I just have to keep blogging about hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) because it’s just so darn great (and cheap)! Did you know that the first colostrum (from mother’s breastmilk) contains high amounts of hydrogen peroxide?
Hydrogen peroxide has also been used in dozens of countries to preserve milk where there is no refrigeration. It has been used to swab down hospitals for decades, as it is such a broad-spectrum germ killer.
In a previous blog post, I told you how I used intravenous hydrogen peroxide to completely clear pneumonia from my lungs. And in this post I give you clear instructions on how to use hydrogen peroxide in a nebulizer to heal respiratory infection.
Lately, on Facebook, a reader asked what she could do for smelly vaginal discharge and I told her about the time when I was pregnant and my vaginal swab came back positive for bacterial infection (bacterial vaginosis). The doc wanted me to take an antibiotic. My naturopath told me to make a 6% hydrogen peroxide solution (food-grade), soak a sterile pad in it, stuff it up my vagina for 20 minutes once or twice per day. It worked a charm, no discomfort, much cheaper than wild oregano oil, and the next test came back negative – no more bad bacteria.
Another big benefit, it is safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding! If 6% feels too strong to you, then a 3% food-grade solution should work well.
To make a 6% solution of hydrogen peroxide, mix 11 ounces of distilled water with 2 ounces of 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide.
To make a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide, mix 11 ounces of distilled water with 1 ounce of 35% food-grade hydrogen peroxide.
I like to store my hydrogen peroxide dilutions in a glass jar, on the shelf (mason jars work really well). No need to refrigerate.
WARNING: Always be careful when handling 35% food grade, as it is powerful enough to ‘burn’ your skin off. And absolutely keep it away from children and other unsuspecting family members. If you spill some, wash the area immediately with water to dilute it. If you get it on your skin, rinse under running water. The skin will temporarily turn white, and in extreme cases peel off, but no permanent harm is done as the ‘burn’ will heal fairly quickly. If it’s in a plastic bottle, then direct the opening away from you when you open it, in case it spits some out from the pressure build-up.
Here are some other great uses for hydrogen peroxide:
Many people have found it beneficial to drink diluted amounts of hydrogen peroxide, as a whole-body cure, but it can be nauseating and cause stomach upset. And I especially don’t recommend this method of ingestion for people with gut issues. It is far better to absorb it through the skin, so you get the same benefits, but it bypasses the digestive system, so does not cause any irritation to the gut.
Hydrogen Peroxide Bath
Put 8 ounces of 35% food grade H2O2 in a tub of warm, chlorine-free water and soak for 25-30 minutes. Absorption through the skin is really high, but bypasses the digestive system.
Spray Hydrogen Peroxide On Skin
Or, you could spray your body after a shower with 3% hydrogen peroxide, avoiding the eyes and hair. Then walk around naked, letting it air dry and absorb fully into your skin. Another great way to get hydrogen peroxide into your body, yet bypass the digestive system, is to use a footbath.
Hydrogen Peroxide Footbath
5 cups of warm water
8 ounces (1 cup) of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide (use food-grade to ensure purity)*
1 teaspoon of Epsom Salt
1 Foot tub (big enough to comfortably place your feet without crunching your toes).
Soak feet for 15 – 20 minutes. If redness or irritation occurs, the amount of peroxide used can be reduced. This foot soak is also used by diabetics to restore leg circulation.
For a germ-killing mouthwash, gargle with 3% hydrogen peroxide, and then rinse.
Use baking soda and 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a toothpaste for brushing your teeth. Place 1 tsp. of baking soda in a glass jar or small bowl, then add 3% hydrogen peroxide, drop by drop, until it mixes into a stiff paste. If you want a whitening effect, use 6% hydrogen peroxide – but use occasionally, not daily or it could cause tooth sensitivity,
To use as a douche, add 2 tablespoons of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a quart of distilled water.
To use as an enema, add 2 tablespoons