Lavender is an extremely popular essential oil famed for its aromatic and calming scent, which is why it’s often used to help people get a better night’s sleep.
It also possesses some other therapeutic qualities including a degree of potency as an antibacterial agent.
Lavender really comes into its own as a freshener for your home—diffusing the scent through an essential oil burner is a lovely way to make a room smell fresh and clean.
But even this won’t hide the dank, musty smell of a serious mould problem in your home.
Some studies have shown that lavender oil can be effective against bacteria but it is of very limited use against mould especially on porous surfaces.
Lavender essential oils are distilled from lavender flowers. But due to the massive popularity of lavender oil an entire industry has arisen that promotes cheap inferior oils.
Some of these cheap oils may simply contain other less potent flower extracts that give the distinctive smell but have little medicinal value. Other lavender oils may contain additives that are potentially harmful.
Good quality lavender oils are expensive and so they’re not a very cost effective way to treat a mould infestation.
Lavender oil can also burn, especially if applied accidentally to sensitive areas such as the eyes so be careful about using it around young children and pets.
To sum up:
Lavender oils are a marvellous addition to the home care kit especially as a room freshener. And although lavender oil may mask the mould smell for a little while it does next to nothing to remove mould.
Call in the professionals to identify the source of your mould and remove it right at its roots.