Scented candles are ubiquitous during the holidays and their fragrance admittedly can set a festive mood, but did you ever stop to think about what it is that you are actually burning to achieve that forest fresh scent?

Most candles are made with paraffin, a petroleum-based byproduct, combined with fragrance made from phthalates, a chemical suspected to affect the hormonal system. Burning the candles releases toluene and benzene, both known carcinogens, into the air. These chemicals can potentially damage the brain, lungs and central nervous system, and even cause cancer in extreme cases. In addition, fetal exposure has been linked to neurological disorders in children.

Decrease your family’s toxic load by using common “scents.”  Reduce your use of candles in the home.  Opt for natural essential oils instead.  Simply combining your favorite holiday scents like eucalyptus and spearmint or using the Young Living Christmas Spirit blend and diffusing into the air can help spread some aromatic holiday cheer. You can breathe easy with an essential oil diffuser, knowing that you are reducing your exposure to harmful chemicals and filling your home with safe, all natural scents from nature. Check out the wide variety of diffusers available from Young Living on Dr. Chiappino’s oils microsite www.gratitudedroppers.com.