Is Pumpkin Spice Causing Your Headaches? (the side-effects of synthetic fragrances)

It’s Fall and there are a lot of consumers who lose their minds because it’s also - pumpkin spice season! Everything is geared around that warm, calming and seasonal aroma. From pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin muffins, and to those hypnotizing pumpkin vanilla sugar scrubs and body butters, even air fresheners. Let's face it, folks go into overdrive over pumpkin spice during these colder months of the year. 

Let's face it, folks go into overdrive over pumpkin spice during these colder months of the year. 

While many of us love the aroma and even the taste of a good old pumpkin pie or latte, there are about 34 food allergy reactions or symptoms from consuming or ingesting pumpkin. Some known symptoms of an allergen or irritant to pumpkin is a headache, but how do you know the difference?

Those with asthma or chemical sensitivities may find strong scents particularly problematic due to the allergy-like symptoms they cause.

Unlike tree pollen or dander, for example, perfumes and scents aren't actually allergens, they're irritants, but that doesn't mean that they can't trigger allergy symptoms like sneezing, and or headaches.

So, what's the difference between an allergen and an irritant? In simple terms, a true allergen causes a person’s immune system to release chemicals to fight the invader.

The Truth About Synthetic Fragrances

The use of fragrance in products is on the rise -- and so is the number of people affected by them. You  ever catch a slight breeze of a co-worker's new fragrance, and within minutes, you have an instant headache ? You may be one of a growing number of people with fragrance or sensitivities, also known as an irritant.  If you love skin care products, lotions and or soaps that contain a pumpkin synthetic fragrance and you are experiencing recurring headaches, it could be the pumpkin that is causing this symptom.

Unfortunately manufacturers can hide many harmful ingredients on their product labels. They simply group them under “fragrance” on the ingredients lists. These artificial perfumes can cause headaches and so much more.

What are some healthy alternatives to still be able to enjoy the warmed spiced aroma in your space, or around your home? Rather than lighting a non-soy candle or spraying something harmful, you can light up essential oil diffusers this Fall. If you’re not familiar with diffusers, they are a simple way to get essential oils into the air of your home.

For healthier skin care alternatives and solutions, you can replace your products with natural products that contain certified organic essential oils derived from flowers, fruit, grasses, seeds, bark, wood, roots, leaves, balsam and resin. These ingredients have been used for thousands of years and have stood the test of time. They are also becoming more and more popular to include natural skin care options to your daily regimen.

These oils work both medicinally and therapeutically and are readily absorbed via the skin into the bloodstream, while having a balancing and regulating effect on sebum production.

Essential oils are known for their synergies in the formulations and have been chosen for their beneficial qualities on the skin such as trans-dermal penetration, potency, natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and fungicidal properties, anti-aging and wound healing, fat dissolving and improvement in circulation.  And the bonus is that they smell amazing, without giving you, and or the people in your vicinity, a headache.


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