Skip to main content

Fighting Mold Naturally with 5 Essential Oils

Essential Oils and Mold

The potency of pure essential oils reveals a non-toxic and natural method of fighting mold. Mold growth and exposure may be inhibited with these natural plant compounds. There are numerous studies showing the effectiveness of certain essential oils assisting in mold and fungus issues, as well as supporting immune function to aid in recovery from toxic mold exposure.

The oils listed below are some of the most useful oils in dealing with mold. Always remember that to successfully prevent mold from returning, any leaks or humidity issues must be resolved. Mold on porous material, such as drywall, must be cut out and replaced. Please consider hiring a professional mold remediator to remove mold, especially if the area affected is greater than 10 square feet and if anyone living in the residence has a compromised immune system or health concerns.

5 Essential Oils to Treat Mold

Oregano

Oregano essential oil is one of the most potent essential oils. This oil has been used for centuries for cleansing and immune-enhancing benefits. Oregano essential oil, along with cinnamon, thyme, and cumin oils inhibited the production of aflatoxin by aspergillus fungus. Oregano oil is a wonderful purifying agent and immune booster.

Thyme

Thyme essential oil is one of the primary oils suggested for mold. Thyme has been used for everything from Candida albicans to people struggling with mold infections. Thyme is a powerhouse of an oil. This oil can also have a cleansing and purifying effect for the skin.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon oil has been shown to be one of the strongest oils for use in battling mold. In a test done on four essential oils, cinnamon showed the best inhibitory effect against mold growing on food. Wax papers with a 6% solution of cinnamon oil used on breads constrained mold growth by 96%. Another study by the International Journal of Food Microbiology  showed that a combination of essential oils, including cinnamon oil, suppressed bacterial growth for 60 days. The study suggests that cinnamon oil could be considered an alternative to other food preservatives.

This essential oil contains strong cleansing and immune enhancing properties as well.

Clove

Clove essential oil is great for dealing with fungal growth. Clove is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals and maintain a healthy immune system.

Cloves are derived from an evergreen tree native to Indonesia. The flower buds are often used as a spice. The essential oil of clove has been used medicinally in Chinese and Indian medicine and herbalism as a painkiller for dentistry.

The famous Aspergillus niger (also known as black mold) is especially sensitive to clove oil. This suggests promising effectiveness in cleaning molds on hard (non-porous) surfaces.

Cloves have been shown to put an end to Candida growth in the mouth and intestine. A study found that clove “had a fast killing effect on yeast cells.”

Tea Tree

Another helpful essential oil, this oil can be an effective source for naturally treating small mold issues on surfaces and fabrics. Tea tree essential oil is a powerful natural anti-fungal that is often used in nontoxic cleaning solutions, and can also be beneficial in dealing with mold and mildew smells.

If you need to kill mold or mildew on clothing, or to eliminate a musty odor, simply add a few drops of tea tree oil to the wash cycle. This will also help kill mildew buildup in the washer and can be used to rinse and refresh clothing that was left in the machine too long.

If you have a small mold area to clean you can mix 1 tsp tea tree oil with 1 cup of water and put in a spray bottle. Once you have determined that the mold contamination is safe to clean yourself, you can spray this formula on the problem area, let it soak for awhile, and then carefully wipe clean. If you are cleaning a porous surface you may not want to dilute with water as this may feed the mold growth. Test a small area to make sure it does not damage the item. This should kill most spores and prevent the mold from returning. If you have a water issue or leak, you will want to make sure to get it fixed so that you do not have the same issue return.

 

Please use caution as many of these oils are skin irritants and should always be diluted and used with care. Do not get them near your eyes.

 

Krystle Reeves assists in managing MoldBlogger.com, a website dedicated to providing a place to share and receive information that will better allow individuals to fight and conquer toxic mold and the consequences of mold exposure, and also blogs at Where the Green Things Grow where she shares her adventures and challenges while homesteading off-grid.

 

DISCLOSURE: This post may contain affiliate links, including Amazon.com. It allows us to recommend products at no extra cost to you and enables this free content to continue.

Get Our Newsletter!

6 thoughts on “Fighting Mold Naturally with 5 Essential Oils

  1. Essential oils do not treat mycotoxins or dead mold effectively. Therefore recommending them is misleading if a person believes that they will solve a mold contamination issue using them. Mycotoxins and dead mold create a worst problem environmentally than mold and mold spores. Essential oils are wonderful in many ways but as far as effectively remediating poisonous toxic materials from mold contamination, it’s a wash.

  2. Hi Crissy,

    Would you say that using essential oils to kill mold on small non-porous surfaces is a wash? Or using them personally to help with symptoms of mold exposure in the body? I completely agree that large contaminations and certain situations should not be approached using essential oils. In the article I stated “Always remember that to successfully prevent mold from returning, any leaks or humidity issues must be resolved. Mold on porous material, such as drywall, must be cut out and replaced. Please consider hiring a professional mold remediator to remove mold, especially if the area affected is greater than 10 square feet and if anyone living in the residence has a compromised immune system or health concerns.” This is something I am currently learning about and using for my own mold concerns. I’ve been encouraged by the research I’ve read thus far, and the effectiveness with my own use of essential oils.

  3. Hi Krystal,
    Thank you for your response and for your questions in regards to the use of essential oils to manage and treat mold issues.
    Yes, as you have stated, essential oils and DEAD MOLD are an issue that need to be addressed. Essential oils will not treat or manage dead mold or mycotoxins. There are many opinions out there. As to date, I am not aware of any clinical trials that prove the absolute effectiveness in using essential oils to treat mold contamination. There are always mycotoxins and dead mold that must be treated in order to assure a proper and complete remediation when managing ‘toxic’ mold. As far as using essential oils for the body, I’d like to refer you to the author of the book, ‘Are You Moldy’, Lori Tondini. She uses certain essential oils and has incorporated additional protocol which has led her to had great success recovering from years of mold related illnesses. If you would like to contact me personally, my phone number is listed on our website, http://www.moldremedy.biz.

  4. Thanks for the info! I’ll look into the dead mold and mycotoxin issue more! I have Lori Tondini’s book and read it awhile ago… I need to go back and check out her use of essential oils for mold in the body!

  5. Hi Krystle,
    If you are looking for something to use internally to treat/manage mold contaminants, my product of choice is ASEA. http://www.theremedy.teamasea.com is a website where you can download videos that will explain this remarkable product and the technology behind it. In the words of many physicians, it is the greatest scientific and medical discovery ever. This product removes fungi, bacteria, viruses, heavy metals and chemicals at the cellular level. Then it replaces, replenishes, restores and regenerates cells. It breaks the blood brain barrier as well. The other consideration would be ozone chelation therapy.

  6. So what about the 20 cases studis in Nature’s Mold Rx by Edward and Jacquelyn Close? Their studis show that high grade therapeutic essential oils clean and kill better than commercial products.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *