Lugol's Iodine Supplements

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The human body needs the basic element iodine, but does not produce its own, and iodine deficiency is common. Lugol’s iodine is an excellent way to supplement the body with iodine to correct this deficiency. Iodine, especially in the form of Lugol’s, benefits multiple body processes, making Lugol’s iodine a natural remedy for a variety of health issues. Additionally, since iodine is antiseptic in nature, it can be used topically to fight infections and heal skin conditions.

What is Lugol’s Iodine?

Lugol’s iodine was created by French scientist Jean Lugol in 1829.

Lugol’s iodine is not the name of a brand of iodine, but the name of a specific formulation of iodine.

Lugol’s Iodine is an aqueous solution of potassium iodide and iodine. “Aqueous solution” simply means that water is the medium for the iodine.

Lugol’s Iodine Benefits

  • Natural antihistamine
  • Antioxidant
  • Displaces fluoride
  • Displaces bromide
  • Displaces chlorine
  • Mercury detox
  • Promotes proper hormone balance
  • Strengthens immunesSystem
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Increases metabolism
  • Supports immune system
  • Promotes growth of heath hair, skin, nails
  • Needed for health of bones
  • Protects from radiation
  • Required for proper brain development
  • Reduces hypothyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Part of cancer prevention
  • Necessary for the thyroid gland
  • Kills bacteria, viruses and fungi

Why is Lugol’s Better than other iodine supplements?

Lugol’s Iodine contains three forms of iodine – molecular iodine, iodide, tri-iodide. The body will use different forms for different purposes.

Iodide helps to remove heavy metals like mercury, lead, aluminum, and arsenic from the body.

Iodide is used by the thyroid and salivary glands and the skin.

Elemental iodine is used by the breasts, prostrate, digestive system, and brain.

How Much Lugol’s Solution Should I Use?

There will be a wide range of iodine needs and as with most natural remedies there is no “one size fits all” dosage.

The famous Dr. D. C. Jarvis recommended a tonic twice a week of the following:

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar in a glass of water with 1 drop of Lugol’s (5%) Solution, taken twice a week.

Some alternative doctors recommend 12.5-50 mg of Lugol’s Iodine daily, especially when treating hypothyroidism, autoimmune diseases, and other significant health problems. However, it is wise to work with a trained medical professional when taking larger amounts of Lugol’s solution. Suddenly taking large amounts of iodine (or any supplement for that matter) is likely to cause side effects. This is likely in part due to the fact that iodine is removing metals and toxins from the body.

When the body is deficient in one nutrient, it is not uncommon for it to be deficient in others. When taking Lugol’s solution it is important that “companion nutrients” are also available to the body because iodine works with these nutrients in the body.

Companion Nutrients for Lugol’s Iodine

  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • B Vitamins
  • Magnesium

How Much Iodine is in Lugol’s Solution?

Lugol’s Iodine is typically sold in two strengths – 2% and 5%.

2% Lugol’s Solution

  • 1 drop of 2% solution contains 2.5 mgs of iodine
  • 5 drops of 2% solution contains 12.5 mgs of iodine
  • 20 drops of 2% solution contains 50 mgs of iodine

5% Lugol’s Solution

  • 1 drop of 5% solution contains 6.25 mgs of iodine
  • 2 drops of 5% solution contains 12.5 mgs of iodine
  • 8 drops of 5% solution contains 50 mgs of iodine

When Should Lugol’s Iodine be Taken?

Lugol’s Iodine is ideally taken in the morning or afternoon. Taking it in the late afternoon or evening can cause insomnia since iodine helps to restore energy.

Taking Lugol’s Iodine with food helps with the absorption of iodine.

Companion nutrients can be taken at the same time.

Topical Use of Lugol’s Solution

Lugol’s iodine solution is used topically as a disinfectant and to treat a variety of skin problems.

Lugol’s iodine will cause a temporary staining of the skin! For some, the stain will disappear in a few hours. For others it can take days. Iodine does absorb through the skin and is a preferred way for some to “take” an iodine supplement. However, it can be difficult to ensure how much iodine the body is receiving when using this method. For people who experience side effects from oral use, however, this may be a better way to benefit from iodine.

