Herbs For Black Mold Exposure
1. Cinnamomum Cassia Twig
Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon Twig) has shown promise to help your body contend with 11 strains of fungus including 4 forms of Candida albicans and 3 forms of Aspergillus, the toxic black mold found in so many homes.1 2 A study published in the peer-reviewed journal Applied Environmental Microbiology attributes its effectiveness in helping your body eliminate mold to its o-methoxycinnamaldehyde.3
2. Anemarrhena Asphodeloides Rhizome
Japanese researchers have demonstrated through in vitro studies that Anemarrhena Asphodeloides (Anemarrhena), an herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for sticky yellow phlegm, may help your body contend with 38 different strains of fungi, including the neurotoxic fungi Aspergillus niger.4 A special compound, broussanin, seems to be responsible for its effectiveness.5
3. Houttuynia Cordata Herb
In 2011, an article published in the Chinese Journal of Microecology suggest that the Traditional Chinese Medicine Herb, Houttuynia Cordata (Houttuynia) may help your body limit the growth of toxic black mold, Aspergillus niger as well as the green mold, Aspergillus flavus. It also may help your body’s natural defenses to inhibit the growth of candida.6
4. Artemisia Annua Herb
Artemisia Annua (Artemisia), known for its use in production of the antimalarial drug artemesinin, may help your body staunch the growth of several molds such as Aspergillus, Rhizopus, Penicillium, and Mucor racemosus.7 8
5. Foeniculum Vulgare Fruit
Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to ease digestion. Research also suggests it can help your body’s natural ability to eliminate Aspergillus parasiticus, Aspergillus niger and the green mold, Cladosporium cladosporioides.9 10 Foeniculum Vulgare also does a great job at helping your body to neutralize chemicals produced by mold.11
6. Eugenia Caryophyllata Flower Bud
Research suggests the eugenol in Eugenia Caryophyllata (Cloves) can help your body limit the growth of two forms of Aspergillus, as well as Colletotrichum, Rhizoctonia, the highly toxic Alternaria and Fusarium fungi. It also may help your body get rid of their spores.12 13
7. Cyperus Rotundus Rhizome
The root of the plant Cyperus Rotundus (Cyperus), found in southern India, has long been used to help the body eliminate toxins. Research suggests it can help your body inhibit 3 strains of Aspergillus as well as Fusarium mold.14 15
8. Xanthium Sibiricum Fruit
Xanthium Sibiricum (Xanthium) from China has been traditionally used for sinus headaches and nasal congestion. It may help your body’s natural defenses get rid of Aspergillus fumigatus.16
9. Ligusticum Sinense Root
Traditionally, Ligusticum Sinense (Ligusticum) has been used to relieve headaches. When tested against 56 other plant extracts, it showed potential as one of your body’s top allies in dealing with 5 different species of mold.17 18
10. Curcuma Longa Rhizome
Curcuma Longa, (Curcumin) a component of the Indian spice turmeric that gives curry its brilliant color, has been hailed as perhaps one of the most powerful botanical antioxidants. It has a special place in Ayurvedic Medicine.
When it comes to fungus, Curcuma Longa has shown promise in working with your body’s capacity to limit the growth of Aspergillus flavus.19 It also works with your body’s innate detoxification system to neutralize and eliminate toxins.
11. Acorus Tatarinowii Rhizome
Acorus Tatarinowii (Acorus) may help your body to kill Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus molds, according to initial research.20 21 It also works with your body’s innate detoxification system to support excellent brain and nerve health.
12. Psoralea Corylifolia Fruit
Psoralea Corylifolia (Psoralea) is another herb from Ayurvedic medicine. Psoralea may help your body break through the defenses of many strains of Fusarium fungi. Laboratory research also indicates it might help your body neutralize fungal toxins like trichocethine.22
13. Glycyrrhiza Uralensis Root
Who would think that sweet Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice Root) would be more than a candy flavor! In fact, it is a powerful protective herb. Research suggests it can help your body destroy the fungus, Chaetomium as well as two strains of Aspergillus.23 Glycyrrhiza Uralensis also supports your body’s innate detoxification system.
