Republished with permission from naturallivingideas.com.
Forget liquid gold … it’s liquid silver you should be on the lookout for!
Specifically, a liquid called colloidal silver. Created using electrolysis to suspend pure, metallic elemental silver in distilled water, this substance has been used for hundreds of years to treat a variety of ailments.
While modern medicine may not espouse the benefits of colloidal silver just yet, more and more studies are showing this tonic deserves a place in any natural living enthusiast’s medicine cabinet.
Let’s look at 15 fantastic benefits of, and uses for, colloidal silver – along with some things you need to watch out for when shopping for a healing silver product.
Colloidal silver is a great natural antibiotic, thanks to its antimicrobial powers. It turns out that this isn’t a recent finding – silver has been used since ancient Roman and Greek times to preserve foods and drinks!
This powerful liquid can kill fungal infections, viruses and bacteria.
2011 research states that colloidal silver nanoparticles have the potential to be an effective alternative to conventional antifungal treatments for Candida-related conditions.
A Taiwanese study also discovered that colloidal silver can eradicate the anti-biotic resistant superbugs MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. It’s also highly effective when used in conjunction with antibiotics against MRSA and Staph infections.
In fact, scientists in the 1980s discovered 650 different types of pathogens that were rapidly destroyed when exposed to small amounts of silver.
2. Fight Inflammation
Use colloidal silver topically to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by inflammation and swelling, speed up healing and aid recovery.
When researchers at the National Institutes of Health studied the effects of colloidal silver on skin inflammation in pigs, they discovered that the animals treated with silver experienced near recovery within 72 hours, whereas the other pigs’ skin remained inflamed.
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3. Clear Up Eye Infections
Thanks to its antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, colloidal silver can soothe and cure eye infections like pink eye, conjunctivitis and sties.
Treatment couldn’t be easier. Simply add two or three drops of colloidal silver to the eye, and repeat three to four times daily. If you prefer, you can use it as an eyewash or spray it gently over the eyes instead.
4. Treat Ear Infections
Ear infections can sometimes be caused by several different types of bacteria, or even fungus. In these cases, prescription drugs may be ineffective – as they are designed to work against specific classes of bacteria.
Here’s where colloidal silver comes in! Because it kills so many types of bacteria and fungus, it offers a more promising remedy. It even works for swimmers’ ear.
Add two drops of colloidal silver to the affected ear once or twice a day until symptoms clear up.
5. Soothe Burns, Cuts & Scrapes
Colloidal silver stimulates skin and tissue healing while reducing inflammation, meaning it’s a perfect treatment for minor cuts and scrapes.
Furthermore, a research article, published in Pharmacognosy Communications, recommends that colloidal silver be seriously considered for topical use in treating burns.
6. Ease Skin Conditions
Whether these issues are caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi, they can benefit from a silver treatment, which also helps speed the repair of damaged tissues.
Try a nightly application of silver colloids and you should notice the effects within days.
7. Eliminate Sinus Infections
Sinusitis – a continued feeling of pain or pressure in the face, and a blocked nose – can seriously affect quality of life. Painkillers, steroids and antibiotics are some of the conventional cures prescribed for this nasty condition, but these aren’t without their own unwanted side-effects.
Thankfully, natural remedies can be just as potent. Colloidal silver has been found to be effective when used as a nasal spray, according to a 2014 study published in the International Forum for Allergy and Rhinology.
Tilt your head back and pour a few drops into your nasal cavity or add it to a neti pot, which is specifically designed to flush out the sinuses.
8. Beat Colds & Flu
Because it is such a potent antimicrobial, colloidal silver may help reduce the length and severity of colds and flu.
Decongestants are one of the most common drugs prescribed to deal with symptoms of colds and flu, yet the Italian Drug Agency warns against the use of these drugs in children under twelve years of age.
For this reason, a study was carried out to evaluate the effects of a colloidal silver and beta glucan mix versus a saline solution on nasal congestion in children. Researchers found that, even though both groups improved significantly, 90% of the colloidal silver group completely recovered, versus just 66% of the saline group.
9. Treat Pneumonia
According to Dr. Axe, antibiotics are limited in their ability to fight bronchitis or pneumonia. And naturally, when the pneumonia is viral, antibiotics won’t help at all.
Of course, colloidal silver can fight a variety of pathogens so may be an effective treatment in this case.
It works when ingested internally or when breathed it into the lungs using a nebulizer. Axesays one teaspoon of colloidal silver three times daily for 10 to 15 minutes can clear these conditions up within a couple of days!
10. Cure a Sore Throat
Gargling with silver is a fantastic way to pick up and remove the pathogens in your throat causing you all that pain!
Gargle with one to two tablespoons of the stuff for up to two minutes. Repeat this up to five times per day until recovered. Remember to spit it out in order to remove the microbes from your body! You can also use colloidal silver as a throat spray, administering several times a day.
Here are another 21 Home Remedies for a Sore Throat.
11. Not Just For Humans!
This healing liquid doesn’t just cure humans – it can be a fantastic natural remedy for our four legged friends too.
For dogs, use it for infections, minor cuts and wounds, eye and ear infections and ringworm. When administering orally, 5 to 10 drops twice a day is recommended. As a wound cleaner, apply several times a day on a cotton swab. Ear infections require a few drops daily for up to ten days, while for eye infections one drop three times daily should do the trick.
Cats can also be treated with colloidal silver. Holistic veterinarian Karen Becker recommends using it to treat feline problems like feline acne, tear stains, yeast infections, skin conditions and MRSA.
12. Great for Gardeners
Colloidal silver doesn’t just have medicinal uses – it can be used to kill plant fungus and other infections which destroy your beautiful flowers and crops.
A study, published in 2010 in the journal Mycobiology, found that applying silver nanoparticles to the roots of green onion plants completely eliminated certain types of fungal infections which tend to destroy the plants.
Add colloidal silver to the base of your plants, or mix up in a spray bottle (dilute with distilled water to 5 ppm) and apply to any affected leaves or roots.
13. A Natural Fruit and Veggie Wash
While buying or growing organic is best when it comes to fruits and vegetables, sometimes it’s not always possible.
To protect yourself from what’s on conventional produce, mix up a batch of this natural colloidal silver fruit and vegetable wash.
Add one cup of water to a half cup of vinegar, and stir in two teaspoons of salt, allowing to dissolve completely. Finally, stir in a quarter cup of colloidal silver (at 5ppm to 10ppm). Use this mix to soak your fresh produce in for five minutes before rinsing, for clean and chemical-free fruit.
14. Keep Flowers Fresh
Fill your home with beautiful blooms, safe in the knowledge they will last twice as long by adding a little colloidal silver to their vase. It’s true – research has proven it!
In 2014, scientists from the Department of Horticulture at Ferdowsi University of Mashhad found that silver particles blocked the activity of bacteria which stop nutrients and moisture from being brought to the flower head.
When colloidal silver at 35ppm was added to the water, the flowers maintained perfect color and healthy petals for twice as long as the flowers that were left in water alone.
15. Get Rid of Pet Odors
Anecdotal reports say that colloidal silver is a simple and natural way to keep your home smelling fresh by removing those stubborn pet odors.
If you have a cat who regularly ‘sprays’ or a dog who marks his territory, try dousing the area in a solution of colloidal silver. It is said to remove the odor and stop the pet marking in that spot again!
For general pet odors, and to freshen up sofas and pet beds, mix up colloidal silver and distilled water in a bottle and lightly mist the fabric.
*Editor’s note: As mentioned above, colloidal silver is a natural antibiotic and should NOT be used long term as overuse can kill the good bacteria that your body needs.