Incense & Peppermints: Is Nothing Sacred?

Goodbye patchouli, cedar, orange blossom, sandalwood, et al - do people really need to be breathing such volatile compounds/by-products? Apparently not

It seemed a good way to scent my environment. In retrospect, it seems one might best simply burn the herbs/essences in their natural form vs. stoking up a toxic, manufactured product.

Patchouli: FEMA has it listed! Apparently aging hippies might use it to overpower the citizenry/government (think Woody Allen in Sleeper overtaking a guard with limburger cheese)! 

It takes me back to the nineteen-seventies: a burning stick, a scented wash, a dab of oil. Cedar and orange allegedly have cleansing effect (as does sage). Not attracted to most commercial fragrances, nor sweet/flowery essences, I've always loved woods, spices and citrus.

Sigh. Could the pungent smoke plumes be related to my allergies, nausea, dizziness? Or to cancer? I think I'll bake cinnamon instead.


Sage Vivant said...

Oh, these articles drive me mad!

They always follow the same formula:
1. Announce a dire health hazard, particularly if it is a substance or practice that seems relatively harmless and fairly common
2. Tell us how we might be harmed or killed by it
3. Point out that the data may be flawed or the study not fully representative of all facts
4. Backpedal about the dangers and confess that you'd have to consume/enjoy/smoke/fuck/bathe in massive quantities of the stuff to suffer ill effects

It would be nice if they'd stop sensationalizing these kinds of (non)findings because when science actually *does* find problems with something we're doing, we won't pay much attention, since they've hollered "wolf" so many times....

A.F. Waddell said...

Sage, your comments are spot on. Which is worse: alarmist media, desperate advertising, or Homeland Security. Hmm . . . perhaps these entities have merged!