You already know mold exposure, and black mold poisoning can be dangerous to your health.
Black mold (1) is a common occurrence in homes, growing and flourishing in damp, humid conditions. This would not be such a problem but for the fact that black mold can cause a host of symptoms and if left untreated can lead to toxic conditions within your body.
Now the question is how to detox your body from mold naturally?
Luckily, there are some Must Try! Natural Remedies you can consider to recover from "Mold Toxicity" fast.
So what is black mold? Where does it appear? What are the health risks and how do you get rid of the symptoms and the causes?
Black Mold Explained
Mold is a type of fungus that is made up of many tiny tubular branches. These multicellular filaments are known collectively as hyphae.
They have genetically identical nuclei which make up a single organism which becomes a colony.
Being a fungus means they reproduce by producing spores, so small they cannot be seen with the naked eye. You get many different strains of mold. Some are beneficial and are used in food production. You know that smelly cheese that you like? Or maybe you don’t want.... That is good mold that will not harm you (2).
But black mold is another story altogether. It has a distinct smell that we all know. That “moldy” smell in rooms that haven’t been appropriately aired is not just a smell; it is the presence of mold. If you can’t see it directly, it may still be present because the spores can stay dormant for ages, until conditions become favorable.
Is all mold that is black dangerous?
Mold, in itself, is not toxic but it produces hydrolytic enzymes and the chemical by-product of these enzymes (which help break down cellulose) release mycotoxins. These mycotoxins are what cause the allergic reactions and breathing problems, common to mold toxicity.
What does Black Mold Look Like
Black mold can appear in smooth, black patches but can also look hairy and comes in a range of colors from pink to orange to green to purple!
how to tell if you have black mold- Signs Of Mold Toxicity
The first signs of black mold toxicity will be allergic reactions like:
- Itchy Eyes
- Runny Nose
- Skin Rashes
If left untreated or if you just take anti-histamines to relieve the symptoms,(3) the mold will continue to breed from inside your body. It will favor the moist conditions found in mucous membranes of the lungs and entire respiratory tract (inside nose, mouth, and throat).
Symptoms can become more severe resulting in conditions like:
- Memory Problems
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Chronic Coughing
It is not always easy to eradicate mold completely, but some simple solutions can be employed to detox your body (and home) from the toxic effects (4) of mold infestation.
Prevent Black Mold From Growing
It hides in plain sight. Mold loves damp, humid conditions. It will thrive and multiply at a tremendous rate in perfect conditions. But when those conditions change the spores can stay dormant in arid conditions, for very long periods. This is when you may not know the mold is present. As soon as damp returns you will be able to see exactly where the mold is.
Start by inspecting your home. Look in the kitchen around the sink area, where the tiles meet the sink. Mold loves to grow under the silicone that seals the cracks between wall and sink. Over time water gets trapped behind the silicone and mold will appear.
Look in all your cupboards, in the dark corners, both bottom, and top. If a room is not well ventilated and the climate is humid, no doubt, mold will be growing.
Air ducts of aircon systems gather moisture and condensation, perfect breeding grounds for mold. Surfaces with a high cellulose content are also favored by mold colonies.
Check the bathrooms, around the sink and bath and in the shower. Check for mold and check for damp.
“Prevention is always better than cure so if you find damp areas, a leaking tap or an outlet pipe, on the outside of the house, sort it out fast.”
getting rid of Black Mold
Unless the mold is very extreme and prevalent, it should not be necessary to call in professionals. Affordable mold testing kits are available to test the home and urine sample tests can be done by laboratories if you are worried you may have been exposed to unhealthy amounts of mold spores.
Conventionally, mold in the home can be treated using a bleach solution. But why use harmful chemicals when there is a gentler, more natural way? like this DIY Tea Tree Mold Spray If items like carpets, clothing or shelving, that is porous, are infested, you may have to toss them out.
