Kick that dirty (candle) habit

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Team Oils Made Simple successfully hosted a 3 day Ditch the Candles Challenge over on facebook! It was a huge success, but several people wanted it in writing to refer back to. We got you all covered!

Have you ever wondered what exactly diffusing is and what benefits diffusing offers? Diffusing breaks down the essential oils and disperses them into a micro-fine vapor into the air.

Why is that important!?

“The breaking down of the essential oils into the micro-fine vapor allows you to inhale the molecules, which then travel up the nostrils to the center of the olfactory sensation and work directly with the limbic system to trigger a number of desired responses in the body and heighten the senses.” Taylor Quigg

Diffusing supports a multitude of goals but the two primary reasons to diffuse are: 1) to reduce air microbes (think wellness) 2) alter mood and emotion (relax, unwind, get outta that funky mood, and more)!

What do you/would you like to benefit from diffusing essential oils?

The Limbic system is in your brain, it is the emotional command center. It’s job is to handle emotions, behavior, hormonal function, motivation, memory, sexual function and libido.

Your Limbic System is directly connected to your sense of smell. Let me explain. It is made up of the Hippocampus which controls memory, the Amyglada with is where emotions are processed, and the thalmus. The Thalmus relays sensory information to the cerebral cortex (this is where it is determined if the sensation is delivered to the Hippocampus or Amyglada). By sensory information I mean what you see or feel, that’s where things get interesting-- scent is the only one of your senses that skips this step. As soon as you smell something it travels to either the Hippocampus or the Amyglada immediately. That is why doctors tell you your scent and memory are directly related, because they are!

GUYS THE SECOND YOU SMELL SOMETHING THE 1ST TIME YOU ARE FORMING A MEMORY ASSOCIATED WITH THE SCENT. This is why baby is comforted by the smell of mom before ever opening his or her eyes. And when baby isn't going to sleep experts say have the “stranger” wear something of mom’s to comfort him/her.

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Is there really any danger in using candles? Yes!

But why? Because of fragrance. Fragrance has been linked to respiratory issues, difficulty breathing, inflammation, nausea, sinus problems, migraines, and more.

What is fragrance? Fragrance in candles means up to 3,000 unknown chemicals allowed by the FDA for the use of personal care products that can be labeled for “trade secret”. Did you catch that? "Unknown chemicals"!

And what is worse is that many of the "known" fragrance ingredients "are known to cause serious health problems such as cancer, respiratory difficulty, and hormone imbalances". (Eric Zielinski, DC)

“A study by scientists at Copenhagen University conducted on mice found exposure to particles from burning candles to cause greater damage than the same dose of diesel exhaust fumes. The harmful effects of candle smoke included lung inflammation and toxicity, arteriosclerosis, and aging effects on chromosomes in the lungs and spleen.” (M. Greer)

What does this mean?

Well, toxicity means poisonous. No thank you! Arteriosclerosis is the hardening of the walls of your arteries. Arteries are the passages in your body that transport oxygenated blood from your lungs and heart to the rest of your body. Aging effects mean that your 30 year old lungs are working like an 80 year old lungs, with age comes decay.

Candles are filled with dangerous, toxic chemicals that pollute the air. I’m going to share the top three concerning chemicals beyond fragrance;

Phthalates: Endocrine disrupting the results in: Birth defects ASTHMA Diabetes Cancer, specifically kidney and lung cancer

Formaldehyde: Linked to liver problems Hormone disrupting Allergen Carcinogen Used to embalm dead bodies

Toluene: this is toxic to your immune system

Beware of paraffin candles. Some forms of paraffin release fumes that are just as toxic to the body and the air as the fumes found in diesel fuel. According to the CDC, chemicals in paraffin candles are linked to irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory system and can also cause nausea. Chemicals in paraffin can also cause headaches.

If you insist on burning candles, look for paper, wood, or cotton wick and candles made from soy or beeswax. And limit your exposure to minimize smoke intake.

This is why diffusing is so much better for you. You experience the benefits of essential oils without experiencing all these unhealthy side effects!

Ready to ditch those candles yet?

Anything that releases smoke decreases air quality, whether it be burnt toast or a scented candle. The main culprits behind the health risk in scented candle smoke are particulate matter, VOC (volatile organic compounds) and lead. Lead should be a lesser concern now since it was banned by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in 2000.

Air pollution can cause both short term and long term effects on health and many people are concerned about pollution in the air that they breathe.

Poor air quality is responsible for an estimated 60,000 premature deaths in the United States each year. Costs from air pollution-related illness are estimated at $150 billion per year. The goal of the U.S. air quality program is to provide ozone, particulate matter and other pollutant forecasts the public can use to limit the harmful effects of poor air quality.

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Kerri's Candle Story is one of my all time favorites so I asked if she would share with you!

She says;