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Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy: Benefits and Side Effects

Colds and Flu

26 User Reviews
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Posted by Rodica (Mableton, Georgia) on 10/07/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Grant Greene (Lafayette, Colorado) on 04/21/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Susan (Atlanta, GA) on 02/05/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Mark (Malaga, Spain) on 10/27/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Brian (Newark, OH) on 05/27/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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)
510 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.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Devonia (Benld, IL) on 03/26/2006
5 out of 5 stars

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

Colds and Flu
Posted by Brian (Florida)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Donna (Aspen, CO)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Teri (Rapid City, South Dakota)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Deirdre (Los Angeles)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Christel (USA)
1 out of 5 stars

I tried using hydrogen peroxide in my ear last night to ward off the beginnings of a cold. It worked fabulously in my left ear; bubbled and fizzed, then drained out smoothly. Really quite pleasant. So I went on to my right ear. It will not drain out! My sinus issues are much improved, and I slept fine, but this morning my right ear is still clogged and beginning to ache. I tried the hydrogen peroxide again, hoping it would sort out whatever had gone wrong. But no luck. If it had worked the same in both ears I would be quite pleased with the home-cure, but as it's left me with a whole new pain to deal with ... I don't think I'll try it again.

Colds and Flu
Posted by Ted (Thailand)

I have never ever recommended the use of Hydrogen peroxide in the ears. Yes H2O2 works very well, but not by the ear. It works best when taken internally. Especially when you also add a small amount of vinegar. (It becomes peracetic acid, which is great medicine against SARS - sars don't like acid). For me the most efficient way to get H2O2 into my system without doing dubious things such as IV is to slosh or spray 3% H2O2 on my arms, legs, feet, hands, neck, chest and back. It is much more efficient than putting them in your ears. Of course if you want to get rid of ear wax using H2O2 this is o.k. but not as a cold prevention. A cold prevention or viral outbreak would have been much more effective to use it via mouth wash and putting on skin. Simple reason: your body's skin have the largest areas for H2O2 absorption. H2O2 gets absorbed through the skin quite more efficiently than the intestinal tract, but intestinal tract is also important to take some H2O2 to clear up the pathogens. By the way, viruses also get absorbed through the skin this way to by actions of Langerhan's cells, which unfortunately goes directly to the lymph system and destroys your immune system just the same. To prevent tricky viruses, use H2O2 frequently on the skin. It prevents such from destroying your most prized possession of your body necessary to maintain health your immune system. My favorite way to rid of pathogens, at least no. 1 is to slosh my mouth (after brushing teeth WITHOUT fluoride) using 3% H2O2. I now do this every day. Foams just come shooting out, just to show you how much bacteria I have. I will not recommend anyone doing 3% just start with 0.5-1% H2O2 and once you get use to it you can work yourself up as best as you see fit. A majority of people are much more sensitive than me therefore please lean on the safe side. I am not totally successful in killing of pathogens with a clear rate of success, but H2O2 is the best I have seen so far.

Colds, Plantar's Wart

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Johnsdaughter (USA) on 09/10/2012
5 out of 5 stars

So far so good! 3% FG H2O2, 3 drops in each ear for 3 minutes! Diluted 35% into 3% by 1:11 H2O2 to distilled water (pure home distilled). I used it for months as toothpaste 3% 1:2 H2O2 to bicarbonate of soda - fresh, smooth and white teeth! I also use it as an occasional mouthwash/ gargle -- yuck but effective.

Never knew I had any issues with hearing until I used H2O2 when I felt a cold coming on. Boy, was the TV loud!

My son is a convert and loves H2O2 as fizz shows peroxide soldiers are battling nasty bugs! He has been a fan since the soldiers fought and vanquished his large and painful plantar's wart. The cure was 3% - easily applied with sport cap from drinking bottle isolating verruca and 'soldiers poured from above. No pain, no worry with spills ....easy!!

Colds, Sinus Infections

1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Gary (Granite Falls, N.c.) on 11/03/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I saw your article and the warning "do not spray in nose". I do. I have been doing so for almost three years and I have only had one very minor cold since. Before that I has sinus infection after sinus infection. I used to use half and half saline nose spray with peroxide, now I just use 3% peroxide. If I feel the slightest cold symptom (congestion, that funny taste, ect) I use it three to six times daily and usually kill the cold before I start feeling bad. The last little cold I got was because I hadn't done my regular one or twice a week regimen for about a month. Everyone who I have told about this and actually tried it has had some positive results with no negative results yet.


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Posted by Marti (Hillsdale, Mi) on 07/29/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I was Dx with COPD a few yrs back and none of the inhalers perscribed helped. I started doing a natural remedy and have been drinking the 35% food grade H2O2 diluted at a ratio of 5 drops H2O2 to 8 oz distilled water once a day and I have more energy and have not been on the inhalers for 2 months now. I can breathe alot easier. In this suffocating heat I did not have any trouble.

Replied by Chadi10
(N/a, Uae)

Hi Marti, good post, what brand you used and what time of the day you drink it?