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Welcome to our big ear candles test 2021. Here we present all the ear candles we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best ear candles for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy ear candles.




The most important facts

  • Basically, a distinction is made between ear candles and body candles (wellness candles), whereby both variants are available in different sizes and price ranges.
  • an ear candle consists of a funnel made of cotton, which is usually soaked in beeswax and provided with herbs and essential oils. A safety filter (drip protection) and a burn mark, as well as a second person to help with the application, guarantee safety.
  • Ear candles are used, among other things, for colds, earaches, insomnia, for relaxation, to equalise pressure in the case of headaches or tinnitus. They are a possible accompanying therapy, but do not replace a visit to the doctor.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying ear candles

What are ear candles and who are they suitable for?

Ear candles, also called ear candles or Hopi candles, are elongated hollow candles (20-30 cm) that can be used for ear cleaning. Ear candles have been available in Germany since the 1990s.

The slight vibration inside the ear candle causes an eardrum massage, stimulates the energy points in the ear and promotes blood circulation. The negative pressure created inside the ear leads to a pleasant, relieving pressure balance in the ear-head area. (Image source: flickr.com / Tom Om)

On the internet, it is often said that ear candles have been used for 900 years by primitive peoples for traditional ear cleansing. Ear candles are said to have originated with the Hopi Indians. They belong to the western group of the Pueblo Indians and live in the north-eastern part of Arizona.

However, there is no proof of their use of ear candles. On the contrary: the Hopi Indians even spoke out against the mention of their name in connection with ear candles. Ear candles are suitable for both adults and children. The use with children is basically possible from the age of 3 years.

Ear candling is a controversial topic among orthodox physicians. Medical effectiveness has not been sufficiently proven. Self-treatment of ENT problems with the help of ear candles is not advisable.

For children, however, increased safety and special precautions should be taken. Ear candles are available in different sizes (diameter).

Ear candles should be avoided in case of inflammations or ear infections, fungal infections in the ear, previous ear operations, perforated eardrum, ear implants, wounds in the external auditory canal or in case of allergies to the ingredients of the ear candles.

What should I look for when buying ear candles?

When buying ear candles, you should pay attention to important quality features. In terms of shape, a distinction is made between cylindrical and funnel-shaped ear candles. Funnel-shaped ear candles are called "coning".

Always read the list of ingredients carefully so that you can make sure that the ear candles contain only purely natural substances and no plastics or plastic filters or ingredients to which you are allergic.

If you want to buy ear candles, you should make sure that they contain a safety filter. This is a filter that prevents burnt wax from flowing down through the candle and into your ear. Otherwise, serious damage can be caused to the ear canal.

How much do Earcandles cost?

The cost of ear candling varies depending on whether you choose to have an ear candling treatment in a wellness institute or with an alternative practitioner, or whether you want to have such a treatment privately. If you plan to have an ear candling treatment in an institute, you should expect prices between 22 and 45 euros.

The price will of course be more expensive if you book extras such as massages.

Type Price range
Ear candling treatment wellness institute 22-45 €
Ear candles (10 pieces) 2-37 €

If you prefer a home treatment, you will pay on average between €10-22 for ear candles. The cheapest ear candles are available for less than 2 euros (price per 2 pieces).

There is a wide price range between the different ear candles. Depending on the quality and number of ear candles, the cost varies.

What are the alternatives to ear candles?

Earwax, or cerumen in medical terminology, is a yellowish to brownish waxy substance that serves to keep the skin in the ear canal supple by lubricating it. It also ensures that pathogens cannot penetrate the inner ear as easily. However, some people produce excessive earwax, so that the ear canal becomes blocked and hearing is impaired by the formation of a plug.

Apart from this, most people find earwax unpleasant and unsightly. If you want to clean your ears, you have a few alternatives to choose from besides ear candles. These alternatives are often considered by doctors to be safer, gentler and more effective than ear candles, which have not been proven to work and have been known to cause burns due to improper use.

