Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sarah Bed and Breakfast Tagaytay: My Ear Candling Spa Experience

Sarah Bed and Breakfast (Buck Estate) is a great place to stay when you're in Tagaytay or Alfonso Cavite.

I recently went to Alfonso, Cavite (actually I'm not sure if it's already part of Laurel, Batangas) where I discovered a really awesome place called Sarah Bed and Breakfast, it's the perfect venue to relax, unwind and have that much deserved pampering (because they have their own spa). I will talk about the amazing food at Sarah Bed and Breakfast on my food blog soon but for now, let me share with you my ear candling experience at their in-house spa. Sorry guys but I have yet to experience an overnight stay at Sarah Bed and Breakfast before I can give an honest review. Although I've been able to visit the said place a couple of times, I didn't had the opportunity to sleep for an overnight stay. Maybe, that's something I should try in the future. But judging by the way it looks + the warmth and hospitality I had received from the staff, I bet it would be something nice to really look forward to. Anyway, I'm here about to share with you my first time experience on ear candling treatment. 

The facade of Sarah Bed and Breakfast

First, I should note that I am by no means an ear candling professional. Just an interested and curious woman who is sharing her experience with it here on my blog. Like I have said, I just had the opportunity to try it when we had a video and photo shoot held at the Sarah Bed and Breakfast last time. So what exactly is an ear candling treatment? 

Spa Treatments are also available at Sarah Bed and Breakfast

Ear cand·ling
ˈir ˌkand(ə)liNG/
a form of alternative therapy in which the tapered end of an ear candle is placed in a person's ear while the other end of the candle is lit, in the belief that earwax and other impurities are drawn out of the ear canal by a partial vacuum created by the candle flame.
"the Spa menu usually includes, ear candling performed with an oak-leaf broom"

Ear Candling 101

Here Purple Plum Fairy enjoys the relaxing massage by the therapist.

Of course, Im not sharing my ear candling experience to let the whole world see how many ear wax I have accumulated over the weeks. I know its sounds hilarious to begin with. In my opinion, how can we not accumulate huge amounts of wax in our ears throughout our long lives? And how could this not effect our hearing later in life? And my goodness, why are ear candles so curiously under-researched? 
I mean, there's always such little actual scientific research done on most natural approaches to medicine and health. And ironically, most drugs simply replicate already-existing, naturally-occurring chemical structures. I can't help but feel like ear candles get a bad name simply because they aren't manufactured by pharmaceuticals. Heck, I even read in a few places that ear candles are "expensive" and "dangerous."

The oak leaf broom used in ear candling treatment

Now when I attempted research on ear candling all I could find was a raging debate on whether or not a vacuum is created. The "ear candling is dangerous" articles and the "ear candling can heal a huge range of issues" claims. (Honestly most of the articles I read reminded me of the vaccine argument. Extreme polarization, without much educated or substantiated discourse.) 

Aaah! So relaxing, I felt I want to sleep.

And here's what I thought. I did find the experience to be extremely relaxing to the point that I had to fight not to put myself to sleep. I did enjoy laying there for like twenty minutes as the therapist massages half the side of my face, from my scalp down to my chin. Yes, the ear candling treatment starts with a relaxing massage. Gentle strokes on my scalp and face with a mild scented healing oil. I wish I didn't have to take pictures of myself or selfie photos (I even took a video as I'm sharing them to you below) so that I could concentrate on just relaxing. But then, I figured it would be best for more people, particularly my readers to know more about the benefits of ear candling. 

Here's a video I took while I was having an ear candling treatment:

How Ear Candling Works

Ear candling takes about 20-30 minutes, it’s non-invasive and has a narcotic effect which is very relaxing. The ear candle is lit on the wide end and heat is not felt in the ear canal.
The negative charge of the herbal smoke and spiral shape of the candle work together to stimulate the respiratory system and cleanse. Dorothy says it’s a way of, “Tweaking the body and letting it balance itself.”
The gentle vacuum effect of fire causes debris to be drawn up the candle toward the flame.
Here I tried to fight myself to sleep.

I couldn't help but smile as I take selfie photos while being treated.

And listening to a flame crackle from the inside like that was unique. It reminded me of acupuncture in that you can't see what's taking place. You focus, relax and use a sense of trust in your body and in the process instead. When we were done, we cut open the candles (which are hollow, wax-covered muslin tubes more or less) to take a look at the contents. Truthfully, I was excited to see what was in there! Geesh, such a results-driven person I can be.

Looks scarier than I thought. But there's really nothing to be afraid of.

So what did I get after the ear candling treatment? Lots of powdery yellow matter (from the candle itself) and three globs of hardened yellow-orange ear wax. I was surprised since I don't usually have that kind of ear wax visible when I clean my ears. It's pretty interesting how even something as mundane as ear wax can be so unique individually. 

My accumulated ear wax after each ear was cleaned of ear candling treatment.

Important Ear Candling Notes

  • ·     Chronic conditions may take up to three sessions to finish the cleansing process, but they need to be spaced 7-10 days apart.
  •     If your ears feel dry after cleansing, use a few drops of warm ear oil. This very soothing.
  •  Ear candling is not a cure-all. While effective in many cases, it is best to be seen first by your doctor if you are experiencing specific medical problems.
  • Ear candling is not recommended for 1) People who have a hole in their eardrum. 2) If you’ve had tubes in your eardrums (Can be checked to see if they have healed shut before candling). 3) If you have difficulty breathing where small amounts of smoke is a threat. (ex. emphysema, etc.)
  • Excessive use is not wise or recommended. You could only have ear candling treatment once ever two weeks. Doing so might hurt your ear drum. 
Benefits of Ear Candling Treatment 
When used properly, the benefits of ear candling may include:
·         Clears wax & debris from the ear canal
·         Relieves pressure from behind the eardrum
·         Sharpens mental functions, vision, hearing, taste & color perception
·         Eases earache, headache & sinus pressure, allergies
·         Relaxation from the negative charge of the herbal smoke
·         Acts as a catalyst to clear nerve endings & promote healing

Come and try an ear candling treatment at the Spa in Sarah Bed and Breakfast. Sarah Bed and Breakfast (Leaba is bricfeasta) is located at 9006 General Aguinaldo, Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite. For reservation and other inquiries, contact them at (+63) 917-321-6830 (+63) 998-208-4536. Email

Special thanks to Ms. Sarah Park. 

Disclaimer: I am not compensated for this post. Opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

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