Scented candles are often used as an option to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Usually, you will find them in the living room, the lobby, the spa, the bedroom or any area used for “relaxation” purposes.

However, many do not know that these scented candles can actually pose a danger to consumers. The use of scented candles causes indoor air pollution and many are unaware of it.

“People do not know about indoor air pollution, and even this source of pollution (candle odor) also damages health,” said health expert Professor John Sodeau.

According to the Huffington Post, some scented candles are made from paraffin, and candle components may not be from petroleum-based materials.

Burned candles release harmful chemicals, one of which is benzene and toluene. Both are carcinogens that can increase the risk of lung cancer.

In fact, artificial colors and fragrances found in some perfumes can cause headaches, asthma, and respiratory tract infections.

The UK is the country with the largest market for the perfume industry in the world. Each year, the UK alone spends 90 million pounds on the fragrance candle market.

While the industry has promised good economic returns, UK Secretary of Environment, Food Affairs and Rural Affairs Michael Gove have begun a campaign to ban the use of aromatic candles.

To begin with, Gove provided some rules to the fragrant candle manufacturers where they were instructed to label the product with a scheme including the side effects of using the candle.

Suggestions for users

The scent of scented candles is undeniable. But you also need to keep an eye on some useful things. First, use scented candles made with soy. This type of candle only produces one in ten soot which is usually caused by the burning of paraffin.

Second, you should also pay attention to the candle. Make sure the wax axis is made of cotton. This causes less soot to be produced when burned.

Next time when using scented candles, be careful and monitor the surrounding environment. Especially if you have young children or pregnant women, or elderly people with respiratory problems and so on.

But there are also benefits of aromatherapy candles that you should know about!

Cures Insomnia
Do you have problems with insomnia? Try to use scented candles to overcome it. In addition, the aroma of chamomile is also recommended as it is considered effective in reducing anxiety.

Cures Muscle Stress and Pain
The peppermint scent is claimed to be the perfect solution to this problem. These scents can help with headaches, muscle aches, and digestive problems. You can also consider using orange and cinnamon candles. The scent is believed to boost energy.

Overcomes Allergy and Infections
The scent of eucalyptus is believed to help relieve the allergy or various infections that a person experiences. Additionally, candles with this scent can also overcome fatigue or dizziness due to strong odors, such as camphor.

Reduce Stress
The most popular aromatherapy candle benefit among most people is that it helps reduce stress. Lavender scents are highly recommended for relaxation so you can enjoy a relaxing time.

In fact, yoga often uses this aroma to create a state of deep relaxation. In addition to using lavender oil, other essential oils, such as sandalwood, rose, and cherry are also ideal for helping to reduce stress.

Indeed, there are many types of scented candles in the market, but you need to be careful. Well, not all candles are safe as you would expect since not all products are manufactured using natural methods. Therefore, make sure you choose the right scented candle.

By Nurul
8th May 2020 14:47

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