There are fine cilia in the auditory canal that ensure that earwax is transported outwards into the pinna. It is also transported to the outside through chewing movements. There it can usually be easily removed with water. Otherwise, earwax can be easily removed with a damp flannel or cotton pad. You should always clean your ears gently and only up to the opening of the ear canal.

Another method is to hold your ear under a stream of water (without shampoo or shower gel) when showering or washing your hair. Afterwards, you should dry your ears and the area behind the ears thoroughly with a towel.

Children in particular are prone to infections if the ear area is not sufficiently dry after bathing. If your ear skin is dry and itchy, gently rubbing a small amount of baby oil on it can help. Cotton buds/Q-tips:Doctors always advise against using cotton buds to clean your ears.

The reason: poking around in the ear canal can push the earwax in even further and make it denser. It is even possible to injure the eardrum. ENT doctors warn against using Q-tips because their narrow, funnel-shaped anatomy tends to push the earwax even deeper into the ear.

There, the earwax can dry up and harden, which can also dry out other areas in the ear and cause itching in the ear. If stuck earwax can no longer be removed, inflammation of the ear canal occurs. Ear sprays, ear oil or ear drops can help to clean the ear.

They soften the earwax, making it easier to transport it to the outside and remove it. Ear cleaners are available either with a metal loop or, as a more modern development of this, made of flexible, soft silicone. This consists of an ergonomic handle and spiral-shaped, replaceable silicone cleaning attachments that are designed to prevent too deep penetration into the ear.

Ear syringe (ear shower/ear rinse): Before using an ear syringe, drip 10 drops of ear drops into your ear while holding your head at an angle. It is best to do this in front of the sink and a mirror. Afterwards, you should wait for 5-10 minutes for the drops to soak into your ear.

Now fill the ear syringe with lukewarm tap water and insert it into the ear canal. But be careful not to go too deep! The dissolved dirt can now be rinsed out with water. You can repeat this process 2-3 times if necessary.

Decision: What types of ear candles are there and which is the right one for you?

What are the characteristics of ear candles and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Ear candles are primarily used to soften earwax and make it easier to remove. However, they are also used for relaxation and are often combined with an ear-face or full-body massage and meditative sounds for this purpose.

The heat induction and the sound of the burning of the ear candle in combination with an (ear) massage can relax body and mind and promote a restful sleep. (Image source: pixabay.com / guvo59)

The essential oils released from the candles also emit a pleasant, fragrant scent. Ear candles should always be used on both ears. The candles have a pain-relieving effect and are often used as a naturopathic treatment method for colds, earaches, insomnia, for relaxation, to equalise pressure in the case of headaches or tinnitus.

They can also have a calming effect on stress and hyperactivity. They are a possible accompanying therapy, but do not replace a visit to the doctor.

Advantages
  • gently softens earwax
  • promotes relaxation
  • relieves pain by applying heat to the ear
  • fragrant essential oils have a calming effect
Disadvantages
  • often criticised by doctors, especially ENT doctors
  • improper use or hasty movements can result in burns
  • there are more effective methods for cleaning the ears, some of them free of charge (the body's own self-cleaning mechanism)
  • does not replace a visit to the doctor

Ear candles are often criticised by ENT doctors. They believe that ear candles are an ineffective, dangerous way of cleaning the ears, as improper use or hasty movements can lead to burns.

They also claim that there are more effective methods of ear cleaning and that water or a damp cloth is quite sufficient for this purpose. After all, earwax serves a purpose and our body does not need excessive cleaning due to its self-cleaning mechanism.

What distinguishes body candles and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

According to uncertain sources, the origin of body candles, just like ear candles, goes back to the Hopi Indians. Body candles are often called chakra candles or therapeutic body candles.

Body candles consist of a cotton fabric that is dipped in a certain herbal mixture, dried and then hardened with high-quality beeswax and formed into a hollow candle. It is said that through the suction effect of the candles, the herbs dissolve and pass into the energy system and the aura, where they have a cleansing, healing and energising effect. Inner blockages and negative beliefs are said to be cleared and the body's own energy fields are brought into harmony with each other.

