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Paraffin candles – how bad are they?
Most candles you buy are made from paraffin. As the name implies, paraffin candles are made from paraffin wax, a by-product of petroleum refining. What does that mean? It means you are burning oil and inhaling the fumes! Those fumes are highly toxic, bad for the environment and literally poisons the air you breathe. Paraffin candles also release tiny particles that are easily inhaled and get trapped in the deepest part of the lungs, which may cause respiratory irritation.
Shockingly, paraffin wax starts from the sludge left over from oil and even asphalt is extracted before paraffin in the refining process! In the refining process the sludge is bleached and treated by chemicals that are known carcinogens like benzene. In the end, most candles bought at the store and candle shops release at least seven documented toxins many of which are carcinogenic when they burn. Wondering what those toxins are, well here they are: Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Trichloroethene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene, oh wait, that was far more than seven. And that’s not all, many candles contain fragrance oils and other scents that are sometimes not safe and have their own negative health effects. Fragance oils can be safe but they must be choosen and used by someone that cares about your health and not just making the cheapest product they can to maximize their profits.
While paraffin candles have several negatives, Beeswax candles clean the air and fight allergies!
Beeswax candles clean the air while they burn. They release negative ions when they burn which attracts pollen, dust, pollutants, and any other impurities in the air because they are positive positively charged, and as you know, opposites attract! Ozone, air purifiers and water filters use this same effect to purify air and water but Beeswax candles do it without using electricity or by creating ozone.
Since Beeswax candles remove pollutants from the air in the house they can effectively reduce asthma, allergies, and hay fever. Soy candles are also very good for most people but there are some people that are allergic to soy. Therefore, Beeswax candles are often a great way to go and safe for just about everyone!
Beeswax Candles have also been known to reduce the effects of Asthma and Allergies.
Using the same negative ion effect, many allergens such as cats, dogs, household dust, pollen, rag weed and more are knocked out of the air and are prevented from being inhaled through your sinus and settling into your lungs.
Beeswax candles are certainly very good for you, they are safe and even have beneficial effects. One thing that you must be careful about is that just because a candle says “pure” Beeswax, it does not mean it is 100% Beeswax. In fact, labeling on a product that say “pure” simply means that as little as 51% of the product is made from that ingredient. So be sure to buy 100% Beeswax candles.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from nature and is derived from the parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
The inhaled aroma from these essential oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function and promotes soothing or calming effects. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can be distributed throughout the body for general healing.
There are a wide number of essential oils available, each with its own healing properties. Using natural essential oils and not fragrance oils is important when you are seeking medicinal properties and their effects. Although, when used properly, fragrance oils are very safe and have stronger smells or scents they should be avoid for pure aromatherapy. Fragrance oils can contain synthetics and not just the natural plant derived oils that are the basis for aromatherapy.
Herbal Remidies for Common Problems
1. Cough / Sore Throat - RosemaryRosemary contains tannins which is an anti-inflammatory and with Eucalyptus the two help to break up phlegm and congestion in the chest. This combo does not only work on coughs, but will also help to sooth sore throats. For sore throats alone, try another one of your grandmother's cures and gargle with warm salt water.
2. Stomach ache - MintMint is natures natural menthol, it helps calm the stomach from cramps and other aches and pains. Some research has shown that mint reduces stomach pain by as much as 40%!
3. Congestion - CayenneCayenne is often used to clear your sinuses. Ever have some cayenne pepper and your nose begins to run? Cayenne pepper as well as many other peppers and spices clear your sinuses and allows you to breath more freely. Some companies even turned it into a sinus spray, to me that's going a little too far.
4. Achy Joins - Curry PowderCurry powder has curcumin which helps prevent the bodies production of prostaglandin E2 This compound over sensitizes nerves make them extra sensitive. By blocking this effect you can reduce achy joints and pain. Not that I recommend this, but there are plenty of alcoholic beverages that are distilled and derived naturally and can also cover up pains on a temporary basis.
5. Menstrual Cramps - OreganoOregano has thymol and carvacrol which helps reduce cramps by relaxing the uterine muscles. Take 2 tsp a day to reduce or eliminate menstrual cramps.
6. Upset GI Track & Natural Antiseptic - DillDill has limonene which kills off harmful intestinal bacteria such as E. coli, but Dill does not stop there. The Polytechnical University of Bucharest tested surgical wound bandages treated with Dill Essential Oil. The researchers grew biofilms with a fungus and then placed them onto the treated bandages Dill and essential Sage oil both did a better job of killing the fungus and other bacteria that was tested than several other conventional antiseptic dressings. It has been known to work as well, if not better, than prescription antibiotics for killing off harmful bacteria.
7. Bloated - ParsleyParsley isn't just for dinner plate dressing anymore. It helps to reduce bloating after meals. Parsley is a natural diuretic that reduces bloat inducing water retention by blocking salt from being absorbed into the bodies tissue.
8. Mild Depression - Basil & St. John's WartBasil has been known to cure mild depression in as little as 3 days. Basil has eugenol and rosmarinic acid which boosts the brains production of dopamine and serotonin, leaving you feeling refreshed and energizing. The St. John's wort plant with its yellow flowers is considered to be a weed in most of the United States. In other parts of the world for thousands of years in fact, it has been used for medical purposes. Many studies have been conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of St. John's wort. Many of those studies have indicated that ir works for curing mild depression.
9. Sleepy / Fatigued - CilantroCilantro has carboxylic acid which releases heavy toxins from your body. The removal of heavy toxin buildup will help in eliminating fatigue, joint pain and depression. Besides, it smells and tastes create, the to mix up a nice organic salsa with plenty of Cilantro!
10. Nausea and Post Nasal Drip - GingerGinger calms the digestive track. Ever wonder why your mom or grandmother gave you ginger ale when you had a stomach ache as a child? This is the reason why, it reduces nausea and motion sickness better than most drugs.
For your safety, be sure to use organic herbs. There is no point in curing one ailment and cause other problems with pesticides and other items you do not want in your body.
Ginger is also a natural decongestant and contains antiviral, antibacterial and expectorant properties. It helps reduce the overproduction of mucus and aids its expulsion. It also helps relieve chest congestion, hoarseness and a sore throat, common symptoms of post-nasal drip. Drink ginger tea 2 or 3 times a day.
Source: http://www.webmd.com, other various readings and personal experience.
We all know that drinking lots of coffee every day may not be the best thing for you. However, did you know that putting it on your skin can have lots of positive effects!
Coffee is rich in antioxidants, making it an awesome anti-inflammatory ingredient. It contains caffeine, which draws out excess moisture from your skin, causing it to look and feel smoother and firmer. In this scrub, coffee acts as a mild exfoliant, removing dead skin cells and exposing fresh, soft skin.
Our Coffee Brown Sugar Scrub will wake your skin up with exfoliating coffee grounds and brown sugar, while the almond, olive, and Vitamin E oils moisturize and soften the skin.
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