Scented Candles: Good For Your Mood, Not Your Health

There is nothing more soothing than lighting a “Limoncello” or “Autumn Day” candle and letting the calming scents fill your house and lungs.

candlesThat is until you find out that the chemicals released by the candles are full of toxins and are harmful to your body and organs. In the last post, I went over the benefits of using Thieves Oil and how it is a wonderful alternative to the candles and oils that smell great but are not so great for you. Here are a few reasons that many candles are considered harmful:

1. The fragrance in most candles is not natural, meaning it is chemically made. When burned, those chemicals are converted into possible carcinogenic toxins such as acetone, benezene, and toluene.

2. Paraffin wax is a popular type of candle and burning it may be just as harmful as being exposed to second hand smoke. Research has shown that lighting a paraffin candle once in awhile probably won’t do too much damage, but continued exposure can lead to asthma, allergies, and other respiratory tract problems.  The soot from paraffin candles contains many of the same toxins found in diesel fuel.

3. Candles from China and South America (where many imported candles come from) can contain lead in the wicks.

4. Did you know a single fragrance (cheap oils made for diffusers contain synthetic fragrances) can contain up to 600 different chemical ingredients? These chemical-filled oil blends are just as toxic as candles and are not the same as essential oils.

So while many candles are considered unsafe, there are great alternatives out there. Don’t worry, your rainy days spent curled up with a book, cup of tea, and a soothing candle don’t have to be a thing of the past.

Beeswax candles are safe and have a natural, pleasant fragrance

Soy candles, just make sure your candle is 100% soy

Burn essential oils in a diffuser

Summer stove top potpourri 

Holiday stove top potpourri

Fall stove top potpourri

Lemon/Rosemary/Vanilla potpourri (scroll to the bottom)

Do you have a favorite stove top potpourri recipe? Share below! 

By Courtney Perry

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3 thoughts on “Scented Candles: Good For Your Mood, Not Your Health

  1. This saddens me because I really love candles once in a while!

    I did discover on accident however if you boil a pot of water and put 5-10 drops of essential oils in it its works better than any “essential oil candle diffuser” that I’ve ever used! It made my entire house smell like the essential oil in 10 minutes

  2. I am definitely going to try the lemon/rosemary/vanilla potpourri.

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