The popularity of essential oil diffusers has been gaining in recent years as an alternative to candles, plug ins, aerosols, incense and even scentsy pots, and research suggest this this a huge step in the right direction when it comes to our health.
The Truth About Scented Waxes:
Scented waxes are a huge source of indoor air pollution and they put off chemicals that are considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. And it’s not just candles; aerosols, plug-ins, gels, and incense sticks are also a health hazard.
Most candles are made of paraffin, a petroleum waste product and has to be deodorized and chemically bleached before it can be made in to wax, which creates two highly toxic carcinogens, benzene and toluene, when burned, many candles also contain artificial scents and dyes, which release additional chemicals when burned.
Paraffin candles gives off the same soot as the exhaust of a diesel engine, causing problems from headaches to lung cancer. Paraffin fumes have been found to cause tumors in the kidneys and liver of lab animals, and a study shows a strong link between exposure to phthalates, a chemical found in air fresheners, during pregnancy and the child’s future risk of asthma.
On top of that, many scented candles also have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead, and even a few hours of burning them can create levels of airborne heavy metals that are much higher than the acceptable limits, studies have found that as much as 30% of candles in the US contain heavy metals in the wicks.
The EPA banned lead wicks in 2003 after studies showed exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.
On the other hand essential oils actually provide numerous benefits when diffused with the added benefit of freshening the air of your home, car and office. Essential oils provide an array of health benefits when used topically, internally and aromatically in a diffuser such as:
- Stress relief
- Immune boost
- Respiratory support
- Air purification
- Sleep and Relaxation
- Mood enhancing
- Pain relief
- Insect repellent
When diffusing oils there is no questioning the ingredients because you are creating your blends, add water and your favorite plant derived oils and you are good to go!
- 2 drops of Frankincense
- 2 drops of doTERRA’s Breathe blend
- 2 drops of Lavender
- 2 drops of Lemon
- 3 drops of Wild Orange
- 1 drop of Oregano
- 2 drops of Clove
- 1 drop of doTERRA’ On Guard blend
- 1 drop of doTERRA’s Whisper blend
- 2 drops of sandalwood
- 4 drops of doTERRA’s Serenity blend
Pay close attention to which oils you diffuse in your home if you have pets, there have been cases of toxicity in animals from diffusing oils such as tea tree, lavender, and eucalyptus oils. It’s always a good idea to research the benefits, uses and warnings of each oil before you diffuse it.
Essential oil diffusers are a cost effective and health boosting alternative to traditional air fresheners I use doTERRA as my trusted essential oils because it is one of the only brands you can ingest internally due to their high quality and distillation method!
To learn more about doTERRA essential oils or to purchase them please visit: https://my.doterra.com//haileyscomet8