Ear candles (also called ear cones or auricular candles) are hollow tubes that are approximately 10 inches long. They are made of cotton or linen that has been wound tightly into a cone shape, soaked in beeswax, paraffin, or soy wax, and allowed to harden.2
During an ear candling session, you lie down on one side with the ear to be treated facing up. The pointed end of the ear candle is usually inserted into a hole in a paper or foil plate (meant to catch any dripping wax) and then into the external ear canal.
The candle is lit at the opposite end and held as the healthcare provider trims away the burnt material while the candle is burning.
After several minutes (or when the candle stub is several inches from your head), the treatment ends and the ear candle stub is removed and extinguished. The outer ear is wiped clean with a cotton ball or pad.