Black Mold and Essential Oils

Black Mold and Essential Oils

Its everywhere – and grows silently in the dark. Many people can usually detect it by the musty scent. Mold, especially here in Florida, is a serious problem. Several years ago, I dropped my 1991 Holiday Rambler motorhome off at my seamstress’ house to re-upholstery the sofa, chair cushions, and window curtains. She had the unit parked in her driveway for several weeks while she worked on it. When I arrived and see her beautiful handiwork, I had another surprise awaiting me. While writing the $3000 check to her for the project, I noticed the wall in the hallway had black mold on it. She expressed that she had thought it had been there all along. After investigation, I discovered that the water tank had leaked and due to the standing water which soaked the carpet, mold quickly grew up the walls. I was shocked and grieved. I couldn’t even bear to stay in the unit and enjoy the new furnishings. Thankfully, I had great coverage with Geico which sent investigators with Hazmat suits to test the quality of the air and found it did have a high count of “black mold.” After interviews and paperwork was provided to prove this wasn’t an attempt to defraud the company out of money the vehicle was “totaled” and towed away.  It was surreal to hear that it would cost more to rip every wall and cabinet out of the unit and replace them, than to destroy the entire vehicle. And, I spent all that money and never got to even sit on the new sofa cushion! That is how serious mold is.

 
Most do not realize that a lot of symptoms such as headaches, dizziness or constant fatigue could be caused by mold. “Are you or someone in your family suffering from unexplained flu-like symptoms? Do you suffer from chronic colds or ear infection? According to Edward R. Close, PhD, PE, these symptoms and many more can be the result of mold. For many years the health and science communities refused to believe that mold could be the main contributor to many health conditions. Scientific findings suggest that mold play a much larger role in our health than previously thought.”And, something I did not know and just learned is that exposure to molds leads to growth of mold within our nasal passages, sinus cavities, bronchial passages, and lungs. Dead mold spores can produce irritation, allergic reaction, and other problems as well.

Important findings for consideration:

  • A Finnish workplace mold study estimated that the onset of adult asthma due to mold is 35%.
  • A 1997 study by the Mayo Clinic found that more than 95% of the 37 million Americans who suffer from chronic sinusitis symptoms do so because of exposure to mold.
  • Researchers from Lawrence Berkeley Natl. Laboratory reported in June 2007 that approximately 4.6 million cases of asthma are attributable to mold in the home.

Mold Is Everywhere
Mold can be found almost everywhere in our homes in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, carpets, bedrooms, showers, backyards, sheds, refrigerators, and many more places. Even the most neat and clean home, with no visible sign of mold, may still hide super colonies of mold in duct work, basements, attics and crawl places, under floors, behind wall paper and inside wall cavities.  After learning about how serious mold is, I now diffuse essential oils in my home daily.

Mold Will Always Be With Us
“Molds are probably the oldest and most successful life forms on earth. Even the most harsh conditions cannot prevent mold from settle and produce new colonies, and not even the desert climates are free from mold. Many forms of mold are beneficial and do not pose any threat to us humans, but many forms of mold create or contribute to health problems. It is also important to remember that some non-toxic mold can produce toxins when threatened.”

Essential oils: Nature’s Mold Solution
Before reaching for the Lysol or bleach consider this: according to Edward R. Close, PhD, PE, there are several problems when using standard anti-fungal agents:
  • many of these products, bleach included, use toxic chemicals that are themselves harmful to human health, just like the mold they are trying to eliminate.
  • while these agents can kill the mold, they usually don’t rid the area completely of mold, especially on porous surfaces, and they leave behind dead mold spores, which can also cause problems in the human body.
  • bleach is about 94% water, which is the key ingredient for mold growth. Many experts believe that using bleach results in a rebound of mold growth within 24 hours.
Fortunately there are safer and effective anti-fungal solutions to mold problems. Essential oils have recently been rediscovered as an effective way to both eliminate mold and support the body against chronic mold exposure.
Research on the anti-fungal properties of essential oils:
  • In a 2005 study, they found that a variety of essential oils including cinnamon, rosemary, bay, thyme, and clove were effective in eliminating common molds found in foods.
  • Over forty-five oils have been tested for their inhibitory effects on bacteria, mold, and yeast. All oils performed better than control compounds. Cinnamon and tea tree oils showing inhibitory effects against all test compounds.
  • Researchers found that lemongrass was effective against the mold Aspergillus flavus, a common toxic mold associated with a variety of infections in the body, and also produces aflatoxins, a known carcinogen.
A Sample of Results that are impressive:
  • Apartment complexes and offices that contained high levels of mold were effectively treated using an anti-microbial blend that contained lemon, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils.
  • The effects were long-lasting. Testing weeks later showed little or no mold had returned to previously affected area.
  • In some instances, bleach, hospital disinfectants and industrial strength fungicides had already failed to effectively eradicate the mold.
  • Even dead mold spores were removed by the essential oil blend.

If you believe you have a mold-issue in your house (and most of us do whether we are aware of it or not) should diffuse a blend such as “Flu Buster” which contains Lemon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, and Clove.

Let’s chat if you are interested in starting a new career in aromatherapy. You can email me at info@aromahut.org if you would like to get more information about aromatherapy certification or selling essential oils through Heal With Essential Oil. I would be happy to walk you through our plan and share details by phone at 727-688-2115. I look forward to speaking with you!

Source: Toxic Mold vs. essential oils by Edward R. Close, PHD, PE