I have been interested in alternative therapies for years and I think this stemmed from a beauty therapy course I took when I was 16. The idea of these alternative therapies helping to promote physical and emotional health appeal to me and I am also a lover of a bit of pampering! I had been experiencing some minor hearing difficulties in my left ear with no apparent underlying medical issue and wanted to try the hopi ear candle method. Looking online, most salons were changing between £30-£55 for this treatment and it wasn’t something I felt comfortable with spending my hard earned cash on.
So I took a look online and found that my local ‘Grape Tree’ health food store was selling hopi ear candles to use at home, which come in a pack of two for £9.99 or two packs for under £20. My mum and I bought a pack each to try later that evening. Reading the instructions were a little overwhelming, I wasn’t sure how safe it was going to be as you light the candles so I was intrigued to take a look online first at some you tube videos which were really helpful.
What are the benefits of ear candles?
Ear candles are said to improve conditions relating to sinus, congestion, ear wax, ear noises and the like. The rising air from the candle is said to make a gentle natural suction which massages the ear drum and removes ear wax and toxins. The jury is out with regards to whether this actually helps – but I had seen a lot of positive reviews online.
How to use the ear candles?
For safety precautions make sure you have someone in the room with you and ideally watching/ holding the candle in place. There should be a towel around you and ideally covering your face and hair. We also used a paper plate and cut a hole in the middle to put the candle through and to ensure no ash, flame or candle wax drops onto the face or towel.
I really enjoyed this experience. It was a lot of fun doing some research and then trailing this method on my mum and then vice versa. You need to twist the candle to ensure it is correctly within the ear and to get the best benefits- our first go with my mums ears weren’t great because of this. I felt a slight pressured feeling, with a crackling sound (I heard this more in my right ear and wonder if that was because my hearing was already slightly impaired on the left?) but the crackling sound was relaxing. The candles took between 5-10 minutes to reduce down and we added some relaxing music which was free from Spotify.
I don’t think it would be right for me to send pictures of the outcome (yuck!) ha-ha, but they really do work and I was amazed with the results. Instantly, I could hear so much clearer and in a strange way my sinus’ also felt clear too. I will definitely try these candles again and would recommend others try too. It wasn’t as relaxing as I was hoping for, mainly because I was always on alert due to the candle being lit. I think the experience of this within a salon and with a trained professional would be a lot more relaxing but I am not convinced it would be worth the salon price tag.
If anyone is interested in trying these we bought the biosun ear candles and the link is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Biosun-Hopi-Earcandles-Pack-Pairs/dp/B002F5HYF2
Disclaimer: This post is not an affiliate, sponsored or paid for post. I paid for these candles myself with my own money and wanted to share my personal experience of using a home alternative therapy.
I have wanted to write a post about happiness for a while. I think there’s a large number of us (myself included) who have felt at some point that happiness is this unrealistic and elusive continuum of being joyful, cheerful, smiley and content ALL the time. It’s not, and it is impossible to do or be those things constantly.
To chase happiness, in whatever form that takes gives us no actual guarantee that we will ever find it. We tend to see happiness as an “end” goal and not a means. By this, I mean if we get “X Y Z” we will be happy or content. This feeds into our own understanding of what happiness means and what we are shown in life by the media, TV, family, friends, public figures about what this should look like.
Up until around 2016, when a loved one became poorly, I’d previously associated happiness with luxury, holidays, having an amazing house, a new car- all the material things that didn’t lead to true happiness or contentment in the long run. I was chasing happiness in the wrong way. What is really important within this, is the journey itself to happiness. I have found this journey hugely liberating- I have a clear understanding of what makes me happy, who helps me feel happy and an understanding that ultimately it is a continuum.
Tough times come along, horrible things happen to us or the people around is- and it will continue to do so throughout our lives. We can’t control the external things such as events, incidents and traumatic events, what is important is how we respond and react to it. Happiness for me, is about taking the rough with the smooth- learning how to reframe the rough and learning to work through it. There were times in my life I would completely fixate on the rough- it is so easy to do this when we don’t have the tools or the emotional strength to reframe the bad. As soon as I accepted this It became so much easier to be happy.
I heard this great analogy a couple of weeks ago, “when your stranded on a boat capsized, you don’t have time to think about how the boat capsized, you find a way to get out of the situation”. That is so true for me. It takes far more physical and emotional energy to hold on to sadness, upset, anger and resentment. I have held onto grudges dating back to secondary school, from bitter break ups and from disappoints or heartbreaks from family members. It wasn’t until I realised holding onto these feelings were not helping me progress, in fact they set me back. Why should I let this consume me when it serves me no purpose?
Our “Happy chemicals” in the brain, namely Dopamine are released when we process pleasure or positive moods through our neuro-transmitters. I’d encourage us all to look back at what previously made us happy, even as children. Colouring, sport, dancing, music or whatever it might be.. Regularly engaging in these activities or interests or perhaps a new interest we’ve been longing to take up, make us feel happy will help us to lead a more fulfilling life.