They are placed on individual chakras or other parts of the body and lit at the upper end. Chakra is Sanskrit and means: wheel or circle. The chakras are in constant circular motion, which causes the warmth and energy of the body candle to be drawn into the interior of the chakras. Chakras are energy centres in the body which are nodes of subtle energy flows in the body. There are thousands of chakras in the body.

7 chakras are considered to be particularly important for all interrelated "life themes" and all the energy surrounding us, also called prana (life energy), is distributed throughout the entire body via these. They are divided from bottom to top into the following main chakras:

  • Root chakra (earth connection)
  • Sacral chakra (sexual chakra)
  • Solar plexus (personality chakra)
  • Heart chakra (centre of love)
  • Throat chakra (expression chakra)
  • Third eye (cognitive chakra)
  • Crown chakra (enlightenment/connection to the all-encompassing universe)

Each chakra vibrates in a different basic colour and is connected to certain organs and areas of the body. The lower chakras are connected to the basic needs and emotions of the human being.

The upper chakras correspond to the higher mental and spiritual aspirations and abilities of the human being. The crown chakra, which is located above our head, is considered the seat of spirituality, enlightenment and transcendence.

Advantages
  • can be applied over the entire body to various "chakras"
  • bring the body into harmony
  • the centred heat effect has a relaxing effect
  • promotes body awareness
  • belief in the effect can work wonders (placebo effect)
Disadvantages
  • burns may occur
  • use should be carried out by trained users (alternative practitioners, therapists)
  • no proven effectiveness
  • does not replace a visit to the doctor

It is claimed that if our crown chakra is open, we are in contact with cosmic dimensions that enrich us with supernatural intuition and knowledge, in some cases even with premonitions and clairvoyance.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate ear candles

In the following we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate ear candles. This will make it easier for you to decide whether certain ear candles are suitable for you or not. In summary, these are:

  • Burning time & even burning
  • Burning mark
  • Material
  • Fragrance
  • Safety filter (drip protection)
  • Shape

Burning time & even burning

The quality of an ear candle is mainly determined by the burning time and the even burning. Relaxation is only possible if the candle has a long burning time.

In addition, a certain burning time is necessary before the earwax and impurities are gently dissolved by the heat. You should make sure that your ear candle burns for at least 8 minutes. Particularly good ear candles have a burning time of 10-15 minutes. Even burning prevents ash particles or embers from falling on your face.

Burn mark

Ear candles are between 20 and 30 cm long, hollow inside, either evenly rolled or shaped like a funnel. A burn mark contributes to the safety when using an ear candle.

This indicates the point at which the ember is too close to your ear before you should extinguish it in a glass of water provided. Ear candles without a burn mark usually have an end that is packed in aluminium so that no remnants of the candle remain in the ear.

Material

An ear candle is not like a "normal candle". It is hollow inside, has a conical shape and has no wick. It is made of cotton fabric, which is dipped into a mixture of beeswax and mineral wax. The effect of the ear candle can be enhanced by adding fragrant essential oils.

You can either apply the essential oils to the inner surface of the candle in the absence of a scent, or they have already been added to the wax mixture. There is no standard recipe for ear candles. Each manufacturer relies on its own different composition. The main ingredients of the candles are usually:

  • Beeswax
  • essential oils
  • Natural gauze
  • powdered medicinal plants & herbs
  • Honey extract
  • Cotton

Fragrance

The material of the ear candle is often provided with very pleasant fragrances. From lavender and orange to rose, mint, eucalyptus, patchouli, rosemary or lemon, you can choose from a wide variety of scents.

Earwax fulfils important functions. Ear cleaning is not absolutely necessary because our body has a self-cleaning mechanism. (Image source: flickr.com / Shai Barzilay)

Rarely, manufacturers sell odourless ear candles and do not add any fragrance at all.

Safety filter (drip protection)

Make sure that the ear candle has an integrated drip protection. This prevents wax from dripping into your ear or onto your face. Reputable products have a safety filter at the bottom to ensure that no wax residue or condensation from burning the ear candle gets into your ear canal.

