Mold and Essential Oils
1 in 7 Americans suffers from acute fungal sinusitis, resulting from exposure to mold. — Mayo Clinic
Did you know that breathing in mold spores has been linked to occasional stress and nervous tension?
Brown Study Finds Link Between Emotions and Household Mold
A groundbreaking public health study, led by Brown University epidemiologist Edmond Shenassa, has found a connection between damp, moldy homes and depression. Results are published in the American Journal of Public Health.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — A groundbreaking public health study has found a connection between damp, moldy homes and emotions. The study, led by Brown University epidemiologist Edmond Shenassa, is the largest investigation of an association between mold and mood and is the first such investigation conducted outside the United Kingdom.
Shenassa said the findings, published in the American Journal of Public Health, came as a complete surprise. In fact, after a few U.K. studies published in the last decade had suggested a link, Shenassa and his skeptical team set out to debunk the notion that any link existed.
"We thought that once we statistically accounted for factors that could clearly contribute to irritability – things like employment status and crowding – we would see any link vanish," said Shenassa, the lead author of the study and an associate professor in the Department of Community Health at Brown. "But the opposite was true. We found a solid association between depression and living in a damp, moldy home."
Shenassa noted the study, an analysis of data from nearly 6,000 European adults, does not prove that moldy homes cause mood swings. The study wasn't designed to draw that direct conclusion. However, Shenassa's team did find a connection, one likely driven by two factors. One factor is a perceived lack of control over the housing environment. The other is mold-related health problems such as wheezing, fatigue and a cold or throat issue.
"Physical health, and perceptions of control, are linked with an elevated risk for mood swings," Shenassa said, "and that makes sense. If you are sick from mold, and feel you can't get rid of it, it may affect your mental health."
The study was a statistical analysis of data from the Large Analysis and Review of European Housing and Health Status (LARES), a survey on housing, health and place of residence conducted in 2002 and 2003 by the World Health Organization (WHO). To conduct the survey, WHO interviewers visited thousands of homes in eight European cities and asked residents a series of questions, including if they had symptoms such as decreased appetite, low self-esteem, and sleep disturbances. WHO interviewers also made visual checks of each household, looking for spots on walls and ceilings that indicate mold.
Shenassa's team analyzed LARES data from 5,882 adults in 2,982 households.
"What the study makes clear is the importance of housing as indicator of health, including mental health," Shenassa said. "Healthy homes can promote healthy lives."
Shenassa and his team are conducting follow-up research to see if mold does, indeed, directly cause 'nervous irritability'. Shenassa said that given the results of the current study, he wouldn't be surprised if there is a cause-and-effect association. Molds are toxins, and some research has indicated that these toxins can affect the nervous system or the immune system...
The research team includes Allison Liebhaber, a former Brown undergraduate; Constantine Daskalakis of Thomas Jefferson University; Matthias Braubach of WHO; and Mary Jean Brown of the Harvard School of Public Health.
Mold Expert Finds Non-Toxic Method of Mold Removal
Dr. Edward Close has found that there is only one mold cleanup, mold removal, and mold remediation option available today which eliminates mold spores in the air, removes mold spores on surfaces, has long-lasting residual effects that keep mold from coming back, and can be used to prevent mold even while a space is occupied. Thieves Essential Oil Blend is not toxic to humans or pets and is approved as a food supplement by the FDA. The results of over 100 case studies, verified by an independent EPA-approved environmental laboratory, have shown that organically produced concentrated plant extracts, also called essential oils, when diffused in the air eliminate mold spores in the air and on surfaces in as little as 24 hours.
Edward R. Close, PhD, PE, is a recognized expert in environmental science, has served as environmental advisor to more than fifteen Fortune 500 companies, and has more than forty years experience in the environmental field. He is the author of numerous technical papers and five nonfiction books, including Nature's MoldRx - The Non-Toxic Solution to Toxic Mold (2007), as well as the DVD: Toxic Mold - A Breakthrough Discovery. Dr. Close holds degrees in math, physics and environmental science and engineering. Purchase Dr. Close's book for more information on eliminating toxic mold or contact me.