Skin Problems that Benefit from Topical Iodine Use

  • Warts
  • Skin Tags
  • Moles
  • Dermatitis
  • Fungal Infections
  • Ringworm
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Boils
  • Scars
  • Acne
  • Nasal Polyp
  • Ganglion Cyst

For skin use, apply 5% Lugol’s iodine to the area of concern once or twice daily as long as necessary. If skin is sensitive or broken, 5% may be too strong and 2% used instead. Alternately, after applying iodine massage some castor oil or coconut oil into the iodine painted area to keep the area from stinging or burning.

Oral Use of Lugol’s Iodine

Historically, a sore throat was painted (internally) with iodine.

For oral infections, Lugol’s iodine can be added to water and swished in the mouth. (1 drop in a tablespoon of water.)

The Importance of Iodine

Iodine is included in the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines, and specifically noted for its benefit to the thyroid gland.

Historically, iodine was commonly prescribed by doctors for a variety of health problems, especially for goiter. With the invention of pharmaceutical medications, iodine fell out of favor. Advocates of natural health, however, has helped to re-popularize using iodine supplements to correct iodine deficiency, which in turns relieves health problems caused by iodine deficiency.

Isn’t Iodine in Food?

Of course, the ideal way to get iodine into the body is with food. However, there are a limited number of foods that contain iodine, and levels of iodine in foods is often not enough to supply the daily needs of the body.

What are Food Sources of Iodine?

Some foods that contain iodine are the following:

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Codfish
  • Tuna
  • Seaweed
  • Iodized Salt
  • Cranberries
  • Strawberries
  • Potatoes
  • Eggs
  • Iodized salt

Unfortunately, because soils are often depleted of iodine, many of these foods lack ideal iodine levels.

While fish and sea vegetables can be good sources of iodine, they are often not accessible or utilized.

Other additives in food and water can affect the amount of iodine that is actually available for the body to use.

Iodine used to be added to bread as a dough conditioner. However, it turns out that bromide works well in place of iodine in bread and is less expensive. Not only has this reduced the amount of iodine in common food sources, bromide inhibits the body’s uptake of iodine.

Chlorine and fluoride, common elements added to water supplies, also keep the body from effectively using the iodine it receives through foods.

While iodine is added to table salt, the amount added is the minimum required to keep goiters at bay. Non iodized sea salts are gaining popularity because they are less processed and contain additional trace minerals. And processed foods contain salt without additional iodine. These factors contribute to the very low amounts of iodine available in many modern diets.

Low iodine levels can cause many health problems including hypothyroidism, cretinism (mental retardation) in babies born to mothers whom are iodine deficient, dry skin, hair loss, weight gain, slow metabolism, fibrocystic breast disease, migraines, low resistance to infection, and anxiety to name a few.

Fortunately, iodine supplementation can bring relief to conditions caused by iodine insufficiency, and Lugol’s iodine is an ideal way to supplement with iodine.

Where Can Lugol's Iodine Be Purchased?

Amazon has reasonable prices for Lugol's Iodine. We at Earth Clinic have used the J. Crow's brand for years with great success.

Have you used Lugol’s Iodine? Please tell us about your experience!

Also check out our related pages on:
Iodine Supplements for Health
Thyroid Issues

Acid Reflux

Posted by Angela (Oh) on 10/15/2018
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Like Michelle from Ohio, I too have been cured of horrendous acid reflux with Lugols iodine. I was using it for other reasons and after a few months I realized my acid reflux was completely gone. I have had problems eating oranges, bacon, onions, OJ, etc all my life and now I can eat or drink what ever I want. Glad to hear of someone else getting well with it. I read once that the body needs iodine to make stomach acid that actually stops the reflux.

Replied by Denise
Crescent City, Ca

Wonderful to see this post today, as it was today I just ordered Lugols Iodine. I know I need to be careful not to get too much iodine, so may I ask how much you take? Do you also do coconut oil, and a good salt for iodine content? The main issue I'm having is finding an amount to start with but like my other supplements, there is an amount. I believe the Lugols says 12.5 mg. So, maybe that answers my question;)

I still have some acid reflux, and I also have silent reflux, or sometime called LPR (Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) and find the throat issues almost unbearable at times.

Thank you in advance for any further info on your progress and amounts you use daily;) Denise

Posted by Michelle (Mcarthur, Ohio) on 04/14/2013
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I am happy to say that I have had fantastic results with using The Lugol's Iodine for my acid reflux. I have suffered for years with this ailment and I have had so many prescriptions and special diet restrictions. I can't believe all this time I have been iodine deficient and that was the cause. I took a few drops a day and slowly built up my dose, taking a few days off here and there. After a couple of weeks I realized I was doing better and about a month later I haven't had any problems with my stomach at all. I have had problems with stomach aches since I was a child. This is revolutionary for me. I am telling absolutely everyone about it!

Posted by David (Huntington Beach, California, USA) on 01/04/2009
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Hi, I'm a Chiropractor of over 22 years. I want to add a cure that I got from reading Dr. Donsbach, D.C.

My wife and I found as we got older that we were both starting to have digestive problems and really bad acid reflux at nite. The wholist concept is acid reflux is due to NOT ENOUGH acid! You can confirm if this is the case by taking a tablespoon of ACV when you are getting it, if it stops it, then you are LOW in acid.

The next step in the wholistic approach is to take digestive enzymes and HCl to substitute for the low acid. I always thought this isn't getting to the root problem of WHY isn't the body producing enough acid anymore. This is where Dr Donsbach came in.

He discussed that the body needs IODINE to produce the stomach acid. That made sense in that since becoming a Vegetarian, I don't get much seafood and I keep my salt intake down.

So I ordered Lugol's Solution from Amazon and began taking 2 drops a day in a glass of warm water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, monday through friday with the weekend off. My wife did the same. Sure enough within a few weeks my digestion is back to where it was as a teenager, and acid reflux is gone! My wife had the same results as well as a friend that tried it.

If you go to take the iodine, first make sure you aren't allergic. I think a drop on the inside of the wrist or arm and see if it gets swollen or itchy, is a good test. After that, if no reaction, then you can start with one drop in water and see how that effects you. If you have no problems then you can proceed to the 2 drops.

I've been trying to get this information out there, because when people take antacids and medicines that decrease acid production in the stomach, it greatly limits the bodies ability to digest the food,and starts a process that ends up greatly harming your health.

If the word can get out about this cure, it will help millions to improve their health for less than a penny a day and prevent them from ruining their health as they are trying to help it.

Good luck and please write your feedback here so others can see.

Best wishes for health and happiness,
David from H.B.

Replied by Sara
Dublin, CA

What was the % of the Lugol's Solution used? J. Crow's still sells 5% as well as the 2% version.

Replied by Jen
Kellersburgh, Pa

The Lugols solution comes in 2% and 5%. How do you know what dose? Thanks

Replied by Hersche Chocolatte
South Africa
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I can't believe I've stumbled upon this! I have been experiencing severe "heart" attacks and stabbing pains in my neck...long story short, had the gastro and Ecg checks done, Ecg is 100% clear, got a rx to treat GERD but chose not to get it cos my integrated practitioner advised against this and suggested Betaine Hydrochloride to increase acid levels, Digestive enzymes, Probiotics and Lugol's Iodine for thyroid issues and reflux. Unfortunately, I haven't followed it in this way, will surely do now!

Thank you very much David! (David (Huntington Beach, California, USA) on 01/04/2009)

Replied by Dan
Lodi, N.j.

Essential public service announcement.Thank you, Doctor!

Body Dryness

Posted by Doc Sheila (Toronto, Canada) on 08/09/2009
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Dry Mouth Dry Eye cures

I use potassium iodide :Lugol's solution for all dryness in the body, vaginal dryness,dry eyes, dry nose,dry mouth.
It is excellent as anti septic, anti biotic ati viral etc
3 drops 1-3% lugol's in juice or water 2x/daily

Replied by Andrea
Chico, Ca

I have Sjogren's Disease (Syndrome) and am drying from the inside out, particularly afraid it will dry my internal organs. I have very dry mouth, and severely dry eyes right now, and I don't want this to progress. I am wondering if you are still having good luck with this 2-3% solution 3X/day? Are you using Lugol's? If not, what brand are you using and can I get it without a prescription?

