While everyone knows that it's important to take time to relax now and again, a new finding suggests that doing so may be toxic if you're using aromatherapy products that contain artificial fragrances or essential oils, according to the Environmental Engineering Science journal.
Apparently, these fragrances release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air, which cause increased levels of air pollution indoors. These VOCs react with compounds in the ozone that cause them to break down and release ultrafine byproducts called Secondary Organic Aerosols (SOAs). These SOAs can directly lead to eye and throat irritation and may cause further damage.
If you love using aromatherapy as a means to relax at the end of a long day, you don't necessarily have to give it up. By taking a few precautionary measures, you can ensure that the air inside your home is fresh, clean and safe for you and your family.
First, when burning aromatherapy products such as candles and incense, make sure there is enough ventilation available. This will help the toxic particles disperse.
In addition, to ensure that the air within your home is safe from VOCs and other airborne toxins, you should invest in a medical-grade home air purifier. High-quality air purifiers can help remove up to 99.5 percent of the indoor air pollutants in your home.