As a busy mom, fall has been a favorite season of mine for as long as I can remember.  The trees are gorgeous, the weather cools off, and I get to start thinking about Thanksgiving and baking with my kids!

 

Thanksgiving 🍂 🦃and Christmas 🎄🎅🏻 are such a special time because of the memories.  While summer is full of fun and business, it seems that fall is full of special activities that create the best pictures and memories!  And you know us mamas are all about that perfect picture.

 

Believe it or not, candles were a HUGE part of this cozy, special time for us for a long time.  And in this article I am going to talk to you about the hidden dangers of candles. Back in the day, I used to go into Bath & Body Works or Target and sniff ALL THE CANDLES. They were in our living room, our kitchen and our bathrooms and we burned them whenever we were home.  When I was diagnosed with Lyme disease, I remember feeling “fuzzy” or getting headaches when the candles were burning. What I didn’t know at the time was that the candles were creating a full on toxic atmosphere, and my body and lungs were screaming for me to stop.  

 

My body was going through the ringer. 

Massive doses of antibiotics, a diet full of gluten and dairy my whole life, and chemically laden products had left my “toxic bucket” to the point of overflowing.  And believe it or not, candles were a big part of that discovery for me!  

 

As we take on how toxic our air really is, here is a video that my hubby and I did for a class last week!  Get your listening ears on friend, because as my husband says, “candles have no place in your home!” I would so love to hear what you think about the info that he shares from his experience and research as a firefighter!

 

“candles have no place in your home!”

 

The Hidden Dangers of Candles from a firefighters perspective

 

BUT REALLY… How Toxic is the Air You’re Breathing? 

 

You can’t see it, but sometimes you can smell it. Indoor air pollution can occur from a huge variety of chemicals & products. It can aggravate, irritate, and in some cases cause serious harm.  As a wife to a firefighter, this is something that we take very seriously.  

Candles & Air Fresheners have been found to contain phthalates, formaldehyde, and other harmful chemicals, and often those chemicals are not listed among the product’s ingredients as they may be considered trade secrets. One study found phthalates in 86% of the air fresheners it tested.  Wow.

It has been estimated that people spend about 90% of their time in both private and public indoor environments, such as homes, gyms, schools, work places, and transportation vehicles.  We are now learning how indoor air quality has a significant impact on health and quality of life in general.

For many people, the health risks from exposure to indoor air pollution may be greater than those related to outdoor pollution. In particular, poor indoor air quality can be harmful to vulnerable groups such as children, young adults, the elderly, or those suffering chronic respiratory and/or cardiovascular diseases.  Infants and children breathe as a much faster pace and have a much higher risk of getting toxins, pesticides, and pollution lodged in their lungs. This can lead to more respiratory challenges like asthma, infections and allergies! Check this study out for a little more depth into this.  

 

To find out more about my story and why our family chose to get rid of the toxins in our home, hop on over here I can’t tell you what a difference this decision has made for our family over the past 5 years!

 

SO WHAT DO WE USE NOW?

While I miss the atmosphere of the candles at time, our diffuser with high quality oils has been a substitute that we love!  You can customize your own blends while actually SUPPORTING your health and building up your immunity. It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not.  I can’t tell you how many times a diffuser blend helps me take a deep breath and changes the entire atmosphere of the room!  

 

Here are some of our favorite blends, and we hope you love them too!  Just remember that not all oils are created equally and just like those toxic candles we used to use, you want PURE oils to diffuse that will not only NOT increase the toxic burden on your body but actually SUPPORT your mood, immunity, and overall wellness!  Trust me when I say your local department store does not have the ones you’re looking for.

 

Before we dive in, let me tell you about some of the special blends that our company has that are some of my fall favorites!

 

  • Thieves – A blend of Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, Clove, Lemon, and is a magical blend that supports immunity for the whole family.  It smells like Christmas, and it is in a diffuser or a roller ball EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. in our home, especially in the fall.
  • Stress Away – A blend of Lime, is one that no home should be without, particularly if you have kids!  Mixing this with oils like Orange, Lime or Cinnamon during the holiday season can boost moods like you’ve never seen.  Two of my three children tote this as their all time favorite blend and use it to de-stress, sleep better and feel more relaxed.
  • Christmas Spirit – If you could stuff a Christmas tree and spiced cider into a diffuser together, it would smell like this!  There is absolutely nothing in the world that smells more like Christmas and fall than this specialized blend. I throw it around like confetti during the Christmas season so I can boost moods and create special memories!  Not only does it smell magical, but it supports immunity and will help keep those germs at bay in your home. Pretty sure there’s no candle that can do that!

 

And let me just remind you, in case you missed it, that these are

PURE plant based essential oils that are not only making your house smell delicious but ALSO supporting immunity and even getting your cells and larger body systems to function the way that they’re supposed to!  It’s crazy but true.  

 

ENJOY these blends, and please let me know if you have any questions about how to switch your family over to non-toxic living!  

Spiced Cider

  • 5 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 5 drops Nutmeg
  • 5 drops Orange

 

Oh Christmas Tree

  • 7 drops Christmas Spirit

 

Pumpkin Pie

  • 5 drops Thieves
  • 1 drop Clove
  • 1 drop Nutmeg

 

Orange Spice

  • 5 drops Orange
  • 3 drops Thieves

 

Autumn Afternoon

  • 5 drops Stress Away
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Orange

 

Candy Cane

  • 5 drops Stress Away
  • 2-3 drops Peppermint

 

Christmas Cheer

  • 2 drops Peppermint
  • 5 drops Orange
  • 3 drops Idaho Balsam Fir

 

Angel’s Kiss

  • 5 drops Valor
  • 5 drops White Angelica
  • 2 drops Orange

 

If you want even more information about what it looks like to transition from candles to beneficial oils, hop on in our Instagram page HERE for more info!


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