I have never really been a huge candle addict – though I do have family members and friends who are in love with Yankee Candles.
There is nothing that I love better than walking into Hobby Lobby to smell that amazing scent of fall. I’m sure you know what I’m referencing – it’s amazing.
Since we don’t “do” candles in our house, we get our smells from a cold air diffuser and essential oils. What many candle addicts might not realize is that they are some of the most toxic things you could have in your home. Aside from Paraffin and Lead Cored Wicks, there are a myriad of other worries that come alongside using candles.
Air fresheners (spray varieties, plug-ins, and even spraying fresheners that automatically eject fragrance) contain phthalates, which are known for their role in hormonal abnormalities, and reproductive issues.
Air fresheners can worsen allergies, as they contain dangerous carcinogens like benzene and formaldehyde. Many have phthalates, though not listed in the ingredient list. These toxic ingredients can add up over time and wreck havoc on the kidneys, liver, and nervous system.
All the more reason to toss them out.
While you won’t find a candle in my house, you will find about 8 essential oil diffusers – and unlike candles, they are not toxic to diffuse around family members. They are actually quite good for you and can boost your mood, as well as provide a myriad of health benefits.
Diffusing essential oils is the most cost effective way to reap health benefits – every time you breathe in the oils you take advantage of their boosting properties.
When you inhale them through your nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain; at that point in time, the brain immediately goes to work on the systems that moderate your mind and body.
Inhalation is the most direct method of nurturing components in essential oils: the chemical messengers in the nasal cavity have direct access to your brain. Essential oils have the ability to pass the blood/brain barrier and penetrate membranes allows them to reach the emotional center of the brain in seconds.
Using a Cold Air Diffuser
When diffusing, you should be using a cold air diffuser – unlike a candle warmer (which heats), a cold air diffuser does not heat the oil. So the properties of that essential oil remain fully – intact.
Those of you who have a Young Living Diffuser, fill the diffuser with water to the line and add the desired drops of oil.
Do you use Essential Oils? We do and have for 3 years – we feel comfortable with Young Living and would not recommend anything else. Read more about WHY we chose Young Living on our last post.