Table of Contents
- Bleeding Gums, Toe Fungus and Lice
- Colds and Flu
- Fungal Infection and Impetigo
- General Feedback
- Halitosis in Dogs
- Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis
- Multiple Cures
- Perioral Dermatitis
- Scalp Fungus
- Sinus Infections
- Strep Throat
- Yeast Infections
07/02/2012: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India: "Hi Trish, Could you kindly explain as to how did you make the GSE yourself. We don't get the seed extract in India but in season we do get the Grapefruit, and it is not a bad idea to make it during the season and..."
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Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis
[YEA] 07/15/2008: John from Eugene, Oregon: "One year ago I was supposedly diagnosed with heal spurs and plantar fasciitis. Doc did not want to acknowledge the symptoms of migrating pain and twitching up the leg and into the body. I would at times catch a cold, and would feel it go into my heel, which would then swell so I could not walk. One day out of desperation, I rubbed GSE on it. The next day the pain was gone. A week later, I felt the pain and swelling come back. Again, over night with the GSE say 12 drops on the bottom of the foot, and it was gone the next morning. Simply amazing. I had not considered GSE but had tried: Iodine, DMSO, H2O2, other essential oils, colloidal silver, heating foot packs, magnesium oil rubs and soaks; some of which helped a small bit, but nothing like the GSE. So take it for what it's worth. And thanks Ted."Replies
[YEA] 02/20/2010: Cathy from Villa Park, Illinois replies: "After I read Johns post I went out and bought some grapefruit seed extract. I am 45 years old and I do a lot of hiking and I guess that is how I developed plantar fascitis. I do not have the heel spurs but do have the pain with the plantar fascitis. I rubbed several drops on each heel. The next morning the pain was totally gone. After 1-2 weeks the pain came back in my left heel but only half as bad. so I did the same again with the left heel and pain went away again for about a week or so. Right heel has not had any more pain. Over several months the pain in the left heel has diminished each time I apply the GSE. Still have little bit of pain. GSE is an anti-inflamatory among other things. I asked my naturopath if I did the right thing and she said YES I did exactly the right thing. She said it is usually caused by a magnesium deficiency which I already knew I had because of the twitching I had all over my body. That is pretty much gone now. I eat almonds everyday which are very high in magnesium. If you can afford to see a qualifiedÂ naturopath I highly recommend it. Illinois is in the process of trying to get liscensing for naturopathic doctors. My Blue Cross Blue Shield even covers it surprisingly. I have learned a lot from this website but I like to confirm the information with the naturopath because she really knows her stuff and knows exactly what I need. Good Luck."
02/24/2010: Eliz from Singapore replies: "I'm from Singapore and I do suffer from this Heel Spurs and Planta fasitiis. Is there any sure or what can I do to minimise the pain. I went for Physio, it helps after sometimes the pain comes back. Appreciate any help Eliz"
EC: More remedies for heel spurs here: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/heel_spur.html
05/01/2010: Lady_m from S.f. Bay Area, California, Usa replies: "RE:Plantar Fasciitis and other joints posted by:
02/22/2010: The_phoenix from Townsville, Australia
Really interesting theory, phoenix.
I just wanted to reiterate that chronic severe low back pain could be related to a VERY RARE but serious disease (Ankylosing Spondylitis, which I have) and should be x-rayed for signs of sacroiliitis.
I had plantar fasciitis for years and then developed spondylits. THESE 2 AILMENTS ARE NOT MEDICALLY RELATED. PLEASE DON'T WORRY YOURSELVES TOO MUCH."
[YEA] 06/27/2011: Trish from Antwerp, Belgium: "I have used grapefruit seed extract for the past 2 and half years and it is wonderful for getting rid of a cold or flu ( I take a teaspoon 3 times a day for the flu) and also treats acne when used topically. I actually use it for more than just that but of course doing your research is all part of using non-allopathic remedies. I have a link if anyone is interested. I do not purchase grapefruit seed extract though, I make it at home. Its not hard to do. You do the prep and such, then it has to sit for 4 to 6 weeks. Then strain the solids out and there you have it. You can find on ehow or youtube how to make it I believe.
