We’ve all been there, sitting in our favorite armchair when a coughing fit strikes. You look around the room, but there’s nothing to see, so you cough at the air. And then you start to wonder if scented candles are to blame.
The idea of a scented candle causing a build-up of phlegm in your throat from inhaling the scent isn’t totally far-fetched, after all, the odor from incense sticks has been found to cause coughing. Now, though, we’re not talking about incense sticks, we’re talking about scented candles.
While there are some scents that can irritate your throat and make you cough, scented candles are not the culprit. Even though scents can cause coughing, the effect is rarely long-lasting enough for this to be a cause of irritation.
If you’ve ever had a bad reaction to a scented candle, then you’ve probably wanted to throw it across the room. But you should know that scented candles are perfectly safe to burn.
Can scented candles cause respiratory problems?
Let’s face it, a warm, cozy candlelit environment makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside; but that sense of well-being can also come with a number of unintended health benefits. For many people, the scent of a candle or incense has the ability to calm their nerves, relieve stress and tension, and help them fall asleep.
However, it’s important to consider the potential risks linked with candle use. Not all candles are safe to use, and when it comes to scented candles some are more dangerous than others.
The answer to this question of course depends on the type of scented candle you are using.
- Cheap made candles can cause problems
Cheap made candles can cause problems, A small number of people are reporting that cheap made candles can cause health problems.
I think this is down to the way the cheap made candles are made and the way they smell. So if you have cheap made candles this may be the reason why.
- Fragrance sensitivity
Fragrance sensitivity is the ability of a person to detect strong smells from other people, animals, or plants, instead of smelling them. The ability to smell fragrances is assigned to the olfactory system in people’s brains.
A person who is sensitive to fragrances will feel a strong reaction to the smell of certain products. Fragrance sensitivity has been linked to headache, nausea, dizziness, and depression.
Fragrance sensitivity can be triggered by specific smells, medications, or air fresheners.
Are candle fragrance dangerous to your pets?
Although there has been a lot of negative publicity recently over the health dangers of candles, there is no evidence that they are particularly harmful to pets.
The majority of candle fragrances and their ingredients are considered to be safe for people and animals, with the exception of plastic fillings, such as polystyrene, which can be a danger to animals if eaten.
Pet owners should also ensure that candles aren’t placed too close to the animal, as this can make it difficult for the pet to keep its head or paws away from the flame.
Scents that could be harmful to your pets
Many of us enjoy the pleasant fragrance of candles and many of those who don’t must be missing out. However, there is a growing body of evidence to the effect that they may be dangerous for our pets.
There is no doubt that scents can be very pleasant for humans, but what about pets? There are many scent types that are completely harmless for people but could potentially cause serious damage to your pet’s health.
For example, some scents could be very strong enough to cause acute eye irritation or even an allergic reaction in pets. So, when choosing a scent for your pet, take great care and make sure that the scent you choose is safe for your pet.
- Air Fresheners (Including pine sprays).
The mild, pleasant smell of pine cannot be denied; if ever a tree could be considered a living, breathing entity, it would have to be the ubiquitous Christmas tree.
Pine is a naturally occurring substance, but there is a lot of controversy surrounding the effects of pine oils. There is a range of health concerns that these products could cause, and many of these concerns are often misdirected.
They’re designed to supplement your home’s scent, as well as your body’s smell, and to mask any other unpleasant smells. But, what are they doing to your pets?
In fact, dogs, cats, and even horses have been found to be very sensitive to air fresheners.
The use of scented candles is something that has been around for centuries. The scents of the candles are said to work as a calming and relaxing effect, but are some scents toxic to certain animals?
As a rule, dogs and cats should not be exposed to harmful chemical scents, whether it’s a conventional household scent or a new one. Not only would it irritate your pet, it could also damage their health.
Some pet owners are worried about environmental scents such as air fresheners, perfumes, and scented candles, but these aren’t the real culprits.
The real offenders are a group of chemicals called aromatics, of which the most dangerous are ammonia, amyl acetate, and benzene.