June 24, 2003

Light One Candle

And stick it in your ear. Yeah, you heard me right. Ear candling. It's all the rage (take a look at the pictures). I thought this was a Saturday Night Live skit when I first heard about it a few years ago after moving to Floyd. Pick an orifice. Pick any possible thing inserted, ignited, ingested, instilled or inhaled, and somewhere, at some point in ages past, mankind has just had to try it. Imagine one moment in history:

"Hey. I got an idea. How 'bout we stick something... yeah! candles! in our, um... ears maybe, and light them!" (Remember this one at your next office party. Substitute your choice for the words in bold. Write a three hundred word report of your experience. Start a webpage to tell the world about it.)

No thanks. For my annual ear impaction experienced this week, I will be calling a boring ol' allopathic type to shoot a turkey baster full of some chemical concoction into my ear repeatedly with great force.

You know, on second thought, the candle idea might be worth a try. I think we got some in drawer somewhere that sparkle like fireworks. That ought to be good for some new aural experiences! But can one do this alone? And I quote:

"The metaphysical and spiritual aspects of ear candling are legion. You
may want to explore these later. For now, may I suggest that you do
this: If you can, practice ear candling with someone you love, each
helping the other. Before you get started, dim the lights and break
out some candles. If you have aromatherapy or scented candles, so
much the better. Play a little soft music. Sip a little wine. Be sure to
use facial massage. Relax, and let your senses fly. Some say it's
almost as good as. . . well, try it and see for yourself".

Hey. I can't hear too good outta my right ear. So if you send email today, speak up. Use bold font so I can hear what you're saying.

Posted by fred1st at June 24, 2003 06:14 AM | TrackBack

oh my. i showed my wife and she says that several of our more nutty friends have tried to turn us on to that. haha somehow i've blocked it out of my mind and apparently resisted them. i think i'll be able to live another 40 years without candling my ears.

Posted by: bud at June 24, 2003 08:19 AM

When I saw the topic heading, I thought of that scene in ~Shrek~ when he pulled a tube of wax out of his ear and lit it.

Posted by: Joel at June 24, 2003 08:29 AM

What an excellent idea... much better than my present method of satisfaction: a gherkin up the nose (it DOES have a cooling effect, but i injured the cat once upon sneezing).

Posted by: Anne at June 24, 2003 10:05 AM

No thanks. I feel like a big, dumb birthday cake just thinking about it.

Posted by: peggy at June 24, 2003 11:45 AM

Simply curious about the search you were doing before you wandered upon that site. :P

Posted by: Lisa at June 24, 2003 04:24 PM

My friend in Costa Rica told me they would put lit cigarettes in the ears for earaches - same principle as ear candles - flame draws oxygen/air from below pulling out pollen/pollutants with it.

I've done some ear candling and certainly never experienced anything extrasensorily pleasant. Sure it was relaxing, the candling gave a focus but...maybe I'm missing something...

Posted by: Jessica at June 25, 2003 05:15 PM

WaterPik. That's what we used in the doctor's office back when I was an MA. 10:1 H2O:H2O2 Worked like a charm.

By the way, have you seen that there are Matchbox cars for Saturday Night Live sketches? Oh yeah. Saw those today.

Posted by: Da Goddess at June 26, 2003 02:30 AM

I have done extensive research and experimentation on Thermal Auricular Therapy and for as many negative comments I have found just as many positive ones, if not more. I would also like to spread the word about the traditional side lying positioning for candling being a source of FDA's disapproval of this method of ear wax removal. Because of the debris left in the candle by the candle itself, the upright seated method is a safer technique. When the candle is burned in this position,{sticking out sideways from the head} there is very little debris in the candle or none at all when burned in the ear. There is NO debris left in the candle when burned in the air in this position. I have heard many positive comments from my clients and have seen great results from people with hearing problems, sinus or allergies, and/or infection in the ear when candled in the upright seated position with the candle in a horizontal instead of vertical position.

Posted by: NCMT03 at July 5, 2004 08:29 PM

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