Do ear wax candles really work?
According to the American Academy of Audiology, there is no scientific evidence that ear candling pulls out debris from the ear canal. Scientific measurements of the ear canals before and after candling show no reduction in earwax. Researchers even found an increase in wax because of the wax deposited by the candles.
How often should you use ear wax candles?
Adults generally take no more then 2 candles per ear so the average session lasts about 1 ½ hour. In the case where there is excessive debris, the practitioner may elect to use a 3rd candle, providing the client isn’t feeling any irritation or if the ear canal appears unduly red.
How do you safely remove ear wax?
Lifestyle and home remedies
- Soften the wax. Use an eyedropper to apply a few drops of baby oil, mineral oil, glycerin or hydrogen peroxide in your ear canal.
- Use warm water. After a day or two, when the wax is softened, use a rubber-bulb syringe to gently squirt warm water into your ear canal.
- Dry your ear canal.
What comes out of ear candles?
Ear candling involves placing a hollow candle in the external auditory canal; a brown waxy substance, believed to be a mixture of ear wax, debris, and bacteria, is left in the candle stub.