Here at Pretty Scented Things, we are dedicated to giving you the inside scoop on the best naturally scented products for your home. Whether it is aromatherapy, candles or soaps. Using essential oils and natural plant essences are not only great for making your personal space smell nice they also help to boost your mood, detoxify the air and provide many other therapeutic benefits.
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Artificially scented products are actually highly toxic. They contain petroleum byproducts and toxic chemicals that are damaging to our health and the environment. Did you know that most scented candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both of which are known carcinogens)? In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
Scents and odors are actually particles that can contain bacteria, chemicals, and other substances. That is we don’t recommend using room freshening sprays, fake scented candles, Glade Plug-Ins or the like. If you think these products are cleaning your air or that the artificial perfumes are benefiting you and your family in some way think again! It’s time to permanently ditch the Febreze and other toxic and artificially scented room sprays, candles, wall plug-ins, etc that just mask odors in favor of natural plant oils, fruit, and spices.
What are Essential Oils?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, gardenia, fresh herb or spice you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the petals, leaves, seeds, bark, stems, roots, and other parts of plants.
They can be both delicately and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their unique and distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their natural benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used in food preparation, beauty treatments, and in health-care practices.
But what is a volatile aromatic compound? In short, these compounds are small organic molecules that tend to change quickly from their solid or liquid state to a gas at room temperature. They are called volatile because they change state quickly. They are referred to as oils but they are very different from vegetable oils such as coconut or olive.
Benefits of Essential Oils
There are numerous benefits to using essential oils and the natural scents of fruit and spices. To name a few…
- Helps boost mood
- Purifies the air and cleans surfaces in your home
- Remove odors (doesn’t just mask them)
Used topically –
- Helps fight cold and flu symptoms
- Relaxes your body and soothes sore muscles
- Heals skin conditions
- Alleviates pain
- Balances hormones
- Improves digestion
- Reduces cellulite, wrinkles, and acne
- And much more!
History of Aromatherapy
Since the use of essential oils is present in many countries and cultures, it is difficult to pinpoint where the practice first originated. Oils have been used by the Jews, Chinese, Indians, ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans both in cosmetics, perfumes and for their medicinal purposes. Some cultures even used oils in sacred spiritual rituals.
In 1928, a French chemist by the name of René-Maurice Gattefossé used lavender oil to heal a burn on his hand. He then decided to further analyze the properties of lavender oil and how it could be used to treat other types of skin infections, wounds, burns or irritations.
With this, the science of aromatherapy was born. Gattefossé’s main goal was to help injured soldiers during World War I. As time went on the use of these oils began to spread especially with practitioners of alternative medicine, such as massage therapists and beauticians throughout Europe. Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s when essential oils began to be added to various lotions, candles or other fragrances.
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