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It started about 13 years ago when I was pregnant with our first child. It was like I found this rabbit hole of all the things to avoid and it just kept getting deeper! I read articles from Dr. Mercola & remember one particular article about how cleaning with vinegar and peroxide was better at removing germs than your typical store bought antibacterial cleaner. I HATED the smell of vinegar and wanted something to help make our home smell clean and inviting, but had decided that allowing toxic fragrances into our home wasn’t an option. Enter Essential Oils. I’m a sucker for a good sale and when Sprouts had the entire vitamin/supplement department 25% off including essential oils, I took the opportunity to add Orange, Ylang Ylang and Tea Tree to my home keeping arsenal.

In the next few years I began to hear about various essential oil companies. Some proclaiming that if you couldn’t ingest an oil, it wasn’t pure. I did some research (because I NEVER take anything at face value until I have looked into it myself.) My poor parents…I’m sorry for all the why’s, but thank you for helping learn how to find the answers thru reading and discovery.  Anyway, I learned that there really is no government agency or generally accepted organization that certifies or grades essential oils. I have also discovered that in the UK, there is an organization called the Soil Association which certifies organic products and now I only use oils that have been given that certification or that are FairTrade or FairWild when that certification isn’t possible.

So, why I don’t use candles?  For one, they are a source of air pollution. Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. No thanks! We drove a diesel pickup truck when I was a kid. I can’t imagine letting those fumes into my home where we sleep and spend a majority of our time. YUCK!

Candles are also filled with synthetic fragrances and dyes which themselves are also carcinogens.  I prefer to steer clear of anything I know could cause cancer, especially having a family history of cancer victims.

I do love having my home filled with uplifting and calming aromas though. Who else gets brought back to Grandma’s house when you smell a rose or gets the nervous first day jitters when you smell a brand new pencil?  Fragrance is powerful, so why not fill our homes with aromas that are beneficial and not just a nice smell?  When we moved into the Mack Pack Ranch, I needed something to combat the putrid smells from the 50 year old carpet and air vents that hadn’t been replaced in almost as many years. The Cleanse Blend from NYR Organic paired with my Rainbow Vacuum sucking the dust from the air have made a formidable air purifying team!

One of my favorite ways to fragrance our home and set a calming ambiance is blending a few drops of Frankincense with Mandarin & Lavender, especially at the end of the day when the kiddos are all getting restless and I need to help them settle down for a good night’s rest. I also love the smell of cinnamon and orange during the holidays. I look forward to sharing some of my favorite blends and benefits that essential oils can offer over the next few weeks. A candle may fill the air with fragrance, but it can also pollute the air with toxins you want your family exposed to.  Stay tuned as I share more about how essential oils can benefit your family’s well being and create a haven for them to enjoy.

Here’s a peek at some of the great things NYR Organic has to offer right now. DanaMackOrganic (1)