Ear Candling for wax removal?

  1. Have any of you heard of this? How safe is it? Is it dangerous for children, I mean can the vacuum pressure "pop" their ear drums?

    Why Do Ear Candling?
    Using ear candles is a simple home remedy that, based on testimonials, assists in the removal of ear wax and may improve any of the following conditions: sinus problems, sore throat, ear ache, swimmer's ear, some chronic headaches, allergies, ear wax removal and hearing difficulty.
    White Egret offers a 100% beeswax ear candle.
    Choose from many different quantities and sizes. You can be assured with White Egret's quality you are getting the best beeswax available. All Natural.

    It's Easy to Do
    It looks a little silly, but using these bees wax ear candles for ear candling is very easy to do and the person receiving the treatment doesn't feel any discomfort, may hear a slight "crackling" sound and usually feels considerably better after using the ear candle treatment.

    Ear Candling has been around for thousands of years.
    The Egyptians used reeds and Native Americans used corn husks dipped in beeswax to create a hollow candle.

    Here's how it works.
    The "patient" lies on their side (or places their head sideways on a pillow on top of a table) and an ear candle is placed, pointy end down, gently into the ear to form a seal. Basically, old earwax and noxious toxins are drawn up into the ear candle that has been placed gently in the ear and lit. The low flame of the burning candle creates a slow vacuum that softens and pulls the old earwax into the base of the ear candle. The whole process takes about 20 minutes per side and is quite relaxing.
  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   CTRN1
    My mom has bought them in the past and used them on all of us. You have to be really careful of dripping the wax as it melts and the flame, but otherwise there isnt really any danger I am aware of. I dont know anything about using them on children but on adults it works great. I was amazed at how much wax that they can get out! and it was really soothing while it was being done, kind of a warm sensation in the ear.
  4. by   BBFRN
    I've used them for ear pain- they work surprisingly well. Hydrogen Peroxide works well for ear wax removal. I've also used water pics (with a little peroxide added to the water) on adults for wax removal, but I don't know if it's safe for kids.
  5. by   FutureNurse2005
    I thought this was very dangerous! I would never do this on a child at the very least! If you want to chance it on yourself, fine, but please dont do it to a child!!
  6. by   purplemania
    I would not use anything like this around children, including letting them observe adults. They might try it on their own with disasterous results. I fail to see how heat can cure you of viral/bacterial infections. As for earwax, again, I would take my child to the MD to have that done. Their eustachian tubes are smaller than ours and it is easier to infect the brain, or traumatize it, because kids wiggle and adults overestimate the anatomy. As an old pedi nurse, I recommend caution with kids. In fact, the only people I have known who tried this just felt silly afterwards (all nurses). One caught her hair on fire. The most they got out of the event was the fun in telling about it later.
  7. by   Nurse Ratched

    I wondered about this some time ago. Hope this helps .
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    They have great kits for this purpose that do NOT involve lighting candles......I have a real problem with ear wax buildup myself...ugh.
  9. by   jnette
    We have places here that do this now.. like at beauty shops.. have really wanted to try it..I have one ear in particular that really builds up quickly, and have tried everything to no avail... sometimes I can't even hear through my stethescope in that ear.

    You say there are kits you can buy to do this at home? Where can I get one?
  10. by   SmilingBluEyes
    walgreens or any other drug store.
  11. by   jnette
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    walgreens or any other drug store.

    Kewel... thanx, Deb !
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    good luck! sureworked for me---so well for a day or so it hurt to hear anything over normal voice tones.....i was VERY sensitive,having been half-deaf so long, I guess.....
  13. by   teeituptom
    what has life come to

    sitting and discussing ear wax
  14. by   BBFRN
    Quote from teeituptom
    what has life come to

    sitting and discussing ear wax