Did you see the last newsletter on COVID prevention? If not, you can read it here, but I do have additions to make.
I was SO impressed with the study results that I dashed off the newsletter to get the word out. Since then, I’ve gotten some great questions and comments, which I researched and will address now.
The first comment was that it’s important to add a saline buffer pack. This was not mentioned in the study but is a correct addition. You can purchase these at any drug store and we also carry them for use in neti pots or the NasoPure squeeze bottle.
Now, for some clarifying information about the hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) itself. It’s vital to buy a product labeled as “food grade”, because other H2O2 contains stabilizing chemicals that are not safe to ingest, such as phenol, sodium stannate, tetrasodium pyrophosphate, and acetanilide. Stabilizers like these should never be ingested.
Can one find 1% food-grade H2O2? It turns out that this is not so easy! A 3% solution is easy to find online or at a health food store. One thing I learned with further research is that once you open the bottle, it should be stored in the refrigerator.
How much should it be diluted? Even my actuary friend had a hard time with this one! The study used a 0.5% dilution. This is my best calculation and I would appreciate any corrections by math geniuses out there! Starting with your 3% food grade H2O2, you would use 1/6 of the H2O2 to 5/6 distilled water. Please be sure to use distilled water any time you’re using this or any other nasal rinse. If your measuring cup doesn’t break down in sixths, you can fill halfway to 1/3 of a cup and then fill to the one-cup level with distilled water.
This is one example of how more is not better. Too much H2O2 can cause irritation and if you swallow it, you could experience nausea. Swallowing a tiny amount is hard to prevent and this shouldn’t be a problem; just don’t drink it.
I would not recommend this for children. First of all, they are not in a high-risk group for COVID and secondly, their tolerance would be less than an adult’s. Follow the recommendations in my Holistic Pandemic Survival Guide for the whole family, adjusting vitamin doses down by weight for a child. (Free download here.) Have treatments on hand you can use if you start to get sick.
I hope this is helpful!