Burning a candle seems like an innocent habit. Studies suggest otherwise. Researchers have found that most scented candles emit as many toxins as diesel fumes and cigarettes. A study by scientists at Copenhagen University found exposure to fumes from burning candles to cause worse damage than the same dose of diesel exhaust fumes. This toxic candle smoke led to lung inflammation and toxicity, arteriosclerosis, and cancer.
Candles Contain Lead
Did you know that nearly 40 percent of all candles on the market contain lead wires inside their wicks? These lead wires release 5 X the amount of lead considered dangerous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air. Exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked ADHD, ADD, Asthma, Allergies, Hormone disruption and more. (source)
Candles are made with a petroleum byproduct
Most candles contain paraffin. It is a petroleum byproduct. In other words, it’s an industrial waste. It releases carcinogenic soot into the air when heated. This soot is very damaging to the lungs causing respiratory issues.
Additionally, most candles contain these toxic ingredients
- Acetone: Toxic to the lungs
- Benzene: Causes Damage to the Reproductive System
- 2-Butanone: Known human respiratory toxicant
- Cresol: Causes Allergies
- Carbon Monoxide
- Phenol: One of the most dangerous ingredients
- Styrene: Can cause cancer
- Toluene: Produces Diesel Like Fumes
Unfortunately, there are no regulations or standards when it comes to candle manufacturing. Make the right choices, look for non toxic all natural candles (like these) or make your own.
DETOX TOXINS FROM YOUR BODY
Fortunately, it is quite easy and inexpensive to cleanse your body of toxic substances by using foods in your diet such as spirulina.( you can find it here)
Spirulina is the most effective food that removes heavy metals from the nervous system and the liver. It has the most detoxifying effect on your body.