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Hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in your body as a byproduct of the digestive process. This compound can be used to provide oxygen to your body, enhancing various functions. Oxygen is a vital gas that promotes proper cell function and speeds healing. Though hydrogen peroxide can have a very powerful effect on the body, the compound breaks down into oxygen and water, which are both used by all bodily systems.
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SPECIAL NOTES: Before using food grade hydrogen peroxide, be sure to read the Contraindications/ Precautions/ Warnings section below. It is also best to use this substance under the supervision of your naturopath or other health practitioner. Also, do not internally use 3% hydrogen peroxide from drug stores, as it contains highly toxic chemical stabilizers.
Hydrogen peroxide's disinfectant and antibacterial properties make it suitable for a number of topical applications. It can be used on acne, athlete's foot, cuts and scrapes, infected wounds, and psoriasis. You may also use it as a mouth wash. It may be taken internally to treat various bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. Hydrogen peroxide is also effective against Candida and parasites.
POST INTERNAL USE: You may require acidophilus and bifidus supplementation after using hydrogen peroxide to restore beneficial bacteria that were destroyed during the detoxification process.
Hydrogen peroxide is commonly used for detoxification. Thoroughly read this entire section before you begin. You may also supplement with activated charcoal slurry (1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder mixed in 1 cup/8 oz. purified or distilled water) 6 or more times daily. This will help adsorb eliminated toxins. Begin regimen 1/2 hour after taking hydrogen peroxide. For more information, see Activated Charcoal.
35% food grade hydrogen peroxide must be diluted before use. The following preparation results in a more safe 3% solution. Mix 1 oz./30mL H2O2 with 11 oz./330mL purified or distilled water. If you require larger quantities, always dilute at a 1:11 ration of H2O2 to water.
This solution is commonly used for external applications. If using internally, drink solution on an empty stomach, one hour before or three hours after meals. Consult with your naturopath or other health practitioner for an appropriate dosage schedule. You may mix solution with milk, juice, distilled water, or any other non-alcoholic or non-carbonated beverage to make it more palatable.
The drop method is intended for internal uses of H2O2. Use full strength 35% food grade H2O2 added to purified or distilled water. Start with 3 drops H2O2 added to 6 oz./180mL of water. Take three times daily. Increase dosage by one drop for the following seven days, followed by an increase of two drops on Day 9 (12 drops, three times daily) until a maximum of twenty five drops has been reached (typically day 16).
NOTE: Do not exceed a total daily dosage of seventy five drops. If at any point you experience stomach upset, decrease your dosage to a comfortable level and increase water intake.
Once you have reached the maximum, reverse the dosage schedule by decreasing the number of drops daily over the next several weeks (25, 24, 22, 20, 18, et cetera). More serious conditions may require a persistent dosage of twenty five drops two to three times daily for one to three weeks before you begin to gradually taper dosage. Consult with your naturopath or other health practitioner to determine an appropriate dosage schedule.
A complete detoxification / elimination regimen takes from one to six months to complete. Be patient.
Maintenance dosage can range from five to fifteen drops per week, if required.
Household and Miscellaneous Uses
Hydrogen peroxide can be used in a wide variety of other applications.
NOTE: The majority of methods use a 3% solution. In most cases, you must dilute 35% hydrogen peroxide to this lower concentration before use!
General: Fill a spray bottle with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Use to wipe off appliances and counters, the inside of the fridge, and on Formica desk tops. Disinfects and leaves the kitchen smelling fresh.
Dishwasher: Add 2 oz./60mL 3% hydrogen peroxide to your washing formula. Your glasses will sparkle!
Fruit and Vegetable Soak: Add 1/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon / 3.785 litres cold water. Soak leafy vegetables and thin-skinned fruits for 20 minutes. Thick-skinned vegetables should soak for 30 minutes. Vegetables may keep longer, too. Alternatively, you may spray fruits and vegetables with straight 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let stand for several minutes. Rinse and dry.
Salad Leftovers: Add 1 tablespoon 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1/2 cup water. Spray the top of the salad with the solution before covering. Refrigerate.
Sprouting Seeds: Add 1oz./30mL 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 pint / 0.5 litres water and soak seeds overnight.
Athlete's Foot: Soak feet nightly in 3% hydrogen peroxide for 15 - 30 minutes.
Bathtub: Add 0.5 to 1 pint/0.25 - 0.5 litres 35% Hydrogen Peroxide to a full tub for a detoxifying bath. Note that the increased oxygen absorption may energize you and keep you awake. Best if done in the morning or early afternoon.
Douche: Add 3 - 6 tablespoons 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 quart/litre water.
Face: For a facial freshener after washing, place 3% hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball and wipe.
Foot Soak: Soak feet in a solution of 1 1/2 oz./45mL 35% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon/3.785 litres water.
Mouthwash: Use 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Add 1 - 2 drops liquid chlorophyll for flavouring, if desired.
Shower: Spray your body after washing with 3% hydrogen peroxide to replace the acid mantle on your skin removed by soap.
Teeth: Dip your brush in 3% hydrogen peroxide and brush. Alternatively, use baking soda and add enough 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a paste.
First Aid: For a disinfectant, spray 3% hydrogen peroxide directly on abrasions, cuts, open injuries, and wounds.
Humidifiers/Steamers: Add 1 pint / 0.5 litre 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon / 3.785 litres water. Helps keep humidifiers / steamers clean, too.
Insecticide Spray: Add 8 oz. / 1 cup white sugar and 4 - 8 oz./120 - 240mL 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon / 3.785 litres water. Spray on leaves and underside of plants.
Laundry: As a bleach alternative, add 8 oz. / 240mL 3% hydrogen peroxide to your wash.
Plants & Flowers: Add 1 ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 quart water. Water or mist plants with this solution.
Water (Disinfectant): For contaminated water, add 15 - 30 drops 35% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon / 3.785 litres of water. If the water tastes like bleach, let stand in an open container for several hours.
Water (Storage): For long-term storage (more than two months) add 30 - 50 drops 35% hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon/3.785 litres water.
Contraindications / Precautions / Warnings
As previously mentioned, do not internally use 3% hydrogen peroxide from drug stores as it contains highly toxic chemical stabilizers.
NEVER use hydrogen peroxide at full strength on or in your body. You must dilute the compound to solutions ranging from 0.5% - 3.0%. Follow the dilution instructions on the label, or use the "3% Solution" or "Drop Method" outlined in Optimal Absorption, above.
If you spill 35% hydrogen peroxide on your skin, immediately rinse under water. Your skin will burn and turn white. Use caution and avoid spills.
Remember that you may experience a number of side effects when using H2O2 for detoxification purposes. H2O2 causes a herxheimer reaction (temporary increase in symptoms) in the presence of viruses or bacteria, affecting the eliminative organs of the body (skin, lungs, kidneys, and bowels). This may result in boils, colds (head or chest), diarrhea, ear infections, infections, nausea, skin eruptions, sleepiness, and unusual fatigue. These are natural toxin elimination processes and are usually of short duration. If symptoms become severe, see your naturopath or other health practitioner. A number of people who have taken H2O2 have cut short their cleansing process in the face of these reactions, hindering the cleansing process. Continue use only as long as you are comfortable and feel in control of the process.
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