12 April 2023
Ear candles – or Hopi ear candles – are hollow cones made of a fabric tube soaked in beeswax and/or paraffin.
The theory is that the suction created by ear candling pulls wax and debris from your ear when you light the candle and place it in the ear canal.
However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that ear candles will not help to remove ear wax and could seriously injure your ear.
Ear candling could burn your face or ear – including the eardrum, ear canal or middle ear. It could cause bleeding or even puncture the eardrum.