Why Burning Candles can be toxic for your kids, and what you can do instead?
Did you know that candles and fragrances can have a toxic effect on your family’s health? When I initially found this information, I was astonished. I used to burn candles all the time and would have plugins all over the house. I used to love getting coupons from Bath and Body Works and stock up on every festive candle on the shelves. When I would burn candles, after a while, I would get a headache and more often than not my son would need steroids because he had a very mild respiratory condition and candles would cause flare-ups for him. I finally realized that burning candles would overall ruin the air quality in our home and cause indoor air pollution.
So why do you want to get candles out of your house? I looked at different studies about fragrances and indoor air pollution and found the reason candles are so dangerous is that they release what is called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and they are extremely hazardous to our health. The EPA explains VOCs, and the dangers they pose to our health. According to the EPA, VOCs cause eye, nose and throat irritation, frequent headaches, nausea, and can also damage the liver, kidney and central nervous system. Candles can cause damage to our respiratory systems, cardiovascular system, endocrines (our hormones), and our central nervous system. So VOCs are ultrafine particles that infiltrate our bodies. The ingredients that are used in these artificial fragrances to make these fragrances in undisclosed, which means these companies are protected and do not have to disclose to consumers what is actually in these (fragrances) products. Less 10% of volatile ingredients are disclosed in these products. In any given fragrances that you use, there are most likely 100 chemicals in these products. So, while I was burning my favorite seasonal scent, I was thinking I was creating a cozy environment, I never thought about how much damage this was causing to our indoor air quality and how much damage this was causing to my family. These chemicals are damaging to yourself, your children and your pets and genuinely detrimental to their health. This all sounds very scary, I know I thought the same thing – here is a terrifying part: these side effects take years to manifest and all while you are burning these scents and don’t see an immediate response, you may not know that these fragrances are causing these aftereffects. So, it’s safe to say once I found out this information, I threw out every artificial fragrance in the trash can.
So, what can I use instead to make my home feel cozy you ask?
Well, Essential Oils of course!!! Here is the thing – not all Essential Oils are created equally. What does this mean? There are hardly any regulations when it comes to essential oils, so any company can only use 5% Essential Oil, and the rest of the bottle is potentially filled with synthetics and fragrances. So, the Oil that you are getting from your local health store, you may think is 100% of that oil, but guess again. That Oil is instead highly diluted with chemicals and fragrances. So, if you are thinking of getting Essential Oils, and they are cheap, then most often, they aren’t going to be pure. So, if you are thinking of getting health store Essential Oils, it is no different from lighting that candle.
So if you are not Diffusing we need to change that STAT!
A diffuser has a well for water that you add a few drops of essential oil to. I recommend starting with 2-3 drops of your desired essential oil. The water molecules and essential oil molecules are then diffused into the air in the room--cleaning and purifying the air. They act like a humidifier by adding moisture into the air.
In our brains, there is a part called the Limbic System, which is referred to as "the emotional brain." Within the limbic system is something called the amygdala, which is where we PROCESS and store our emotions. Of our 5 senses, SMELL is the only one that activates the limbic system where our amygdala lives! And you know what all-natural substances have great smells? Essential oils, of course! We can diffuse or breathe in oils to process our emotions in a healthy way. Get those diffusers going! Fill the room with positive, happy, relaxing scents and so much more!
Let’s talk chemistry for a minute because after a minute I might get lost: one of the main constituents of many essential oils is phenols, which clean and repair the damaged receptor sites on our cells (receptor sites help our cells to know what to do, which keeps our bodies functioning properly). - negative or fear-based emotions damage the receptor sites on your cells.
Just like chemical toxins (processed foods, GMOs, smoking, multiple beauty products) block those receptor sites, so do our fear-based emotions. And when the receptor sites are blocked, our cells don't get the information they need. And that is how disease can take hold in the body. Another constituent is sesquiterpenes, which bring oxygen to the brain - therefore helping the emotion-processing center breathe and DO WORK.
Young Living diffusers have a 1 year warranty, and they are made with a special plastic that is able to withstand YL oils, awesome! Other diffusers can't handle them, and the oils will break down the plastic and then you'll breathe in toxins. Gross! So yeah that diffuser you got from that mainstream store or the one you ordered off that website where you get free next day shipping, probably want to just put that away!
So what company do I go with Young Living – hands down? Read here why? I can still make my home cozy with my diffusers that are all over my house, kids rooms, kitchen, living room, and basements and they are going all day long. I make remake all my cozy scents from my Essential Oils without any health drawbacks and risking my family’s health. But here is the crazy part – my family is benefiting from diffusing and using essential oils. The reason is Young Living Essential Oils are 100% therapeutic grade. No other company on the market compares to Young Living. They have complete control over the entire process – 3 words, Seed to Seal. This journey has been a real eye-opener for me about all the products that I have been using around my family. So, if you have been thinking of Essential Oils, you have to go with the real deal! If you don't have Essential Oils we need to change that stat. If you are thinking of signing up, you can do so here. The best way to go is, to begin with, your starter kit. Read here how I started – and it was the best decision that I have ever made. Get those toxins out of your house and get yourself started on essential oils – you will not regret it.
Always feel free to reach out with any questions!!