Most remarkable to mold remediation experts is that three factors about Thieves oil merge to create a perfect scenario against toxic mold:
- Thieves Essential Oil Blend is powerful. But so is diesel fuel.
- Thieves is safe. Many things (like diesel) may kill mold, but they are toxins themselves. So you exchange toxins and the building is still uninhabitable. Thieves oil has an FDA supplement facts panel on the label. and it's so safe that workers can breath it while it being diffused.
- Thieves is long-lasting. While mold may be reduced immediately by standard remediation products, it often makes a fast comeback. Thieves continues killing the mold for weeks afterward.
Dr Close documented his first 20 case studies (yielding similar results) in his book Nature's Mold Rx, the Non-Toxic Solution to Toxic Mold.
Dr. Close recommends diffusing Thieves essential oil blend in a waterless diffuser, either Young Living's Essential Oil Diffuser, product 3660 or our TheraPro™ Premium Diffuser, product 4495. Diffuse for 24-72 hours continuously in the space containing mold. One 15ml bottle of Thieves will cover 1,000 square feet. Yes, you can run several diffusers at once. Also important is use Thieves Household Cleaner to clean all areas, floor, ceilings, walls, bedding, countertops, etc. (see products below).
As a preventative, diffuse Thieves Essential Oil Blend for 8 hours continuously every week.
Young Living's proprietary Thieves™ essential oil blend includes clove, cinnamon bark, rosemary, lemon, and Eucalyptus radiata.
Mold and Fungus Research
|Fungus Type||Thieves Ingredient||Abstract Summary|
|Rhizopus stolonifer||Cinnamon||A wax paper infused with cinnamon essential oil completely inhibits the growth of Rhizopus stolonifer. View Abstract|
|Cinnamon||Vapors of cinnamon bark oil prove to be a potent fungitoxicant against fungi which cause respiratory tract mycoses: Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus nidulans, Aspergillus flavus, Candida albicans, Candida tropicalis, Candida pseudotropicalis (Candida kefyr), and Histoplasma capsulatum. View Abstract|
|Aspergillus parasiticus||Cinnamon||Cinnamon oil caused inhibition of growth and aflatoxin production in Aspergillus parasiticus. View Abstract|
|Citrus limon (lemon) essential oil and the phytochemical eugenol (found in cinnamon and clove) were among compounds used to test the sensitivity of mold strains Fusarium spp., Rhizopus spp., Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger and Penicillium spp. Eugenol showed prominent anti-mold activity. View Abstract|
|Essential oils of cinnamon and clove showed strong inhibition of mold when tested for the possibility of creating a protective atmosphere by using natural compounds that could extend the shelf life of packaged foodstuffs. The oils were tested against Candida albicans, Penicillium islandicum and Aspergillus flavus. Rosemary was included in the test but results weren't as strong. View Abstract|
|Cinnamon, rosemary, clove essential oils exhibited antifungal activity against Eurotium spp., Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp., the most important molds in terms of spoilage of bakery products. These findings strengthen the possibility of using plant essential oils as an alternative to chemicals to preserve bakery products. View Abstract|
|Among 20 oils tested, cinnamon and clove essential oil demonstrated the antifungal activity against Botrytis cinerea. Essential oils D-limonene, cineole, Beta-myrcene; Alpha-pinene, Beta-pinene, and camphor showed high antifungal activity. Lemon and rosemary and eucalyptus contain these compounds. View Abstract|
|Cinnamon||Cinnamaldehyde, the major compound in cinnamon essential oil, showed strong antifungal indices against both Coriolus versicolor and Laetiporus sulphureus. View Abstract|
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Thieves™ Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil Blend
Ingredients: Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), lemon (Citrus limon), cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum), Eucalyptus radiata and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis CT 1,8 cineol).
Applications: For dietary, aromatic, or topical use. When using as a supplement, dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid such as goat's or rice milk. Diffuse for short periods of time (1/2 hour or less) in the work or home environment. Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Always dilute before applying to the skin or taking internally.
