Do ear candles work?
So a couple of years back I heard of this awesome invention called ear candles. It was actually my good friend Kiki that first told me about them and from the start I loved them. With a history of ear issues I thought that a natural safe cleanse of ear wax would be good for me and feel awesome. So I went for it. Kiki, Priscilla and I all took turns watching the candles burn down to nothing and cutting them open to find out who had the most nastiness inside.
Ear candles are easy to use. They come in packages of two and are basically a thick wax sheet rolled into a tube that has a cone at the end. That end is placed into your ear and the other end is lit like a candle. It burns for about ten to fifteen minutes. It needs to be monitored by someone else so the ashes don’t fall on your head and light your hair on fire Michael Jackson style. It’s not hard but definitely takes patients. I have ADD so it’s not easy for me, but neither is getting my hair cut. haha. Anyway, when you are done you go to the sink and with some basic scissors you cut the rest of the tube open and examine the insides. They always include a collection of yellow and white stuff that is bunched up like ear wax. The reason that has the most wins a prize of the knowledge that they have the most ear wax in their head. I won most of the time. But later I would find out that our competition really meant very little.
About a year ago I was ready for my next ear candle experience and I went online to search for the best place in Atlanta to buy some. The health food store by my house had gone out of business so I was left with no place to go. Whole Foods does not carry them and Whole foods has basically wiped out all the “Mom and Pops” health food stores so my search was not easy. I resorted to Google and what I found was alarming.
The first article that came up was an article explaining how Ear Candles were not only ineffective, but extremely dangerous. I continued to read and found out tha ear candles have been around for centuries, but only recently has been considered a waste of time. The current Wikipedia stats:
“Ear candling, also called ear coning or thermal-auricular therapy, is an alternative medicine practice claimed to improve general health and well-being by lighting one end of a hollow candle and placing the other end in the ear canal. According to medical researchers, it is both dangerous and ineffective. Claims that the practice removes earwax have been thoroughly debunked.”
It’s amazing just how many people I know personally still stand by ear candling and use them to this day. My own wife needed proof before she believed me and so that exactly what I got her. Priscilla, not believing my warnings, insisted we buy some ear candles. So I said that as long as we can burn one by itself, we can seek out and buy some for her to use. All I wanted to do was run a simple experiment to see if the contents of the candle after it is burned is truly only the residue left from the candle itself. And thats exactly what we found. After letting the candle burn for over fifteen minutes without an ear to accompany it, the inside looked identical to that of one that had it’s ear partner. Priscilla was convinced and so was I.
After realizing that the wax found inside was indeed from the candle it scares me to think that some of that wax could drop down inside the ear itself while candling. This is the main reason doctors are against them. So stay away and dont believe the believers. Tell them to do the experiment themselves and they too will believe.
(All these pictures are from our experiment. No Ears included.)