When I was contacted by Wally’s Natural to review their ear candles, you might be surprised that my first thought was OMG YES. Fun fact about me – I have waxy ears. Always. As a child and into my teen years, I would actually have to go to the doctor to have them stick a contraption in my ear to flush the wax out while I held a little bowl against my head that would catch the debris. I once asked the doctor if it was because I have large ears (in my opinion, and they stick out – again, in my opinion) and he assured me the size of my ears had nothing to do with the wax build up. Cool.
Flash forward to my adult years, and I still have ear issues. I have gotten at home ear wax removal kits on and off for years, so you can imagine my curiosity to look up ear candles and see what the heck this process was. I took to Google and according to the dictionary, ear candling is:
a form of alternative therapy in which the tapered end of an ear candle is placed in a person’s ear while the other end of the candle is lit, in the belief that earwax and other impurities are drawn out of the ear canal by a partial vacuum created by the candle flame.
Ah. Put a lit candle into my ear, you say? Well, sign me up. When my ear candles arrived, I laid on my couch with a towel covering my face and hair, and my husband lit the candle and put the other end in my ear. And we waited. And we waited. Every so often he would trim the flame in the bowl of water we had nearby, and once it had about six inches left, we extinguished the flame. Mitch asked if I felt any different – nope. I felt no magical sensations of wax leaving my ear during the process, so I had my doubts. Then we opened the ear candle and – GROSS. I will not share the photo here because it even creeps me out and it’s my own ear wax. There was a lot of exclaiming, and then I happily laid down for the second ear. Same result. Then I turned the tables on my husband and stuck a lit candle in his ear – but he was actually now pretty excited for it after seeing my results. His ears – waxy. But nothing came close to your girl here. Neither of us were shocked. Nor was my mother.
But overall, I do believe the ear candles worked and pulled wax out of my ears. It was disgusting to see the results, yet satisfying at the same time. I can’t say I found the experience relaxing, because there was a lit candle near my head the entire time. I was even more on edge doing it for my husband, afraid I was going to light him or the couch on fire. But if you have twenty minutes or so and have been curious about the process, I would recommend. I would like to do this again myself, given my ear problems, because I think it did help me. It’s been almost three weeks since we tried it, and just now I started noticing wax build up and irritation in my ears again. I will take a few minutes of being terrified I’m going to light on fire in exchange for pain free ears for weeks at a time. But I would love to know if you’ve ever tried ear candling or would you be open to it? Thank you to Wally’s Natural for letting me test out this product, and this blog post is not sponsored 🙂
Wally’s Natural: https://www.wallysnatural.com/ear-care-19/ear-candles.html