Nothing beats a good-smelling house. When we walk through the door after a long day of work, many of us are quick to light our favorite scented candle to fill the room with a calming aroma that can help us unwind. Others might spray air fresheners for a quick spruce-up before guests come over, or burn incense sticks to get their zen on.
While using candles, air fresheners, and incense sticks in your home can certainly set a variety of moods, many of them emit toxic chemical ingredients into the air as you use them. These chemicals easily make their way into our bodies, where they can go on to cause serious health problems.
Some of the most common chemicals found in candle emissions, air fresheners, and incense smoke include benzene, toluene, pthalates, and even formaldehyde (gross!). These harsh toxins have been linked to a variety of health concerns ranging from increased allergies, certain cancers, and birth defects. They can also damage not only the lungs and respiratory system, but the heart, brain, and central nervous system. In fact, studies have found that the fragrant smoke produced by burning incense is more cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic than cigarette smoke. This should be a wake-up call to those in the holistic health field, who traditionally burn incense during many forms of yoga and meditation.
Now that I've rained on your sweet-smelling parade, I'm happy to tell you that there is good news after all: There are alternatives. There are many all-natural remedies for filling your home with fragrance - one of them being a practice called stove top aromatherapy.
Stove top aromatherapy is not only healthier for you, but it's fun and easy to do! Simply grab a small cooking pot, and gather your favorite herbs, spices, and essential oils. Experiment with different scent combinations, and place your ingredients in your pot. Fill the pot with enough water to cover all of your ingredients, and bring your stove to low-medium heat. As you allow your mixture to heat up, boil, and steam, its aroma will begin to fill your house just as a candle or incense stick would. Keep it on a simmer and replenish the water as needed to have a nonstop flow of fragrance!
To help you get started in the world of stove top aromatherapy, we've put together 6 different recipe combinations for you to try. Let's get started!
1. Ginger Citrus
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