How These Four Essential Oils Calm Tremors Caused by Toxic Mold

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For people with tremors that have been exposed to toxic mold
by Greg Lee

I’ve enjoyed going on hikes with a friend and his dog. This dog loves to go into the water and then run up and shake water all over you. We quickly learned to run away as soon as the dog would come out of the water. Of course, the dog would chase us down and still managed to shake water all over us.

How is a wet-shaking dog similar to a person with tremors from mold toxins?

Just like a dog that instinctively shakes water off, tremors can be a sign of exposure to mold toxins
In multiple animal studies, toxins from mold have produced tremors in dogs[1], mice[2], horses[3], cattle[4], sheep[5], and rabbits[6]. These toxins have weird names like: Aflatoxins[7], penitrem A, thomitrem A and E[8], lolitrem B[9], and roquefortine C[10]. Animals have usually ingested these toxins through eating moldy food or plants. Tremors have been found to range from mild to life-threatening in these studies. In one study, cattle developed degeneration of motor neurons in the midbrain, brain stem and spinal cord[11]. Rapid diagnosis and treatment usually results in a complete resolution of tremors. Not only can animals get tremors from mold toxins, so can people.

People can be more susceptible to mold toxins than animals
Because of their improved ability to detoxify mycotoxins (fungal toxins), livestock animals are more resistant to mold toxins than people[12]. The most likely sources for people of “tremorgenic” mycotoxins, i.e. toxins that produce tremors, are contaminated food and mold from water damaged buildings. In a couple of studies, people that have ingested[13] or been exposed to environmental mold toxins[14] developed significant symptoms. In the study on exposure to environmental mold, the person also developed dementia. After several days, the tremor symptoms resolved fully. People can have genetic variations which limit their ability to detoxify mold toxins.

Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) genes can limit a person’s mycotoxin detoxification abilities
People get a set of HLA genes from each of their parents. These genes determine which kinds of toxins you can identify and eliminate[15]. Approximately, 25% of the population have HLA types which limit their ability to detoxify biotoxins. Often the sickest people that have been exposed to mold have HLA types which limit how they can eliminate those toxins[16]. Not only can people ingest toxins, they can also become infected by mold.

Many different types of toxic fungi have been known to infect people and produce severe symptoms
Many different kinds of toxic mold have been found to infect people often who are immune compromised with an infection or an autoimmune illness or after an organ transplant. In different studies, multiple fungi have been found to infect the brain[17], lungs[18], gut[19], kidneys[20], mucus membranes[21], sinuses, liver, heart, blood vessels, bones[22], and skin[23]. Some Fusarium mycotoxins make animals more susceptible to infections and possibly people, too[24]. In addition to tremors, emotional symptoms of anxiety, depression, and cognitive difficulties are often reported by patients[25]. Unfortunately, drug resistant fungal infections are becoming more prevalent.

Drug resistant fungal infections are showing up in research findings
Drug resistant forms of these infectious fungi have been discovered including: Aspergillus[26], Fusarium[27], Candida[28], Scedosporium, Mucorales, and Penicillium[29]. Several fungal infections have the ability to produce biofilms to protect themselves against medications[30]. Fungal biofilms are estimated to increase drug resistance to anti-fungal medications as much at 1000 fold[31].

What can help patients that have genetic limitations with eliminating toxins to overcome drug-resistant, tremor-toxic fungal infections?

Here are four essential oils that are effective at fighting mold infections and their tremor-toxins
Fortunately, there are essential oils that inhibit the growth and toxin production of toxic mold in lab and animal studies. Preparing the oils in a micronized form called a liposome, which are microscopic particles of medicinal oils that are wrapped in a fat called lecithin, would increase their penetration into affected tissues and organs. Liposomal anti-fungal medications have been more effective at inhibiting pathogenic fungi[32] and penetrating fungal biofilms[33]. Which is why liposomal essential oils maybe more effective at helping patients with tremors induced by a tremor-toxic fungal infection.

Anti-tremor Liposomal Essential Oil #1: Cinnamon bark, Chinese name: Rou Gui
In Chinese medicine, “Internal Wind” is described as a primary factor which creates tremors in patients[34]. Fortunately, cinnamon essential oil is used in Chinese medicine to “expel Wind” in patients. (In the west, expelling wind means something totally different. 🙂 In Chinese medicine, it is a real diagnosis, not a joke). This oil is also used to clear dampness, invigorate the blood, treat parasites, increase energy (Qi), and warm coldness[35]. Dampness can refer to signs of infection like swelling, discharge, leakage, or mental unclarity. This oil is cautioned in patients with heat signs, and in pregnancy.

