by Eve Colantoni, CHC with Jody Jung, RN, CHC
With winter upon us, we’ll soon be feasting our senses on the sights, smells and sounds of this glorious holiday season. And as Christmas carols are sung, and lights and decorations are hung, it’s hard to imagine the holidays without that pleasant “holiday smell” to complete our special holiday ambiance. Because while we may not be consciously aware of it, the sweet scent of holiday candles, the spicy aroma wafting from a bag of potpourri or the woodsy pine scented cones and wreaths can all bring back wonderful memories for us, and create an instant feeling of comfort.
But have you ever given much thought to how these holiday accessories got that special smell? Not to be a grinch here, but sadly most of these scents that we merely consider fun and festive, come from chemical or synthetic sources, which can be anything but fun and games when it comes to our health and the health of families. Especially when it comes to young children, the elderly and those with respiratory conditions. Feeling skeptical about this claim? Well, read on to learn the true dangers that these artificial aromas can pose to you and your loved ones.