I can’t remember the last time I used candles or air fresheners…I’m sure that it has been at least 3 years, probably more. When I started looking at living more naturally, I was shocked to find that candles have a ton of ingredients that are really, really bad for you:
- Parrafin is a petroleum by-product, which has the potential to contain toxins and potential carcinogens which are released into the air when the candle is burned. Some researchers even claim the smoke from some candles contains almost as much icky stuff as cigarette smoke.
- Lead-Cored Wicks used to be a huge concern as they would emit lead into the air when burned. Thankfully, in 2003, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) banned the manufacture and sale of all lead-based candles. But. If you have any old candles laying around, and you aren’t sure when you purchased or acquired them, do yourself a favor and toss them.
And don’t get me started on air fresheners…those are quite possibly worse for you, as they contain:
- Phthalates which have been linked to birth defects, hormonal abnormalities, and reproductive problems.
- Allergens, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and other dangerous carcinogens like benzene and formaldehyde.
Thankfully, as I mentioned, I have lived without both of these items for years now, and honestly I haven’t missed them. When I want the ambiance of candles, I turn on my flameless candles and run my diffuser. So far no one has complained.
4 of My Favorite Fall Diffuser Recipes
And since I am currently working on the elimination phase of the AutoImmune Protocol, it’s nice to have my house smelling good without needing to bake or light potentially harmful candles. Essential oils also have the benefit of helping boost my mood (and yours, too)!
Please note that all recipes below utilize only Young Living Essential Oils.