Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles)

What are Hopi Ear Candles?

Thermal Auricular Therapy (also known as Hopi Ear Candles) is a pleasant and non-invasive treatment of the ears, used to treat a variety of conditions.

These ear candles induce a revitalising heat upon the head and ears, which soothes, relieves and relaxes.


 How do Hopi Ear Candles work?

The candles are made from the natural ingredients of beeswax, honey extracts, sage, St Johns Wort, chamomile, beta-carotene and organically grown flax. A constant high quality is ensured. The candles work on a chimney principle, drawing any impurities to the surface where they can be gently removed. They equalise the pressure in the head and ears, making them suitable for most conditions. Secretion flow is gently stimulated and the vapour collects and removes impurities or deposits. Most of these are carried away through the candle "chimney", although some of them can be found in the condensed candle wax residue after removal from the ear, or could even work their way up to the surface 24-48 hours after.

What are
Hopi Ear Candles used for?

Though results may vary from patient to patient, some of my clients have reported Hopi Candles to be helpful with:

  • Excessive or compacted wax
  • Snoring
  • Pressure regulation for - sinusitis, rhinitis, glue-ear, colds, flu, headaches & migraines.
  • Tinnitus, noises in the ear.
  • Vertigo.
  • Neuralgia (nerve pain in the face).
  • Menieres Disease.
  • Frequent air travel.
  • Swimming or people who partake in suba diving or water sports.
  • Stress as the treatment is very relaxing.

Remember, if in doubt, always contact your GP.

Are there any side effects?

No contradications are known to date but as a precaution, it is advisable not to use Hopi candles :

  • If grommets are in place
  • If there is inflammation or infection
  • In the event of an allergic reaction to the contents.

However, most clients find the treatment relaxing and regularly describe a "slight relieved feeling" in the ears and head but also a relaxing and calming effect on the whole system.

Sometimes you can have the following reactions:

  • Light headedness
  • Increased mucous production (may blow the nose more)
  • Thirst

• Blocked feeling (clients may feel the ears are more blocked due to the movement of impacted wax. This is a sign more treatments are needed).

What a typical Treatment Session entails

You are asked to lie comfortably and listen to relaxing music. The candle is then gently placed into the auditory canal, where it is lit. I hold it in a vertical position, my hands keeping the candle steady and preventing any ash falling on to you. You will experience a pleasant crackling sound as the candle burns and a warm comfortable feeling. As the candle burns down, the residue ash (if it falls) will just turn to dust. The candle is then taken away while you lie there for a few moments before turning over to treat the other ear. Most clients find the whole experience very relaxing. Some fall asleep during treatment.

How much does it cost?

The treatment lasts 3/4 hr and costs £25 which includes a facial & head pressure point massage. Each client is different and the number of treatments varies from one client to another but this will be discussed after the first treatment.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Here is a list of some typical questions I’m frequently asked. Hopefully anything you might want to know is covered somewhere on this page. If it isn’t, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Does the residue of the candle go into the ear?                                     
No - the candles are made with a plug inside which prevents anything going into the ear.

Does it help to have a treatment before taking a flight?
Yes - if you have no ear infection and if you suffer with ears or sinus problems, it is a good idea to have a treatment prior to your flight to get rid of any excess wax.

I suffer from a lot of ear wax and often have them syringed. Could I use these candles instead?

Yes you could. I have a number of clients who previously endured the discomfort of syringing but now visit me for hopi treatment instead.


Biosun Earcandles
Earcandles are still made by hand today using the traditional recipe and the finest regularly tested ingredients. They are certified medical products according to EC guidelines 93/42 (EEC), regularly tested by independent institutes. Only pure beeswax, honey extract and traditional herbs such as Sage & St. Johns Wort.

1 hour ......................................................................................................................................... £25.00

A Brief History

This is an ancient and natural therapy handed down by many civilisations. It is believed that the Ancient Greeks used ear candles, initially probably for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but much later on a purely physical basis. However, the practice reached the modern world via the native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona (it’s interesting to note that Hopi means peaceful people). Ear candles were used traditionally by Shamen healers. Ancient wall paintings show their importance in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies of the tribe. The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians.