The Best Essential Oils for Cleaning Mold

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The most popular essential oils for cleaning mold include: tea tree, orange, grapefruit, basil, oregano, cinnamon, cedarwood, and sandalwood. Aromatherapy can help kill mold and prevent the growth of other fungus. For thousands of years, essential oils have been known to deliver beneficial healing properties to your body. When properly applied or inhaled, they can relieve pain, provide antibacterial protection, and even aid in emotional therapy. So what are the best essential oils for mold? 

The best essential oils for cleaning mold can eliminate mold spores and prevent their regrowth. Essential oils for mold can also stop fungus from growing in your home. The healing effects of essential oils are limitless, whether you absorb them through massage, breath them through a diffuser, or inhale them directly from the bottle. The reason essential oils are so effective is because we have 50 million smell receptors in our nasal passageways. These connect directly to our brain’s limbic systems, which are responsible for our emotions and memories. In addition to the medical benefits of aromatherapy, it make us feel better simply because essential oils smell so nice!

This list discusses the best essential oils for cleaning mold. If you’ve ever tried aromatherapy for mold, vote up the essential oils that helped you most - and add any that I missed.


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    Tea Tree

    Tea Tree Essential Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is useful for skin problems such as acne, pimples and protection from radiation burns and hair improvement for oil control, dandruff and stimulating the scalp. It has regeneration properties that reduce swelling as well. There are not many side effects associated with using tea tree oil; however, children under the age of 6 should use caution. It can also create contact sensitization with repeated use. It can be used topically or in a diffuser.

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    Orange
    Photo: TANAKA Juuyoh (田中十洋)

    Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) reduces depression; restores endocrine and immune systems to normal levels. There are no known side effects to using orange essential oils. Can be diffused or taken internally.

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    Basil Essential Oil (Ocimum basilcum) is useful as an antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, muscle relaxant, antiseptic, and decongestant. People with epilepsy, children and pregnant women should avoid using basil. It may also be a skin irritation. It can be ingested if diluted and used in a diffuser.

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    Frankincense

    Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia Sacra) carries much-needed oxygen into the brain and stimulates the limbic area of the brain, which includes the hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary glands. Can be blending with all oils. 

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    Grapefruit

    Grapefruit Essential Oil can be useful for preventing water retention and bloating and can also help dissolve fat; it helps to release fatty acids into the bloodstream where the body breaks them down and uses them for energy. It is also an appetite suppressant. There are no known side effects to using it, but some concerns have been raised about the potential link between using grapefruit and the development of breast cancer. It can be taken internally, inhaled or used in a diffuser.

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    Oregano Essential Oil (Origanum compactum) is useful for abscess, anthrax, asthma, bacterial infection, boils, bronchitis, bursitis, cholera, chronic pain, cold sores, cough, corns, diarrhea, digestive problems, diptheria, dysentery, Epstein Barr, fibroids, flu, food poisoning, and fungal skin infection. There are no known side effects to using oregano, but it can be a skin irritation. It can be taken as a supplement or used in a diffuser.

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    Rose

    Rose Essential Oil (Rosa damascena) Stimulates the mind and helps promote a sense of well-being. If you are going to apply this oil on its own topically you need only a slight dab. This is likely to be an oil you will use in a blend, rather than on its own.

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    Lavender

    Lavender Essential Oil (Lavendula angustifolia) relaxes you and makes you more alert; can balance any personality. Possible dangers of not using lavender properly are: irritation of the skin, allergic reactions, nausea, headache, chills or vomiting. Can be applied topically or diffused in a room.

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    Ylang Ylang

    Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga Odourata) can be either stimulating or calming and is useful for dealing with anger and stress. By inhaling the aroma, one can stimulate circulation and lower blood pressure.  Ylang Ylang Essential Oil can be applied topically (on the feet, neck, wrists and back) or diffused.

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    Cedarwood

    Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus atlantica) has calming properties and has been found in clinical tests to be of benefit to children suffering ADD and ADHD. It stimulates the limbic region of the brain and the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, aiding in sleep cycles. Can be diffused or applied topically. Best place to apply it is to the base of the neck.

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    Cinnamon
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    Cinnamon Essential Oil (Cinnamomum verum) has the abilities to balance blood sugars, minimize inflammation and combat infection. It is a natural immune system booster, natural antiviral fungal remedy that also combats bacterial infections. There are no known side effects to using cinnamon; however it may be a skin irritant and may irritate the nasal passages if not diluted first. It can be inhaled, taken as a supplement and diffused.

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    Jasmine

    Jasmine Essential Oil (Jasminum officinale) alleviates depression; enhances relaxation, relieving headaches and insomnia. There are no known dangerous side effects to using jasmine. Can be applied topically or diffused in a room.

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    Clary Sage

    Clary Sage Essential Oil (also known as Esalarea) can be useful for upset stomach, stomach disorders, kidney disease and tumors when applied to the skin. There are no known side effects to using clary sage when taken in proper amounts. It can be taken internally (it aides as a flavor for food) and topically.

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    Rosemary

    Rosemary Essential Oil (Rosmarinus officinalis) can be useful for aching muscles, arthritis, dandruff, dull skin, exhaustion, gout, hair care, muscle cramping, neuralgia, poor circulation, rheumatism and headaches. It is best to avoid using it while pregnant of if you have epilepsy. It can be taken orally, used topically and in a diffuser.

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    Geranium

    Geranium Essential Oil (Aceite de Geranio Rosa) is useful for nerve pain (when applied to the skin), athletic performance, diarrhea and weight loss. Possible side effects of using the oil include developing a rash or burning sensation (when it is applied to the skin) and eye irritation when applied directly to the face. It is typically applied externally or taken internally in food dose amounts.

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    Sandalwood

    Sandalwood Essential Oil (Santalum album) works to balance both the emotions and the immune system. Possible side effects can include allergic reactions, and it is not recommended for pregnant women to use. May be applied topically or diffused.

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