Mold expert stumbles upon an amazingly powerful and non-toxic method of toxic
mold removal...in his wife's aromatherapy kit
In 2005, Edward Close, PhD, a mold remediation consultant with 30 years experience
in the environmental industry, was asked to do third-party sampling for mold in
an apartment complex that had been flooded, evacuated, and later put up for sale.
The buyer who was renovating the apartments had paid a company which had used the
strongest stuff they knew of—a hospital disinfectant. Yet Dr Close's sampling
showed that either the product had not killed the mold or that the mold had already
After much urging by his wife, he diffused Thieves oil in the apartments for a 24-hour
period. The research project yielded astonishing results! And two weeks later they
were even more astonishing!
In another instance, 10,667 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a per cubic
meter area. After diffusing Thieves essential
oil for 48 hours, Dr Close retested. Only thirteen stachybotrys remained.
Similarly, 75,000 stachybotrys mold spores were identified in a sample of sheetrock.
After 72 hours of diffusing, no stachybotrys mold spores remained.
Disappearing Toxic Mold Spores
10,667 to 13 in 48 hours
75,000 to 0 in 72 hours
Most remarkable to mold remediation experts is that three factors about Thieves
oil merge to create a perfect storm against toxic mold...
It's powerful. But so is diesel fuel.
It's 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. It's so safe
that workers can breath it while it's diffusing.
It's 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.
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
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
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
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
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
Cinnamaldehyde, the major compound in cinnamon essential oil,
showed strong antifungal indices against both Coriolus versicolor and Laetiporus
was mold killing that convinced me of the power of Thieves. My mother-in-law swears
by Thieves for everything.
Our boat was flooded while we were in Canada for 2 weeks
and we returned to a terrible outbreak of mold on every interior surface. It was
bad enough my wife thought it was a total loss. I went out and bought 8 different
cleaners including bleach and sprayed them on different places. My Mother-in-law
had dropped off her bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner. (She nearly keeps it under
lock and key. Ha Ha)
I walked away for a bit and when I came back there was
only one spot that really was clear of the mold--the spot I had sprayed with Thieves
It took 3 days of scrubbing and a whole bottle of Thieves
Household Cleaner but the boat was saved from the scrapyard. It cleaned it off the
wood, carpet and vinyl and the smell was great especially after the stench of mold.
It even cleaned the fiberglass better than the cleaner from the dealer.
I can see me using it in my construction business now
as mold abatement is big business here.
Thanks for the websites, I'll be looking at them this
weekend when I have more time.
-- Dan Burke - Oct 24, 2008
Cinnamon Is Key Ingredient in Anti-Mold Wrapper
August 29, 2008: The
New York Times cited a study showing that wax paper infused with cinnamon essential
oil totally inhibited bread mold whereas plain wax paper had no effect. Researchers
said the cinnamon wax paper was safe and environmentally friendly and may also
be effective in keeping fruits, vegetables and meats fresh.
Imagine wrapping your family and belongings in a protective cloud by
diffusing cinnamon-rich Thieves essential oil in your home.
Every fall, we get mold growing on the siding of our house, so last
October, I cleaned a 4 ft. X 4 ft. area with Thieves® Household Cleaner. I sprayed
it on, scrubbed it with a brush, waited five minutes, and sprayed it down with the
hose. I showed my husband how clean it was, but he still chose to clean the rest
of the side of the house with bleach. This October, I looked at that side of the
house. Again, the seasonal mold is all over the siding...except for the 4 ft. X 4
ft. area I cleaned with Thieves last year!
-- Deb Bowman in the Nov 23 2005 Young Living E-News
After some heavy rain, we got mold and mildew in our carpet, causing
the room to smell horrible. I put a few drops of Thieves® oil in a spray bottle
with water and sprayed the carpets and the air in the effected room. Almost instantly
the smell dissipated and never returned.
-- Melissa Giaquinto in the Sep 30 2005 Young Living E-News
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