Item No. 3423 ~ 15 ml
Pricing: Member $33.75 / Retail: $44.41 / PV 33.75
The improved Thieves® Household Cleaner has increased cleansing power and an even safer, more sustainable formulation. The new formula contains ingredients from renewable plant and mineral sources, vegetable-based surfactants compliant with the Green Seal and EPA Design for Environment (DfE) standards, and even more Thieves and lemon essential oils for extra cleaning power. Bottle is 100% recyclable.
Experience the wonder of Thieves Household Cleaner, as tough stains and problem areas in your home become simple and easy to maintain without using harsh or abrasive chemicals. While some bacteria can be dangerous, most industrial cleaners on the market pose an even larger threat to your health with their destructive side effects. Thieves Household Cleaner is a natural, all-purpose concentrate that can be used in every room in your home without the harsh chemicals. Dilute in a spray bottle or bucket, or use straight for extra strength.
- In the Kitchen: refrigerator, oven, dishes, cutting boards, floor
- In the Bathroom: shower walls, curtains, tub, sink, toilet, floor, mirror
- In the Family room: silk plants, live plants, carpet, room deodorizer
- In the Bedroom: mattress, pillows, sheets
- In the Laundry: wash cycle, dryer, spots, stains
Thieves Household Cleaner
Containing Essential Oils: THIEVES
Item No: 3743 ~ 14.4 fl. oz. (428 ml)
Pricing: Member $22.00 / Retail: $28.95 / PV 22
Thieves Household Cleaner — 64 oz.The new formulation contains the most effective, 100 percent plant- and mineral-based ingredients available now available in a 64 oz economy size! Experience the wonder of Thieves® Household Cleaner, as tough stains and problem areas in your home become simple and easy to clean without using harsh or abrasive chemicals. While bacteria can be dangerous, some industrial cleaners on the market pose an even larger threat to your health. Thieves Household Cleaner is a natural all-purpose concentrate that can be used in every room in your home, without the harsh chemicals. Dilute in a spray bottle or bucket, or use straight for extra strength. Dilution ratios are listed on the label for your convenience. New Size of 64 oz unveiled at 2009's convention.
Ingredients: Proprietary suspension of safe Vegetable-based surfactants like alkyl polyglucoside that are compliant with Green Seal and EPA Design for Environment (DfE) standards (wetting agents), Biodegradable cutting agents like sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate and disodium 2-sulfolaurate from renewable sources. and Thieves® essential oil (a proprietary blend of 100% pure Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils of clove [Syzygium aromaticum], lemon [Citrus limon], cinnamon bark [Cinnamomum verum], eucalyptus [E. radiata] and rosemary [Rosmarinus officinalis CT cineol].
Item No: 4475 ~ 64 fl. oz.
Pricing: Member $85.25 / Retail: $112.17 / PV 85.25
Suggested Usage Ratios ~ prepared by sha-faun enterprises inc. ~ Note: one capful of thieves cleaner = ½ tbsp.
Light Degreasing ~ 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 3¾ cups water
Medium Degreasing ~1 capful Thieves Cleaner to a little less than 2 cups water
Heavy Degreasing ~ 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to a little less than 1 cup water
Hand Cleaner ~ ½ cup Thieves Cleaner to ½ cup water
Dishwasher ~ 1 capful Thieves Cleaner in the bottom of the dishwasher
Pots + Pans ~ ½ capful of Thieves Cleaner to 3+ cups water
Floors ~ 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 6¼ cups water
Walls ~ 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to a little less than 2 cups water
Fabrics ~ 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 2 cups water [Note: Before cleaning fabrics, perform a spot test in an inconspicuous area. Discontinue use in the unlikely event of staining or skin irritation.]
Washing Machine ~ Depending on size of washer, use 1–2 capfuls Thieves Cleaner with each batch
Carpet ~ 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 6¼ cups water
Glass + Windows ~ 1 capful Thieves Cleaner to 5 quarts water
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I highly suggest educating yourself about the truth of essential oils by purchasing the Essential Oil Desk Reference book which contains a wealth of information on all of our products including details on each oil and what oils to use for specific situations.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Don't expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic Grade™ Essential Oils and supplements. Also each person is unique and different in chemistry and toxicity levels, as well as emotionally and spiritually, so an oil that is suggested for an issue may not work as well as another. If a change is not apparent within three minutes, try another oil.