What comes to mind when you hear the term “aromatherapy”? If you’re like most people, your first thought is probably scented candles. Right? Or you might also be using chemical-based air-purifiers or fresheners, such as plugins, aerosol sprays, potpourri, gels, wicks and mechanical or heat release products?
Without question, the most common approach to so-called aromatherapy is either scented candles, or some other method of heating essential oils (or more often merely scented oils), to disperse their fragrance throughout the room.
However, in terms of aromatherapy this is a terrible idea. With true aromatherapy, the essential oils are never heated. Doing so may disperse the smell, but true aromatherapy is so much more than just the smell. While the sweet scents and mood enhancing ability of scented candles and air-fresheners may be alluring, their by-products are lethal. These days scented candles and fresheners are filled with artificial fragrances and toxic ingredients that give plenty of reason for concern. Most aromatherapy and scented candles contain chemical fragrances. When burned, they are converted into toxins such as acetone (an ingredient in nail polish remover and paint thinner), benezene, toluene, particulate matter and soot. Not only do the soot and chemicals get all over your home, but they get into your nose and lungs where they can do serious harm.
As for paraffin candles, they are as dangerous to the lungs as second-hand smoke. The more candles you burn, the more the harmful effect is multiplied. That’s because when burned, paraffin releases benzene and toluene – known carcinogens. These toxic substances are inhaled into you and your family’s lungs and leave residue on walls, ceilings and fabrics. It may be hard to believe but the soot from paraffin candles contains many of the same toxins found in diesel fuel.
Also, some candles from Asia, South American countries and other developing countries often contain lead in the wicks. These regions lack the resources to monitor the safety of products. Burning a few leaded wicks for only a few hours will increase lead levels 9 to 11 times over acceptable limits. Just burning 4 metal-wick candles for two hours can result in enough airborne lead concentrations to pose a threat to human health.
Recent studies also show that NO commercial air fresheners are safe. In independent tests, all air freshener products gave off chemicals regulated as toxic or hazardous under federal laws, including carcinogens with NO safe exposure level. These chemicals cause serious health problems ranging from headaches and breathing difficulties to hormone disruption and cancer.
For your own safety and that of your family, wouldn’t it be wiser to switch to natural and pure ways of freshening the air in your home?
Therapeutic-grade essential oils have the ability to enhance your life in almost every way and diffusing these oils is one of the best way to enjoy their amazing benefits. But the oils do their work through very delicate aromatic molecules, among other things. These aromatic molecules contained in the essential oils have a profound impact on a person’s health and well-being, body, mind and emotions.
However, to achieve these effects, theses aromatic molecules must be kept intact. To enjoy the fullest benefits of aromatherapy, instead of heating your essential oils or burning incense, you should diffuse therapeutic-grade essential oils in an ultrasonic or cold-air diffuser. Diffuser of these types disperse the essential oils in a micro-fine vapor, that stays suspended in the air for several hours.
Today, much has been theorized regarding the effects of diffusing essential oils. It has been hypothesized that when essential oils are diffused, they can increase atmospheric oxygen by releasing oxygenating molecules into the air.
Not only can essential oils increase oxygen in the atmosphere, they also increase the body’s ability to transport oxygen into the cells. The lipid-soluble structure of essential oils allows them to easily penetrate the cell membranes of the nose and enter into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the oils can help transport oxygen and nutrients into the cells.
If you’ve never tried true aromatherapy with diffusing essential oils, you have no idea what you’re missing!