Candles have been used as a source of light and to illuminate celebrations for more than 5,000 years. The earliest use of candles is often attributed to the Ancient Egyptians.
Candles are well known for their use to obtain relaxation, ambience and add character to homes, rooms and living spaces.
A major concern for candle lovers is that burning a candle releases chemicals into the air that can affect your health. It’s well worth noting that not all candles are created equal and that these concerns are often linked to paraffin wax and synthetic fragrance chemicals because they come from petrochemicals.
There’s a lot of debate about whether candles are good or bad for your health. Here’s what the research says.
A 2009 study said that burning paraffin wax releases gases and volatile organic chemicals like toluene and benzene, which are known to cause cancer. Burning paraffin candles also releases particulate matter like soot into the air. Breathing in large amounts of soot and volatile organic compounds can damage your DNA and lead to lung problems.
Another study says there’s a possible link between burning candles in poorly ventilated areas and bladder cancer. This study suggests that chemicals called phthalates are the problem.
If you’re worried about the potential negative health effects of burning paraffin wax, your best option is to use natural candles made from beeswax, soy wax, or other plant-based waxes, and avoid paraffin candles.
Burning natural candles can have many positive effects other than achieving relaxation and ambience. Research shows there is a 40% improvement in mood after being exposed to pleasant scents. Mood and scent are closely linked. Scents go straight to the brain's smell centre, known as the olfactory bulb, which is the emotional centre of our brain.
Scent triggers memories and makes you feel things about these memories. Not only does fragrance affect mood, but it can enhance work performance and behaviour in various ways. Several studies have shown the odours people like make them feel good, whereas odours people dislike make them feel bad. These mood responses have also been reported physiologically.
So, there you have it. Avoid paraffin candles and look out for natural candles such as soy and coconut wax candles. For a detailed read on the effects of paraffin candles read our blog WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER BURN PARAFFIN CANDLES.
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