06/27/2011: Ladyliza from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "For those who tend to get cold and flu, all you need is the correct amount of vitamin D and you won't get sick anymore. I take 5000 iu of vitamin D3, and I haven't had so much as a sniffle since that time, 6 years. I will never get another flu shot either. "
07/02/2012: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Trish, Could you kindly explain as to how did you make the GSE yourself. We don't get the seed extract in India but in season we do get the Grapefruit, and it is not a bad idea to make it during the season and use it when required. Thanks, Baldev"
[YEA] 09/21/2007: marybeth from volcano, HI: "I have used GSE in the past for candida but I'm looking forward to using it for other things. I live where mold is a problem so I make a mixture of 20 drops GSE, 2 cups water, a few drops tea tree oil and a few drops lavender. I spray it on walls, furniture and it works great. I also put some in my dishwater-where I live there's no water lines to it's just rainwater in a big tank. The GSE helps with any bugs that may be there."Replies
08/26/2010: Linda from Brisbane, Australia replies: "Hi, my partner has been told by a specialist that his asthma is caused by mold in his lungs. Is there anyway that GSE can be used to kill this mold ? not sure if it would be safe to use it in a nebulizer. Any advice or feedback would be appreciated."
08/27/2010: Tenderfoot from Las Cruces, Nm Usa replies: "Linda, I'm not sure if mold is one of the symptoms of copd, but I have tried several different remedies for copd on this site with varying results over the last 2 years. Much of it was very helpful to me including the use of 3% hydrogen peroxide spray, according to Bill Monroe, along with a 1:1 ratio of 3% H2O2 and distilled water in my nebulizer. Having a lot more summer humidity this year my breathing got worse and often needed to use my rescue inhaler. Last month I did some research and found out about yamoa powder which I am using with excellent results within a short period of time and breathing much better now. I wish you the best and hope you find a remedy that works as well. Not being able to get a decent breath is very scary."
08/28/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Linda and all: Have you found out about Oralmat, the Oz-developed non-prescription oral drops(around 1999 was the clinical trials there, and it has been on the market now since early 2000's)?
It is a natural extract of ryegrass, containing many phyto-compounds.
Here is a recent March 2010 5-minute vid testimonial from a guy who used to have asthma:
Near the 3:45 mark he mentions "60 pounds" , which might be the cost there in the UK. That's a lot of money, if he means 1 vial! It is used for both allergy relief and asthma. Some testimonials claim it cured their asthma after only a few weeks or months, rather like yamoa powder in that respect. A 10 ml vial will contain 100 3-drop doses under the tongue. I see it around net sites for up to $60 a vial, but I see it's way cheaper than that in its native Australia, and while I can't provide a direct URL to a commercial biz, I guess I'll just say try healthsuperstore.com because there it's $18 only. They ship only to USA addresses. Sorry about the long paragraphs running together. Editing software screwed up and it won't let me separate them!"
[YEA] 09/14/2011: Pam from Groveland, Fl: "I've taken Grapefruit extract pills for tooth pain and swelling and it takes care of the pain right away and by the third day all seems well. I take it most of the time at night time for several ailments, however I miss some as well and can notice the difference. Last night I had menstral cramps and normally have to take three advils for severe pain, however I did not have any so I popped two grapefruit ones instead and took care of the pain. I slept through the night! Now the only pain I had left was my hubby; cracking his knuckles! ;] if only the extract could silence him!"
[YEA] 08/29/2011: Cheryl from Sturgeon Bay, Wi: "For over a month I had a white coating on tongue diagnosed as thrush. Was given 2 doses of nystatin. Didn't work. Was told to get Grapefruit seed extract as acts as antifungal. Took internally for one week. The next week I emptied the capsules and put it directly on my tongue. After 3 days the white coating was definately better. Been 6 days now & almost completely gone. Will continue for another week to take internally & put on tongue to make sure gone.. Notice I feel better now also. Not as tired & my bowel constipation has cleared up. I think this is a wonderful cure & it works!!!"
[YEA] 01/01/2011: Jody from Boston, Ma: "I use the liquid form (diluted in water, as per the directions) of grapefruit seed extract (or GSE). It helps me with a wide variety of issues: keeps my digestion on track, seems to stop colds in their tracks, and (once you get past the taste, which is admittedly bitter), it makes for a VERY refreshing gargle/mouthwash/mouth rinse. (More specifically, you feel refreshed when you are finished rinsing. ) It also seems to make my tongue pinker and healthier looking and my teeth whiter, though I may be imagining that part. I also like to use it externally as a face wash (I make a sort of homemade paste or mask using a few drops of the GSE, some baking soda and a bit of water. )
It can also be used (diluted in water) to wash veggies. I don't have pets myself, but I have read online in multiple places that it is also useful for treating various animal ailments. Overall, it has turned out to be quite a miracle treatment for me with an astonishing array of uses. I am so happy there are communities like this one where we can share our stories of natural healing. Thanks for the opportunity to share!"
