Who doesn’t love to use candles, sprays, bubble baths, perfumes to help create a certain ambience? It might be a special date, a holiday or you just need a relaxing evening. But did you realize you might be sabotaging your health using these products to create that ambience?
What? How can this be?
It’s only a candle!
I’ve soaked in bubbles since I was a little girl.
But candles didn’t used to be scented.
And the bath products were more natural.
We used to have real Christmas tress that filled our homes with a pine scent. Now we have artificial trees and room sprays to re-create that ambience.
The more advertisers have told us that we need certain fragrances, the more products are being developed using chemicals to artificially re-create these fragrances.
And many of our health issues like asthma, skin allergies, cancer, headaches, central nervous system disorders are being linked to fragrances.
So what is a “fragrance”?
The term “fragrance” is actually a catch-all term for many toxic chemicals in a product.
And the manufacturer of any products like this are not required to disclose what is in their “fragrance” because this information is considered proprietary.
If it was all good, why wouldn’t you want your consumers to know what it is?
So basically, when you purchase a product labeled like this, you should know that it is full of toxins.
That’s why we need to stop using these artificial products and use some healthier alternatives to help create that ambience without sabotaging your health.
CANDLES are a staple in many homes.
Especially at the holidays, for a party or a romantic dinner.
And who can resist lighting candles around your bathtub when taking a relaxing bath?
They are also great for meditation.
Try staring at the flame of a candle for a few minutes. It’s a trip!
But most candles are made from paraffin wax which release toxic chemicals in the air when burned.
Couple that with the chemicals in the added fragrance and you are adding more flame to the fire – so to speak.
Opt for unscented beeswax or soy candles instead.
Or even battery operated candles will flicker like real candles and are much safer. Especially if you fall asleep with them on. No worries about starting a fire!
You can add scents in the room in other ways: like diffusing them….
Actually COLD WATER DIFFUSERS are the healthiest way to scent a room – providing you use non-toxic essential oils.
Diffusing essential oils can help to change the mood in a room:
Add a few drops of Lavender essential oil to calm people and animals.
It’s great when you have the potential for arguments at family gatherings!
Or if you have a hard time sleeping.
Add some uplifting citrus oils like lemon, lime, orange, bergamot or grapefruit when you want to energize (or keep awake) people in a room.
Or if you have nasal congestion, add a couple drops of Eucalyptus and Peppermint to your diffuser.
And for that special evening, Rose, Jasmine or Ylang Ylang are perfect!
But your oils must be free of chemicals, toxins or synthetic fragrances or you will be doing more harm than good to your health.
About those BUBBLE BATHS….
What is it about bubbles? They are fun to play with but a bubble bath can also be so relaxing.
But why would you want to soak in a tub full of toxins? Especially since anything you put on your skin goes directly into your body.
And there are so many health issues caused from personal care products but I’ll save that for another blog!
Anyway, it so easy to make your own non-toxic bubble bath:
1 cup liquid Castile soap – Dr. Bronner’s is great
¾ cup Water
1 TBS. Vegetable Glycerin – that’s what makes the bubbles!
20-30 drops Essential Oils – stay away from Peppermint, Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemongrass or any other essential oils considered “hot” as they may burn.
Add all ingredients into a refillable bottle and shake gently each time before using.
Use 1-2 TBS per bath
How easy is that? Same ambience but less expensive and a lot healthier!
PERFUMES have been around for years. But before they were manufactured with synthetics and toxins, pure essential oils were used by men and women for thousands of years.
Ever get a headache or dizzy walking down a perfume aisle in a department store? It’s those toxins in the perfumes causing your discomfort.
But 1-2 drops of a pure essential oil on your pulse points – wrists, behind ears, back of neck – and you have a totally natural perfume!
There are so many scents to choose from and mixing them is always fun.
Just be careful of citrus oils if you are going to be in the sun as they are photo-sensitive and could cause a skin reaction. And if you have sensitive skin, apply a carrier oil (coconut, sesame, almond) first.
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Hope this has helped you to realize that you can create the ambience for any event and do so without sabotaging your health.
I’d love to hear any ways you use to do this or if you try any of these suggestions.
In Peace and Good Health,
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