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Hurricane Irene: Goodbye Mold & Mildew


Author: Naurene A.
Skill: Reiki Practitioner
Date: 08-31-2011
Views: 3,592
Word Count: 324
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 6264-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 4

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Hurricane Irene struck Saturday August 27, 2011. Some tree took out our phone line. And another one took out our electricity and the sump pump will not work without electricity. Result: flooded basement and a total loss for everything in it.

Once electricity was restored, we managed to get most of the water out, but we required professional help to empty the basement.

Once they got the wet carpets, boxes and everything else out, the shop vac was able to finish up the removal of the remaining water. But oh, what an aroma and what an opportunity for mold and mildew to set in! But I conquered the smell and the potential for mold and mildew with the Young Living Thieves oil blend.

First I used my Thieves Spray throughout the house to get a fresh, clean scent. (This worked wonders when there was skunk scent from the yard that crept into the house a few week earlier.)

Next step I made use of a diffuser. I wish I had a few more of them, but even the one diffuser - which I placed as close to the center of the basement as possible, started to refresh the air.) But then the big job, mopping up the floor. I couldn't do this all in one time, but I got out my Quickie Jumbo Floor Mop with the big rectangular head and a big rectangular storage bin as my bucket.

I poured in the Thieves household cleaner, added some water and started mopping....OMG.....a fresh clean smell! And the assurance that I was cleaning anything that might turn into mold. (I can't use bleach - gives me headaches and I don't trust any products that make me ill. Thank God for Thieves oil.)

Finally I put some Thieves oil, neat or undiluted, on some cotton balls and stuck them in my household air vents, just to have that fresh scent throughout the house.

Good night Hurricane Irene!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "Lavender essential oil displays the stronger antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris, and Escherichia coli."Link
2.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."Link
3.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "[T]he biological activity of 20 essential oils (EOs) from herbal plants and citrus fruits were investigated in terms of mammalian DNA polymerase (pol) inhibitory activity, cancer cell (human colon carcinoma) growth inhibitory activity, antiallergic activity... in rat basophilic leukemia cells, and antioxidant activity.... Among these EOs, chamomile... showed significant effects on both cancer cell growth and mast cell degranulation. On the basis of these results, chamomile EO can be recommended as a potentially useful, bioactive candidate for therapeutic applications."Link
4.Associated topics: detox — "In nine studies, Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) has shown effectiveness for arteriosclerosis, autism, Bells palsy, chemotherapy-induced toxicity, degenerative disc disease, detox, muscle wasting, muscular dystrophy, neuroblastoma, neuroprotection, oxidative stress, and spinal stenosis."Link

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