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Are Those Spray Air Fresheners Killing Us?

Aerosol fresheners generally contain hydrocarbons as propellants and solvents. A synthetic fragrance is added to mask any other odours. Air Fresheners: can coat your nasal passages with an oil film and/or reduce your ability to smell odours. These products often contain Formaldehyde – a highly toxic material that can irritate eyes, nose, throat, and skin. High exposure can cause nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, dizziness, memory loss and shortness of breath. Other chemicals include Phenol, a skin irritant that can cause swelling, burning, and peeling. High doses of Phenol can also cause cold sweats, convulsions, circulatory collapse, coma, and even death.

There have been reports of emotional side effects after prolonged use of air fresheners. Block-type fresheners, and those often used in toilet bowls, usually contain paradichlorobenzene (PDB), an organochlorine. PDB has a strong odour masking other smells but has been associated with liver and nerve damage. It is also found in moth balls, paints, household cleaning products and vehicle exhaust fumes.

Kill Germs and Freshen Indoor Air Naturally

Diffusing is a great way to reap the benefits of your favourite therapeutic-grade essential oils and make your home smell nice, too. On a physical level, essential oils help combat biological contaminants by binding to the airborne molecules of fat that typically carry unpleasant odours. Citrus essential oils make terrific air fresheners around the home, kitchens, in offices, schools and public places and very few people object to the smell.

Just add a few drops of your favourite essential oils or blends to a cold air diffuser (see our note on ‘Choose to diffuse’ for more information on why you should diffuse oils). Or why not try this simple blend to make your home a haven of healthy relaxation:

20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
6 drops bergamot essential oil
5 drops tangerine essential oil
5 drops grapefruit essential oil

Diffuse neat, or mix with 2 cup of distilled water in a spray bottle; shake well before spraying.

Purchase your own Home Diffuser Now. The home diffuser comes with a 5ml Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend and a 5ml Lavender Essential Oil.

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