[YEA] 10/21/2010: Janet from Alexandria, La, United States: "Grapefruit Seed Extract is excellent treatment for the following:
1. Diverticulitis: Mix 2-3 oz orange juice with 6-15 drops of GSE at the first sign of pain or dull ache, and continue 2-3 times a day until the danger goes away.
2. Any sign of illness: same as above.
3. Sore Throat: Same as above, but gargle it in your throat before swallowing.
4. Bleeding Gums: Place 6 drops of GSE in the reservoir of a water pik, along with an ounce of Hydrogen Peroxide. Fill the reservoir with warm tap water and use the water pik as directed on package.
5. Acne and any minor wounds: place one drop of GSE in the palm of your hand, and one drop of tap water. Mix it up with your finger, and rub onto the wound. This reverses the progress of infection and inflamation. Overnight success!"
[YEA] 04/05/2008: Rebekah from Melbourne, Australia: "After taking Grapefruit Seed Extract for two days my perioral dermatitis (that i have battled with for two years) disappeared.....and i mean gone !!! I almost couldn't believe it myself but i am keen to share this "miracle" cure with other people suffering similar skin conditions. Take orally in 250ml of water , 8-10 drops of the oil twice daily. I had no luck with the ACV for my skin but grapefruit seed extract did the trick !!!"
[YEA] 03/27/2008: Miller from Austin, Tx: "I, too, have recently used Grapefruit Seed Extract (one drop per ounce of water), applying it several times a day for a couple of days, and it immediately dried up and mostly disappeared. I'm in the process now of applying once a day for a more extended period of time."
[YEA] 12/05/2006: Deirdre from London, England: "Grapefruit seed extract "citricidal" cures ringworm. I used about 4 drops in 3 tablespoons luke warm water, twice daily, applied with cotton-wool pad. It got rid of my cat's ringworm in about 7 days."Replies
[WARNING!] 06/03/2008: Whitby from UK replies: "Grapefruit in various forms has multiple toxic interractions with prescribed drugs including valium/diazepam some bp lowering drugs and many others. Please consult a docor or pharmacist before use if you take medication: http://www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Spa/4415/grapefruit.html"
04/14/2009: Teresa from Bay City, MI replies: "The Grapefruit seed extract is not the same as Grapefruit Juice so you don't have to worry about interactions with drugs. It is taken from the seed of the Grapefruit."
02/19/2010: Menderfire9 from Tacoma, Wa, Usa replies: "04/14/2009: Regarding the non-substantiated statement made by Teresa from Bay City, MI on 04/14/09 assuring us that "The Grapefruit seed extract is not the same as Grapefruit Juice so you don't have to worry about interactions with drugs. It is taken from the seed of the Grapefruit."... I would think that this issue is much too serious an issue to leave to comments that are not backed by science here. Please show more documented evidence that there is no negative interactions with drugs before making statements regarding safety. Thank you sincerely."
05/12/2010: Teresa from Bay City, Mi replies: "To Menderfire9 from Tacoma, Wa: Go the website for Grapefruit seed extract for your science. They have done many studies and also tell you that you can take this product with medication such as bp meds. They would not be able to make this claim if it were not true."
[YEA] 12/25/2008: Mike from Wellfleet, MA: "I had recurring problems with scalp fungus. It wasn't too bad in summer, when I was out in the sun and swimming in salt water, but come late fall and winter I would get large pieces of scalp flaking off and my hair would be greasy. My hair was thinning out and my scalp was itchy.
I tried GSE (grapefruit seed extract) by putting a few drops in my shampoo. I mixed them together in the palm of my hand each time I shampooed, which was every other day.I left the lather in for two minutes or so. The results were immediate, now I just have a slight touch of dandruff, no itch and my hair seems to be getting a little thicker. My hair and scalp definitely look better as well."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 07/08/2011: Andrew from Charlottetown, Pei, Canada: "Ive had sinus problems for years but mainly on the right side. Ive been trying a lot of different combos to find anything that may help with this problem from ACV to Coconut oil to Grapefruit Seed Extract. I was doing nasal rinses with Sea salt and a pinch of Baking Soda and I tried putting 5 to 7 drops of Grapefruit Seed extract in the bottle. I found this to drain my sinuses a lot but after the drainage stopped my sinuses became very clogged or inflamed. Â Would this be from the Grapefruit Seed Extract being too harsh or the amount too much.. Thanks for any suggestions..."Replies
06/23/2012: Pwk69 from Chicago, Illinois, Usa replies: "Try only 3-4 drops of GSE but add 3% peroxide lets say about 10 drops."
