by Carly Foubert, CFICE Communications RA

Woman with air freshener and a gas mask

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Everyone wants their home to smell fresh and clean, but do you know how harmful air fresheners are? Many air fresheners contain VOC and only mask the smell, doing nothing in regards to bacteria or germs. As we learned on December 21st, many candles are produced with paraffin, which is produced from refined petroleum and when burned can give off soot particles containing other chemicals and carcinogens. Even without lighting candles, they can give off VOC.

Essential oils are a natural way to purify and improve the air quality in your home without VOC. When used they can also interact with the olfactory system, respiratory system, and limbic system. You can read more about essential oils and their effects here.

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Using a diffuser puts the essential oil into the air, transforming the atmosphere and safely improving the air quality without the harmful chemicals that are used in manufactured air fresheners and odor controls.