@pastanaga - I did do some research on the ear wax cleaning candles, which were available from my local drug store, if you can believe it.
Apparently it was claimed that they were originally used by a Native American tribe (sometimes the Hopi, sometimes a different one).
The tribe that is most often said to have used them have come straight out and said they never did (because it would be stupid).
Personally, I would go straight past the candles to the bottles of ear wax cleaner which only cost a few dollars.
Or better yet, I would go to a different drug store that didn't support such quackery and ridiculous cures.