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.
The safest response to freezing temperatures is staying indoors, which was where many found themselves in the middle of last week as a “bomb cyclone” moved through the eastern United States. Those facing more extreme storm conditions were advised to kick off the new year by working from home. While working from home is the safest option during snow storms, why does it sometimes feel like the least productive?
You may have noticed your Awair or Glow has been detecting higher levels of “Chemicals ” in your air than you expected. You aren’t alone--many people are shocked to see that they have chemicals in their air in the first place. We often assume our air is completely safe if our carbon monoxide detector or fire alarm aren’t ringing, but this isn’t always the case.
Are you one of those people that can’t stand being in cold weather? Or maybe you find it difficult to focus and be productive if your home or office is too hot. Whatever your preferences may be, your response to certain temperatures actually goes beyond wanting to be comfortable.