Your ears are pretty important, which is why taking care of them is definitely something everyone should do. Surprisingly enough, cotton swabs can do more damage than good and can even lead to ear wax buildup. If you have difficulty hearing, itching, or ringing in your ears, you could need to unblock your ears.
As a believer in alternative medicine, the idea of ear candling has intrigued me for some time now. The practice is said to relieve sinus pressure, help earaches, and it’s also believed that it helps get rid of wax buildup. Yet this isn’t exactly the case.
After ear candling, there is leftover wax, but this comes from the candle itself, not from your ear as many people believe. And many doctors have said that this process isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and can even be dangerous to your ears. You can receive burns from the wax or even cause damage to your eardrum.
Apparently according to WebMD, there has been some attempt on the part of the FDA to stop ear candles from being manufactured, though there are still places locally you can purchase them. There are some alternatives however, though the classic pour-warm-oil down your ear might be a tried and true solution.
Where ear candling was once something I was eager to try, now I’m not so sure. This is just another example as to how researching something before you jump into it is typically a good idea. But still, many people swear by this practice. Have you ever used an ear candle? Do you have some good alternatives?