Video: ❶ Caution, Scented Candle
Recently, the use of incense sticks and candles (both herbal and perfumed) has become very popular. Someone wants the room to smell nice, someone hopes to improve their health with their help, someone uses them to create a romantic atmosphere. But are scented candles really that harmless? Location: Location:
Recently, scientists from two countries, independently of each other, came to a disappointing conclusion about the effect of scented candles on health. Taiwanese researchers who studied asthmatic symptoms in schoolchildren concluded that frequent "home aromatherapy" sessions increased the risk of developing asthma in children by 36%, and the occurrence of shortness of breath by 64%. And scientists from Denmark came to the conclusion that the result of the systematic use of scented candles and sticks can be cancer of the upper respiratory tract or lung cancer.
True, if you use incense occasionally, then, according to the Danes, there will be no harm to health. But the benefits too: those who inhaled the aromatic fumes did not have an increase in immunity, or accelerated wound healing, or other "health-improving" effects.
What explains the harm of incense? When made from natural materials, they include resins, tree bark and roots, and other plant materials. And when burning incense sticks or herbal candles, natural carcinogens are released, such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or benzene.
If artificial perfumes were used in the manufacture of candles, the result can be even more unpredictable. "Naturally identical" flavors can trigger asthma attacks or allergies. And an additive such as phthalate (it makes the odor more stable) can cause serious problems with the reproductive system or cause birth defects in newborns.