My home and travel first-aid essential: Colloidal Silver

Long before modern antibiotics, silver was used. In centuries past, people would place pieces of silver in drinking water to prevent the growth of bacteria. Today preparations of silver are often used to protect the eyes of newborns from viruses and to prevent infection from burns. Around the world, especially in Russia, China, Japan, and Germany, silver has long been used with bandages and other medical supplies as an anti-infection agent.

Colloidal silver is a form of silver that is suspended in water for both oral and topical use.  I consider it a staple for my home and travel first-aid kits.

When I worked in a health store many years ago, a customer told me the story of how she had used colloidal silver to heal her father’s leg after it had developed an infection following amputation.  She was told  by the hospital to expect gangrene to set in and to call hospice.  Her research lead her to colloidal silver, which she applied externally to his leg until it healed.  He lived almost two years after that, and his death was unrelated to his leg.

Silver has been tested and found effective against a host of disease-causing microorganisms. It works by disabling a specific enzyme that many unwanted microorganisms need to breathe. Studies on Silver Shield by Nature’s Sunshine show that it has equal or broader spectrum antibacterial activity than any one antibiotic tested.  It is also antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic, and is approved as non-toxic by the Environmental Protective Agency (EPA). Silver Shield will not cause discoloration of the skin and is safe for regular use by both adults and children. Silver Shield can be ordered at

I used colloidal silver often with my own children to help combat bacteria and viruses, and now use it with my grandchildren (I put it on all of their “ouchies”).  At the first sign of illness, I use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon orally.  It’s virtually tasteless, so no one complains!

I apply it topically with a cottonball to help combat eye infections and soothe minor burns (I keep a bottle in my kitchen). When our family lived in Mexico for almost a year, our two sons contracted an eye infection that was common to the region.  Instead of getting the recommended antibiotic, I applied the colloidal silver to their eyes with cottonballs, and it cleared!  Note:  To prevent recontamination, do not use the same cotton ball on each eye.  More serious infections may require medical intervention.

My husband has had success in using it as a mouthwash and gargle for tooth infections and sore throats, and as ear drops for ear infections. I carry it with me in a small spray bottle to spray on cuts and burns, as a quick sanitizer (hands, toilets, hotels, etc.), or when I suspect food poisoning or contaminated water.

It can also be placed on a bandage before covering a wound. With so many antibiotic-resistant bacteria and new viruses surfacing, Silver Shield is a must for our first-aid cabinet!

I do not recommend taking colloidal silver, including Silver Shield, as a daily supplement.  I use it medicinally, as needed, for first-aid and minor conditions.  If you have a more serious infection or illness, you may need to seek medical treatment.

Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist, CNHP

1 Corinthians 10:31–

“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.


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