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Hydrogen Peroxide as a Natural Remedy: Benefits and Precautions

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Posted by Theresa (Auburn, Indiana) on 01/02/2009

Hydrogen Peroxide kept me from getting the cold/flu I felt coming on. The first time I tried using Hydrogen Peroxide in my both of my ears was when I was visiting my sister in Illinois, about 5 years ago. I had just arrived from the 5 hour drive and could feel that I was getting a cold or flu. My sister suggested placing a few (6 to 7) drops of hydrogen peroxide in my ear, letting it fizz, then let it drain and repeat the process in the other ear. I went to bed that evening after using the hydrogen peroxide and woke up feeling great! I never did get that cold... I've repeated this process each time I felt as though I was coming down with the cold or flu. It has worked 90% of the time. The key is to catch it early! The longer you wait to use the hydrogen peroxide once you have the first symptoms, the less likely it will work. I've shared this with others, but most are hesitant to try it. I haven't had any bad experiences with this method.

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Posted by Carol (Wellston, MI) on 12/17/2008

I have used hydrogen peroxide as a gargle for many years. My weak spot for a bug to come into my body is my throat, so when I get a sore throat or infected tonsils, I gargle with a capful of 3% hp so that it reaches the tonsils, (gag a little) and then spit it out. Repeat after 2 or 3 hours, and perhaps one more time later in the day. 90% of the time, my oncoming cold is nipped in the bud!

I also use a homemade paste of 3% hp and baking soda, with a drop of peppermint oil for toothpaste. I keep it in a closed jar to prevent drying out.

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Posted by Jennifer (Henderson, NV) on 08/14/2008

In 2006, I worked in an office where a few women would literally be sick with colds, flu, etc. like every other week. No Joke! Well, they had small children at home and I'm sure this is where they were continuing to pick up viruses from. But they would keep coming to work -they wouldn't call in sick, so they would be coughing, sneezing using the phones, touching fax/copy machines, spreading their germs around continuously on the equipment that we ALL used.

SICK of catching their viruses, my friend looked up remedies for the common cold. She found something about peroxide in your ears could stop a cold before it could develop.

Well I tried it, and I have been doing it for the past year and a half every time I feel one coming on. If I feel a sore throat, runny nose, etc coming on I just use a small eyedropper and put about 4-5 drops of 3% peroxide (bought at any drug store) in one ear, (tilt head over the sink) and wait about 2-3 mins until you feel the peroxide stop bubbling and get thru the ear wax. Repeat in other ear.

This has saved me so much time, money and kept me side-effect-free, that I can't be grateful enough for finding out about it.

This past winter I worked in another office where mostly women worked, and once again kept getting and bringing to work all the wintertime viruses for colds and flu. If I felt anything coming on, I just did the peroxide remedy and am happy to say I remained healthy all winter long while surrounded by repeatedly sick co-workers. I told them all about the peroxide in the ear remedy, but they were skeptical and I don't think any of them tried it. Even when I challenged them to the fact that I was the only one in the office who had not been sick at all and had missed no work~
There should be a LAW :)

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Posted by William (Fresno, CA) on 06/25/2008

Why Peroxide Works for Viruses

There is a lot of talk here about virus' performing all sorts of acrobats and warfare against humans by mysteriously entering the body from thin air. Lets first get it straight that viruses are genomes, genomes are dead cell matter produced by dying cells. If you want to know what dead cells up to these days, just visit your local cemetary. They don't enter thru your ears or skin. They're DEAD, incapable of launching any tactic, incapable of conceiving the things they are 'reproted' to do. They are the 21st century "demons to be cast out". Get real people, the virus's start inside you and what you really have is too much death when you are sick, H2O2 assists and fortifies your body's natural ability to rid itself of the death (aka virus). WE NEED OXYGEN TO CARRY AWAY THE DEAD CELLS TO THE APPROPRIATE RELIEF PASSAGES TO DETOXIFY WITH MINIMAL TO NO ADVERSE REACTION TO THE PROCESS. Another helpful healer is to stop or reduce the amount of poison you are subjecting yourself to.

