Colloidal silver is a staple in our home medicine cabinet. It has so many uses from clearing up eye infections to aiding the immune system during a cold. It is incredibly potent and if used correctly, has little potential for side effects.
We started using it a little over a year ago when my youngest got an infection in both of his eyes. We weren’t sure if it was pink eye or not, but a doctor’s visit is very expensive, let alone the cost for any medications needed. We decided to go the natural route first to see if it would help.
I had heard that colloidal silver was the best natural remedy for eye infections, so I bought a bottle of 10ppm silver from the natural foods store. I put just 1-2 drops in per eye every 6-8 hours and within 12 hours, there was already a remarkable difference. The swelling decreased and his eyes were clearing up. Within 24 hours, his eyes were almost completely better.
After seeing how quickly it worked, we realized that we had been missing out on a great option for many other uses. So here are some of the best ways to use colloidal silver.
- Pink Eye-It’s well-known in natural circles that colloidal silver is one of the best ways to clear up pink eye. It works quickly, and unless you have an allergy to silver, it doesn’t cause any issues. Use a small amount, just one drop or spray per eye 3-4 times a day until it clears up.
- Cuts and Abrasions-I’m allergic to antibiotic ointments so I haven’t used them in years. I also don’t love the idea of contributing to antibiotic overuse. But sometimes a cut needs a little more than just soap and water. Just one spray of colloidal silver every time you change the bandages of a cut or abrasion works wonders to keep out infection.
- Bug bites-My daughter gets really bad reactions to insect bites. Her bites will swell within a few hours, so we do our due diligence to clean her bites and put colloidal silver on them right away. As long as we are consistent, we haven’t needed to take her in to the doctor.
- Spider bites-I mention this one specifically because last year a few months after we used silver for the first time, I got two very painful spider bites on my foot. I was swollen and red. I marked where the redness ended (you know just in case), cleaned it, and sprayed silver on a cotton ball, then taped it to my foot. I changed it out every few hours, and within a day, all the redness around it was gone. I had just two small raised bite spots left.
- Cold and Flu-At the first sign of a cold, I try to get ahead of things with a few sprays of colloidal silver. Since it’s a powerful antiviral and antibacterial, it helps tremendously. Additionally, if you need to help your body fight off the flu, you can use it for that as well.
- Allergy relief-For people with allergies to pets or other animals, you may be able to reduce your response to pet dander with colloidal silver. Use a spray or drop after you’ve been exposed.
- Tonsillitis-Because of its antibacterial properties, it makes a great remedy for swollen tonsils.
- Ear infections-Did you know that most ear infections clear up on their own and that antibiotics are not always effective against them? While we tend to use garlic oil and mullein tincture, colloidal silver is also a fantastic remedy for ear infections
- Lung Infections/Bronchitis-It’s hard to breath when your lungs are inflamed and you’re coughing all the time. Colloidal silver is an effective option for fighting lung infections.
- Sinusitis-Put silver in with a saline nasal spray to help fight off the infection. You can also take it internally to give your immune system a boost.
- Chicken Pox/Shingles-This one is a bonus one for those of you who don’t get shots for either of these. Chicken pox and shingles are both caused by varicella-zoster virus. Again, colloidal silver is anti-viral. In addition to any other home remedies you are using for comfort, use silver to help your body fight the virus off more quickly. You can use it both topically and orally.
History of Colloidal Silver
You may be surprised that for centuries, doctors used colloidal silver to treat almost every ailment. I was surprised when I learned it. But they knew how powerfully it worked. It wasn’t until the 1930’s the FDA started to regulate medications and pushed silver out of the limelight. You see, silver can’t be patented. Many medicines at that time now became “homeopathic medicine” or “natural medicine” as more chemically manufactured options came onto the scene.
You can read more about the history of colloidal silver here.
How to use Colloidal Silver
I’m of the mind to use as little as necessary to get the desired result. When my husband or I start to get sick, we may use 3-4 sprays or drops of colloidal silver 3-4 times a day. We start the kids with 1-2 drops or spray 2-3 times a day.
The only precautions that I know to be aware of are silver allergies, medications that could react with silver, and bowel disruption. If you take too much silver, it can mess with the bacteria in your gut and cause diarrhea. So I personally take things low and slow when it comes to using silver internally. For external use, I’ve found that 2 sprays at a time to cover the affected cuts and abrasions are sufficient.
Will you turn blue?
Unlikely. You may have heard that taking silver can cause you to turn blue. This is slightly true and also false. You need to make sure you use true colloidal silver and not silver salts such as silver chloride. Additionally, impure forms of it and overuse of it, i.e. drinking gallons a day could cause you to look more like a Smurf.
Scroll down here to the part about “Patients Experiencing the Blues” to find out more about this myth. In short, one man used homemade silver in concentrations of about 450ppm. He also drank liters of it a day and did this for years. Yes, he turned blue. I’ve used silver in concentrations of 10-30ppm and only up to 10 sprays or drops daily with great results. A little goes a long way.
So no matter what you need to use colloidal silver for, it is a safe and highly effective supplement to help you overcome many viral and bacterial ailments.
***Disclaimer: This post is not intended to diagnose or prescribe and is for informational purposes only. Please consult with a medical professional for your specific diagnostic and treatment needs.