Just a forewarning, I’m probably going to step on some toes in this post.  My only disclaimer is that “BEOs” (Before Essential Oils), I could have earned major frequent sniffer points for the amount of time I spent in Bath and Body Works and Yankee Candle.  I can’t judge you because I should have bought stock in those companies for the money I spent.  It took my “oil lady” explaining to me the risks associated with these things to get me to snap out of my synthetic fragrance addiction.  Prior to that I had no idea the harm in them and I’m guessing you don’t know either.  As we continue in this 90-day journey together I hope you will accept this challenge to rid your home of plug-ins, wax burners, air fresheners and…..dare I say, candles?  Please, don’t X me out just yet.  Read further before you decide to tar and feather me….ok?

Before we even talk about the fragrances used in these “air fresheners” let’s discuss the main ingredient.  Perhaps you’ve already heard about how bad the lead wicks and soot of candles are so you went the “healthier” route.  You need to know that the melting wax is no better.   Paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product, is created during the process of refining crude oil into gasoline. When heated, paraffin wax releases the toxins acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, toluene, benzene, and acrolein into the air, all of which have been proven to increase your risk for cancer.  Burning several paraffin wax candles at once exceeds the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for indoor pollution.

EPA Research and Development: Candles and incense as potential sources of indoor air pollution: Market Analysis and Literature Review

candlesWhat about the “fragrance”?  What exactly does this mean?  Companies are protected under trade secret laws and therefore not required to share with consumers all the chemicals they use. This falls discreetly under the label “fragrance.”  This should concern you.  Frankly, it makes my blood boil.  I don’t like the fact that companies can hide behind vague wording that gives no indication that there is anything dangerous about their products.  But then, why would they?  It’s not exactly good marketing to expose the threat of cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, neurological disorders, respiratory problems and allergic reactions.

In this 90 days I just want you to become a more educated consumer.  Let’s not blindly trust that just because a product is sold (or even smells good) it means it’s safe.  Read labels and ingredient lists, look those words up, and do your homework.  Call these companies and ask them questions about their products.  If they are not full-disclosure then say “buh bye!”  Put your foot down and demand to know and control what is going into your body.  We need to be CEOs of our home and health because no one is going to care about you more than you.

I’m really not a Debbie Downer.  I like my home to smell nice as much as anyone.  You have options when it comes to deodorizing and livening your home with beautiful scents.  Here are some ideas!

Simmer Pot of Yumminess

orange peels
cinnamon sticks
whole cloves
apple slices
cardamom pods
(whatever you love the smell of!)

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat over low heat until simmering. Enjoy!

Room Spray

3 oz. Rubbing alcohol or vodka
30 drops of essential oil(s)
1.5 C. Distilled water
Spray bottle

Combine ingredients and funnel into a spray bottle. Spray throughout your home.

DIFFUSE Your Favorite Essential Oils!!
Check out these diffuser blend recipes AND experiment with your own!

diffuserEssential Oil Reed Diffusers

Wooden skewers
Carrier oil of choice: fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or safflower oil
20-25 drops of your favorite essential oil
Glass container (You can find inexpensive pretty glass containers in Hobby Lobby or other craft stores)Mix the oils together in a small glass container. Place the skewers in the container and allow the oil to make its way up. Flip the skewers every couple of days.Fun EO combos to try:

Lavender and Orange
Lavender, Lemon and Rosemary
Cinnamon Bark and Orange
Grapefruit, Lemon and Lime
Lavender and Eucalyptus
White Fir and Cypress
Bergamot and Patchouli

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