Colloidal silver is a liquid which has been used in the treatment of various ailments for centuries and is created using electrolysis to suspend pure, metallic elemental silver in distilled water.
Even though it is not commonly used by the conventional medicine, a goring number of studies suggest that it should have its own place in any natural living enthusiast’s medicine cabinet.
Colloidal silver offers numerous health benefits, but the following 15 are the most important:
- Fight Inflammation
Colloidal silver can be used topically to help the recovery, accelerate the healing process, and alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by inflammation and swelling.
The National Institutes of Health examined its effects on skin inflammation in pigs, and researchers found that the near recovery in pigs treated with colloidal silver occurred in 72 hours, while the skin of the other pigs was still inflamed.
It is a great natural antibiotic, due to its powerful antimicrobial properties. Namely, it has been even used in the ancient Rome and Greece to preserve foods and drinks. It effectively kills bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections.
One research conducted in 2011 showed that colloidal silver nanoparticles are an efficient alternative to conventional antifungal treatments in the case of Candida-related conditions.
Another study conducted in Taiwan found that colloidal silver can eliminate the antibiotic resistant superbugs MRSA and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Furthermore, in conjunction with antibiotics, it is extremely effective against MRSA and Staph infections.
To be more concrete, scientists in the 1980s found 650 different types of pathogens that were quickly killed as soon as they were exposed to small amounts of silver.
- Fight Colds and Flu
Due to its powerful antimicrobial properties, colloidal silver reduces the length and severity of flu and cold symptoms. In most cases patients are prescribed decongestants, but the Italian Drug Agency states that their use by children younger than 12 is not safe.
Thus, a study tried to examine the effects of a colloidal silver and beta glucan mixture versus a saline solution on nasal congestion in children. It has been found that both groups of participants experienced an improvement, while 90% of the colloidal silver group recovered entirely, versus only 66% of the saline group.
- Ease Skin Conditions
Skin conditions can be painful, unpleasant, and embarrassing, such as pimples, psoriasis, red, inflamed skin, blackheads, cysts, and white heads.
They are often a result of fungi, viruses, and bacteria, so colloidal silver can offer great benefit as it will accelerate the repairing process of the damaged tissues. Every night, apply some silver colloids on the affected are and you will get the results in several days.
- Treat Ear Infections
Ear infections are often a result of bacteria, or even fungus, so prescription drugs fail to give results as they are made to work against specific classes of bacteria.
Yet, due to its powerful properties, colloidal silver successfully treats ear infections, even swimmers’ ear. You should just add a few drops to the ear 1-2 times during the day until the infection is completely treated.
- Treat Sinus Infections
Sinus issues, like a blocked nose and sinusitis, when you constantly feel unbearable pain and pressure in the face, significantly worsen the everyday life. The conventional therapy includes steroids, painkillers, and antibiotics, but their use lead to numerous side-effects. Therefore, you should use natural remedies.
A study published in the International Forum for Allergy and Rhinology in 2014 suggests the use of colloidal silver as a nasal spray. You should tilt the head back, and pour several drops into the nasal cavity. You can also use a neti pot.
- Cure a Sore Throat
You should gargle with silver in order to eliminate the pathogens in your throat which are the reason for the pain you are experiencing.
Take 2 tablespoons of it and gargle for a couple of minutes. Spit it out in order to get rid of the microbes in the mouth. Repeat this 5 times during the day until you feel the relief.
You can also use it as a throat spray, and use it several times during the day.
- Relieve Cuts, Burns, and Scrapes
- Cure Eye Infections
- Great for animals
Colloidal silver is not effective just in the case of humans. Namely, it is excellent in the case of animals as well. It can be used to treat minor cuts, infections, wounds, ringworm, ear infections, in dogs. It is advisable that you give your dog 5 to 10 drops orally, twice a day.
When used topically for wounds, pour some colloidal silver on a cotton swab and apply it on the affected area several times daily.
In the case of an ear infection, pour a few drops in its ear daily for up to ten days. You should apply one drop, 3 times during the day, in the case of an eye infection.
In the case of cats, colloidal silver can be used to treat feline issues, such as feline acne, MRSA, skin issues, tear stains, and yeast infections.
- Treat Pneumonia
Dr. Axe suggests that the ability of antibiotics to fight bronchitis or pneumonia is limited. Therefore, in the case of viral pneumonia, antibiotics just cannot provide positive effects.
As it kills numerous pathogens, colloidal silver effectively treats pneumonia. It can be ingested internally or breathed into the lungs with a nebulizer. According to Dr. Axe, teaspoon three times a day for 10-15 minutes can treat pneumonia in a few days!
- A Natural Fruit and Veggie Wash
If you cannot grow your own, organic vegetables and fruits, you should find a way to remove all the chemicals found on the ones you buy. Therefore, prepare your homemade colloidal silver fruit and vegetable wash.
Mix half cup of vinegar and one cup of water, stir well and add 2teaspoons of salt. Leave it to dissolve and stir in ¼ cup of colloidal silver.
Soak your fresh fruits and vegetables in this mix for 5 minutes and rinse them. In this way, you will consume clean products, which do not contain chemicals that can harm your health.
- Eliminate Pet Odors
Colloidal silver can effectively remove all unpleasant pet odors in the house, and leave a fresh smell. You should douse the area where your pet leaves a bad odor or marks the territory with a colloidal silver solution, and you will remove the smell, and at the same time, your pet will stop marking the place again.
Moreover, in a bottle, mix some distilled water and colloidal silver and mist the fabric of your sofas or pet beds, and you will get rid of the bad general pet smell.
- Preserve Your Flowers Fresh
Add some colloidal silver to the vase of your flowers, and you will have fantastic blooms all over your home.
Namely, scientists from the Department of Horticulture at Ferdowsi University of Mash, in 2014, discovered that silver particles obstructed the activity of bacteria which blocked the transport of nutrients and moisture to the flower head.
Therefore, the addition of colloidal silver at 35ppm to the water caused the flowers to remain healthy and in a perfect condition and with a fresh color for twice as long as the flowers that were kept in water alone.
- Excellent for Gardeners
Colloidal silver can also treat plant fungus and other infections which harm your crops and flowers.
According to one study, published in the journal Mycobiology, in 2010, the application of silver nanoparticles to the roots of green onion plants completely eradicated certain types of fungal infections which destroyed the plants.
You should add colloidal silver to the plant’s the base, or dilute it with distilled water, pour it in a spray bottle, and apply to the affected parts of the plant.