Updated: Jul 11
I am sure you have caught wind, or heard the term, “Ear Candling” at some point in your life. If you haven’t, let me happily introduce it to you as we explore the “what the heck?” and how you could benefit from our grounding, Ayurvedic Ear Candling Ritual here at The Pushy Goat.
Since ancient times, many cultures including the Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, & Native Americans have used the traditional natural therapy of ear candling on a spiritual level, to purify and cleanse the aura.
Traditionally ear candling was used in healing and spiritual ceremonies, Native Americans kept this alive as it faded out in other cultures in other parts of the world. While we haven’t been left with notes on the mechanism behind how ear candling works, we can deduce based on experiences of those that receive the treatment and science.
We know that as the candle gently burns down it is believed to act like a ‘chimney’ creating a light vacuum effect. The flicker of the flame also creates vibrations that massage the eardrum. The herbal vapors from the lit candle also swirl into the ear canal, helping to soothe and balance the individual.
Most notably, heavy head from chronic mucus problems such as sinus congestion, postnasal drip, blocked nose and ear pressures, is reported to dramatically decrease. One of my favorite results is the calming effect it has on our emotions and the gentle grounding sensation it gives.
Let’s revisit the “how” of ear candling. How does it seem to help with the symptoms mentioned above? Looking at the element that is most present in this treatment, fire gives us some great insight.
When we think of fire, what are the most common results? Warming & drying, right?
Now, let us think of the symptoms above and the tissue states that correspond.
When we consider mucus, sinus congestion, & postnasal drip, the dominant tissue states would be damp, moist, & stagnant. To balance this out, we would introduce herbs and treatments that would either nourish or alter those states. Utilizing the element of fire with ear candling alters not only the tissue state, but the energy field around the individual receiving the treatment.
We’ve talked before about cultivating a daily ritual (check my previous posts, it’s really good stuff).
Herbal oils that we use in this treatment, Ayurvedic Ear Oil and Nasya Oil, can be easily added and have benefits well beyond the treatment room. So, if we just talked about the element of fire, warming and drying out mucosal membranes. In this service, why would we reintroduce oil? And what are the benefits of utilizing these herbal oils at home?
Nasya Oil, my favorite, is an Ayurvedic Herbal Oil that is focused on nourishing and supporting the nasal passages, sinuses, throat, & head.
Nasya is simply put is the nasal administration of medicinal herbs. Lubrication of the nasal passages with herbal oil provides subtle moisture to the air we breathe and affects the higher cerebral faculties and sensory organs.
The application of Nasya Oil at home is relatively easy, and with adding just 5 minutes to your daily routine, it gives you more possibility to center yourself and invite calm to the end of your day.
Adding ear oil to your daily routine gives us the chance to take care of our ears and only takes a few seconds.
How often do you think about all that your ears do for you? All the sounds that come blasting through? How often do you do things to really take care of your ears?
My guess, not often, aside from keeping them clean? Our ears are much more to us than a sensory organ as well, they play a vital physiological role in our balance & equilibrium. Ear oil is both cleansing, moisturizing, & supportive. It offers a slew of benefits!
With all of this said, ear candling rituals work most predominantly on an energetic level, therefore results may not always be tangible or visible to the individual. So, tuning into one’s subtle layers is key when looking for more from this service, as well as any others.
Remember, the goal is to look at the whole person.