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Thank you EJ...I appreciate it emoticon

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Getting yourself back into balance is a good thing! Time to work on yourself! Best wishes my friend!

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The Doc says that there is an imbalance in my system. He has sent me to a chinese herbalist. I also have a compressed disc in my midddle back. He wants me to take it easy! He also found my blood sugars a bit high and has adjusted my diet to help lower the sugar problems!

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Please do, let us know what he says!
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I had to rebuild it... but now I can return... It's great to be back... I'll let you know what my results were after I see my Doctor Today... He wants to see me as soon as possible!

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Ray is your computer fixed?? I am seeing a lot of you all of a sudden. :-) That is a good thing!

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This is great information!! Thank you all!

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You are most welcome! Stay healthy! emoticon

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Thx EJ!
That's good to know about the size of the particle being the determining factor in the success of colloidal silver treatment.

I usually take Quercetin 500mg 2xs a day if I feel I'm coming down with a cold.
I even give it to Tomas (my elderly pom) on days he's not breathing as easy with some success.

Been extremely lucky as far as colds and sinus infections are concerned.

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Hey Mzz, I use the silver for a lot of things including I take the silver and oregano oil if I feel a cold coming on.
I use the Sovereign Silver brand which is 10 ppm which is really important. The higher the ppm (parts per million) the larger the particle and in won't be as helpful.

Sovereign also has the sinus spray and the gel.

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hey Ej!

I don't have much experience with colloidal silver, so I didn't think it was appropriate for me to comment one way or the other.

The one experience I did have, I took it internally for a sore throat.
Initially I was thrilled I had an OTC alternative to antibiotics!

While I was taking it, one of my friends asked me if I had noticed that my neck was kinda greyish and what that was about. If mabbe it was a dye transfer from a scarf or an item of clothing. I hadn't told her I was taking the silver... I'd noticed it myself but thought it was a, well, what Mom calls "a notion". LOL

I do think adding colloidal silver would be a way of controlling bacterial growth in the lotion.
There's no doubt its effective for that. I've heard silver used for disinfecting swimming pools, too. I believe they put it in babies eyes when they are born.

I'm just not sure what proportion would be appropriate, or if it might stain the skin where its used? I understand if your selenium and vitamin E status is good, there's less likelihood of this happening.

Since you mentioned it in this context, I did some online reading and saw that its used in topical gels, in place of antibiotics ointments. I am allergic to every topical antibiotic there is, so a silver colloidal topical gel may at some future date be of use to me as I know I have zero allergy to silver. So thanks for the inspiration!

Thankfully I don't have a need topical antibiotics very often... if I cut myself I usually just run it under water, put on some vitamin E and bandage it. When cuts get infected, I use and olive oil based castile soap an warm water to wash it and let it air dry. If infection persists, I use alcohol to dry it, but its rare I have to resort to that.

Hope this is helpful!
Sorry that I can't give you an informed opinion... if you experiment with adding CS to your lotions, and find it works with no skin staining, please let us know.

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Hey Mzz, you didn't mention your thoughts on the silver added?? What do you think??

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EJ, hey!

Ya all lotions have water in them, that's what a lotion is, lipids(oils and fat) micronized and suspended in water. Creams have less water than oil and are thicker and more emollient. As the author of your article said, mayonnaise is an example of a micronized suspension of oil in water.

Many peeps who make lotions add a preservative to them like grapefruit seed oil or even ethanol like a high proof vodka. I'm basically of the mind that anything that kills bacteria, has the potential to kill skin cells, so I stick with oils which I keep in the fridge and add a good dose of vitamin E to keep them from going rancid. But that's me.

Its extremely important is to sterilize your blender and make sure all your mixing bowls, hands and tools are squeaky clean. You don't want to go to all that work and expense and find your product contaminated. Or your oils gone rancid and oxidative a couple of weeks out.

That said, of course everyone's free to do exactly as they choose.
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I was looking at the lotions I have here and they all say they have water in them. Since they call for distilled water I am not at concerned but if you wanted to I suppose you could add some colloidal silver in place of some of the water.

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Thanks, I always wanted to find a lotion that I know what they are saying and not having to figure out what is in them. will copy and paste so that I have it all the time.

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Word of caution on the lotions...

Whenever you add water to oil, there's the risk of bacterial contamination... bacteria love water. The risk isn't as high with pure oils.

