Alert! Popular Candles Are POISONING Your Home
This month it’s pumpkin spice…
And before you know it, it’ll be time to break out the gingerbread and evergreen scents.
If you’re like a lot of folks, you love the way that scented candles fill your home with the essence of the season.
But these candles are filling your home with something else, too… poison.
And I can guarantee you’ve never been warned about it.
Manufacturers and even our government have known for years that scented candles release some of the worst toxins around – including some that can give you cancer.
They’re not lifting a finger to keep you safe… so here’s what you need to do to protect yourself.
All the way back in 2009, researchers at South Carolina State University found that petroleum-based paraffin wax candles give off incredibly dangerous pollutants.
And these are among the most common candles sold in the United States.
In fact, you likely have a few in your home if you buy Yankee Candles or Colonial Candles — both of which are made with paraffin wax.
But why are these candles so dangerous? Isn’t wax natural?
Wax, yes. Paraffin, no.
Paraffin is actually a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry.
When burned, it releases carcinogenic chemicals into the air similar to what is emitted from a diesel engine.
You certainly wouldn’t leave one of those running in your home!
Paraffin wax candles emit numerous hazardous chemicals including benzene and toluene which can cause damage to the brain, lungs, and central nervous system.
They are also commonly linked to asthma attacks and even migraines.
The South Carolina study revealed that if a person lights a paraffin wax candle every day for over a year, they are more likely to develop cancer, organ damage, or allergies.
What’s more? Scented candles can also come with a lead-core wick.
Not only are you being exposed to carcinogenic chemicals but lead, as well!
After a 1999 study from the University of Michigan showed that more than 30 percent of all candles sold in the U.S. were releasing toxic levels of lead, these wicks were banned in 2003.
But they are still present in some imported candles made in China and Taiwan, for example.
Fortunately, with the right knowledge, it is easy to avoid these poisonous products.
First and foremost, avoid super-cheap, imported candles and any that appear to have a metal wick.
Additionally, buy only naturally scented candles and avoid paraffin wax like the plague.
Some alternatives are soy-based candles or essential oil diffusers.
But even better? Beeswax candles. Not only are these non-toxic but they even purify indoor air.
Beeswax emits negative ions which help reduce the positively charged ions that are generated by electrical devices, static electricity, and heating and cooling systems.
These positive ions can carry anything from dust and pollen to toxins and mold, so it is important to reduce them.
One popular retailer is Beehive Candles. Their products are made with 100 percent beeswax and they offer all shapes and sizes!
Fighting For Your Health,
Executive Director, Alliance For Advanced Health