According to a report released by the US Natural Resources Defense Council, many of the air fresheners used in our homes on a regular basis contain compounds that can cause us harm and even cancer. The vast majority of air fresheners, even those labeled "natural", contain a group of chemicals called phthalates, the most common being DEHP, DIDP and DINP. As part of the National Toxicology Program in the United States, it was reported that DEHP is a substance that may be carcinogenic to humans and that these chemicals may adversely affect brain development and sexual development. It’s important to note that the most at risk are infants, pregnant women, and chronic patients.
In our home we either aerate the house or typically use pure essentials oils to freshen the air.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.