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Burning Incense is Toxic, WTF!?

Burning Incense is Toxic, WTF!?
Pesticides on your produce? Arsenic in your apples? BPA all up in your bottles? Never even heard of Phthalates? No worries! Casey is my name and toxins are my game. If you have questions about toxins – I probably have an answer or know someone who does. I’m from Southern California and did the college thing, traveled the world, then came home and founded and managed an environmental website for five years from a converted garage. The travel bug soon bit again and I found myself in Argentina with some friends of Keep A Breast building greenhouses from discarded plastic bottles. Those friends became family so I came home and joined KAB as the Program Director for the Non Toxic Revolution where I now help people learn about reasons why and how to avoid toxins to lower their risk for cancer. I get excited reading toxicology studies which means you don’t have to. Go ahead and give me a try; I’m like a magic 8-ball minus the vigorous shaking! 

QUESTION: Burning incense is toxic, WTF!?

Incense, chances are you’ve heard of it. It’s found in the form of pyramids, cones, and sticks.

Typically burned during religious ceremonies, meditation, sacrificial offerings, pagan rituals, yoga classes, or to mask exceedingly offensive bathroom smells. If you’re like 99% of people, you’ve participated in at least three of these and thus have been exposed to the smell and smoke of incense.

But all things that smell good, aren’t necessarily good for you.

Incense smoke contains numerous contaminants – some of which are carcinogenic and mutagenic – including carbon monoxidenitrogen oxidessulfur oxides, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). An independent research study conducted in 2008 showed that burning incense had a direct link to cancers of the upper respiratory tract. That’s sure to bum out your Chakras.

SOLUTION:

So, short of stopping using incense all together what can you do? Here are a few tips to reduce your exposure to the toxic levels of incense smoke. Reduce your inhalation of potentially toxic fumes by ventilating the area around the burning incense properly. Use only organic incense such as Miss Tea and Fred Soll. (Click the last link just for the epic picture).

But wait! There’s some good news. With an increase in ventilation the toxins found in the air from the burning incense dramatically decrease. Some positive research has shown that burning frankincense can relieve depression and anxiety. And while the primary ingredients for incense are rooted in benign plant and flower matter, many products are bound together with lab-made materials and non-organic binders.

Namaste bitches.

- Casey

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