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Paraffin wax dangers

Paraffin wax dangers

As a nurse, I am particularly concerned with the potential adverse health effects of burning candles, what chemicals we might be breathing as we burn them, and how to make our air as clean and healthy as possible.  Soy wax, which are what our candles are 100% made from, is a natural, renewable, vegan, plant resource. It burns cleanly without releasing dangerous chemicals and soot into the air.  Paraffin wax, however, is derived from the production and refining of oil and gasoline, a NON renewable resource, that releases hazardous chemicals and black soot when burned. The EPA has concluded that...

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Take care of yourself: Be aware of love bombing

Be aware, pay attention to how people treat you. One of the most confusing and damaging ways abusive people cause harm to you is by "love bombing." Confusing because it's the direct opposite of the hateful way they have treated you, and damaging because they "love bomb" you to purposefully confuse and manipulate you into staying put so they can continue to take from you what they want. People who want to cause you pain and harm will never really have love in their heart for you. Love bombing is not love. It is insurance for the abuser to keep...

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Using Candles in Self Care

Using Candles in Self Care

Caring for ourselves means nurturing all aspects of our being – our physical body, our spiritual self, our emotional life and our mental health. When we neglect to care for any of these aspects of our lives, we may feel the effects in all of them manifested in anxiety, depression, irritability, lack of interest, lack of energy, sleep disturbance,  isolation, weight changes, constipation, stomach aches, headaches, inflammation, and more. Life can be hectic. Many days we rush around and try to be all things to all people. We work hard for our bosses or to keep our businesses running smoothly,...

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'Touched by an Angel' by Maya Angelou

'Touched by an Angel' by Maya Angelou

Touched by an Angel, by Maya Angelou

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Candle Flame poem by Percy Horne

Candle Flame poem by Percy Horne

Candle Flame  How children and lovers love them -  After long hours of intense and searching sunlight,  After the glare of electric bulbs placed in lamp and ceiling,  After the many well lighted stores and gaming fields and schools... The small wavering, delicate flame of a candle -  More wonderful than any display of glittering or searching beams... The essence of light itself in tiny inches of space, Something to hold and admire and restore again and again,  To be carried in triumph into an otherwise darkened world. Candles, the flame of candles, a light for the smallest need.   ...

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