In ancient times the cone process was used in India, China, Tibet, Sumeria, Egypt, Atlantis, Lemuria, as well as the Aztec and Mayan cultures and the American Indian cultures. Glazed clay or stone cones were used with a double helix carved inside to create a spiral energy flow carrying herbs or incense into the ear canal, which is a spiral itself. This created a counter clockwise spiral energy by the vacuum action of the cone. In modern times the Spaniards in South America, and Indians such as the Cherokee, Yaqui and the Mexican Indians still use ear coning as a healing modality. Material variations such as rolled up newspapers are used for ear infections in South America, while waxed, shaped newspaper with a plug of incense two thirds of the way down is used by Mexican Indians. Straw shaped cloth and wax cones are used in Europe. The Amish utilize the Cherokee style, as we do. The Choctaw simply blow smoke of herbs in the ear canal as medicine. The cones are made of strips of unbleached 100% cotton dipped into a mixture of beeswax and herbs in the form of extracts, oils, or essences. Extracts are used by contemporary cone-makers because many people are allergic to molds in dried herbs. The strips are rolled spirally, dripped and left to harden upside down. The cones are then scraped, trimmed and plastic wrapped as pairs with 2 skewers and instructions.