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Aromatherapy Candles Can Be Dangerous to Your Health

Have you ever relaxed in a bubble bath surrounded by burning candles? You’re not alone. Many people use aromatherapy candles for their therapeutic and soothing effects. What you may not know is that these candles are often very dangerous for your health. This article will discuss some of the harmful effects on your health caused by aromatherapy candles.

Jars

Aromatherapy candles are often sold in jars. If you have ever used one in a jar, you may have noticed the black soot on the side of the jar when the candle is burning. This is because these candles are not getting enough oxygen to burn properly. The lack of oxygen causes the aromatherapy candles to release black soot that is just as harmful as cigarette smoke. Even if you don’t inhale the smoke, it can stick to your walls and furniture and be inhaled later.

Wick

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t pay much attention to the wick of the candle. Some aromatherapy candles are made with metal wicks that contain lead. The lead wicks release toxic chemicals into the air that are often swallowed or inhaled long after the aromatherapy candles are gone. These chemicals can damage your kidneys and central nervous system. They can also cause neurological and hearing problems.

Wax

Did you know that many aromatherapy candles are made with a chemical wax like paraffin? Paraffin is a product of petroleum and you should already know how dangerous fumes from burning petroleum are. When these aromatherapy candles are lit, the wax releases many harmful chemicals into the air like carbon monoxide, benzene, lead, and acetone. These chemicals can be stored in your body for long periods of time and cause problems in the future.

Oils

Some companies that sell aromatherapy candles use fragrances that are made with synthetic oils. These synthetic oils are dangerous because they release toxins into the air when they are burned. What makes the situation even worse is that the synthetic oils used in the aromatherapy candles often have no aromatherapy benefit in the first place.

Although not all aromatherapy candles are bad, you should think twice about using them for their supposedly soothing effects. You may be relaxed now, but in the future it may come back to haunt you. If you do decide to use aromatherapy candles, make sure not to buy any that come in jars or have metal wicks. You should also look to see what kind of wax it is made of.

Aromatherapy – the Magic of Scented Candles

Picture a romantic dinner for two, or even a quiet evening after a harried, stressful day, one feature is common in both of them, the flickering flame of candles along with their sweet fragrance.

We are stressed, there is no getting away from this. Our jobs, the commute to work, the current global meltdown, incompetent service providers all create tensions that affect both our minds and bodies. I like to unwind with a long soak in the bathtub in a darkened bathroom lit up with scented candles. For me it is the best aromatherapy ritual, one that I look forward to the whole day.

Just what is aromatherapy?

To put it simply, it is the use of essential or volatile oils sourced from plants and natural sources to cure emotional and physical illnesses. Aromatherapists believe that properly applied, this can cure deadly ailments like diabetes and cancer too. I know for a fact that it can relax a person, but would shy away from such tall claims.

Using scented candles is becoming more and more popular in today’s world. A person using the candles to create ambience for a perfect romantic evening, or to reduce stress and anger should ensure that the candles are made of substances that are natural, so that they are more effective.

They are easily available in holistic stores or online, easy to store and use. Prior to making a purchase, one should check if the candles contain natural plant essences and not chemicals.

I also urge you to try and ensure that the wax is also natural, so that when burning, it releases more healing aromatic smoke.

I prefer beeswax candles, they are pure and full of natural fragrance. Beeswax has been proven effective in cleansing the air. It is an excellent detoxifying agent and its sweet smell creates a very mellow mood.

The other option is to use paraffin candles, these are slow burning and long lasting, but since they are petroleum bases, most aromatherapists do not approve of them

Recently when I went to shop for candles for a party we had at home, I was surprised to see soy candles. They are natural, biodegradable and non-toxic. They are also aromatic. Of course they are not a patch on beeswax candles, which is something I love. But they are much more economical and clean burning.

Feng Shui Candles are also nice, they are available in different colours and are made as per the Chinese beliefs of achieving proper balance and cleansing the Chi or life energy

Scented votives candles are also good. They can be used in prayers or also used to decorate a room or create a good ambience. Their small size and circular shapes make them easy to use and tuck into small corners and niches to create a lovely atmosphere.

This world is harsh and chaotic and stress is a major cause of health problems. I really enjoy the calmness I gain from the wonderful fragrances of natural, organic candles and their mellow flickering lights.