Wally’s Natural Candles: Spa Therapy for Your Ears
Of all the holiday gifts that were exchanged among my family members, the ones that generated the most excitement were — Wally’s Natural ear candles.
Now that might not sound terribly exciting or glamorous, given that other gifts included electronic toys and cashmere sweaters. But for family members who’d experienced swimmer’s ear and similar issues, the candles were like spa therapy.
They had all tried ear candling with other brands, with often less-than-satisfactory results. Wally’s Natural candles, however, were emphatically pronounced “the best!”
For those who have never heard of ear candling (also known as ear coning), it’s a holistic practice that has been around for hundreds of years. The burning candle sends warm air and rhythmic sounds down through the hollow chute, massaging the ear canal via small vibrations, which is why it has a calming effect. It also dries out the ear.
Ear candling has been criticized as dangerous and ineffective, so I can’t recommend its use to others; I can only speak to my family’s experiences. They have used the candles carefully for several years and have found the use to be beneficial.
I think one of the reasons for the negatives is that exaggerated claims are made for candling. No doubt they can damage the eardrum if they are poked into the ear. And since the practice involves a lit candle, care must be taken to avoid getting burned.
That said, we have found the quality of Wally’s Natural candles to be superior to others on the market. They are hand-crafted and are available in three different collections: the Luxury Collection made of pure beeswax; Spa Collection made of soy wax; and Professional Collection made from paraffin wax. All come in plain, lavender and herbal scents.
The company also makes Wally’s Natural Organic Ear Oil, which contains garlic oil, tea-tree oil and mullein extract to help support healthy ears.