With the smell of spring in the air – those beautiful natural fragrances of fresh blooming flowers – there’s also a sigh of relief coming from many of who have been spending too much time indoors.
And if there’s one thing that happens when plenty of people share an indoor space, then it is the need to keep the air fresh…
Unfortunately, many of us “spruce” things up by reaching for synthetic or chemical fragrances… and if you ask me, the holiday season is to blame. All those adverts promising the delightful huffs of “pumpkin spice” and the joys of “festive forest” filling our homes have convinced us that those sickly fragrances are harmless.
In fact, all those fake “aromas” can be enough to make your head spin!
And now a new survey shows that a significant number of people don’t feel very good after being blasted with chemical concoctions from air fresheners, scented wreaths, burning candles, and seasonal soaps.
In fact, researchers discovered that nearly 35 per cent of those surveyed reported a negative impact on their health – with conditions that ranged from headaches and migraines to dizziness, asthma attacks, and skin problems.
That’s right: Chemical fragrances have made over ONE THIRD of them SICK.
And it’s not just in the holiday season, either – though it certainly seems worse during that time of the year.
People reported adverse symptoms from being exposed to all kinds of air fresheners (in a variety of scents beyond sugar cookies and cinnamon spice) as well as laundry detergents and even other people’s perfume.
These noxious aromas are made of some really nasty toxins… and, as I’ve told you before, toxins can make you VERY sick. They can damage your immune system, contribute to systemic inflammation, throw your neurological system out of whack, and even cause cancer.
While you can’t control how much aftershave the guy next to you put on this morning, you CAN do something in your own home. You’d be surprised at how many products have been chemically-altered to smell like an ocean breeze or a spring meadow!
Fortunately, there are plenty of “fragrance-free” and “unscented” versions available of household items like toilet paper and facial tissues, deodorant, shampoo, and dish soap. You can even make your own laundry detergent.
Try also ditching the paraffin candles (beeswax ones are better) and freshen your air naturally by keeping houseplants or investing in an air purifier with a HEPA filter.
It’s a good idea to get screened regularly to keep tabs on your body’s toxic load. I regularly screen my patients for heavy metals in particular, and I’ve found that chelation and other detoxification therapies make them feel better in the long run.
Now, not ALL scents are bad for you. Aromatherapy, for instance, can do wonders when it comes to reducing stress, helping you sleep, and even relieving allergies.
Just make sure that you get the “essential oil” versions of lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus – and not something with a list of ingredients that’s a mile long.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Many in U.S. Say ‘No’ to Scented Rooms, Products, webmd.com/allergies/news/20161102/scented-rooms-products-many-health-conscious-americans-say-no-thanks