Face it: Candles are Toxic.
One of the areas that some people struggle with is getting rid of the toxic cleaning products they use, not to mention scented candles, warmers, air fresheners, and wall plug-ins. Those beautiful, and sometimes expensive candles can be amazing – but they are also very icky to have around, too.
Candles are popular at this time of the year – as Yankee Candle drags out the holiday scented varieties, of pumpkin and evergreen so that you can smell trees and pumpkins wherever you go.
Most (not all) candles are made from paraffin wax. Paraffin is a petroleum waste product – not only does it give off toxic fumes from burning a candle, paraffin in itself is a waste product. The wax is chemically bleached and deodorized. At that point it’s made into wax.
Paraffin is actually the final byproduct in the refining chain of petroleum. (source)
In 2001, the EPA concluded that burning paraffin candles releases large amounts of toxins in the air that are above the excess cancer risk (source). Then in 20015, the American Lung Association gave out letters to the public warning of the dangers of paraffin – but the National Candle Association (NCA) threatened them with legal action for trying to warn the public.
What’s even worse, is that the oil industry has 4 members who sit on the board for the National Candle Association – so they play a big part in the business of candle making. (source)
Toss your Candles and Diffuse
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.
Diffusing at this time of the year is amazing ~ who doesn’t love the smell of Christmas?! We combined all of our favorite holiday diffuser blends to encourage you to “toss” those candles and get healthier through diffusing ~ you’ll fall in love with the ease and scents.
If you have a Young Living Home Diffuser, a few drops can run as much as 8 hours on the Intermittent Setting. Simply plug in, add your water and drops of oil and push the button twice to start the setting – it’ll diffuse 30 second bursts and run for a full 8 hours.
The diffuser shuts off when it’s out of water – no need for you to worry about being home!
This month, Young Living is offering FREE Christmas Spirit when you pick up the Premium Starter Kit AND get 24% OFF your future oil purchases.
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