December 10, 2018
It doesn’t truly feel like the holidays until you catch a scent of pine, cinnamon, or freshly baked cookies. If you’re still searching for the holiday spirit this year, one of the quickest remedies is to fill your home with the comforting and familiar scents of the season.
Seasonal candles may seem like the best way to add some holiday cheer to your home--but wait! Before you reach for the matches, have you thought about how you could be affecting your health?
Unfortunately, most scented candles and air fresheners contain harmful chemicals known as VOCs, which are released into your air once the candle is burned. VOCs can sometimes come in scary packages–like Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Acetone. Once these chemicals are released in your air, they can easily travel into your lungs and, eventually, blood stream.
Short-term side effects of VOCs include headaches as well as itchy eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Too much exposure to VOCs has also been linked to eczema flare-ups, acne breakouts, hives, allergies, asthma attacks, and cancer.
Don't worry! You can still spread holiday cheer in your home without using candles. Here are three ways you can quickly replace your holiday scented candles and still keep your home festive:
While pine cones can smell amazing on their own, give them an extra boost with this simple recipe.
Hanging herbs around your home is a great way to fill your home with both decorations and holiday scents.
Gather pine, rosemary, thyme, sage, cinnamon sticks, and a slice of dried orange together with a piece of twine for the perfect holiday blend!
This is an age-old trick for filling your home with a classic holiday scent, and it only takes a few steps!
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for holiday cheer--but many of us don’t realize the air in our homes can be filled with chemicals and other toxins that can threaten our safety.
If you want to really know what’s in the air you’re breathing, you can get started with an indoor air quality monitor, like Awair 2nd Edition. Awair 2nd Edition tracks invisible fine dust and chemicals in your air and provides personalized recommendations to help you stay safe and healthy.
We tend to underestimate dust--we’ve all been guilty of letting dust pile up in our homes, especially in harder-to-reach surfaces. Failing to keep the dust in our homes under control, however, can have more consequences than we realize.
There’s an endless checklist to keep track of when you’re looking into renovating your home, and whether you’re contracting the remodeling or jumping in with a DIY project, the whole process can quickly get overwhelming. In the midst of choosing colors, measurements, and finishes, it can be easy to forget to stop and ask yourself: are all these changes helping or harming my health?
I have been managing my asthma my entire life. As a child, I spent many nights in the ER. Gasping for air in the middle of the night has become a consistent experience. The most alarming aspect of having an asthma attack is that it can be almost impossible to predict. I’ve learned to anticipate the awful dread that comes over me, while asleep, when I wake up in a panic as my body alerts me to the fact that I must do something because I am not able to inhale enough oxygen.