What are you really smelling in your candles?
When you walk into the local candle store in the mall or the shopping plaza, what's the first thing you smell?
Do you smell an apple pie baking in the oven? Maybe pumpkin spice this fall or warm vanilla cookies? Have you ever stopped to think what you're truly smelling are...CHEMICALS!?!?!! Yes, some of these larger, name brand candle companies use both naturally essential oils and some artificial chemicals and scents to get that yummy scent and then place those oils in paraffin wax.
Paraffin Wax - a flammable, whitish, translucent, waxy solid consisting of a mixture of saturated hydrocarbons, obtained by distillation from petroleum or shale and used in candles, cosmetics, polishes, and sealing and waterproofing compounds.
Paraffin wax, when burned, creates highly toxic benzene and toluene which are known carcinogens. When a paraffin candle releases these toxins they are the same toxins found in diesel fuel fumes. We recommend looking for candles created with soy, beeswax, coconut wax, hemp oil or some combination of a natural oil that does NOT contain any paraffin.
Not only are we trying to avoid paraffin's but we want to make sure that the wicks used in your candles are lead free! Most candles will tell you if they are "lead-free" but if you are unsure, you can take an unburnt candle and rub the tip of the wick on a piece of paper. If it leaves a gray mark, like a pencil would, the wick contains lead! AVOID!!
Here are a few candle companies we LOVE!
Sage & Sunflowers - sold at Nourish
Big Moon Beeswax
Need to Get More ZZZZ's???
Tips for Insomnia + Essential Oils
Wake up and go to bed at the same time each day
Eliminate alcohol and stimulants like nicotine and caffeine
Exercise regularly - not to close to bedtime
Do not eat or drink right before going to bed
Make your sleeping environment comfortable + cool
Wear your blue-light blockers!
Best essential oils to support healthy sleep habits
Lavender - well-known for it's relaxing and calming effects on the body. Safe to use on all ages - babies through adults.
Frankincense - Perfect for balancing emotions, supporting healthy sleep, calming your mind and supporting your body's natural response to heal.
Cedarwood - Supports healthy function of the pineal gland, which releases melatonin...the body's natural sleep hormones.
Ylang Ylang - Helps to balance male and female energies, supports focus and restores peace.
Marjoram - known as the "herb of happiness" to Romans and "joy of the mountains" to the Greeks. This oil is extremely soothing and relaxes the nerves.
Vetiver - This oil is psychologically grounding, calming and stabilizing. The smell can take a bit to get used to so try mixing with a floral or citrus oil.
Roman Chamomile - This oil is perfect for restlessness and anxious feelings. Great to use on children.