Holiday decorations sparkle and glow around us. Every room is filled with the fragrances of the season: pine, cinnamon, gingerbread, pumpkin, peppermint and more. Unless the potpourri of holiday scents wafts from bread or a dessert baking in the oven, it may do more than tickle your nose or whet the appetite.
'Tis also the season for scented candles and fragrant air fresheners. Artificial fragrances, especially when used in confined areas contaminate the air and may irritate and provoke an attack in those with chronic asthma or allergies. When exposed to certain irritants or allergens, muscles spasm and become inflamed in hypersensitive air passages, making it difficult to breathe.
Thus, asthma is the result of an over-reaction of the immune system. This time of year, an acute asthma attack may be triggered by inhaling smoke, perfume or harmful chemical fumes released into the air from scented sprays, plug-ins, candles, or fireworks. Products labeled natural or unscented may also contain and release dangerous chemicals into the air that compromise the health of your lungs, liver and cause other serious health problems as it compromises immune function.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to switch to safe alternatives. Use 100% natural beeswax candles or diffuse pure essential oils like peppermint, pine, fir, rosemary, cinnamon, cloves, ginger or orange for the holidays. Battery operated LED tea lights and candles placed in lanterns add a festive glow to your holiday decorations without irritating your sinuses or lungs.
BREATHE EASY NATURAL HELPS FOR ASTHMA RELIEF
Breathing artificial scents can irritate and provoke allergic reactions and asthma in those susceptible and cause damage to the lungs and liver. Don't let holiday scents trigger an asthma attack. Learn which natural supplements and nutritious foods build natural immunities against asthmatic attacks.
Important Note: To determine if you have asthma or an allergy, consult a natural healthcare provider for vitamin and mineral deficiency testing and to recommend appropriate treatments, supplements and dosages.
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Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living, and Ultimate H2O Solutions. She is author of the books, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh from the Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success, and a longtime writer for the Farmers' Almanac.
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