How Colloidal Silver can fight infections

Woman with grand-daughter.

How Colloidal Silver can fight infections

Colloidal Silver is a powerful, natural antibiotic and can be used to prevent and treat common infections. It can be ingested internally, used topically for skin conditions, and commonly used as an active ingredient in creams, gels, shampoos and conditioners

When used as directed, Colloidal Silver is safe for all ages, and when pregnant or breastfeeding.

It can also be used on pets and even plants, is non-toxic, and contains no heavy metals or interact with any medications.

Man with infant son on his shoulders.
When used as directed, Colloidal silver is safe for all ages.

How Silver works

Silver interrupts the bacteria cell’s ability to form the chemical bonds essential to its survival. These bonds form the cell’s structure, so when the bacteria encounter silver nanoparticles it literally falls apart.

It has antimicrobial properties, meaning it is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. Many strains of pathogenic microbes, viruses, fungi, bacteria or any other single-celled pathogens that are resistant to other antibiotics are killed on contact by Colloidal Silver, and are unable to mutate. They are then cleared out of the body naturally by the immune system.

Image of bacteria and a virus in microscopic detail.
Colloidal Silver has antimicrobial properties: antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.

Acting as a catalyst, it disables the enzyme that one-celled bacteria, viruses and fungi need for their oxygen metabolism. They suffocate without corresponding harm occurring to human enzymes or parts of the human body chemistry. The result is the destruction of disease-causing organisms in the body and in the food.

“This is my must-have product which has protected me from colds and flu for many years.”

– Dee

The presence of Colloidal Silver near a virus, fungus, bacterium or any other single celled pathogen disables its oxygen metabolism enzyme, and within a few minutes, the pathogen suffocates and dies.

Woman with cold blowing her nose.
Unlike antibiotics, Colloidal Silver does not weaken the body’s immune system.

Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, which destroy beneficial enzymes, Colloidal Silver leaves these tissue-cell enzymes intact, as they are radically different from the enzymes of primitive single-celled life.

Colloidal Silver does not weaken the body’s immune system. In fact, it is said to give the body a second immune system, creating a shield against disease of all kinds with its antimicrobial properties.

A short history of using silver

The antibacterial properties of silver have been known for thousands of years. The ancient Phoenician, Greeks and Romans cooked from silver pots and kept wine, water, and vinegar in silver containers to keep liquids fresh. Ayurvedic, Chinese and homeopathic practitioners use silver regularly. Throughout history, aristocratic families have eaten with silver utensils, plates and cups, as it was proven to be more hygienic. This gave rise to the term ‘born with a silver spoon in your mouth’.

Colloidal Silver used in dressings in the First World War.
Colloidal Silver was used in the First World War for dressings to speed the healing process.

Silver has been used to heal wounds for more than a century. It was used in the First World War for dressings, as silver promotes the growth of new cells, it can to speed the healing process.

Many companies today use silver as an active ingredient in the manufacture of commercial dressings, bandages and creams, and hospitals embed silver into surgical tools, catheters, needles, stethoscopes to help eliminate infection. 

Applying band-aid to wound on leg.
Many companies today use silver as an active ingredient in the manufacture of commercial dressings and bandages to help eliminate infection.

Up until the 1930’s medical doctors used Colloidal Silver extensively as an antibiotic. However, during this time the cost of producing highly effective Colloidal Silver was high, and the pharmaceutical industry was looking to more affordable and more importantly, patentable options for an expanding population.

Colloidal Silver subsequently fell out of use for a number of decades until the 1970’s when doctors rediscovered the wound healing capabilities after trying many other medicines. In the 1980’s, researchers found that bacteria, virus and fungus organisms died within minutes of contact with silver. NASA used a silver water purification system for their space shuttle.

As Colloidal Silver doesn’t sting the eyes, it often replaces chlorine in swimming pools and spa pools. Many modern airlines use silver water filters to stop the spread of waterborne diseases on aircraft. 

Woman wearing mask outside.
We are now seeing a resurgence in this natural antibiotic to help fight common infections.

As bacteria and viruses are becoming increasingly resistant to drug therapies and antibiotics, we are now seeing a resurgence in this natural antibiotic to assist in fighting infections.

It can be taken on its own, either internally or topically or it can be added to other natural ingredients such as aloe vera, or New Zealand mānuka honey or kawakawa to further enhance their own antibacterial properties.  

How Colloidal Silver is made

As silver is prohibitively expensive to apply to consumer products, research found that using nanoparticles of silver was a practical way of using the antimicrobial properties of silver to use across a range of applications.

The smaller the size of the nanoparticles the more effective it can be, as they have a larger surface area relative to their volume. They can therefore interact with more particles and increase their antibacterial activity.

Colloidal Silver is made by an electromagnetic process that extract nanoparticles of silver from a larger piece of silver into a liquid, such as water. The particles are then suspended and evenly dispersed in the water, giving it the name ‘colloidal’ silver.  