Shape

Ear candles are offered by manufacturers in two different shapes. However, both have in common that they are hollow inside and have a length of 20-30 cm. Funnel-shaped ear candles widen towards the top. This shape is called "conical" or "coning". Other ear candles are cylindrical in shape.

Shape Features
conical/funnel-shaped ear candles often longer than cylindrical ear candles drip less
cylindrical ear candles burn more evenly often longer burning time usually supplied with drip protection

Facts worth knowing about ear candles

How do ear candles work?

The ear candle creates a slight negative pressure in the ear, the so-called "chimney effect". The movement of the flame leads to a vibration of the air inside the ear candle, which is transmitted to the eardrum. This eardrum massage causes a decompression and regulation of the pressure in the sinus-forehead and ear area.

The intensifying warmth causes a pleasant relaxation and a pressure- and pain-relieving sensation in the ear-head area. An ear candling treatment affects the eardrum, the middle ear area, and the eustachian tube and thus the entire chamber system. This can also lead to freed nasal breathing in the case of a previously blocked nose. Natural ingredients such as honey extract or propolis, as well as herbal additives such as sage, chamomile, thyme, St. John's wort or horsetail have a cleansing, stimulating and at the same time disinfecting effect.

Due to the essential oils released and the stimulation of the energy points and reflex zones, many describe the application as calming, balancing and emotionally centring. It also stimulates blood circulation and the immune system, as well as the circulation of the lymph.

From an esoteric point of view, the energy status is harmonised and negative vibrations of the subtle energy fields are discharged. If you have never used ear candles before, you are probably wondering whether they actually work.

This is propargised by manufacturers, but there is no sufficient evidence for a medical effect. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) even warns against ear candling treatments.

What comes out of the ear when using ear candling?

Ear candling softens excess earwax, dust and impurities in the outer ear canal. A common misconception is that ear candling "sucks" impurities out of the ear. Ear candles do not create a negative pressure, they only lead to a weak "chimney effect" (vibration waves created by air circulation).

However, this is not strong enough to suck earwax or even a plug out of the ears. However, a correctly performed ear candling application can promote the removal of earwax by softening it and thus positively contribute to the hygiene of the ear. The yellowish-brownish residue that remains inside the candle after it has burned down is merely burnt wax and dust. Thus, no dirt is "sucked" out of the ear.

How do I apply Earcandles correctly?

You can either have an ear candling treatment carried out in a professional atmosphere in a wellness centre, by a non-medical practitioner or alternative doctor, or you can decide to do it at home. If you want to use ear candles, please never do so alone, but only with a second person who will perform the treatment on you.

Burns can occur on the face, ear or pinna. Wax can block the ear canal. If you are injured by an ear candling application, you should always consult a doctor!

Hair, ears and clothing must be covered for safety reasons and to protect against fire hazards. Have a plate ready for the ear candles and a glass of water to extinguish them. The person on whom the treatment is performed should lie down in a lateral position.

The candle should be inserted into the ear with a gentle twisting motion, thus sealing the ear canal airtight. The ear candle must be held by the second person during the entire application, who must ensure that the flame always burns calmly and evenly. There must be no hair near the flame.

At the latest when the ear candle has burnt down to 1 cm above the surrounding safety mark (after about 8-10 minutes), the candle must be extinguished in the water glass. During the treatment, soft relaxing music contributes to a pleasant, calming overall experience. A post-treatment rest of about 15 to 30 minutes after the application has an additional positive relaxation effect.

How often should I use Earcandles?

How often you use Earcandles is basically up to you. If you are looking for a balance during the week, you can do a relaxation treatment once a week. If you are in good health, once a month is sufficient. In case of ear or respiratory diseases or high psychological tension, a five to seven-day cure is recommended - during this period you apply the ear candles once a day.

ENT doctors do not recommend ear candling as a cleansing treatment. They recommend cleaning your ears every 2 to 4 weeks. You should also not use ear candles more often for ear cleaning.

Image source: flickr.com / Health Magazine

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