I recently had permanent makeup applied to my lips. Before you think I must be crazy, I have to tell you that applying and RE-applying lipstick over and over throughout the day is one of my major pet peeves! I’d never heard of permanent makeup for lips – eyeliner and eyebrows, yes – but not lips. The minute I learned about it I was calling to make an appointment. I’m happy to report it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. :-)
I mention this only because it’s this experience that introduced me to the subject of today’s post – colloidal silver. During the healing phase of my permanent makeup application, my makeup artist, Cristianne – Permanent Makeup Utah, gave me a small bottle of colloidal silver spray to spray on my lips several times each day. I’d never heard of this either! Since it was very beneficial in healing my lips, I decided I needed to learn more!
What is colloidal silver you ask? Colloidal silver is simply a solution of water that contains suspended, microscopic particles of silver. If you’ve never heard of it, like I hadn’t, it’s not because it’s something new. Colloidal silver has been used for centuries. From the late 1800’s through the 1940’s silver was used often used as an antibiotic in medical practices. However, the shelf life was only about 15 minutes and therefore not very convenient. It wasn’t until the early 1990’s that researchers were able to make a true colloidal silver with an infinite shelf life.
Today, the interest in colloidal silver as a natural antibiotic is resurfacing both because of the rapidly increasing interest in natural health products and more importantly, because of the advent of Multiple Drug Resistant (MDR) pathogens— microorganisms that are resistant to many antibiotics.
How does colloidal silver work?
The action of the silver particles seems to disable the enzymes in bacteria and even viruses, thus killing disease-causing organisms in the body. In general, bacteria do not become resistant or immune to silver over time.
What can I treat with colloidal silver?
Many sellers of colloidal silver make claims that their product can cure a multitude of diseases. But according to Wellness Resources, much of the “science” used to support such claims comes from unpublished works in small labs and should be taken with a grain of salt. However, there are a few published studies showing that silver does have probable anti-viral properties.
The compound is most often used to treat burns, as it repairs skin and tissue damage, and to prevent scars. Rashes, cysts and acne can also be treated using the compound.
As it is an easily digestible compound that readily absorbs into the organs, colloidal silver can also help boost the immune system, including treating colds, flu viruses, intestinal parasites, bladder and urinary tract infections and a variety of other conditions.
Colloidal silver can use to care for your pets too.
How do you use colloidal silver?
You can use colloidal silver either topically or internally when needed. Most sources that I came across said you should not take colloidal silver internally on a daily basis. The general consensus seems to be that it is safe to take internally for about two weeks. If you want to know how to treat a specific disease, do your research. But be sure to consult a trusted physician or naturopath before beginning any treatment. For information on healthy doses of colloidal silver, visit SilverSafety.com.
- Apply a few drops directly to infected areas of skin.
- Use an eyedropper to treat eye infections.
- Put a few drops on a bandage to treat a wound.
- Add to oil when oil pulling.
- Add a few drops to your mouthwash or toothbrush.
- Use as a nasal spray.
- Add a few drops to a neti pot.
- Breath colloidal silver into your lungs using a nebulizer.
- Drink some in a glass of water.
Is colloidal silver FDA approved?
Web MD states, “Colloidal silver products were once available as over-the-counter drug products, but in 1999, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled that these colloidal silver products were not considered safe or effective.”
However, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Topical silver (used on the skin) has some appropriate medical uses, such as in bandages and dressings to treat burns, skin wounds, or skin infections. It’s also in medicines to prevent conjunctivitis (an eye condition) in newborns. However, there are no legally marketed prescription or over-the-counter drugs containing colloidal silver that are taken by mouth.”
Are there any negative side effects to using colloidal silver?
In very rare cases, excessive doses of colloidal silver may lead to kidney damage and neurological problems.
High doses or low quality colloidal silver (usually ionic silver) can cause a condition called argyria – a bluish-gray discoloration of the skin, which is usually permanent. In fact, one potential origin of the term “blue bloods” is based on royal families who ate from silver plates and utensils and ended up with argryia.
Colloidal silver can also interact negatively with some drugs so be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist if you take prescription medications.
What should I look for when buying colloidal silver?
There are three different products that are usually marketed as colloidal silver: ionic silver, silver protein and true colloidal silver.
Ionic silver is not inherently bad, but will not be as effective as true colloidal silver. Ionic silver solutions will typically be clear or have a slight yellow tint.
Silver protein is the product you want to completely avoid! They are a combination of silver particles and a protein binder. Silver protein products do not allow your body to safely and effectively absorb the silver.
Make sure to do your research and only buy colloidal silver from a trusted source to ensure you get a quality product. I have seen a couple of different brands recommended while researching this post:
Can I make a DIY version of colloidal silver?
Many websites claim to sell machines capable of making colloidal silver at home. But according to Inspired Nutrition, “All the machines sold for making colloidal silver use an electrolysis process and make ionic silver. There are no machines sold that are capable of making true colloidal silver.”
- Silver Safety Council
- Silver Colloids
- Dr. Mercola
- Wellness Resources
- The Healthy Home Economist
- Inspired Nutrition
- Dr. Axe