This list of herbs is extensive.
Ingredients like Glycyrrhiza Uralensis, Curcuma Longa and Artemisia Annua increase your body’s production of glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that moves through your blood neutralizing toxins—but to help your body neutralize and remove toxins even more effectively, we added a 14th herb…
14. Schisandra Chinensis Fruit
Unlike the other herbs, Schisandra Chinensis (Schizandra) has no known effect on fungi. However, it is a powerful herb when it comes to supporting your body’s immune health and detoxification systems.24
Evidence shows it can help your liver and brain stay in great shape.25 Schisandra Chinensis works powerfully in conjunction with Glycyrrhiza Uralensis and Curcuma Longa to support liver health. With a healthy liver, your body can more effectively clean out toxins from the blood.
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- Cvek D, Markov K, Frece J, Landeka Dragicević T, Majica M, Delas F. Growth inhibition of Aspergillus ochraceus ZMPBF 318 and Penicillium expansum ZMPBF 565 by four essential oils. Arh Hig Rada Toksikol. 2010 Jun;61(2):191-6. doi:10.2478/10004-1254-61-2010-2009. PubMed PMID: 20587393.
- Morozumi S. Isolation, purification, and antibiotic activity of o-methoxycinnamaldehyde from cinnamon. Appl Environ Microbiol. 1978 Oct;36(4):577-83. PubMed PMID: 708030; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC243094.
- Iida Y, Oh KB, Saito M, Matsuoka H, Kurata H, Natsume M, Abe H. Detection of antifungal activity in Anemarrhena asphodeloides by sensitive BCT method and isolation of its active compound. J Agric Food Chem. 1999 Feb;47(2):584-7. PubMed PMID: 10563936.
- Iida Y, Yonemura H, Oh KB, Saito M, Matsuoka H. [Sensitive screening of antifungal compounds from acetone extracts of medicinal plants with a Bio-Cell Tracer]. Yakugaku Zasshi. 1999 Dec;119(12):964-71. Japanese. PubMed PMID: 10630102.
- Kim GS, Kim DH, Lim JJ, Lee JJ, Han DY, Lee WM, Jung WC, Min WG, Won CG, Rhee MH, Lee HJ, Kim S. Biological and antibacterial activities of the natural herb Houttuynia cordata water extract against the intracellular bacterial pathogen salmonella within the RAW 264.7 macrophage. Biol Pharm Bull. 2008 Nov;31(11):2012-7. PubMed PMID: 18981565.
- Kim WS, Choi WJ, Lee S, Kim WJ, Lee DC, Sohn UD, Shin HS, Kim W. Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Effects of Artemisinin Extracts from Artemisia annua L. Korean J Physiol Pharmacol. 2015 Jan;19(1):21-7. doi:10.4196/kjpp.2015.19.1.21. Epub 2014 Dec 31. PubMed PMID: 25605993; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4297758.
- Liu CH, Zou WX, Lu H, Tan RX. Antifungal activity of Artemisia annua endophyte cultures against phytopathogenic fungi. J Biotechnol. 2001 Jul 12;88(3):277-82. PubMed PMID: 11434973.
- Alizadeh A, Zamani E, Sharaifi R, Javan-Nikkhah M, Nazari S. Antifungal activity of some essential oils against toxigenic Aspergillus species. Commun Agric Appl Biol Sci. 2010;75(4):761-7. PubMed PMID: 21534488.
- Kwon YS, Choi WG, Kim WJ, Kim WK, Kim MJ, Kang WH, Kim CM. Antimicrobial constituents of Foeniculum vulgare. Arch Pharm Res. 2002 Apr;25(2):154-7. PubMed PMID: 12009028.
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Disclaimer: While all of these herbs have an extensive history of safe use internally through traditional herbal practices, only a few of them have been studied clinically. Despite their historical use, there still is not extensive published research on their effectiveness in helping your body kill or eliminate mold.