Successful Ear Candling starts with the right supplies
How To Ear Candle At Home

2-6 Ear Candles
1 Johnson & Johnson 2X2 Flame Retardant Gauze Pad
Ear Oil
Sturdy Paper Plate  (chinette type)
Bowl of Water
Cotton Balls
Hydrogen Peroxide
Towel or flame retardant head drape
Lighter or matches

It takes 2 people to ear candle safely; one to receive the ear candling and one to give it.  
The person receiving should be lying down on their side with the head drape / towel
draped over the head and shoulder leaving the ear exposed.

Gather your materials and put on a tray close to where you are going to candle. Check
the room for fans, open windows, or other sources of circulation that may affect the
candle burning.  You need ventilation, but a ceiling fan (for example) will cause too much
air to circulate and the candle smoke won't come down to the tip end.

Cut a hole, off center, about the size of a dime in the paper plate.  It needs to be big
enough for the candle to fit in.  

Cut your gauze pad in half, remove and discard the tissue lining inside the gauze
pad. Place a couple of drops of
ear oil on the center of each piece of gauze.  Set the
gauze pad aside.

Put the
ear candle through the hole being careful not to crush the candle. Tip the plate
on it's side and
light the larger end of the candle. There might be a drip or two as the
flame takes hold, so light the candle away from the receiver's head.  

After the candle is lit, tip the plate so it is horizontal.

Loosely wrap one of the
gauze pads on the small end of the candle and place the small
end of the candle carefully in the ear canal. The smoke many people are used to coming
out the small end will come down and do its job. You can also put your finger on the tip of
the candle, then release.

Be sure to look at the angle of the ear canal before you start so you can place the candle
in the same direction. The candle is properly placed in the ear when there is NO smoke
coming out from around the ear.  Gently blow around the outside of the ear to move any
smoke present and wait to see if more smoke comes out.  If it does, CAREFULLY and
slowly twist the candle and reposition it until there is no more smoke.

It is normal for the receiver to hear a crackling noise during the session as the moisture in
the area is being dried up.  
Note: If at any time the heat from the candle is
uncomfortable STOP IMMEDIATELY!
 A good candling session should be warm,
comfortable and pain free.  

Let the ear candle burn 3/4 of it's length, being careful not to let the flame touch the plate.

Longer candles will need to be cut every inch or so as they burn.  

Paraffin or beeswax candles will need to be unclogged several times during the
 Extinguish the flame, use a tip cleaner to unclog it and then relight the candle.  
Resume the session (as noted above).

When the candle has burned 3/4, gently pull the plate and candle away from the receiver,
remove the candle from the plate and extinguish the flame in the
bowl of water. Do NOT
attempt to blow the flame out! Discard the candle.  Do not reuse the burnt candle.  

See the  
FAQ at  "Should I candle again?" for information on
why you might need to repeat the process.

Open the
hydrogen peroxide bottle and pour a small amount into the bottle lid.  Dip
cotton swab into the lid and swab the outer portion of the ear to clean any powder
residue left by the ear candle.  Discard contents of the lid along with the cotton swabs.

To finish,
shake the ear oil bottle vigorously and place 3 drops of ear oil on a small
piece of a
cotton ball.  Place the cotton ball in the ear and leave for at least 1 hour
(overnight is best).  The ear oil continues the process the ear candling started by helping
loosen any impacted ear wax and coating the ear canal with beneficial essential oils.  Do
NOT place ear drops directly into the ear canal.

Repeat above steps on the other ear.

Repeat every 3-6 months or weekly during cold, flu and allergy season.
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