One of the best ways to enjoy your cozy home is to lighten up your house with some scented candles and you will soon feel the positivity in the atmosphere by the soothing, calming and aroma therapeutic properties which can improve wellbeing. Just sitting and watching the flame of a candle is amazing!
Unfortunately, even though these aromatic candles provide the home with pleasant scent, still there is a danger behind this.
Megan Budden, a woman who enjoys the effects of these candles, shared her own experience in an interview:
“I didn’t think anything of it, I had them burning probably six or seven hours.”
She hadn’t have problems leaving the candles lit at home, but the very next day she had a reason to be worried. She notices black spots on the inside of her nose, but the worst happened when she picked up her baby:
“I picked up the baby to feed him and noticed that the inside of his nostril — it was all black.”
She tried to suction the nose of her child and to rinse it with saline. After that, she read the label of the candle and then she realized that the fragrant, innocently-looking candles pose a serious danger!
Paraffin, a petroleum waste product, is used to produce paraffin wax, widely used in many candles. When burned, these candles emit toxins, and even they are considered as second-hand smoke, they are also harmful toxins and chemicals.
Namely, these toxins are the ones found in the fumes of diesel fuel. The artificial scents, which are added for the aroma, release additional chemicals when burning.
But, don’t worry because there are some things you can do in order to ensure the safety of your candles:
Make sure you don’t burn them in a breezy area since it can lead to billowy flame.
Keep your wick trimmed to 1/8th of an inch and burn them according to the recommended time. Once you notice soot markings on the candles, extinguish them.
You should also know you can use perfectly safe, natural, non-toxic alternatives like:
• The orange, clove, and cinnamon potpourri in the slow cooker by the Novice Chef. They provide soul-warming scent, and yet they don’t have harmful effects to your health.
• Also, the scenty scoop comprised of cinnamon sticks, baked apple and orange slices.
• Don’t forget to check the ingredients list to ensure that they don’t contain toxic ingredients, and follow the instructions when you plan to burn them.
• Although, the scented candles provide amazing, sweet and pleasant aroma, you shouldn’t forget about the fact that they also contain harmful toxins and chemicals, so use them wisely to prevent any danger to the health of your family.
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