Healthy Living

Candles: Comforting or Cancer Causing?

Candles: Comforting or Cancer Causing?

Candles are a staple of relaxing comfort in most American homes, but most people would be alarmed to discover that candles can be toxic and harmful to their health.

Candles can contain chemicals which are known to damage the human body and cause cancer. Exposure to these chemicals have also been linked to lung and central nervous system damage and have been a precursor to developmental difficulties in children.

(Source: Professor of Civil Engineering, and Chair of Sustainable Cities, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Anne Steinemann)

The University of Michigan released a study that revealed 30% of candles contained lead. When lit, these candles emit toxins into the air and we inhale them. Our lungs can easily become damaged when exposed to led, so the safety of lead containing candles is definitely questionable.

Paraffin is another common candle ingredient which is toxic. It is a waste product created from petroleum, and yet it is placed into candles and sold despite it’s negative effects. When heated, paraffin releases a carcinogenic chemical in the air. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that, “Pure paraffin wax is widely regarded as non-toxic, but may possess some carcinogenic properties.” (Source: OSHA- Ref 5.3)

The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 passed in the State of California revealed that there are at least seven major toxins in paraffin wax. Paraffin wax falls into the category of toxic chemicals known as petrochemicals, which are byproducts derived from petroleum.  Yes! Petroleum, which includes fuels such as gasoline, kerosene, and diesel oil.  So essentially, when you are lighting a paraffin wax candle you are allowing gasoline-like toxins to enter the air in your home.

Fortunately, there are natural replacements for the toxin filled candles in your home. Beeswax candles are a natural, safe alternative you can add to your household instead. Hope, Healing, Happy Co proudly offers organic beeswax candles!

Replacing the toxic chemicals we are exposed to is a critical step into achieving optimal health.  Beeswax is an all-natural, yellow or dark brown wax secreted by honeybees. It can be used to replace the toxins in beauty products, polishes, creams and even candles!

Beeswax is a 100% natural product. Candles made from beeswax also have many health benefits unlike toxic paraffin candles. When heated, Beeswax candles emit negative ions. Negative ions are believed to increase the body’s production of serotonin, which is the brain’s “happy chemical.” The release of negative ions can aid in stress relief and improve our moods. Negative ions also purify  the air and are especially beneficial to those with respiratory issues such as asthma, emphysema and lung diseases.  (Source: Dr. Michael Terman, PhD, of Columbia University in New York.)

If you are looking for a safe alternative to toxic chemicals, homemade beeswax candles are a great substitute with amazing health benefits. Hope, Healing, Happy Co offers high quality beeswax candles that are sure to improve your life!

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Healthy Living

5 Easy Ways to Improve your Health

5 Easy Ways to Improve your Health

Your life is made up of the choices you make and choosing the healthiest options possible will help you find quality of life. You may not can control your life completely, but you can do your best to and enjoy life as much as possible. This is your life! This is your health! Take control by taking control of yourself. You are worth it!

1-      Get more sleep. Anyone will tell you that adequate sleep is essential for good health. Practicing healthy sleep habits and resting when you are tired are helpful ways to prevent burnout. Naps can be a healthy addition to any lifestyle!

2-      Eat Right. Avoid inflammatory and allergy triggering foods and do not skip meals. Unstable blood sugar levels can cause health issues, so it is important to eat regularly and avoid ingesting high amounts of processed foods and sugar.

3-       Keep a Schedule. Research suggests that keeping a regular schedule can help your circadian rhythm stay on track. Simple changes like laying down for bed and waking at the same time and eating on a schedule are great ways to implement healthy lifestyle adaptations.

4-      Track your Symptoms.  Keeping a health log journal and tracking your symptoms, triggers and lifestyle will help you pinpoint what helps and hurts your health. It is also a great way to check your progress and keep track of memories for years to come.

5-      Make Self Care a Priority. Self-care is not selfish! Taking care of yourself is an important part of managing any health issue and creating the best quality of life possible.

Never forget that you are in control of your life. You may not can control every part of it, but you can control how you react to the things that happen to you. All you can do is your best and that is enough.

Healthy Living

Are dryer sheets safe?

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Are dryer sheets safe?

Many of us don’t think twice before throwing a couple of dryer sheets in with a clean load of laundry. After all, they cause our clothes to have a fresh scent and can cut down on static cling. But are we unknowingly exposing ourselves to chemicals? What do dryer sheets actually contain? In this article we will be revealing the truth about dryer sheets.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission does not require manufacturers to list all ingredients on the label. This is concerning because without a true understanding of what chemicals a product contains, you cannot truly assess whether it is a health hazard or not.

Researchers at the University of Washington, lead by Dr. Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs, expounded research to discover the chemical composition of many household products. They conducted a study that examined laundry detergents, dryer sheets, soaps, air fresheners, aerosol disinfectants and many other household products from a wide variety of companies.

The study revealed the following shocking results:

1-      Every single product which was tested emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic or hazardous.

2-      11 of the tested products emitted at least one probable carcinogen according to the EPA.

