Healthy vs Unhealthy Air Fresheners – Research Based Info
Then God saw everything that He had made, and it was very good. – Genesis 1:31
Would you rather breathe in healthy or toxic air? While you may prefer to inhale healthy air, you may not be aware that many environments contain air with toxic chemicals. Synthetic air fresheners are one of the culprits. However, there are air fresheners that actually promote health. As I mentioned in my last blog, the essential oils in the Spice of Life Air Freshener helped alleviate my flu symptoms, while the popular air freshener/disinfectant on the market made me more ill. My battle with the air fresheners prompted me to do some research.
Here’s a comparison of the main chemical components of the essential oils that are in the Spice of Life Air Freshener vs the mainstream market air fresheners.
|Spice of Life – Natural Essential Oil
|Spice of Life Chemical Component –
|Synthetic Air Freshener Chemical
|Synthetic Air Freshener Chemical Component –
|d-limonene||anti-anxiety3, immune stimulant4, anti-bacterial5||acetaldehyde
|skin irritant, respiratory irritation, probable carcinogen2|
|1/8 cineole||Anti-bacterial6, respiratory health7||Phthalates||hormone disruptors2, endocrine disruptors, wheezing8|
|Geraniol||Kills dust mites9, Anti-bacterial6||Styrene||Nausea, respiratory irritation, skin irritant, tiredness, poor concentration2|
The results speak for itself. It makes sense that I recovered quickly from the flu, since the major chemical components in Spice of Life have an immune building effect and are anti-bacterial.
The mainstream market has done an excellent job of marketing fragrances at the demise of the consumer. However God created the plants and trees with essential oils with purposes that have been long forgotten. It’s a novel concept that you can enhance your health — even by using an air freshener! Why not freshen up the following areas of your home to help combat bacteria and foster your health simultaneously?
- Garbage pail
- Exercise mat
- Pet lived areas
- Clothes (under the armpit)
- Linens to help prevent dust mites
You can make your own air freshener with your favorite essential oils, but be sure to follow the blending and safety guidelines for specific oils at aromaweb.com. Or, you can purchase Spice of Life Air Freshener, which is safely blended and effective.
By using the ingredients that God birthed in the plants and trees, we can come into agreement with what God said… and it was very good.
1Planttherapy.com GC/MS Reports
2Thomas, Pat. (2006) Behind the label: air fresheners. Ecologist. 10:38-39
3Lehrner, J; Marwinski, G; Lehr, S; Johren, P; Deeck, L. (Sept 15, 2005) Ambient odors of orange and lavender reduce anxiety and improve mood in a dental office. Journal of Physiology and Behavior. 86:92-95
4 Raphael, TJ; Kuttan, G. (2003) Immunomodulatory activity of naturally occurring monoterpenes carvone, limonene, and perillic acid. Immunopharmacology & Immunotoxicology. 25:285-294
5Nannapaneni, R; Chalova, V; Crandall PG et al (2009) Campylobacter and Arcobacter specis sensitivity to commercial orange oil fractions. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 129:43-49
6Sato, K; Krist, S; Buchbauer, G. (2007) Antimicrobial effect of vapours of geraniol(R)-(–)-linalool, terpineol, γ-terpinene and 1,8-cineole on airborne microbes using an airwasher. Flavour and Fragrance Journal. 22 (5):435-437
7Fischer J; Dethlefsen U. (2013) Efficacy of cineole in patients suffering from acute bronchitis: a placebo-controlled double-blind trial. Cough. 9(1):25.
8Dodson, R; Nishioka, Marcia; Standley, Laurel J; Perovich, Laura J; Brody, Julia Green; et al. (2012) Endocrine Disruptors and Asthma-Associated Chemicals in Consumer Products. Environmental Health Perspectives. 120(7): 935-43.
9Jeon, J, Hyung-Wook K, Min-Gi, K, Hoi-Seon, L (2008) Mite-Control Activities of Active Constituents Isolated from Pelargonium graveolens Against House Dust Mites. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. 18(10): 1666-1671
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