I bought an infrared lamp as part of a black Friday sale last year. Keep reading to learn about what happened when I bought an infrared lamp and began using it on a regular basis. Infrared lamps have been used for years to help reduce pain and inflammation in various parts of the body. If you use a high quality infrared sauna like I talked about in this post, then the sauna has at least two infrared lamps in it. I bought this infrared lamp from a website called Sauna Space. I’m currently saving up to be able to buy their infrared sauna which has between 4-8 of these lamps in it.
In the meantime I have just the one lamp so I am using it like a mini sauna for various parts of my body. I like to use it at least twice a day and sometimes more often. I especially will hold it up to my neck and thyroid area for 2-5 minutes in an effort to help reduce inflammation and swelling. Since I have hashimotos, I’m swollen in that area and the infrared lamp helps.
I will also use it to help with menstrual pain or any other kind of pain, by shinning it directly on the area that is bothering me for 2-5 minutes. The instructions say not to use it for more than 5 minutes on any one area. It is so hot, that you don’t want to anyway. You can use it with your clothes on, however, with areas like your back or stomach, it works better naked.
I’ve found that any pain or discomfort I have in an area will go away immediately after using it. It really is amazing. Even though it costs about $400 depending on the sale price, it is worth it. I still look forward to being able to afford a full infrared sauna. (They cost about $3,000-$5,000.) In the mean time, having this amazing infrared tool works as a substitute.
I don’t burn candles anymore and I think you shouldn’t anymore either. Keep reading to learn why I think burning candles is no longer a good idea. As a way of reference I was in the candle business for 6 years, so for me to say that I don’t burn candles anymore and you shouldn’t either is saying a lot.
While there are a variety of reasons to stop burning candles, here are the main ones:
Candles are toxic. (usually). There are some exceptions as there are some candles that are made from cotton wicks, with organic ingredients and with essential oils but these make up less than 5% of the candles on the market. Most candles contain wicks that have lead, or other unhealthy things in them. Most candles are also made from petroleum and other oils that create soot when burned. If you are burning candles that turn black or that release black soot into the air, then you are inhaling that soot into your lungs. Furthermore you are likely getting that soot into other parts of your body as well.
Most candles have synthetic chemicals and perfumes in them. A few have organic perfumes and or essential oils. While there are much better choice, they are not most of the candles and they are a lot more expensive. For example, these candles average $20-$25 for a 6 oz. candle compared to $3-$5 for a 6 oz candle with petroleum and perfumes. So if you can afford the higher quality candles made from natural ingredients such as beeswax and essential oils, then burning candles can be okay.
If you ever get a headache, start sneezing or have other unpleasant feelings when burning a candle , then you need to stop. Personally the only candles I’ve ever used- including the ones I used to sell where made from soy and beeswax and never caused me any real problems that I noticed. That said, sometimes candles can cause issues that you aren’t aware of.
I also stoped burning candles because they can be a fire hazard and can leave residue on your walls, curtains and other parts of your house. Personally I never had big issues with this but nonetheless, I prefer to avoid these issues as much as possible.
So what do I do to get a nice smell throughout my house without burning candles? Most of the time I use an essential oil diffuser. Sometimes I do use higher quality naturally scented wax melts or air sprays but I’ve very picky about what I use and I only use them when I’ve got a very bad smell to get rid of immediately. For some other ways to use essential oils to get a pleasant smell without a diffuser, read this blog post.
If you struggle with autoimmunity then you know how important self care is. Learn all about my favorite and best self care ideas for autoimmunity with this episode of my podcast- Healthy Happy Autoimmune.