3-      Some of the tested products contained the following hazardous chemicals: Acetaldehyde, 1,4-dioxane, Formaldehyde and Methylene Chloride.

4-      In total, the tested products emitted more than 420 chemicals. The majority of these chemicals were not listed on the label or disclosed to consumers.

5-      The majority of products contained acetone and ethanol, which are chemicals found in nail polish remover.

Dr. Steinemann’s further research studies discovered 10 percent of those surveyed complained of negative effects from laundry products. Patients surveyed with asthma were also reported to have increased symptoms when exposed to certain household products, especially those containing fragrances.

Knowing this information, avoiding as many toxic chemicals as possible is obviously a good decision for your health. Fortunately, there are safe, natural alternatives to dryer sheets if you so choose to give them up.

A great alternative is the use of a wool ball! You can even add your favorite essential oil directly to the wool ball before starting your clothes in the dryer. This will give your clothes a fresh scent without exposure to toxic chemicals.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://draxe.com/health/dryer-sheets/

https://www.washington.edu/news/2010/10/28/scented-consumer-products-shown-to-emit-many-unlisted-chemicals-3/

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-09/documents/acetaldehyde.pdf

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11869-011-0156-1

https://www.healthline.com/health/dryer-sheets-toxicity#ingredients

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Is your Soap toxic?

Is your Soap toxic?

Soap is an important part of your personal hygiene routine, but is the soap you are using potentially dangerous to your health? Do you know what ingredients are in your soap?

Below are a few examples of potentially toxic ingredients found in many products:

Parabens are a type of preservative used in many beauty and skincare products. The danger with these chemicals is that they can mimic estrogen in the body. When applied the skin they can seep into the bloodstream and create hormone imbalances and disrupt the body’s homeostasis.

A study published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health revealed that paraben chemical deposits were found in the tumors of female breast cancer patients. Which suggests that parabens may be cancer causing chemicals.

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14745841 )

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a chemical added to soap to make it lather. According to a report from the Huffington Post, SLS has the “potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen.”

(Read the full article here https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dangerous-beauty-products_b_4168587 )

Phthalates are ingredients used in many cosmetics and other products to soften solvents. These chemicals have shown the possibility to damage human health according to the  source Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth.

(Read the full article here https://noharm-uscanada.org/issues/us-canada/phthalates-and-dehp )

Knowing this information should encourage you to check the ingredients in the products you are using. Toxic exposure can be easily avoided by using safe, natural and organic products.

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COVID-19 Crisis Coping Tips

 

COVID-19 Crisis Coping Tips

 

Anxiety, stress and depression are things all humans battle at one time or another, but especially during times of worldwide stress such as the COVID-19 pandemic. During these rough days, it can be hard to find peace. Below is a list of natural coping tips to help you keep your mental health in a calm state.

 

  • Make mental health a priority.

 

Mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why it is imperative you make your mindset and emotions a priority. Keeping a positive mindset is key to staying sane during any crisis.

 

Tips to maintain a positive mindset:

a-Focus on what you CAN control and not what you can’t control.

You can control your actions, thoughts and behavior despite any circumstances.

b- Do not allow yourself to fixate on negative thoughts.

 

Replace every negative thought with two positive ones. This habit will keep your mind focused on the good things and not the bad things in your life.

 

 

  • Use calming and positive affirmations. Stating positive affirmations to yourself will help keep your mind on the right track. You can also leave notes around your home to remind you of positive things to think about.

 

Examples of affirmations are:

“This too shall pass.”

“I am a survivor.”

“I will make it through this.”

“I am a strong person.”

“I am living my best life.

“I am doing my best and that is enough.”

 

  • Practice Self Care.

Self care is not selfish. You cannot take care of anyone or anything else if you are depleted yourself. It is important to take time to nourish your mind, body and spirit and to do something you enjoy every single day. Self care doesn’t have to be some big grand gesture, it can be something as simple as putting on your favorite pair of pajamas and drinking a cup of hot tea or watching your favorite movie. Be sure you are prioritizing your mental health as well as your physical wellbeing.

 

  • Enjoy nature. Go outside and feel the earth beneath your feet, listen to the wind rustle through the trees and soak up the sun.  You can take a walk around your neighborhood or simply just sit outside to soak up the beauty of the nature around you.  Being in nature can have many health benefits from lowering blood pressure to increasing your body’s natural vitamin D production. Safe amounts of sun exposure can also boost your immune system, which is important during the COVID pandemic.

 

  • Use Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is a wonderful natural remedy for stress relief.  There are thousands of essential oil blends to help you find relaxation in your home.  Diffusing calming essential oils such as lavender, vanilla, chamomile or jasmine are just a few suggestions to fill your home with a soothing aroma.  All you need is a diffuser, water and essential oils to practice aromatherapy!

 

Check out the recipe section of our website to find a great selection of diffuser recipes to induce a natural, calming state. We are also proud to offer a line of 100% pure, USDA certified organic essential oils.

 

Find peace during a pandemic may seem impossible, but with the right mindset you can endure anything. Never forget that you are in control of your actions, thoughts and behaviors despite anything else that may be going on in the world.  This too shall pass.