Thanks for any help you can give.

Replied by Diamond
Ma., US

Andrea; I have used a natural remedy for over twenty years-called black cohosh, it has been a God send for all these years. As for dry eyes, it's just the greatest, it also supports the whole system. Black Cohosh can be bought in most any drug stores and some of the leading stores.I thought I would add an extra alternative for many others to use. Good Luck...

Replied by Lauren
Tucson, Arizona

Iodine has wonderful health benefits and you must take the companion nutrients along with it in order for it to be beneficial -- otherwise you will most probably have health problems. It is imperative to add this information and information on the salt loading protocol to the main description of iodine on this earth clinic site, to avoid people having problems with iodine and perpetuating the myth that iodine is bad for you. Please, if you have privileges to do that, do your research and add information on the the hyper-importance of the companion nutrients and salt loading to the description of iodine.

The companion nutrients are: selenium (200 to 600 micrograms); magnesium (400 - 600 milligrams); Vitamin C (3,000 to 10,000 milligrams); 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt per day. If a person has autoimmune thyroid disease they would add Vitamins B2 and B3 - 100 mg riboflavin and 500 mg niacin, 1-2x per day. (People with autonomous nodule (toxic nodule) of the thyroid should not take iodine, so it is important for people with thyroid nodules to find out if the nodule is caused by Graves' Disease or a toxic nodule (Toxic Multinodular Goiter) -- see Grave's remission case report on

If you want to avoid the flush from niacin (the flush is not a health problem, but some people prefer not to experience it), then go with the niacinimide form (inositol hexanicotinate); stay completely away from the "timed release" or slow release forms of B3 as they have caused problems.

Iodine, which is very good for health, is in the same category of elements as bromide, chlorine, and fluoride, which are toxic to the human body. This category is called halogens -- they all go to the same receptors in our cells. We are surrounded by the toxic halogens, contained, for example, in our water supply and in things like flame retardant on mattresses. If a person has toxic halogens stored in their cells, when they take iodine, the iodine will begin to displace the toxic halogens, kicking them back into the bloodstream, and then the kidneys will excrete them through the urine. If the toxic halogens start hanging out in the bloodstream for a while before the kidneys can excrete them, they can cause a whole host of detox symptoms, so it is important to know that taking half a teaspoon of unrefined salt in 8 ounces of water, followed immediately by 12 ounces clear, filtered water will help the kidneys flush the toxic halogens right away (the sodium binds with the halogens). See for the salt-loading protocol as well as a list of bromide detox symptoms and iodine-literate practitioners. This is one reason why some people get confused and think they are "allergic" to iodine -- they take iodine without companion nutrients or without doing the salt push should they experience bromide detox.

One way to avoid detox symptoms altogether is to take one drop of 5% Lugol's solution per day, along with the companion nutrients, for one week. The next week increase to 2 drops per day, and so on, until reaching 16 drops per day, which is 100 milligrams of iodine. Another way, which I am less familiar with but which is described at, is to start right away with 16 drops of Lugol's 5% (100 milligrams iodine) or iodine in pill form, per day. Some people have experienced freedom from asthma using that dose. See curezone for that info as well as the other conditions that have iodine has affected positively. It can take quite a while at 100 milligrams (or more) per day to reach a state of iodine sufficiency. The length of time it takes depends on how ill a person is, for example it might take 6 months for a healthy person, or 3 years for someone with cancer. Once sufficiency is reached, the protocol is to drop down to a maintenance dose of, say, 50 mg per day.

Good sources of information on iodine are (lots of medical articles),, which has a free download guide to supplementing with iodine, and the iodine yahoo group. offers iodine testing.


Posted by Angela (New York, US) on 05/26/2014

Re: Lugol Iodine for Celiac. I have a question for Lugol Iodine. I was reading really good reviews on earth clinic and I like to try it. I am gluten and dairy intolerance. I have low energy and feel dizzy sometimes. My hair is very dry and I also have eczema. Please advice that should I take it or not and if you have any link to buy lugol iodine, please post that too. Thank you so much

EC: You may find some helpful information in this article about Lugol's.

