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"Ear Coning,"  A Centuries-old Home Remedy
By Lynne Smith

Ear coning is relaxing, allowing your body, mind, and spirit to feel nurtured.

Today, there are numerous medical doctors, naturopaths, chiropractors, salons, spas, massage therapists and other health care providers who practice ear coning.  Ear coning is more comfortable and less invasive than conventional ear cleaning.  Why pay $25-75 for this service when you can easily do it at home?  The benefits have been documented through case histories by qualified practitioners.  The benefits include, improved hearing, vision, taste, smell, balance and sharpened mental ability. Ear coning helps to detoxify the sinus, lymph congestion, sore throat, earache, swimmers ear, chronic headaches and even allergies.  Every body is different, yet coning is a therapy that adults, children, and even animals can benefit from.  All who experience coning agree it is safe, soothing, relaxing, painless, and non-invasive. 

Does it hurt?

No.  There is absolutely no discomfort during ear coning.   If you experience any pain while coning, stop immediately, as this is an indication of a more serious problem than coning can address.  Coning is safe and painless.  Some people  become so relaxed they fall asleep during coning.

What are the benefits?

Ear coning is not a cure-all, but has proven to be a successful and economic alternative to having Tympanotomy tubes inserted or having your ears flushed with water by a physician.  The non-invasive coning process has been known to improve hearing, lymph circulation, and balance.  Our clients report relief from tinnitus, vertigo, and pressure regulation. 

Not all ear cones are created equal

While ear cones come in all shapes and sizes, it is possible to put too much pull on the ear drum or to leave debris in the ear.  Different cone sizes determine how long the draw is effective, and different ingredients will determine how much residue is left in the cone.  White, paraffin wax candles, or any products using synthetic waxes, colors or bleach can be harmful.  Paraffin (a carcinogen) is a petroleum based product having several chemical residues.  The negative results from long term use of paraffin are beginning to surface.  In our opinion, the risks do not justify the results.  Beeswax candles are preferred for their smooth burning quality, pleasant aroma, and because they don't produce as much smoke as paraffin.  Inferior products can emit heavy smoke into the air that are inhaled by the therapist and the client. 

All natural handmade candles are preferable.  Be sure the candles you use are pure, made with 100% beeswax and 100% unbleached cotton, (the chlorine in bleached cloth is not good for your ears). 

What about herbal ear cones?

Herbal ear cones can be made at home using Pure & Natural Ear Cones and the herb of your choice. Brew a selected herbal remedy into a tea. Place a strip of unbleached muslin fabric into the steeping tea, allow to steep for 5 minutes. Ring out the fabric strip and leave the strip damp. Wrap the fabric around the ear cone and leave it alone for 10 minutes. Unwrap and allow the cone to dry before using.

Some herbal ingredients and their uses:

Aloe - soothes tissues and encourages regeneration
Angelica Root - aid to strengthen and heal whole body
Camphor - open and stimulate tissue
Echinacea - to strengthen the lymphatic system
Eucalyptus Oil - open sinus passages and stimulates third eye
Lavender Oil - relax tension and soften the heart center
Myrrh - an astringent to the system
Rhubarb - a blood purifier and tonic
Rosemary Oil - heightens senses and aids in grounding
Saffron - aids in opening the sinus
Tea Tree Oil - discourages bacteria growth in ear and sinus

Always cone with a partner who can keep an eye on the flame, so you can relax

Beeswax candles are especially indicated for people who suffer from allergies, hay fever, asthma, etc. due to the bees interaction with the plant environment. Beeswax candles burn slower than paraffin, have a pleasant aroma and have a very soothing effect on the ear.  Since beeswax does not disintegrate as does the paraffin or paraffin combination candle, the remains may consist of more candle residue.   Relaxation is an important part of the coning process.  While some people may choose to cone themselves, for safety we recommend having a partner present to keep an eye on the flame so you can relax.

A word of caution:

Remember, ear coning is a home remedy and is not a cure for any disease or specific ailment.  Coning is not designed to take the place of professional medical advice or treatment when it is indicated.  It's important to note that some people should not use cones.  For instance, people who have had ear, nose, throat or sinus surgery recently, and those with tubes in the ears are not candidates for coning.  Anyone with ear drum rupture, perforation, or experiencing bleeding of the ear, should see a doctor immediately as this indicates a serious ear problem.  As with all home remedies, anyone using cones must assume full responsibility for their use and should always follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Candling, Ann Tatum, 1993.
The Herbs of Life, Lesley Tierra, L. Ac., Herbalist, 1992.

The Herb Book, John Lust, 1974.

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