Do you use candles and incense sticks at home?

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I love lighting candles and incense sticks, especially when I’m reading a book or having a grand time soaking in bubbles for my weekly tub time. I even light a few candles when I’m doing some meditating. But I guess I would have to be more careful about which candles and which incense sticks to light from now on. Why?

The EPA found out that lead wicks and the particulates that are produced by burning these incense sticks and candles are air pollutants. So after reading this, let’s decide if we still want candles and incense sticks inside our homes.

3 important things to note about lighting candles and incense sticks

Uh-oh. This definitely makes me want to make a home overhaul and get rid of all my candles and incense sticks. But before you and I do that, let’s consider the three particular areas to consider.

Lead wicks

Some of the candles might have lead wicks. If you burn these kinds of candles, you’re releasing airborne lead to your own home. Candles with lead wicks have been banned from production in the US in 1974, but was still found to be in production in other parts of the world. You just never know where your candle is imported from.

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It’s all about the soot

You notice that when you place your candle under the proximity of a shelf or your ceiling, there will be black soot all over it? This is property damage and what this black soot can cause your health has not been reported yet. But it’s just not the proximity of the candle to it’s surrounding that causes the soot to vandalize your walls, drafty conditions and imperfect combustion, are among these reasons as well.

Particulate emissions

I know this is one heavy word. But it simply means the particles that are left when you burn incense. These particles can be deposited inside our respiratory tract and can contain contaminants as well. Yikes!

 

What can we do about the health effects of candles and incense sticks?

Here are some tips on how you can choose a “healthy” and safe candle for your home:

 

Instead of lighting incense sticks, try air purifiers instead. Unless your incense sticks are lighted in a well ventilated area, then you might want to save up for those air purifiers. Here is the report from Green America. Stay healthy, everyone! 😀

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12 Comments

  • Pam Reyes says:

    I don’t like incense sticks and candles at all. There’s something about the smoke that’s not comforting or relaxing at all. It makes me feel like I’m suffocating instead. If you want some aromatherapy, consider diffusers instead.

  • Marsha Reed says:

    There are certain candles like B&BW that really makes the room smell nice. But I think that anything that produces smoke will always be considered a pollutant no matter how small of a smoke it emits.

  • Kim Fowler says:

    Almost everyone in my family has asthma, so we don’t use anything that has smoke or anything too scented as much as we can.

  • Victoria Cross says:

    I hate incense sticks they emit so much smoke and the smell isn’t even pleasant.

  • I remember having these small triangular shaped incense sticks that I used to buy in groceries. The scent was jasmine but smelled nothing like jasmine. I just thought that it made our house smell nice and herb-y.

  • Miriam Love says:

    If you’re lighting your incense sticks in a well-ventilated area, what’s the use?

  • Eloise Hines says:

    Geez I’m never using scented candles anymore! This is scary if it leaves traces in our respiratory tract. It’s actually very possible!

    • Rose Walters says:

      I know, I do feel like I always want to cough when I smell the smoke.

  • How do I know if it’s bad for my health? Since not all are bad.

  • Caroline Beck says:

    I think incense sticks are worse than candles. Candles don’t emit much smoke until you put it out, compared to incense sticks that literally burn.

  • Pat Gomez says:

    Only old people use incense sticks nowadays! Hahahaa!?

    • Flora Kennedy says:

      Even my grandma who is old doesn’t even use this. We use an air purifyer!

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