So you may want to divide your lotion into small containers... as much as you can use up in about two weeks time... and store the bulk of your lotion in the freezer.

Another idea is to use plastic baggies.

When you're ready to use the lotion, defrost your lotion, cut a small hole in the corner of the baggie and pipe it out of the hole you cut in the corner of the baggie, onto your skin. Secure the hole with a clothes pin and set that portion of the baggie on top. I like to use a cup to hold the baggie in position.

Keep the lotion you're using in the fridge.

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This sounds great. Can't wait to try it. Will make wuper Christmas gifts. Thanks. emoticon

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How to Make Your Own Lotion, Lip Balm and Salve

The following is an excerpt from "The Urban Farm Handbook" by Annette Cottrell and Joshua McNichols (Skipstone, 2011). The excerpt is from Chapter 17: Soaps and Other Sundries.

Lotions, Salves, and Balms

Making your own lotions and salves is fun and rewarding. They make thoughtful gifts and can be infused with flowers or healing herbs from your own garden.

Either make your own infused oils (see above) or purchase essential oils to add at the end of the mixing process. They are all lovely: Citrus and mint scents are uplifting, whereas lavender and geranium are calming. My favorite plants for infusing are chamomile, comfrey, and calendula, with their soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. At the height of the gardening and canning season, I soothe my hands with chamomile and comfrey lotion and apply peppermint lotion to cool my hot, aching feet.

While it is possible to mix your lotion with a regular blender or food processor, an immersion blender makes it a cinch. I use a recycled quart yogurt container for both mixing and storing, eliminating a lot of clean-up work.

Making lotion is essentially the same process as making mayonnaise: suspending tiny particles of oil in water. The beeswax or emulsifying wax helps stabilize the mixture and prevent separation. You can use any kind of oil, or combine various types. Distilled water will give you the longest shelf life; plain filtered or tap water work too, but your cream or lotion will develop surface mold sooner. Keeping it refrigerated also helps extend shelf life.

Basic Lotion Recipe

Here’s a basic formula for a nice, thick lotion. The choice of individual ingredients is up to you, but stick with these ratios and you’ll get good results. This makes great handmade gifts when poured into half-pint jelly jars. Decorate them with raffia and flowers or sprigs of greenery from your garden.

Equipment

A double boiler of some kind (this can consist of a large glass measuring cup sitting in a water bath, or a smaller saucepan that fits into a larger one)
Scale
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3 ounces solid oil (coconut oil, cocoa butter, or shea butter)
6 ounces liquid oil (olive oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, including infused oils)
1 1/2 ounce beeswax, shaved or grated, or emulsifying wax pellets, or a combination of the two*
8 ounces distilled water
essential oil (optional)
Chamomile flowers for tea and lotion.

1. Combine solid oil, liquid oil, and beeswax in top of double boiler. Over medium heat, stir until oils and wax are melted and thoroughly blended.

2. Remove top saucepan or cup, and let cool to body temperature, stirring occasionally to keep oil and wax mixture smooth.

3. When oils have cooled, warm distilled water to body temperature. Pour water into a tall container, and, with immersion blender set to Low, slowly add oil to water in a thin stream. After a few minutes of mixing, a cream will begin to form. Initially it will look like milk curdling, but a little more mixing will produce a nice, smooth lotion.

4. Add essential oil, if using, a few drops at a time until it’s scented as much as you like. Feel free to divide lotion into a few bowls and scent each one differently.

*Substituting emulsifying wax for some of the beeswax helps make the lotion more stable.

Salves and Lip Balms

Salves and lip balms are even simpler than lotions and creams, because you don’t add water. Simply melt wax and liquid oils together in a water bath, add essential oil if you like, and pour the mixture into a convenient container—recycled breath mint tins work perfectly.

Adjust the hardness of your salve to suit you:
› 4 parts oil to 1 part wax = medium soft (my favorite consistency)
› 3 parts oil to 1 part wax = medium hard
› 2 parts oil to 1 part wax = very hard

Salves make wonderful additions to your medicine chest. Menthol and eucalyptus (the active ingredients in Vicks VapoRub) are great for breaking through foggy congestion, while plantain makes a soothing balm for bug bites and rashes.

For lip balm, recycle your lip balm tubes, and choose good-tasting oils or extracts like peppermint or vanilla. To recycle lip balm tubes, simply wash empty tubes in warm, soapy water and let dry completely, then pour the melted salve solution in. Mixture will harden as it cools.

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