Thermo-Auricular therapy  (Hopi Ear Candles)

What are Hopi Candles?

Hopi Ear Candles are hollow tubes made of cotton, soaked in beeswax, honey and herbs. When lit, the candle acts like a chimney, causing warm air inside it to rise and creating a vacuum at the bottom. This vacuum gently stimulates the ear, facilitating removal of excess wax and impurities

It is important to note that the candle does not suck wax out of the ear. It stimulates the ear to eliminate the wax naturally, ensuring maximum safety

How are the candles used?

The treatment should be carried out in a relaxed, draught free atmosphere and the patient should lie in a comfortable position on his/her side with their head supported on a pillow. A small cotton towel should cover the hair. The lit candle is inserted into the outer ear and the flame is allowed to burn down to within a short distance of the marked red line, when the candle is then removed gently and extinguished in some water. The practitioner then massages gently around the ear, using draining movements towards the neck.

The procedure is repeated on the other ear, and then the patient lies on his/her back for a gentle drainage massage on the face.

It is then important for the patient to have a drink of water and lie still for at least 10 minutes before he/she stands up

What are the benefits?

Hopi candles can be used for many conditions including deafness caused by excess wax, congested sinuses, irritation in the ears, ringing or noises in the ears, helps with tinnitus, glue ear, colds, flu, headaches and migraines.

As their action is so gentle, this treatment is particularly suitable for children

What are the effects?

In most cases the treatment is extremely soothing and relaxing, leaving the patient with a sense of well-being and reduced pressure in the ears or head. A little warmth is felt, and hissing and crackling noises are heard, with a little popping.  Most people say that it is a very pleasant experience!

The initial effect can be an improvement in hearing or freer nasal breathing and an improved sense of smell.  However, improvements can continue occurring for a day or two.

When should candles not be used?

Use of the candles is contra-indicated if:

*The ear drum is perforated ……(perforated ear drums can heal up)

*Grommets are in places

*The ear is infected

*The patient is allergic to any of the candles components ..e.g. beeswax


I use BIOSUN Ear Candles which are medical products Class IIa according to medical device directive 93/42/EEC, and are regularly tested by independent institutes.  You can therefore be confident that the candles are made of the highes quality and safety standards.


Body Harmony offers a one day course in learning Hopi Ear Candling which will enable you to offer treatments to others.  With this course you will get a certificate, and a comprehensive manual.

If you would like to book an appointment or any further details about treatments or courses, then please contact Christine Quinlan at Body Harmony. The telephone number is 966 795 103 or email on  Website is Body Harmony is based in La Marina