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Candles are often used for atmospheric moods or as a relaxant for stress. I personally like candles that contain natural oils. These have a subtle smell but at the same time can be very intense as they burn.

My favourite is lemongrass; A citrus smell and not overpowering.  I like this one because it’s great for the relief of stress.

Certain smells produce certain responses; some smells can stimulate and relax at the same time.

Essential oils

Using candles with essential oils are better as they tend to be used in aromatherapy which has therapeutic uses. The oils come from plant, flowers, herbs, fruits, roots and barks, can’t get more natural than this.

Candles can contain toxins

There are other candles sold which can cause irritation of the bronchial. My husband, as thoughtful as he was, purchased one that smelt of Lavender, from a local supermarket. I had the candle burning for five to ten minutes when I started to feel an irritation in the chest each time I inhaled. Some manufactured candles can contain toxins, therefore, next time you’re thinking of purchasing a candle, look at the ingredients, check if they are made with natural oils.

Paraffin is a product that contains carcinogenic chemicals; when burned, they release fumes like that of a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand smoke. Watch out for wicks that contain lead cores. Artificial scents and colours may be irritants to some people and may trigger some allergic reactions.

Symptoms of artificial candles

  • Headaches
  • Sore throat
  • Sore chest
  • Asthma


Unfortunately, when I looked at the ingredients of the candle, it had acetone which is a toxic chemical and now I only purchase candles from stores that specialise in health or source them from someone I know and trust. These horrible candles are not advisable for those suffering from asthma or any other respiratory problems.

If you love candles, always check that the ingredients come from natural sources, to minimise any health issues or cause an irritation in the respiratory system.

Please leave any comments if you’ve experienced any health issues with candles, or if you’d like more information please feel free to contact me