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What we breath in, can affect our health. Includes Free guide to use of essential oils


Seems everywhere you look there are scented candles, plug in room fresheners, reed diffusers all promising that wonderful scented home. Just be careful as with everything sometimes it’s worth doing a wee bit research.

Also with real candles there is an increased risk of fire so make sure and use them with caution, keep away from children, pets or anything which could go on fire and never leave them unobserved, especially important when doing a relaxation exercise, having a bath, or when you fall asleep.

There are also suggestions that scented candles may even be dangerous to our health as some of them which are paraffin based may give off fumes which are toxic and as bad as those you would get from a diesel engine!

Some research is suggesting fumes from some scented candles can react with the air and produce formaldehyde, and research suggests formaldehyde can lead to serious health problems.

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Be really careful with any scented products in the home if you or any of the family suffer asthma or any other respiratory conditions. If in doubt speak to your health care providers.

It is suggested that safer alternatives if you really do want to burn candles are those that use a cotton or paper wick and are either unscented or scented with essential oils. The candles themselves should be made with 100 percent soy, beeswax, coconut wax, hemp oil, or some combination that doesn't contain any paraffin. However, any candle left unattended and unobserved is still a fire risk, and people maybe allergic to, so consider possible alternatives.

Essential oils and aromatherapy

You may also have heard about essential oils and aromatherapy, again as with everything, do a bit of research, but it maybe making your own home fragrances is a safer way to scent your home. We have put together a wee booklet on use of essential oils.

It does not replace professional advice, however, it may give you some ideas about the origins of why we find some smells appealing, the claims which some essential oils make for our wellbeing, and where to get more advice.

Note also, some people can be allergic to essential oils, and some oils are not recommended when you have health challenges, getting ready for surgery, or, are pregnant. As with anything, if in doubt seek advice from a qualified complementary therapist.

We hear more than ever of people we know and love experiencing significant health challenges, we may even have experienced them ourselves. Becoming more aware of what is in our food, the air we breathe, the dyes which go into our clothes, can help us make new choices. Remember the days when you could see people smoking cigarettes on Children’s TV?

What was acceptable then isn’t now as we know more about the hazards of smoking.

The more we know about potential health hazards, the better the choices we can consider for our and our loved one’s health. As with any lifestyle change, if in doubt speak to a health care professional. With regards use of essential oils, there are clinical aromatherapists who can provide advice.

COPE run workshops on use of essential oils and intend in the future to provide this as an online learning opportunity so watch this space.

Also, fresh air is good for us.. get out for walks where you can in places where the air is less polluted, if you live in the city find your local parks, or how to get to the nearest beach or woodland walk. We are fortunate in Scotland the countryside is never that far away.

You may even find woodland walks on your doorstep, like the Bluebell woods in Drumchapel which form part of the walk known as the Drumchapel Way.

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