I’m so sorry I haven’t written in a while. Having a blog while working, finishing grad school, and going to my internship I do not have as much time as I thought I would to blog. Regardless, I am going to try to hold myself accountable going forward to make time for TLA and all of you!
Since last time, fall has officially arrived! The crazy heat wave in Milwaukee has passed and the cool, crisp fall days have begun. Time for pumpkin spice everything, hot apple cider, and warm flannel sweaters. I used to be obsessed with fall scented candles until I switched to using essential oils instead. Not only do EO’s smell amazing, they also offer incredible health benefits that candles just cannot compete with. Using EO’s is also one other way to replace artificial chemicals in your home with a healthier alternative that doesn’t have a flame!
Many, not all, candles release toxins into the air that you and your household members (including your furry family members) breath into your body. “Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens)” (Why I Don’t Use Scented Candles, 2017). The Wellness Mama has a blog post with more information about the toxins that are released from burning candles, including the levels of heavy metals that are released into the air from the burner wick, and I highly encourage you to read her post; the link is listed at the end of this post under references (2017). Candles made with beeswax or soy can be good alternatives, however, I am wary of artificially scented candles because they create the smells and use who knows what to do so. I like to use the all natural beeswax candles such as the following.
Both of these beeswax votive candles and tealights would be beautiful in your home and also helps to remove toxins in your home (Why I Don’t Use Scented Candles, 2017).
My preference is, of course, to diffuse essential oil blends that are even better than what you find at the store! I love cinnamon and orange, chamomile and copaiba, and blends that smell like pumpkin pie! Thieves, a blend by Young Living, has amazing antibacterial properties that help to keep you healthy through the season and also smells spicy and warm for fall. Clove EO affects the liver and can, therefore, affect how the body processes medications, therefore you should ALWAYS gather information about what oils you can safely use with your medications and if you have any further questions seek the input of a doctor trained in aromatherapy. There is plenty of info on the internet but it is always best to be safe rather than sorry. However, clove smells so yummy and warm and has antiviral/antibacterial properties as well!
Ginger, cinnamon cassia, cinnamon bark, copaiba, fir needle, orange, and clove can be mixed together in different combinations that fit your preferences or you can follow one of the recipes below. I found these at One Essential Community and the Young Living blog.
Print them out and keep the recipes near your diffuser for easy reference and your home will smell clean and fresh all through the autumn season. Plus you get the benefits of breathing in pure essential oils and don’t have to worry about open flames or toxic chemicals!
Until next time everyone!
Wellness Mama (2017). Retrieved October 2nd, 2017 from https://wellnessmama.com/22656/dont-use-scented-candles/