Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Do Scented Candles Pose a Serious Health Hazard



After a hectic day, scented candles with their mild fragrance and tantalizing aroma can soften the rough edges of your hard day. These beautiful mini versions of a fire glow set the ambience of a beautiful evening.

While I can keep on talking poetically a harsh scientific truth, wakes one up to the realities of life.

What happens when scented candles are burnt?

A research study by the scientists at the York University highlights the fact that scented candles may be hazardous to your health.

The scented candles, air refreshers and some cleaning agents contain limonene the citrus extract that gives a citrusy and delightful aroma when it is released.

But when it comes in contact with ozone some of it transforms into formaldehyde in the air. The research is a small scale study where the air quality was assessed in only 6 homes.

Anyway, an amazing revelation was made with the help of this study.

Health hazards of formaldehyde

Earlier research studies have pointed out that formaldehyde is linked to several scary diseases.

It can cause
·       various types of cancer
·       may affect fertility in men
·       can cause progressive neurodegenerative diseases

Having known these informative facts, it would be wise to limit the use of scented products.

How about Natural scented candles?

You can soak up your senses with the aroma of natural and fresh herbs. 

Instead of using artificial fresheners or candles, you can opt in for beeswax candles and soy candles that has the goodness of the scents of lavender, rosemary and other aromatic herbs and essential oils.

During the winter, I used to feel like the house has become dull and I wish to refresh and enliven it. I love the smell of eucalyptus it is pretty good to refresh a place.

I pour the eucalyptus oil and mix it with some water and spray it on the sofa, curtains, bedsheets, blankets, rugs and the carpet.

The result is instantaneous, suddenly the dull and lifeless house springs to life with the scintillating smell of eucalyptus everywhere. Try it and see.

Take care
Swarnam