[YEA] 12/23/2009: Rjforshort from Dover, Oh, United States: "Grapefruit seed extract nasal wash cured sinus infection
On sign of a sinus infection, I did a 2 cup nasal cleanse (with the nasal syringe) using 2 cups of water, 1/2 tsp salt and 8 drops grapefruit seed extract. I experienced an immediate 'stuffing up' but by morning was symptom free. I repeated cleanse before I went to work and have had no problems since! Worked great!"Replies
[YEA] 08/25/2010: Atang from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa replies: "Yea for the grapefruit seed extract. I've been having a disgusting nasal odor, almost like poop or rubbish, that was so bad that I dreaded going out in public because people could smell it even if they weren't right next to me. Riding in cars was torture for me and others because the smell would fill up the car within 1 minute. Anyway I tried alot of things- antibiotics, nose creams, irrigating my nasal passages with water and combining some things: tea tree oil/acv/salt/baking soda/iodine. Nothing worked. I assume I had an infection up there even though I had no real pain or discomfort, just post nasal drip and that odor that even I couldnt stand. Anyway as a last resort I ordered GSE, it arrived at work this morning and I went to the bathroom immediately to irrigate my sinuses with it (a few drops in a cup of water) and the relief seemed almost immediate- the people in my office stopped coughing and sniffing (the odor was that bad! ) and I can't smell it anymore. My nose has been running the whole day which is a good thing because all that yuck is coming out. I'm blowing my nose every 30 seconds. I plan to do this irrigation for a full week to make sure no bacteria/fungi survive then maybe I'll irrigate with probiotic powder for another week to replace the good bacteria. As a side note, I'm also on an anti-candida diet, and on the following supplements: quercitin, vitamin C, fish oil, fulvic acid and s salivarius probiotics. So hopefully the fungus/bad bacteria won't ever have a change to grow back. But I never got relief from the nose odor until GSE. (If the nose odor comes back I will come back to report, otherwise assume that the GSE nailed it. )Now if someone could tell me a cure that works for bad breath from the MOUTH, I'd be the happiest person alive!"
08/26/2010: Renee from Bergen Co., Nj replies: "Please try taking liquid chlorophyll for the bad odor in your mouth. It will be good for your overall health as well. 1 Tablespoon in water 1-2 times/day. If upset stomach occurs, use a little less. Mine says to take first thing in the morning and before bed, but I take it with food because I have a sensitive stomach. Great for post-nasal drip, by the way."
12/06/2012: Katy from Clinton, Wa replies: "I bought a water pik and use a couple drops of GSE in it every day for gums, and over all mouth health. Has pretty much cured my peridontal issues. Also use with saline rinse, (add couple drops of GSE) for sinus."
09/19/2010: Shelby from Newburgh, In: "I had been struggling with a staph infection near my right eye since November 2009. I tried cremes and a variety of natural remedies, however the most effective was grapefruit seed extract. It pulled the infection up to the surface where my body and oxygen was able to kill it. I am terribly allergic to citrus and so it gave me quite a nasty rash, but I just fixed that with vitamin E. Definately go with GSE, it is messy when the infection surfaces, and you must be careful not to spread it more, but now there is nothing near my eye and my face is whole again. I thought I would never be well and lo and behold I am."
08/09/2009: David from Tacoma, Washington: "Grapefruit seed extract.
The wikipedia article cited states that no studies have proven its ability to kill pathogens.
Simply google: Grapefruit seed extract tea tree staph.
There are several science articles stating the same thing.
G.S.E. combined with tea tree kills one strain of MRSA.
G.S.E. combined with Geranium oil kills the other strain of MRSA.
So dont listen to the wiki article author tell you that there is "no scientific evidence". "
EC: Here's the entry -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grapefruit_seed_extract
[YEA] 08/02/2010: Shelby from Evansville, In replies: "You are definitely right about the grapefruit seed extract. I have finally gotten control of a nasty staph infection near my right eye using it. After 7 months of trying everything in the book, this is the only stuff I have found that is reducing the infection and making me feel as if I can finally kill this thing."