15 Natural Remedies to detox your body from mold
Essential oils, extracts and tinctures
So many herbs have antifungal properties. The active compounds are extracted from herbs, and the essential oils deliver concentrated amounts of beneficial compounds that will kill spores inside the body.
Oils are most commonly preserved as tinctures and taking 10 – 30 drops, 3 x a day for three months will guarantee results. If taking a powder form usually ½ to 1 teaspoon, mixed in a little warm water, can be considered daily, also for about 3 months.
Yes, you can also take the natural fresh herbs instead of the more potent oils, especially if you want to prevent rather than cure.
Neem Oil or powder
Neem is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for a host of ailments, it has antifungal, anti-parasitic and antibacterial properties. The Neem tree is native to India
Thymol can also be applied externally for fungal infections on toes and fingers and as a drop of mouthwash for gum infections, like thrush, caused by fungi.
Oregano (fresh or oil)
Also a great herb to cook with as a preventative. Note: - oregano oil is too strong for children.
Garlic is a powerful antifungal. If taking raw, just make sure you eat a lot of raw parsley to counteract the smell.
Chlorophyll green juices or capsules – greens are crammed with antioxidants and cleansing properties (5). The best route to follow is to fast with green juices for a week.
Greens like celery, spinach, cucumber, barley, wheat grass and alfalfa will work wonders in removing toxic build up from mold as well as improving your general health and energy.
Another Ayurvedic remedy, cinnamon has drying properties which will clear up over-production of mucous which means less of an ideal environment inside your body and mold spores won’t be able to reproduce.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can used for external use to treat fungal infections (6) around nails or skin rashes.
Grape Seed Extract
Grapefruit Seed Extract can be taken internally, used externally or as a cleaning agent to kill mold in the home. (7)
Detoxifiers That Bind To Toxins
Another natural way to remove toxins is to use natural products like milk thistle that will pass through your system, absorb the toxins and spores from your body and eliminate when you go to the toilet.
The healthiest activated charcoal is made from coconut husks and shells. It is activated by steaming, to erode the internal structure slightly, thus making it super absorbent. The best way to take this is in tablet form.
Bentonite clay is extracted from ancient volcanic ash. It is rich in minerals like silica, potassium, iron and calcium, making it really beneficial for skin treatments. When mixed with water it gains the ability to “soak” up toxins.
Caution: Only take these if you are busy with a cleanse. If taken regularly it can have adverse effects on health as it doesn’t discriminate and will remove toxins as well as nutrients. Also, taking to much can lead to constipation.
Remedies To Get Rid Of Mold From Your Home
When using natural methods you might have to repeat the process, but it is well worth it. Chemicals give off harsh fumes that can aggravate allergies. Here's how to Get Rid of Black Mold from your home the Easy and Cheap Way.
- Find the source of the moisture.
- Create a dry environment by fixing leaks and ventilating rooms.
- Throw out moldy rugs and other items.
- Lower humidity levels – natural, eco-friendly dehumidifiers are available on Amazon
- Clean visible mold or treat areas that have been moldy or damp with a trigger spray bottle and some natural ingredients, listed below.
Baking powder also known as bicarbonate soda, is a great natural product to use for treating mold. It is a general, all-purpose product with a vast range of uses.
Use vinegar and bicarb together as an effective mold remover. Vinegar does smell though, that is the only drawback.
use in place of vinegar because it has no smell. Make sure it is only a 3% solution. Apply using a spray bottle. And like the other methods, spray, leave for a while, scrub and wipe down with cloth and more hydrogen peroxide. Re-apply if needed.
Tea Tree Oil
This is another fantastic antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial herb from a tree native to Australia. You can fill a spray bottle with water, add 2 tsp of tea tree oil. Spray, leave for 10 minutes, scrub and wipe.
To stay healthy, we need to nourish our bodies from the inside but as important is keeping our living spaces clean and fungus free. Black mold is not something you can control; the only option is to obliterate it and after that stay vigilant about keeping the damp at bay.