5 Must Know Uses of Colloidal Silver
My precious first born, Florence, just experienced her very first ear infection. I know most of you have probably dealt with this nightmare but for me it was new and terrifying to see her in so much pain.
My first thought was “we need some meds ASAP” but then I remembered a conversation I had with one my moms best friends about colloidal silver and how she uses it to cure her kids ear infections! *Bingo* Here we are a week later and although this last week has been tough, her ear infection is gone!
In this blog post I want to go through 5 must know uses of colloidal silver and how they have been GAME CHANGERS in our house!
What Is Colloidal Silver?
Colloidal silver is a liquid containing small particles of – you guessed it- silver! This metal has actually been used to mitigate illnesses for thousands of years. One of the reasons colloidal silver is rising in popularity is because as more and more people are waking up to the fact that antibiotics are being over prescribed and ruining our (and our kids) gut health!
Yes, antibiotics are a gift! I am not at all against the use of them- but I am against the *abuse* of them. Colloidal silver on the other hand is antimicrobial (kills bacteria) but gentle enough to not strip our gut of the healthy bacteria that forms our immune system. And unlike antibiotics it doesn’t create resistance or immunity to organisms. In addition, it is anti fungal and is even effective against killing viruses!
“… in this eye-opening research, silver is emerging as a wonder of modern medicine… perhaps, it soon will be recognized as: OUR MIGHTIEST GERM FIGHTER. For example, even the most powerful pharmaceutical antibiotics are effective against only a small number of microorganisms, and then only until drug-resistant strains develop. Yet, research at Washington University School of Medicine … has shown that silver is bactericidal to nearly 650 different disease-causing organisms, and that silver–resistant bacteria strains do not develop.” —Science Digest
“It killed not only the HIV virus, but every virus that was tested in the lab.” —U.C.L.A. Medical Center
“When silver was present, the cancer cell de-differentiated and the body was restored.” Dr. Gary Smith
Now that you are convinced this stuff is worth checking out, let’s jump into just a few of the ways you can use in your own life!
1. Pink Eye
I was a little skeptical that pink eye could be cured by anything but medicated drops until I tried it myself! Flora had a terrible pink eye a few years ago… I wont go into detail but it was grotesque. Using a mixture of colloidal silver, and breastmilk got rid of her pink eye in just 3 days!
Here is how Dr. Axe explains why colloidal silver works in these environments.
When applied on the infected eye, the tiny silver colloids are used to pick up the infected cells by attracting them electromagnetically and sending them into the bloodstream to be eliminated.
And here is a little *life hack* for you- buy a little spray bottle (or silver that comes in a spray bottle) and when your kids is distracted just spray them in the face! That was the only way I could really get it into 2 year old Flora’s eye. Still to this day if I know anyone in our vicinity has had exposure to pink eye I just give a few surprise silver sprays in the face for a few days for safe measure.
2. Ear Infections
Ear infections can be tricky to treat. 80% of all ear infections are caused by a virus and are not affected by antibiotics. The 20% that is bacterial can be caused by multiple strands of bacteria or sometimes can even be fungal.
For this reason, antibiotics wont always work, in fact they rarely work. Most children are already on their way to recovery when the medicine is prescribed and thus the antibiotic is mistakenly credited for the healing when in fact their body was getting there on its own.
Colloidal silver however is an effective alternative no matter what the source is- viral- fungal- or bacterial. We simply use a dropper and drop a few drops in there whenever there is a complaint and sometimes even before there is an infection just as a precaution during cold season.
If you still are not convinced check out this article on the effects colloidal silver has on inflammation of the skin.
3. Immune System Support
The gentle antimicrobial and antiviral properties of colloidal silver make it a very safe form of immune support. This is why you will find a bottle of silver on me at alllll times when I am traveling or during winter months when we are more prone to illness.
I normally give my kids 7 sprays under their tongue at night and in the morning when we are trying to prevent illness. There is even a really helpful nasal spray we use when the sniffles start. Here are the guide lines I follow when necessary.
4. Wound Care
Pharmacognosy Communications produced a fascinating research article in 2012 recommending certain colloidal silver preparations be used to treat burns, thrush and even periodontitis.
Writing about his experience with older patients, Dr. Becker wrote:
Silver did more than kill disease-causing organisms. It promoted major growth of bone, and accelerated the healing of injured tissues by over 50%. He also discovered that silver “profoundly stimulates healing in skin and other soft tissues in a way unlike any known natural process..”
Topical silver use is not a new concept. In fact it was historically used on burns until the invention of antibiotics and then in the 1960’s started gaining popularity again.
We don’t experience a ton of burns or even cuts in our house but we use colloidal silver topically when I start seeing sign of diaper rash aka the dreaded “thrush”. A few spray directly onto the bum and some nice diaper free air out time and we hardly have to resort to over the counter diaper rash creams. I have even used it on my nipples religiously in the early stages of breastfeeding when they are tender and I know I need to help my skin out.
5. Gut Health
As we know now, antibiotics kill all bacteria with out discriminating. Meaning the good bacteria (which runs our immune system and brain) are killed off along with the bad. A side effect of this good bacteria being killed is an overgrowth of fungi (yeast) in the body. This can cause a number of things. Yeast infections, thrush, diaper rash, even dandruff are caused by an overgrowth of yeast. But that is just surface level stuff. Depression, anxiety, brain fog, IBS, extreme morning sickness- that is also massively effected by the balance of bacteria and yeast in our gut.
Colloidal silver can be a huge help when trying to regain control over our guts microbiome. If you read my “Preparing for Pregnancy” blog I explain how I eliminated (hopefully) H. Pylori from my gut by just taking 3 teaspoons of colloidal silver spaced out over a day on an empty stomach. Since the silver is antibacterial and anti-fungal it is a very gentle and effective way to kill off what you want to die while preserving the good.
I’d suggest starting small if you are using colloidal silver to realign your gut health. I started with one teaspoon first thing in the morning (empty stomach is important) and then worked my way up. The killing off of yeast creates some toxic waste that doesn’t initially feel good (kind of like any diet or detox) so you want to take it slow. If you would like to work your way up you can take 1 teaspoon, 7 times a day (for 70 years) and still be within the EPA’s safety limit for silver ingestion (if you take the silver I buy).
Possible Side Effects of Colloidal Silver
I would write something out myself but it was so well put by Native Formulas post on candida that I will just use a quote directly from them.
Colloidal silver is not approved by the FDA. When taken internally, the most well known side effect is argyria, the bluish gray tinting through depositing of sliver salts in the skin, eyes, and internal organs, which can occur in less than a year with frequent use. However, the study was paid for by pharmaceutical interests and the type of silver this individual ingested was a homemade silver chloride (a silver component not associated with colloidal silver), with salt added to the brew. He then applied this brew topically before sitting in a tanning bed to “fix” the silver into his skin. There is a great deal of misinformation caused by the media these days and one need only investigate a little bit to uncover the truth.
It is very very hard to get enough silver into your system to actually cause these side effects. Our bodies eliminate silver from our system quickly and efficiently. If you are using a reputable silver you should not have a worry about any kind of side effect.
Drop a comment below (or question) telling me your uses or successes from colloidal silver now!
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