We started as a hobby in late 2017 by giving ear candles to our family and friends. However, as word spread about how wonderful our candles were, we became more and more popular. With popularity came an increase in demand. So in 2018, we decide to create an Etsy store, selling under a registered DBA, to reach more customers and to see how big this "hobby" could grow. To our surprise, in less than 2 years, we have sold over 25,000 ear candles, and are now the sole supplier to some of the most well-known health spas and holistic stores in the country. We have also branched out by selling internationally to almost every major country, such as Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Austria, Ireland, and Mexico to name a few. In early 2023, we decided to make this business official and turned our DBA into an LLC. Currently, our company's future looks bright. We plan to sell on places like Amazon and Walmart, but as with anything worth doing, these exciting new endeavors will take time.
History of Ear Candling
Although the exact location and date of when ear candles were discovered is not known, we know that ear candles have been used since 2500 BC in ancient Egypt. Back then, ear candles were made from flax (a plant by-product) and beeswax due to its availability. Evidence shows that ear candles have been used in all regions of the world, but known to be traditionally used by Mayan, Aztec, and American Indians. Before the polished version of ear candles were made, Indian tribes would blow herbal smoke into the ear through a cone-shaped object. For Indians, ear candling was considered a spiritual process and experience for clearing the mind and senses. Historically, people would use ear candles ritually for physiological and spiritual purification reasons before or during ceremonies. Ancient Greeks used ear candles to cleanse, purify, and promote healing on an emotional and spiritual level. It wasn't until later, after ear candling became more popular, that they were then used for the thought of physical benefits.
This progression brought forth different versions of ear candles, thus changing the name of what ear candles may be called, with one of the most popular names being the Hopi ear candle. Today, beeswax has become less readily available and more expensive. So, in effort to reduce the cost of making ear candles, ear candles are now be made from other types of waxes than beeswax. Ear candles can be made with beeswax, paraffin wax, soy wax, or a combination of the three. However, using an alternative wax other than beeswax has been known to increased the risk of injury. In result, this has given ear candling the reputation of not being safe.