Ear candling – have you heard of it? Offered as a spa treatment or found at health food stores in do-it-yourself kits, this treatment is touted as a method to deep clean your ears. The long, hollow, tapered tubes (the candle) are made of muslin and coated with wax. Basically you stick one end in your ear, and someone lights the other end. As the hollow candle burns, the smoke and heat create a gentle vacuum that supposedly sucks out debris and excess ear wax to relieve sinus pressure, cure infections and improve hearing.
Each candle burns for about 20 minutes, until just about four inches of candle remains. After vacuuming your ears, if you cut open the candles, you'll see yellowish powder and tiny balls of yellow wax. Is that from your ear?
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