Thursday, April 29, 2010
Since I now work in a health food store (nope...haven't given up on the dream of my own bulk food store), I've happily been put in charge of the health & beauty dept. I have watched as an old remedy has come back into popularity...ear candling. I have heard of it for years but had never, that I knew of, met anyone recently who had done this. I just remember older relatives talking about having done it years ago. I live in a part of Ohio that has been rated as #3 in the country in pollen count. People w/allergies & sinus problems are suffering & MANY are coming back to this old tried & true remedy. They swear by it!
A while back, I did some research & copied it to my documents (I believe it came from a Canadian lady's blog...The Noble Touch?), copied a couple of pics off of Google (so I'd know what they looked like & how they work) & have been trying to convince my DH & DD#2 to do this. This spring has been so hard on them, so if you have tried this, I'd be interested in your experience & results.
But, for your own information, here's what I found out about ear candling...
Blessings from Ohio...Kim<><
WHAT IS EAR CANDLING?
Ear candling dates back to Egyptian times over 4000 years ago. The candle is made of natural beeswax and unbleached cotton muslin. You lay on your side on a massage table. After lighting the top, the bottom is inserted into the ear canal. The spiral of the candle causes the smoke to be pulled down into the ear canal causing the wax to warm and soften. As it heats, a horseshoe effect happens, causing suction, pulling out old wax and debris. As the candle burns, you feel a drawing or gentle pulling and hear a crackling or hissing noise. The heat feels very soothing.
All ages can benefit!
WHY HAVE IT DONE?
DO NOT CANDLE IF YOU HAVE HAD EAR SURGERY OR A PERFORATED EARDRUM!
Many people prefer ear candling instead of the ears being "flushed out" by a medical doctor because of the gush of water causing pressure on the eardrum. Some of the benefits are:
1) clearing the sinuses (allergies);
2) helps stop ear itching (flaky fungus);
3) improves hearing (wax build up);
4) improves balance;
5) relieves headaches;
6) helps stop ringing in the ears;
7) helps with swimmer's ear; and
8) helps with that plugged feeling, before and after flying.