Perhaps part of my lack of inspiration last week had something to do with my earache. It sounds minor I know, but it was soooo annoyingly frustrating! My ears had started to feel clogged for a few weeks…but it was last week that I was having headaches constantly and a slight pain in my jaw. Unfortunately, I am quite familiar with earaches and for a long, long time (basically all my life) I have had a problem with excess wax build up, to the point I can hardly hear. Yeah, eww, not cool.
In the past, I would fix this by going to a doctor and getting my ears cleaned out with a waterpik. I hate doing that so much, because I find it uncomfortable and sometimes if that doesn’t work they stick a long q-tip like thing in my ear, except it’s not a q-tip, and it’s hard, not soft. That is also super uncomfortable!
Soooooo, this time I was determined to find a natural way to fix my ears without seeing the doctor! I realize cleaning my ears with water is “natural” but I really wanted to find another way, that feels better.
Over the years I have tried a variety of oils (sweet oil, olive oil, garlic oil, arnica oil and baby oil), and I do think they help to loosen the wax, just not a significant amount for me.
The next thing on my natural home remedy list was: EAR CANDLING, or as my mom called it witchcraft haha, Thanks mom! I had heard of ear candling, but I have always been doubtful, so I was kind of excited to find out if it really works. When I was looking up places to have it done, I saw prices that ranged from $20-35, that’s not horrible…but i’m also extremely cheap, and if I can do something myself, I will! So, I attempted to do this by myself (which, I don’t recommend as it’s not the safest thing to do)…and find out if ear candling really works!
If you’ve never heard of ear candling, it’s a method to remove wax from one’s ear using smoke. I like how Carla from CarlaGoldenWellness.com describes is: “The flame at one end of the candle creates smoke which travels through the tapered end into the ear canal. The closed fire-smoke system also creates vacuum loop sending the smoke back up the candle toward the flame.” She does a much better job of describing the process, I would definitely check out her page if you’re interested in learning more!
I bought my ear candles from a health food store (I read that the candles made from beeswax are the best, I tried beeswax and soy)
To do this as safe a possible…I used a pie tin, and poked a hole through to protect my hand from the flame. I also set a mirror up in front of me to watch as the fire burned the candle. It’s a very strange yet calming feeling. During
the process you can hear a slight crackling noise. And by the end of it, my headache went away and my ears felt much better!! The best part, or maybe the gross part, was cutting open my candle to look at all the earwax inside! I was shocked! The ear candles seemed to completely fix my left ear, but my right ear was still not 100% and I ended up going to a doctor the next day…only to get them cleaned by flushing my ear out with water. Am I glad I tried this? Yes, would I do it again? Maybe. But next time I think I would go get it done by a professional!