Kitchen spices contain several natural compounds that are potent at dealing with mold and limiting its toxins. According to various studies, these spices become much more effective at fighting mold and its toxic by-products when distilled into essential oils. The volatility of essential oils allows them to enter deep into the nervous system, lungs and other hard to reach bodily areas where mold may have done its damage. Of course, removing the mold from the area is the first step.
Here are some essential oils that are good at countering mold and toxin effects:
- Sage: This spice has three characteristic traits: acridity, neutrality and bitterness. It is used for clearing infections, promoting circulation and regulating the menses. Moreover, it has detox properties and can also alleviate swelling. It is used for the treatment of diarrhoea, jaundice, menstrual problems, swollen boils, sores and impact injuries. This herb also boosts memory and mood. The herb’s chemical composition is as follows: Beta-sitosterol, beta-sitosterol glucoside, oleanolic acid, ursolic acid, 2-alpha-hydroxyursolic acid, caffeic acid, tormentic acid, ethyl-beta-D-galactopyranoside, maslinic acid. Its essential oil can contain camphor, alpha-thujone, and a maximum of 2.5 percent borneol and ketone. Essential oil of sage is used only externally since the alpha-thujone is toxic if used internally. A study found the essential oil effective at restricting the growth of the following mold/fungi: Aspergillus terreus, Aspergillus niger, Fusarium and Candida albicans. Another study discovered that at a concentration of 2 mg/cm3, the essential oil had a potent anti-fungal effect against Alternaria alternate, besides reducing the growth of Aspergillus parasiticus by 87 percent and inhibiting the production of aflatoxin by 96 percent. Still another study found it to be extremely effective at eradicating Penicillium verrucosum – this effect was attributed to the camphor and alpha-thujone.
- Thyme: This spice is warming, pungent and bitter. It is utilized in transforming mucus, strengthening the lungs / spleen, providing warmth to the middle and getting rid of cold mucus. It encourages the production of white blood cells and boosts immunity. Moreover, it is beneficial for the heart and valves, is an antispasmodic and also lowers blood pressure. It has wide usage in food because of its non-toxicity and distinct taste. Chemically speaking, it is composed of p-Cymene, thymol, linalool, borneol and myrcene. A study found this herb’s essential oil to be highly potent at exterminating Candida albican’s intercellular variety. Another study established its effectiveness in killing the Aspergillus species, and limiting the production of aflatoxin and germination of mold spore. Yet another study showed that the essential oil is good at limiting multiple species of Penicillum. This essential oil can be safely used internally and has been used effectively to help patients suffering from chronic mold infections.
- Clove: This spice is characteristically warm and arid. It is used to provide warmth to the abdomen and alleviate pain. It is also a treatment for nausea, hiccups, vomiting, diarrhea and morning sickness. Conditions such as impotence, and coldness in the body / extremities are also treated by it. Further, it can enhance digestion by increasing the secretion of bile and gastric acid. When applied topically, it can treat tooth ache and its essential oil can help those suffering from asthma.
The herb has contraindications in cases of fever / excessive internal heat combined with dryness symptoms. Also, there are side effects to using this herb which include palpitations, dizziness, headache, decreased blood pressure, chest oppression, skin rash and perspiration. The herb has a limiting effect on microbes such Vibrio cholerae, Salmonella typhi, Bacillus anthracis, Bacillus dysenteriae, Corynabacterium diptheriae, E. coli, Bacillus subtilis, and Staphlococcus aureus.
The chemical composition of this spice’s essential oil is as follows: chavicol, alpha-caryophyllene, acetyleugenol, caryophyllene and eugenol. A study into its effects against mold found it to be inhibiting towards Aspergillus, Candida as well as certain dematophytes that include strains resistant to fluconazole. A second study found eugonol, a compound present in the essential oil, effective at limiting Fusarium oxysporum, Fusarium moniliforme, Mucor species, Aspergillus species, Microsporum gypseum and Trichophyton rubrum. A third study revealed that the essential oil boosted the efficacy of voriconazole and fluconazole against several species of Candida. Still another study shed light on its effectiveness at limiting biofilms of Candida that were resistant to drugs. Small doses of this essential oil have been effectively and safely used for years to treat patients suffering from mold toxicity, parasites and Lyme disease.