Replied by Catootje

It sounds like you have a B12 deficiency. Please investigate yourself (Weston Price Foundation). Kind regards, C

Replied by Karlie
Mesa, Az

Angela (New York, US), I see that this was in 2014, so I hope you still get this, but try water kefir. It has probiotics & B vitamins. It should help with your gluten and dairy intolerance, give you energy, which the low energy is probably causing your dizzy spells. And is a sign of B deficiency. Buy the kefir water grains, very cheap, go to youtube, and learn how to make water kefir. Cheap, easy, and a continual supply.


Posted by Bev (Long Beach, Ca) on 03/20/2011
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I came down with a cold on a Friday. Used 1 drop of Lugol's in a glass of water 4 x that day then increased to 2 drops the next and 3 drops the third day. By Monday the cold was gone. Hope this helps.

Replied by Lynn
Victoria , Bc

Will give this a try! Started with 1 drop this am in distilled water, will try again to reach 4 drops today , will let you know if this kicks it out as have had this re occurring since Dec 23rd /14

Posted by Cindy (Shady Cove, OR)
5 out of 5 stars

I use Lugol's iodine anytime I am getting a cold. I was a chronic user of antibiotics because of asthma. I have not had a bout with bronchitis because anytime i am getting a cold or virus I put 6 drops of Lugol's in water 3 times over a 24 hour period and the infection is gone. I actually have one day colds now. I follow up with acidophilus for my stomach and milk thistle for my liver. This really works and probably will work for Bird flu if you keep a supply in your cupboard.

Converting Lugol's to Milligrams

Posted by Jolole (Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia) on 07/11/2013

I have researched for hours the information re iodine benefits and also checked the contributions on earthclinic site where I found the conversion table for the various strength of Lugols iodine in mgs. I bought online a bottle of Lugols and the label states as contents: purified water, 10% Iodide, 5% Iodine. The conversion table mentions both 15% and 5% of Lugols, which one do I take to converse to mgs ?? I have started with 1 drop in glas of water daily, but also read that this might take a year to really improve my health. I have used it now for 4 days, have no problems digesting it and wonder how many drops or mgs I can take with this product. Can anyone help out here. Blessings and good health to all.

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Hi Jolole from Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia - Here is what Bill (very knowledgeable in these things) posted awhile ago:

02/13/2012: Bill from San Fernando, The Philippines replies: "There seems to be some confusion over the use of Lugol's Iodine. What people tend to always forget is that the drop dosage of say 50 mgs of 5% Lugol's Iodine per day is completely different from the same 50 mg drop dosage from say a 2% Lugol's Iodine solution. A single drop of 5% strength, Lugol's Iodine -- where one drop contains 6. 25 mgs iodine -- would be about 8 drops. A single drop of 2% Lugol's Iodine would therefore contain only 2. 50 mgs of Iodine. So to get a 50 mgs dose from a 5% LI solution would be only 8 drops, whereas a 50 mgs doasage from a 2% LI solution would require 20 drops(2. 5 times more).

To help clarify this, here is a table that shows total Iodine content per drop for different % strengths of Lugol's Iodine:

Hope that helps! Cheers, Bess

Replied by Jolole
Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia

Hi Bess, I had seen this table but not certain if the product I bought was 15% or 5% iodine. It was advertised as a 15%, but I now assume that the % only relate to the iodine part. This would mean that I have a 5% solution. Is that correct? Thanks and blessings.

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Hi again Jolole from Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia - Sorry I misunderstood your question (I'll blame it on the heat! ).

Your bottle is a 5% solution [5% solution consists of 5% (wt/v) iodine and 10% (wt/v) potassium iodide mixed in distilled water]. I use a 5% solution also and that's what's on my label. Since I'm hypothyroid, I take 2 drops every morning in water which works out to be 12. 5 mg daily. Cheers, Bess

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Hi again Jolole from Beaconsfield, Tasmania, Australia - Sorry I misunderstood your question (I'll blame it on the heat! ).

