  Is it possible for the wax to go back into the ear?

Answer:  Proper supervision is the key. When properly applied, the candle’s wicking action effectively prevents the re-introduction of wax into the ear.  Reversal of wax flow can occur if the candle is burned at a steep incline, and it should be held at an angle no greater than 30-40 degrees while burning.  The candle should also not be burned beyond  50% of its length, and the head and hair should be shielded from the cone flame at all times. It is important to have your ear candling session supervised to assure that proper safeguards are maintained.


Question:  Does ear candling hurt?

Answer:  No.  If you experience any discomfort, make this known immediately.  Most people report a gentle warmth in the ear canal that has a relaxing and soothing effect.  However, because the candle is inserted into the ear, you may hear unfamiliar sounds. These are normal, and you should expect to feel some activity in the auditory canal.


Question:  How long does a session last?

Answer:   Sessions last about 45 minutes. Each candle is burned about 15 minutes, and they are done sequentially. You will also want to relax for 5-10 minutes after your session.


Question:  How often should I do this?

Answer:   This is variable.  People with established wax buildup  may want weekly sessions for 2-4 weeks.  Generally, 3-4 times per year is right for most people.





Clear Horizons is not responsible for any consequences of the use of ear candles.  This service is not a substitute for professional medical care.  Consult your physician for guidance.


Because it involves the use of flame and flame-induced heat near the ear, candling should always be supervised. Ear candling experts at Clear Horizons provide a safe and sanitary service that is focused on results and, most importantly, your safety.  This relaxing therapeutic experience is a great complement to the other services we offer at Clear Horizons.


To schedule an ear candling session with Jodi, please call Clear Horizons at 919-233-3991. For directions to Clear Horizons, please see the map on the welcome page.



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