Scented candles are often used whether for decoration or simply for creating a calm and relaxed atmosphere in your house…However, these candles can cause more harm than good. Why is that?
First, we must note that not all scented candles are harmful, but certain types are. The candles that are harmful are those made from paraffin wax. When this wax is heated it releases toxic chemicals : toluene and benzene. These two are the same as those found in diesel fumes.
Toluene and Benzene are also known as phthalates – microscopic particles that are inhaled and can cause major health effects.
We also need to mention that air fresheners used in cars and homes release formaldehyde – another toxic chemical.
What Are The Health Effects Associated With Scented Candles?.
If you regularly use scented candles in your home you should stop doing that. Did you know that the toxins they release are linked to asthma, cancer and various allergies. These toxic elements are dangerous for both people and animals, so you should also consider your pets if you have some in your home.
Apart from the scent within the candles, it is also important to mention the harmful effects that candle wicks can cause.Wicks often contain heavy metals like lead. If you inhale lead this can result in hormone disruption and behavior problems, as well as learning disabilities..
What Do The Experts Say?
In 2014, Scientific American reported in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives that there is a strong (though not totally definitive) link between exposure to phthalates during pregnancy and the child’s future risk of asthma. Other toxic chemicals we are advised to avoid are Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol and Cyclopentene. Be sure to check the labels and ingredients list of the candles you purchase.
What Can You Use Instead?
Instead of scented candles you can use essential oils, soy based candles with wood wicks or beeswax candles.
Source : foodmatters.com