Colloidal silver, also known as liquid silver, is a suspension of silver particles in distilled water. Traditionally, people have used this remedy to prevent or treat many illnesses, including colds and flu, viruses, migraines and cancer. While many high-quality products are on the market, you can make colloidal silver at home, with a minimum of expense.
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Things you need
- Power cord with "black box"-type plug
- Alligator clips (1 red, 1 black)
- Power strip with on/off switch
- 1-gallon glass jar
- 1 gallon distilled water (DO NOT use tap water or filtered water)
- Large stainless steel pot (uncoated)
- 2, 1-foot lengths 99 percent pure silver wire (14 gauge)
- Small board, with two holes drilled in the center about 2 inches apart
- Laser pointer
- Plastic scrubbing pad
- 4, 1-quart amber bottles
Keeping the power cord unplugged, note that the cord has two halves, each wrapped in insulation. Separate the two halves of the power cord and strip off 2 inches of insulation using a wire stripper or knife. Attach an alligator clip to the end of each exposed wire.
Pour 1 quart of the distilled water into the gallon jar. This will keep the jar from cracking when you add the hot water in the next step.
Pour the remaining water into the stainless steel pot and bring it to a low boil. Carefully pour this hot water into the glass jar.
Set the small board over the mouth of the jar, centering the holes.
Plug the power cord into the power strip with the switch in the "off" position.
Attach an alligator clip to each length of silver wire, making sure the silver wires do not touch. Slide each wire down through the holes in the board and into the water. Adjust the alligator clips so that they hold the wires about an inch from the bottom of the jar.
Turn the power strip to "on." The cooking process will take about three hours. Every five minutes or so, turn the strip "off" and take the wires out one at a time and scrub with the plastic scrubber to remove any buildup of impurities on the wire. Reinsert the wires and turn the power strip back "on."
To test if your solution has reached full potency, shine the laser pointer straight down into the water and look across through the side of the jar. When the solution is right, the red light will show as a bright solid bar with a definite top and bottom.
Tips and warnings
- Silver wires can be reused, but always store them wrapped up and away from light. Silver reacts with light, and this can cause impure colloidal silver. Store your finished solution in amber bottles in a dark place. The recommended dosage for daily prevention of colds and other illnesses is about 3 ounces.
- Always use caution when working with electricity. As stated in the instructions, make sure the power strip is turned off while you attach, clean and remove the wires. A study by Mark A. Farinha, Ph.D, at the University of North Texas is August 2009 showed that pure colloidal silver can be beneficial for killing such microorganisms as streptococcus, staphylococcus, salmonella, Candida albicans and the SARS virus. However, there is a risk of a condition called argyria. This condition results in bluish-gray pigmentation of the skin and is irreversible, although it does not appear to pose a health risk. Overuse of colloidal silver causes the condition, especially if impurities are present in the solution. Use with caution.
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