Is your headache coming from your candles?

Is your headache coming from your candles?

How Candle Toxins Can Trigger Headaches, Allergy Symptoms, and Asthma

Candles have long been cherished for their ability to create a warm, inviting ambiance and infuse our spaces with delightful fragrances. However, beneath their flickering flames lies a potential threat to our health that often goes unnoticed. Many commercially available candles are made from paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product, which can release harmful toxins when burned. These toxins have been linked to various health issues, including headaches, allergy symptoms, and asthma. 


Paraffin wax, derived from petroleum, is a common ingredient in mass-produced candles due to its low cost and easy availability. When paraffin candles are burned, they emit a cocktail of toxic chemicals into the air, including benzene, toluene, and formaldehyde. These chemicals can trigger a range of adverse health effects, particularly in individuals with respiratory sensitivities.

One of the most common complaints associated with paraffin candle use is the onset of headaches and allergy-like symptoms. The volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released during combustion can irritate the nasal passages and respiratory system, leading to headaches, congestion, sneezing, and watery eyes. For individuals prone to allergies, exposure to these airborne pollutants can exacerbate existing symptoms and compromise indoor air quality.

For asthma sufferers, the presence of paraffin candle toxins poses a significant risk. The inhalation of VOCs such as benzene and formaldehyde can trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate respiratory distress. Studies have shown a clear correlation between indoor air pollution from candle emissions and an increased prevalence of asthma symptoms, particularly in children and adults with pre-existing respiratory conditions.

Fortunately, there are safer alternatives to paraffin candles that allow you to enjoy the ambiance and fragrance without compromising your health. Look for candles made from natural, non-toxic materials such as soy wax, beeswax, or coconut wax. These alternatives burn cleaner and produce fewer harmful emissions, making them a healthier choice for you and your loved ones.

Additionally, opt for candles scented with essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances. However, our fragrances at Lilyfield Candles are "Clean Scent" which adhere to 5 additional safety conditions: 

✖ Carcinogens: These are materials known or thought to cause cancer. 

✖Mutagens: Materials that change the DNA of a cell, harming the cell and causing diseases like cancer. 

✖Reproductive toxins: Toxins that adversely affect reproductive organs and increase the risk of birth defects. 

✖Organ toxins: These are toxins that can cause adverse effects or disease within specific bodily organs. 

✖Acute toxins: Toxins that can cause adverse effects from a single exposure.

Be sure to read the labels carefully and choose candles labeled as "non-toxic," "phthalate-free," and "paraben-free" to minimize your exposure to harmful additives. Fortunately, Lilyfield Candles does not contain any of these toxic ingredients.

As we strive to create inviting and tranquil spaces in our homes, it's essential to be mindful of the potential health hazards associated with candle use. Paraffin wax candles, while popular, can release harmful toxins that contribute to headaches, allergy symptoms, and asthma. By opting for natural alternatives (like soy) and fragrance-safe options, we can reduce our exposure to indoor air pollutants and create a healthier environment for ourselves and our families. Let's illuminate our lives with candles that enhance our well-being, not compromise it and create a Life Lived Well!

~Chrissy

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