In lab studies, cinnamon essential oil was most effective against fluconazole-resistant Candida glabrata[36] and Fusarium keratitis[37]. It also protects against the growth of Aspergillus species[38] and mycotoxin development[39], and inhibits the growth of Fusarium mycotoxins[40]. In addition to cinnamon bark, German chamomile may help with calming tremors by reducing Wind.

Anti-tremor Liposomal Essential Oil #2: German chamomile
In Chinese medicine, one of the reasons why tremors arise from “Liver Wind” is due to dryness and heat in the Liver[41]. German chamomile subdues wind, calms the heart spirit (shen), clears heat in the Liver, Stomach, Heart. This essential oil also drains “dampness.” German chamomile also nourishes the yin of the Heart, smooths Liver Qi and Spleen Qi, and increases Lung Qi[42].

In lab studies, German chamomile inhibits Aspergillus niger[43], and mycotoxin production by Aspergillus parasiticus and Fusarium graminearum[44]. In one study, this oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to relieve migraines[45]. In another lab study, this oil inhibited cancer cell growth, and demonstrated anti-allergic, and antioxidant properties[46]. In a small human study, German chamomile helped relieve depression through its action as a serotonin and noradrenaline re-uptake inhibitor[47]. In addition to German chamomile, clary sage also decreases Wind.

Anti-tremor Liposomal Essential Oil #3: Clary sage
Clary sage essential oil subdues wind, clears heat from the stomach, cools the blood, nourishes yin, smooths Liver Qi, Spleen Qi, strengthens Heart and Lung Qi, clears empty heat, encourages labor, regulates the menses, treats diarrhea. This oil is cautioned in people with cancer, and pregnancy. Since it can be narcotic in large doses, it is cautioned in people who are consuming alcohol. It also has estrogenic properties[48].

When combined with juniper essential oil, clary sage oil was effective against multiple strains of yeast in one lab study[49]. In a wound healing study, clary sage oil was effective against strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria isolated from patients[50]. In a study with menopausal women, this oil reduced cortisol levels, increased 5HTP levels, and had an antidepressant like effect[51]. Lemongrass oil has demonstrated broad anti-fungal effects in multiple studies.

Anti-tremor Liposomal Essential Oil #4: Lemongrass essential oil
The properties of lemongrass oil are nourishing blood, strengthen Spleen Qi, tonify yang energy, warm interior to expel cold, and strengthen defensive energy (Wei Qi). This oil is cautioned in patients with heat signs, glaucoma, prostatic hyperplasia, and in children[52].

Lemongrass has inhibited Candida and Aspergillus in a lab study[53]. In another study, lemongrass oil inhibited three different fungal species[54]. This oil also inhibited the mycotoxin production and growth of multiple Aspergillus species in a third study[55]. In multiple mouse studies[56], lemongrass oil reduced anxiety behaviors[57]. A combination of liposomal essential oils can help to relieve the underlying causes of Wind induced tremors.

Essential oils that reduce Wind can help relieve tremors from a toxic mold exposure
Just like a dog that shakes off excess water, anti-Wind and anti-fungal essential oils can help toxic mold patients to shake off Wind induced tremors. In addition to reducing tremors, these oils can help with relieving accompanying symptoms of depression and anxiety. Giving the oils in a liposomal mixture increases the likelihood of inhibiting fungi, tremorgenic toxins, and penetrating fungal biofilms. Since some of these essential oils have cautions on their use, work with a mold literate essential oil practitioner to develop a proper, safe, and effective strategy for your condition.

– Greg

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Comments 6

  1. I have been taking Zeolite and this has helped to clear a lot of the horrible cognitive troubles like unclear thinking, memory problems, headaches.

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  2. Thank you, I am beginning to look more into essential oils, something I overlooked for years.

    “Because of their improved ability to detoxify mycotoxins (fungal toxins)…”

    Could this be via the vitamin C that nearly all animals make, in “‘megadose” quantity?
    What about this humble vitamin? What role does it play in your therapy?

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