Every holiday season brings with it traditional gift ideas, whether for an office party, gift exchange with the in-laws, or your someone-special. Unfortunately, not all holiday gifts are healthy for the loved ones receiving them. Here are 3 common gifts and healthy alternatives that won’t break the budget.
1. Scented Candles. Nothing says warm and cozy for the holiday season like a scented candle. Unfortunately, most commercial candles contain petroleum-based paraffin wax, synthetic dyes, chemical fragrance, and lead-based wicks. These substances are dangerous because the chemicals are breathed in through the lungs and go directly into the bloodstream via the bronchial pathways. To avoid exposing your friends and family to these hazards, try some healthy alternatives:
2. Bath and Body Gifts. Bath salts and other body products such as lotions, sprays, and bubble bath are favorites for many. Like candles, many bath products are made with dyes, phthalates, petroleum based ingredients, and other chemicals. Because these products are applied directly to the skin and enter the bloodstream within seconds, they are especially unhealthy. Try shopping for organic products at your local natural grocers or try these healthy alternatives:
3. Sweet Treats. No holiday season would be complete without a holiday treat. Unfortunately, sugars, dyes, and saturated fat make gifts like cookies, cakes, brownies, and candies very unhealthy. While natural grocery stores sell organic treats you can buy in a pinch, here are some healthy alternatives you can make at home that are low on sugar and high on nutrition: