There is nothing more soothing than lighting a “Limoncello” or “Autumn Day” candle and letting the calming scents fill your house and lungs.
That 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:
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
Lemon/Rosemary/Vanilla potpourri (scroll to the bottom)
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By Courtney Perry