Replied by Connie

Doesn't HP provide oxygen to the body???

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Posted by Sandy (In the sticks, Nevada) on 11/24/2007

We have been using hydrogen peroxide for years to fight off earaches and colds. My kids and I used to go to the dr. all the time for earaches and end up with a big dr. bill and antibiotics. Then we heard about peroxide. I keep the peroxide in a small glass bottle with an eyedropper. The moment anyone starts to get a sore throat or their ears hurt even a tiny bit, we put one eyedropper full in each ear. Hold the bottle in your hand to warm the peroxide a bit (otherwise it feels like ice water going in) and have the person lie flat on their side. I like to leave the peroxide in until it stops bubbling, but even a few minutes may be enough to help. Drain the peroxide out when you are done and dry the ear thoroughly. A nurse told me that the peroxide would burn a hole through the lining of the ear(Has anyone ever heard of this before?), but we have done this for almost 10 years with no problems.

Replied by Pahlee
(Phila, Pa)

No!! I have never heard that h2o2 will burn holes in the ear, my daughter has been using this solution for years, as she has reared 3 girls and hasn't heard of it either, should I come across some information about this, I will forward it to this site.

Replied by Wayne

If you are using food grade 35% H2O2, you will undoubtedly get a burn.

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Posted by Rodica (Mableton, Georgia) on 10/07/2007

12 yrs. ago I've read a book from _____ about H2O2. I was hooked. I found 35%H2O2 through mail order. I started to drink it diluted about 10 drops in a glass of 10-12 oz. I usually drink it if I had flu or bad colds. In every case the cold cleared in one day. What a blessing was that book for me. I told it to many people about my experience but they were skeptical. Make sure you follow the right amount and it should not be a problem.

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Posted by Grant Greene (Lafayette, Colorado) on 04/21/2007

I have been using the following method to treat all colds for the past 15 years, and since first trying it, use nothing else to treat colds.

I use the cap from the peroxide bottle and put 1/4 cap of peroxide the rest of the cap is filled with water dripped from the faucet.

I put a finger over one nostril and sniff the mixture up the other nostril. I repeat this with the other nostril.

One cap full (1/4 peroxide 3/4 water) usually will treat both nostrils. When the solution drains down the nostril passage to the throat, I spit it out and blow my nose.

Guess what? Instant relief then and there not ten minutes later but then and there. When you blow your nose you will be amazed at what comes out.

This is especially great for head colds, but also sore throat and stops coughing colds as well. I usually only have to do this twice at about 8 hour intervals. After that or by the next morning were talking, what cold?

I have not tried using the inhaling through the mouth method since I have discovered that the cold always appears to be in the nostril passage. Even the sore throat symptom is in the nasal passage between the nose and throat and you will feel where it is when the mixture drains down the nostril passage. If you find that a 1/4 peroxide to 3/4 water too strong, i.e., stings too much, use slightly less peroxide and more water. I sniff rather than spray the mixture as I found that spraying does not atomize and coat the entire nostril passage as well as when the mixture is sniffed.

Try it and you will also be amazed.

Replied by Greta

What do you put this mixture in, In order to sniff it?

A bowl?

EC: Per his post, he used the cap from the peroxide bottle.

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Posted by Susan (Atlanta, GA) on 02/05/2007

Re: Peroxide & Eucalyptus oil in a cool mist humidifier: My 11 year-old daughter is very resistant to trying home remedies other than the little pellets under the tongue (Boiron's products are awesome). Oscillo works AMAZINGLY well if you can take it within a few hours of the onset of flu symptoms. But, a friend told me to mix about 1 part peroxide to 3 parts water into a cool (not hot) mist humidifier and run it at night for her. It is great for breathing, though it does "highlight" the hair and eyebrows (we think it's great :o). I've used this method for years now for the whole family with great results for everything from sinus trouble to the flu. She's been antibiotic-free for about 6 years now. Very impressive for a child that was on about two to three rounds per year.

