Essential Oils to Modulate the Toxic Effects of Mold

by Jodi Cohen |

“I love to diffuse the Histamine Balance™ blend in my office.  It really helps me with energy and focus on days where I am dragging.  Even my most sensitive patients seem to enjoy the smell.”

 

Essential Oils for Mold

This feedback above comes from a practitioner who handles some of the most challenging Lyme patients. My experience of topically applying the Histamine Balance blend had been powerful, often immediately modulating and balancing inflammatory and allergic responses, but I had not considered the merits of diffusing it to balance air borne allergens like mold. Below I suggest Essential Oils for mold reduction.

You may not realize, but mold has been linked with numerous health conditions including learning disabilities, gastrointestinal disturbances, heart problems, Cancer, Lyme Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, and several autoimmune diseases.

Lyme expert Dr. Jay Davidson talks about a genetic susceptibility to bio toxins like mold, where the immune system fails to recognize mold and fungi as a toxin or foreign invader and as a result, cannot flag the toxins or make anti-bodies necessary to clear the mold from the body.  This allows the toxins to build up in the body unchecked with symptoms that build with each exposure.  This genetic susceptibility effects 24% of the population and might explain why some people are more reactive to environmental toxins like mold.

I have noticed this sensitivity in my son and decided to try diffusing the oil in his room before bed as his allergy symptoms seem to peak in evening.  I can always hear his coughs and sniffles from my bedroom and definitely noticed that they decreased, but was pleasantly surprised when my son noticed as well and commented that his coughing and sneezing didn’t wake him up the night before.

It is interesting that one of the reasons mold is such a powerful toxic relates to its ability to cross directly into your brain through the olfactory system.  Anything you inhale, including essential oils, can travel directly into your brain via your olfactory neurons .  I suspect this is one of the reasons that some of us are so sensitive to smells like perfume, cigarette smoke and gas fumes.  And conversely, why diffusing Histamine Balance™ seems to help modulate the immune response to mold so quickly.

As you may know, Histamine is a chemical compound released by the cells in response to injury, allergic or inflammatory reactions, causing contraction of smooth muscle and dilation of capillaries.  While the release of histamine is a normal defense mechanism, an exaggerated histamine response can bind to cell receptor sites, causing irritation and chronic inflammation. This inflammatory response can cause sneezing, runny nose, watery, red, itchy eyes, rashes, breathing troubles such as wheezing, severe coughs, asthma, or hiccups.

Histamine levels are designed to be kept in balance by two enzymes that breaking down excess histamine and prevent allergic reactions.  One of these enzymes lives in the lining of our intestines and must be present to maintain balanced histamine levels in the gut. A damaged gut lining compromises the production and secretion of this enzyme allowing histamine to build up and wreak havoc throughout the body.

The goal is to balance, not block, the histamine response as histamine performs critical functions in body, contributing to HCL production and neurotransmitter signals.  The essential oils in the Histamine Balance™ blend are uniquely suited to help modulate excess histamine excretion, balancing histamine levels and helping to reset the immune response and reduce allergic reactions.  Blue Tansy, in particular, is known for neutralizing histamine and helping to control allergic reactions.

I am in no way suggesting that diffusing a little Histamine Balance™ will cure anyone of  underlying toxicity issues.   If mold is an underlying issue in your environment, you should consider addressing it or moving.  However, if that is not an option or you are just seeking a way to negate symptoms, I would consider diffusing Histamine Balance™ in the room for 10 – 20 minutes.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone who might find it useful.

 

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About The Author

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.

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