Your bottle is a 5% solution [5% solution consists of 5% (wt/v) iodine and 10% (wt/v) potassium iodide mixed in distilled water]. I use a 5% solution also and that's what's on my label. Since I'm hypothyroid, I take 2 drops every morning in water which works out to be 12. 5 mg daily. Cheers, Bess


Posted by Fats1964 (Doncaster, UK) on 04/10/2015

I need to know how much iodine is in each droplet, not the full dropper. I get conflicting info.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

Hi Fats1964...The amount of iodine per drop would also depend on what percentage strength lugols iodine you are using(which you never mentioned). For example, if you're using 5% LI then the amount per drop would be 6.25 mgs. But if you are using 2% LI then the amount would be 2.50 mgs iodine per drop.

For the full range -- see the drop to mgs table in this link.

Replied by Celine De Jesus

Hi Bill,

I would like to purchase Lugol's Solution 5% to treat my diabetes, GERD and my sinusitis. I'd tried to purchase in amazon but my address is not accepted. Kindly reply where I can purchase here in Manila. I really badly needed your help.


Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

Hi Celine...It's been a while since I bought lugols iodine in the Philippines. Here are some possible places in Manila where you might be able to buy it:

1039 Banawe st, Manressa Quezon City
tel (632) 3622024; (632) 4758212; (63) 908 4599829
They sell 5% Lugols Iodine

San Francisco
930-G Del Monte Ave,
1104 Quezon City,
Tel: 632-4116692

Ear Infection

Posted by Jacqueline (Devon, Uk) on 09/25/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Hi there,

I used to get horrendous ear infections a few years ago. After 3, ineffective, courses of antibiotics and 4 months of near complete deafness, pain and tinnitus, I decided to use my Lugols 7%. that I had used orally a year or so previously.. I got an old eye dropper and cleaned it out with boiling water. I filled it 1/4 full of Lugol's and the rest with the boiled, cool water. I put 3 drops, into the ears 3 times a day for the next 4 days. The pain vanished completely, my hearing returned and the noises went away, never to return.

I got the idea to try this from reading a clinical trial conducted on children in the remore African bush, obviously far from the nearest doctor. They administered the Lugol's neat, and 10 drops a day, but I thought that sounded a bit harsh, so adapted down. They had complete resolution of ear infections, even supporating inner ear infections; they all went away - the trial must still be on the internet somewhere.

Hope this has been helpful. I know that if I ever get a painful ear again, I won't be going to the doctor, I'll sort it myself.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

Jacqueline, would you know if this would clear up a long-standing tinnitus?


Hi Mmsg,

I don't know, as my tinnitus was purely a side effect of the ear infection, so of course, it vanished when the infection did. No harm in trying it, as technically, it's external use. Try and find something on curezone or earthclinic that might guide you.

Replied by Kyle

HI there

any chance you could find the link or publication details of the study on the african children? I've looked quite a bit because of your comment but could only find usage of povidone-iodine (basically Betadine), and some study on Rabbits showing that if too strong it induced hearing loss, but it was very effective (almost as effective as the Cipraflaxin (or something close to that) at the right strength/dose.

I'd really appreciate your help here!

Ear Pain, Tinnitus and Deafness

Posted by Jacqueline (Devon) on 11/27/2016
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I posted previously about this subject. I got an old eye drops bottle - tiny. Cleaned it and put 1/4 of Lugol's (I used 7%) but 5% will be ok. Fill up the rest of the bottle with cooled, boiled water and then stick the dropper bit back on. I used 3 drops x 3 times a day for 4 days and the pain from a severe ear infection, tinnitus and deafness all vanished, never to return. That was several years ago and it still hasn't returned, and had suffered every year, for many years, and it was untouchable by antibiotics. It should work against a fungal infection, too. Lugol's is always in my cupboard. I also got rid of a urine infection last year with it.

Food Poisoning

Posted by Earth Clinic (USA)

Here is a remedy that's been around quite a long time. It stops Salmonella poisoning immediately. Also used to treat Giardia. If you have gas and bloating and suspect Salmonella poisoning, here's the recipe:

  • 1/2 glass of water.
  • Add 6 drops of Lugol's Iodine Solution.
  • Stir and drink in entirety.