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Posted by Mark (Malaga, Spain) on 10/27/2006

I had bad sinus infections on and off for a year; Doctor put me on 4 ot 5 different antibiotics, which helped for a while, but infection always came back after treatment finished. Went to a Natural Health doctor, who cured it with herbs and h2o2 !! Now whenever we feel colds starting we gargle with h202 and 9 out of 10 the cold never develops.

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Posted by Brian (Newark, OH) on 05/27/2006

I heard many years ago that the cold/flu virus enters the body through the ears. As a healthcare professional, it seemed utterly ridiculous that anybody would be so "ignorant" as to believe this -- clearly . . . medical science has shown that viruses are typically transmitted through contact with mucous membranes (touch the door knob, pick your nose -- voila). I wasn't feeling well one day -- actually, for about two or three days, and I decided -- what the heck, I'll pour some peroxide in my ears, and see what happens. I swear, on all that is holy -- I did this twice a day for two days, and when I woke the third morning, I felt SO much better! I don't know if the peroxide CURED me or not, but -- my cold was gone -- so, I don't care.

Replied by Pahlee
(Phila, Pa)

Good for you, if it really worked, but I would like to pass this on, but I need to know how much of the h202 did you use for your treatment for the ears?

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
509 posts

Answer to question re H202 in the ears:

Hello Pahlee,

I haven't used H202 for colds, but I do use it for external ear infections. For the amount, it depends on the ear. I just fill the ear canal, which for my ear takes about
1/2 capful (standard 1 pint drugstore bottle cap size).

The only contraindication I have heard of is a ruptured tympanic membrane (ear drum) which I question, in view of the fact that it can be taken internally (oral & inhalation methods according to our EC family members). Personally I find my stomach doesn't like H202, but what little goes to the stomach with Bill's inhalation method, so far, it will tolerate.

Replied by Bill
(Clarkston, Mich)

Good for you Brian. I also was very worried about what would happen if i used hydrogen peroxide. But, here i am 4 years later and i have not had the flu of a cold.

Replied by Scott
(Anaheim, Ca)

The TCM theory is the ears contain acupuncture points for all the body parts. When you put h202 into the ears, you are putting it directly into your blood system to cure your ailments. This is why h202 works in the ears and why ear acupuncture works also.

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Posted by Devonia (Benld, IL) on 03/26/2006

I have been using the h2o2 drops in my ears for 2 years now. Since that time I have been cold and flu free. I used to get them 2x a year plus terrible sinus infections. What a relief! I share it with everyone, even total strangers in stores if I see they have a cold.

Replied by Lisa
(Stamford, Ct)

By accident I put a couple of drops of the 29% H202 in my ear (forgot I had to dilute it down). My ear was fizzing and bubbling. It's been about 40 minutes the fizzing has just stopped but I'm not sure if my ear feels funny. Am I ok? Did I do something seriously wrong? Now, I see on this site they say to dilute it for putting in ears. Thank you for your help! Lisa

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Posted by Brian (Florida)

I have found that peroxide in the ear can stop a cold even after it starts. I lucked up when doing this method, I didn't know about these home remedies then, I was just off from work because I was sick and decided to clean out my ears because I had extra time. Gargling might help to break up irritation and mucus in the throat. I say this because my ears nose and mouth don't seem to be as closed off from on another as the average person. After adding peroxide in my ears, I immediately tasted it in my mouth (really in the back of my throat). It felt like I needed to belch, and when I did, all the stuff in my throat came up. It was weird for me but it does seem to break up and stop symptoms of colds.

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Posted by Donna (Aspen, CO)

I gargled with a capful of hydrogen peroxide mixed into 1/4 cup of water and also swished it around my mouth and the next morning my cold was gone.

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Posted by Teri (Rapid City, South Dakota)

I used the hydrogen peroxide in the ears at the first sign of a runny nose and sore throat. A half an hour later I felt great and I still feel great today.

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Posted by Deirdre (Los Angeles)

Yes, it works! I felt the usual symptoms of a cold last week - low energy, swollen lymphs, etc. and promptly added hydrogen peroxide to each ear for about a minute. I felt better immediately and never got the cold.