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Ear Candling – Does it work?

Ear candling requires the use of ear candles. Ear candles are made of cotton or linen that’s wound into a cone shape, soaked in wax, and then allowed to harden. This hollow candle is inserted through a hole in a plate specially designed to collect wax, and placed into the external ear canal. The candle is lit at the opposite end.

Possible Risks

There are some potential risks involved in ear candling:

  • Burns to the ear, skin, and hair from the hot wax
  • Obstruction of the ear canal due to wax dripping into the ear
  • Perforated ear drum


The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Health Canada classify ear candles as medical devices and consider the product to pose serious risk of fire, burns, and injury to the ear, surrounding skin, and hair.