December 10, 2018
It doesn’t truly feel like the holidays until you catch a scent of pine, cinnamon, or freshly baked cookies. If you’re still searching for the holiday spirit this year, one of the quickest remedies is to fill your home with the comforting and familiar scents of the season.
Seasonal candles may seem like the best way to add some holiday cheer to your home--but wait! Before you reach for the matches, have you thought about how you could be affecting your health?
Unfortunately, most scented candles and air fresheners contain harmful chemicals known as VOCs, which are released into your air once the candle is burned. VOCs can sometimes come in scary packages–like Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Acetone. Once these chemicals are released in your air, they can easily travel into your lungs and, eventually, blood stream.
Short-term side effects of VOCs include headaches as well as itchy eyes, nose, throat, and skin. Too much exposure to VOCs has also been linked to eczema flare-ups, acne breakouts, hives, allergies, asthma attacks, and cancer.
Don't worry! You can still spread holiday cheer in your home without using candles. Here are three ways you can quickly replace your holiday scented candles and still keep your home festive:
While pine cones can smell amazing on their own, give them an extra boost with this simple recipe.
Hanging herbs around your home is a great way to fill your home with both decorations and holiday scents.
Gather pine, rosemary, thyme, sage, cinnamon sticks, and a slice of dried orange together with a piece of twine for the perfect holiday blend!
This is an age-old trick for filling your home with a classic holiday scent, and it only takes a few steps!
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your health for holiday cheer--but many of us don’t realize the air in our homes can be filled with chemicals and other toxins that can threaten our safety.
If you want to really know what’s in the air you’re breathing, you can get started with an indoor air quality monitor, like Awair 2nd Edition. Awair 2nd Edition tracks invisible fine dust and chemicals in your air and provides personalized recommendations to help you stay safe and healthy.
In these pandemic-stricken times, it’s paramount to stay healthy as we prepare for the end of the year. Doing so helps ensure that we can enjoy ourselves and see loved ones safely. One way to stay healthy during the holiday season has always been to ensure your indoor air, whether at home, school, or work, is optimized for health. Now, with the persistence of COVID-19 restrictions, monitoring your indoor environment is even more critical, as is following safety protocols from your local and state governments.
Do you plan on traveling for the holidays? Or maybe you’re looking for a place for family that’s visiting to stay? The holidays can be an overwhelming time, so it’s important to choose accommodations that won’t add any additional stress.
While it’s easy to visualize “air pollution” as images of cars idling or toxic gases coming out of smokestacks, the indoor environment can also be impacted in subtle ways. Since air quality is largely invisible, it’s crucial to monitor its effects at home and in businesses because pollutants can come from inside sources, such as household cleaning chemicals and upholstery polishes, or outdoor air can enter buildings and impact human health. The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has said that “Americans, on average, spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors where the concentrations of some pollutants are often 2 to 5 times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.” Everything from aerosol sprays to building materials can play a role in releasing harmful byproducts that pose threats to health, safety, and comfort.