Ear candling can bring families together.
It’s true – my mom and I bonded over ear candling just the other day. I think it was due to the fact that I didn’t burn her hair up in the process.
She thought she had a bug in her ear and wanted me to see if I could get it out. We don’t go to the doctor for such things; we candle!
Timeout – before I get hate mail for using an alternative method for bug removal – I had an experience with a bug in my ear many years ago. It was no fun. I went to the ER and laid on a table while they dug down in my ear canal for a moth that felt like it was the size of a seagull. I’ll never again walk near an outside light at night without something covering my ears.
So, I read the instructions on the ear candle box, googled “ear candling for dummies” and got started.
I collected the necessary tools – damp towel, bowl of water, metal pie plate, candle…check.
By the time we got everything set up, it looked like she was trying to tune in life from some distant galaxy.
Mom got in place in her chair, I put the candle in her ear (yes, I got the correct end in the ear) and had her hold it while I struck the match.
I don’t like fiddling around with matches so this was a little scary, but I did it.
I lit the big end and away we went. As it burned down, I followed the instructions and kept my fingers on the candle about four inches from her head so it wouldn’t burn down too far. I knew it was time to extinguish the flame when my fingernails started to get warm.
The bowl of water, in case you were wondering, was there to plunge the candle into when we were done. I took the candle out and managed to drop it on the table – ear candles can put off quite a flame, let me tell you.
All was well though – I grabbed the flame-throwing candle off the table and dunked the burning end into the bowl. No one was harmed and mom felt that it was a success.
I can report that ear candling really works! She didn’t find a bug, but it did pull some gunk out of her ear.
She felt better and I may add “ear candling” to my resume.
The moral to this story is – don’t be afraid to try new things. Also, ear candling works as long as you’re careful and follow the directions, and keep a bowl of water handy.