Rio gave me so much. I am full and thriving from the experience of living close to the ocean, surrounded by verdant mountains, steeped in a country rich with cultural and spiritual tradition. I came home happy… and with a suitcase full of mold. It seems that Brazilian winter temperatures combined with ocean breezes and mountains behind me made for a perfect breeding ground for mold to flourish. I had no idea the extent of the invasion until my friend picked me up at the airport and had an allergy attack as soon as she hugged me. Sheesh, that was awkward.
I am often complimented on my personal aroma, because my daily use of essential oils in all aspects of life. Smelling like mold just felt like an insult. Mold invasion is a big problem. It can damage lung, gut and neurological health. I know that the mold made me grumpy, tired and sneezy; that is not what I envisioned upon coming back to Canada and my beautiful life.
As soon as I got home, I had to wash everything that came to Rio. It was an enormous, overwhelming job while simultaneously dealing with culture shock. After consulting Uncle Google, I soaked everything in Non-chlorine bleach (Hydrogen peroxide) and followed it up with Borax and natural laundry detergent. It worked, sort of. Most of my belongings received a second wash cycle and yet still, the putrid, proliferating moldy smell continued. Mold is a persistent b*tch.
About four days after being home, I remembered that essential oils are awesome and can do just about anything. Duh! I guess the transition back to Canadian soil temporarily suspended my brain’s basic functioning. It was a big move.
I got tough. I made a strong concentration of all the anti-fungal oils I could think of including:
I added about equal parts of all the oils (with the exception of lemongrass that can easily take over a blend so I used about 15 drops) to measure 5mls and added the blend to a 125ml spray bottle full of spring water. I aggressively sprayed everything and anything that came with me to Rio including all leather belts and bags, silk dresses and computer cases. Essential oils are far gentler than peroxide on fabrics and frankly so much easier to manage. I made a few bottles because the smell is just so elevating and delightful.
Firstly, the blend immediately cleared the energy from my lovely tenant who was living in my space. I felt at home, at ease and could finally breathe; something I forgot to do while living in my moldy Vigidal apartment. My home smelled like mine again. Jumpy claps. The blend also cleared the mold spores that were in the air that contributed to my bad moods. Most of the clothes only needed one aromatic treatment. A couple of pieces needed another application. My hoop bag and some leather pieces needed a sun bath. Sunshine is also an excellent mold and must remover.
Essential oils are amazing. They never cease to surprise me in their power and ability. They don’t just mask the moldy smell but actually go in with their subtle superpower strength and kill spores. I am so grateful for them and only more inspired in writing the Be the Flower book.
Now to finish the book by the end of June deadline.
For the love of the flowers!
Incidentally, I also called my good friend and fellow Nutritionist, Josh Gitalis for supplemental support to get the mold out of my body and tissues. He gave me this extensive list. I get by with a little help from my friends. Thanks Josh!
Probiotics Avoid moldy foods like alcohol, cheese, peanuts, corn and mushrooms Detox the liver with Live Complex by Genetra Homeopathics (Unda 1, 20, 258) Enemas Sauna (my favourite) Sunshine Juicing Detox multi-vitamin with Advaclear by Metagenics And/or Detox medical food with Ultraclear renew by Metagenics or Mediclear Plus by Thorne