Almost two months ago, right after the boys birthday party, we found out that Wade has asthma. I was heartbroken, because this isn’t something I can fix for him. Asthma is a chronic condition that he’ll likely live with the rest of his life, but I can make it easier on him. Almost immediately, we eliminated dairy from our diet and it helped (by cutting down his mucus production), but it didn’t solve the problem. On top of inhalers, running an air purifier 24/7, covering mattresses, and cleaning everything, he’s still had some pretty serious attacks. His last attack actually started after I had burned a candle that the boys got me for Mother’s Day – all day long. I knew fragrance (the sneaky term for chemicals including phthalates) could be an irritant, which is why almost all of my cleaning and personal care products are homemade or natural, but I didn’t even think about the candle! After doing some research, I realized that not only the fragrance could trigger an attack, but so can the smoke and wax. Makes sense now!
But, I love burning candles. The fresh scent in the air. The ambient glow on the kitchen counter after dinner dishes are done. I don’t want to give that up. I needed a compromise.
So, as I was browsing Pinterest last week, I came across this tutorial for a DIY air freshener from The Burlap Bag and combined it with this tip for using Eucalyptus oil to help with coughing from A Seed Inspired. Meshing the two ideas and adding my own little spin, I was able to concoct a solution I’m happy with.
I grabbed some mercury glass votive bowls, baking soda, essential oils (orange and eucalyptus), and some flameless votive candles I had hanging around from Thanksgiving. It was so simple to pour some baking soda into each bowl, add a few drops of essential oils, mix it up, and plop in the flameless candle.
My husband noticed it right when he walked in the door. Not only does it fill our air with a fresh scent, but its completely safe for Wade, and the Eucalyptus oil may even help open up his airways. Problem solved.