Ear candling involves sticking a special beeswax candle through a perforated guard, lighting it, inserting the opposite end into the subject's ear, and removing it once only 3 or 4 inches of wax remain. The required supplies are a small knife, a paper plate, beeswax ear candles, a pillow, scissors, a bowl of water and a cigarette lighter. It takes about 15 minutes to burn one ear candle.
- Prepare the subject and supplies
Ask the subject to lie down on one side, and place a pillow beneath their head. Use the knife to make a small hole in the center of a paper plate, and gently insert the narrow end of a beeswax ear candle into the hole. Hold the candle with the narrow end pointing down.
- Insert the candle
Light the large end of the candle, place a finger over the narrow end, and hold it there for 10 seconds. Remove your finger, and insert the narrow end of the candle into the subject's ear. Gently twist and press on the candle until it forms an airtight seal in the ear canal.
- Trim the waste
Use scissors to remove the ashy waste that accumulates at the top of the burning candle. Open the scissors, snip off the waste, and drop it into the bowl of water. Do not allow the height of the waste column to exceed 3 inches.
- Remove the candle
Remove the lit candle and the paper plate when only 3 inches of wax remain above the plate. Pull the candle out of the plate, and drop it in the bowl of water.