You will feel better within an hour. Take this 4x a day, after meals and at bedtime, for 3 days in a row, then as needed.

Homemade Lugol's

Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 01/06/2015

Hi Bill, I would like to make my own lugol's but am stuck on which grade of pottasium iodide is needed. l have not found any locally so I'm reliant on ebay. The ones I am looking at are all >99% , some as great as 99.5% & 99.9% with prices corresponding to %. At least thats what the sellers say the % are, most are from china & some are AR grade. l would appreciate your oppinion on this. Thanks.

Any tips, recipes from those making theirs would also be appreciated. Thanks

Replied by Jenn
Cobbora, Australia

To the lady at Gippsland Victoria enquiring about Lugul's Iodine..

Roper and Parry (if memory serves me correct?) are compound chemists in Lismore and I used to buy my Lugols from them..Last time I spoke to them was mid-2014 and it was for this too.

$14.95 for a 25ml bottle..they send their compounds, both prescriptions and non-prescriptions, all over the world.

Their address is 84 Keen St Lismore NSW 2480.

or just check out their web site. Hope this is of help to you..

Replied by Dana
Toowoomba, Qld.

Maria, my local Discount Pharmacy sells Aqueous iodine Solution APF, Iodine 5% and Potassium iodide 10% for about $20. 100 ml. Must be available in Vic.

How To Take Lugol's

Posted by John (Trang, Thailand) on 07/13/2009

Lugol's Aqueous Iodine 5%. I bought from the Trang Hospital with an expiry date, Oct 9th 2009.

1. Can it go off? What happens?
2. After taking it, what are likely side effects/ adverse reactions if any?
3. No distilled water here. Rain water OK?
4. Take the drops before eating or after?
5. How do I tell if cadmium, mercury, fluoride, chlorine etc. have left me?

Replied by Magnolia16

Could someone tell me how to take these drops that masks the taste? Is it safe to put in the morning coffee, juice? It really makes me gag but offers so much. All I have seen is to put it in water and that is hard for me to swallow.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Magnolia,

I think some people put it in coffee. I have done that. You don't even notice the taste of one drop. (Or, at least I don't! )

I agree - it does taste dreadful! :(

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Magnolia16

Thank you. That is what I have been doing, but didn't know if the heat killed the good stuff! I upped my dosage and think this is what I needed. Love this site - have recommended it to many!

Replied by Timh
2111 posts

M: I add Iodine to a gallon of purified water in a plastic jug and last 2 or 3 days, so there's no bad taste problem. For additional Iodine one can take Kelp tablets or Potassium Iodine tablets.

Replied by Sarani
North Carolina, Usa

You can make your own distilled water with tap water. RAIN WATER CONTAINS CONTAMINATES COLLECTED FROM THE AIR. Search YouTube: How to make distilled water. It says use a clean, big tall stainless steel pot as others can contaminate. Add tap water 1/4 up from bottom. Put a glass bowl which floats higher than the water level in. Place the clean lid upside down on top of the pot. Get a bag of ice ready. Turn the stove on to a boil. Put ice cubes on top of lid. The steam will rise, hit the cold lid, n drip distilled water into bowl. When the ice cubes melt, use a potholder n empty the lid. Don't let the distilled water in the bowl boil so lower the heat. Keep repeating with ice until u hv the amount of distilled water that u need. Use a big lid so u can put a bunch of ice on. Turn off the stove, let cool and use a clean ladle to put the distilled water in a mason jar. Place it in a dark storage/cabinet. Good luck!

Replied by Rosemary
Qld, Australia

I put mine into my morning mix of brewers yeast and yogurt, taste is very minimal.

Hypertrophic Scars

Posted by Elle_grey (Outer Limits, Usa) on 02/04/2014

Hi- I'm interested in using Lugol's iodine to diminish the appearance of several hypertrophic scars. I've tried other procedures with little to no effect. I'd like some feedback not only on the effectiveness of using Lugol's iodine, but also what I might expect throughout the healing process. Thanks for your help!