Ear candles were used by American Indians and ancient Greeks, but that’s no reason to light one and go to town on your own ears. The practice involves sticking a hollow cone or candle, soaked in paraffin or beeswax inside the ear and lighting it. The heat is then supposed to release pressure and decongest the ear tubes and cavities. However, there is no proof that this works and putting
inside your ear is dangerous, never mind a lit object. In fact, some people using this technique have ended up with burns, blocked ear canals and even punctured eardrums, so don’t try it at home or anywhere else!