Date: Fri, 6 Oct 1995 00:15:15 +0000
From: christopher hedley <christopher.GN.APC.ORG>
Subject: Ear Candles
>Does anyone know how to make ear candles? We use many of them and would like to make them ourselves. Thanks.
These are hollow candles.
You stick one end in your ear and light the other end!
A vacuum is set up which draws wax out of the ear. They do work... better if the wax has been softened first. Over here they are called Hopi ear candles, is this just hype ?
A friend of mine has made them by melting beeswax in a shallow pan, immersing a piece of thin cloth, about 6in by 1-1/2in, in the melted wax and then rolling the waxed cloth around any cylindrical oject of about 3/8in diameter. Oil the object first. Hold in place until the wax starts to set. The commercial candles have a piece of foil wrapped around one end, so the flame dosn't burn down too close to the head. They also say they contain 'herbs', you could put a few drops of essential oil in the wax, as in making scented candles.
PS get someone else to hold the candle. It burns with quite a flame and you might set fire to your hair... I speak from experience.