The beneficial properties of silver have been known for many years, and it was used quite extensively in medicine right up until the 1940s. It only fell out of favour when it was supplanted in many applications by penicillin and other modern ‘wonder drugs’. However, we now know that we can over do it a bit with some of these, and hence the re-emergence of some of the more traditional treatments and remedies. Consequently, silver is recognised once again as a versatile and effective anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-microbial agent. Typical applications include its use in main stream medicine for the treatment of burns and scalds, and Elastoplast has developed a silver impregnated plaster for domestic use.
Silver can be utilised in a number of different ways, but one of the most useful is as a suspension of silver particles in water; in this format, it can be used both topically and it can be taken internally. However, its effectiveness can vary with the quality of the product, and this is determined by a number of factors such as the silver content and the particle size.
Colloidal Silver has many potential applications and some of these are listed below. This list was derived from customer feedback and compiled by Rivers of Health. It should not be taken as a medical recommendation. If in any doubt at all medical advice should always be sought from a qualified doctor or healthcare professional before using Colloidal Silver. Similarly, advice should always be sought from a vet if you plan to use it with birds or animals. See below for more applications that Colloidal Silver can be used for:
*Daily Dosage – Colloidal Silver is taken daily by many people. A typical dose would be one 5ml teaspoonful per day and this is thought to promote general health and well being.
*Insects Bites – apply 3 times per day, or whenever the itching becomes unbearable! Has a soothing effect and helps to prevent infection.
*Minor Burns and Scalds – apply immediately and repeat 3 times per day. Has a soothing effect and helps promote healing.
*Athletes Foot – wash feet and then spray liberally with Colloidal Silver. Alternatively, for best effect immerse feet in a bowl containing approx one part Colloidal Silver and four parts water for 30 minutes.
*Cuts and Grazes – apply 3 times per day. Helps to keep the area clean and infection free.
*Sore Throat – gargle with about 30ml or a tablespoonful for at least a minute – the longer the better!
*Rashes – apply 3 times per day. Has a soothing effect and can help to promote healing.
*Chicken Pox – ideal for spraying on the spots to reduce the itching, promote healing, and reduce the risk of the spots becoming infected.
*Molluscum Contagiosum – often quite effective – apply 3 times per day.
*Acne – spray the affected area 3 times per day.
*Sunburn – spray the affected area and repeat at hourly or two-hourly intervals during the first few hours after burning.
*Nappy Rash – spray affected area when changing.
*After Shave – Colloidal Silver makes a good After Shave when diluted half and half with distilled Witch Hazel.
*Birds and Animals – sometimes used for birds and animals with skin problems by spraying several times per day until relief is obtained.
Colloidal Silver can be sprayed directly onto the skin or applied with a dropper. It can be used as a gargle or as a mouth and throat spray, and it can be taken internally in small amounts. It may also be suitable for use with plants, birds and animals, which can often be difficult to treat by other means.
We have found it to be very useful for treating acne, nettle stings and insect bites and stings of various different types. It can be soothing when applied to the skin, and it’s particularly well suited for bites in your hair, which can easily become irritated or infected by scratching.