These microscopic particles can then more easily penetrate and travel throughout the body, killing all types of fungal infections, bacteria and viruses, including strains that are resistant to antibiotic drugs.

“I give this to my kids as soon as they get a sniffle and within five days it’s gone. Going to have this constantly on hand”.

– Jodie

How do I take it?

Colloidal Silver can be either taken internally or applied topically to the skin. When feeling unwell or in need of an immune system boost, take 5ml of liquid three times a day for five days, then 5ml per day thereafter. Children under 8 years of age take half adult dose. This will assist your body’s natural defences against bacterial or viral infections such as colds or flu. 

Always use a plastic spoon as metal affects the positive charge of the silver ions. Do not store in a refrigerator, near a magnetic field or an electronic device.

For more information, see these articles on our Resources page:
What is Colloidal Silver?
Using Colloidal Silver around the home

The information in this article is not intended as a medical prescription for any disease or illness. Nothing stated here should be considered medical advice. Use as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. 

Colloidal Silver Cream for fast healing

Using Skybright Colloidal Silver Cream on hands.

Natural healing with Colloidal Silver Cream

Skybright Colloidal Silver Cream has the additional antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral benefits of New Zealand mānuka honey and mānuka oil to support the body’s natural response. The blend of emollients and nourishing, vitamin-rich avocado and jojoba oils are absorbed quickly, leaving skin feeling hydrated and revitalised.

Our newly reformulated and upgraded Cream uses only the best organic ingredients and are now silicone-free.

Although ideal for healing damaged skin and managing many common skin conditions, it is often used as a daily moisturiser or night cream, helping to heal spots and blemishes while hydrating the skin.

“Excellent night cream. Non-greasy yet nourishing and good to know the Colloidal Silver is there to counteract any potential nasties!”

— Karin

Use it topically for skin related issues such as mild dermatitis, eczema, heat rash, topical yeast, itchy skin, athlete’s foot, ringworm, dry/chafed skin, cuts, bites and minor burns. Suitable for all skin types and all the family, including children and pets.

Woman smiling after using Skybright Colloidal Silver Cream.
“I use this as a skin cream on my face. I find it extremely hydrating and find I only have to use it a few times a week. It feels amazing when you apply. It also speeds the healing of any blemishes and works in fading age spots on the face and hands. Would highly recommend this product.” — Emilee

The active ingredients:

Mānuka Honey & Mānuka Oil
Our Colloidal Silver Cream contains high-grade New Zealand Mānuka Honey, which is an antioxidant, as well as antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal. Mānuka is a native plant of New Zealand, and is well-known for its healing properties and benefits to the body as a whole. Mānuka Oil has higher antibacterial and antifungal activity than tea tree oil.

Avocado Oil
As well as being a rich source of beta carotene, vitamin A, D & E, avocado oil has fatty acids, so the top layer of skin is bound together by fat molecules, which help it retain moisture, stimulate cell turnover and protect against sun damage. Fatty acids can also mitigate the appearance of fine lines and improve skin tone.

Avocado Oil has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents that help your skin stay smooth and strong while providing elasticity. It also penetrates the skin more deeply than other oils and stimulates collagen metabolism which helps reduce signs of ageing and accelerates the healing process.

Jojoba Oil
Also rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E and antioxidants, jojoba oil can penetrate deeply into the skin, to deliver moisture and tackle underlying issues of dehydration as well as surface dryness. The anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe the skin post-sun exposure, while natural antibacterial properties help clear existing blemishes.

Citrus Fruit Extract
A potent and effective broad spectrum bactericide, fungicide, antiviral and antiparasitic compound. It’s useful in the treatment of skin infections, including acne and dermatitis. Great for itchy skin, athlete’s foot, ringworm, dry/chafed skin, cuts, bites and minor burns.

Colloidal Silver
Colloidal Silver is very fine particles of 99.9% pure ionic silver suspended in purified water. It supports the immune system when the body is under attack and micro organisms cannot build up resistance. Apply it topically to take advantage of its antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It’s great for kids and pets and there are no known interactions or side effects if taken as directed.

Skybright independently tests every batch to ensure our Colloidal Silver meets our strict quality standards and comply with Medsafe requirements.

Mother applying bandage to child's knee. For best results, spray Colloidal Silver on the affected area, allow to dry for 15 minutes and then apply Colloidal Silver Cream.
For best results, spray Colloidal Silver on the affected area, allow to dry for 15 minutes and then apply Colloidal Silver Cream.

A new, all-natural, silicone-free formulation

As our new, upgraded formulation uses even more organic ingredients, it has a slightly more natural colour than the previous Cream. It uses the same powerful but gentle active ingredients, but no longer uses silicones as a preservative.

We now use Dehydroacetic Acid and Benzyl Alcohol, an organic preservative compound used in natural cosmetics to ensure they stay free of any microbes.

Dehydroacetic acid is an organic acid found in nature in the flowers of the solandra species. Benzyl alcohol is a constituent found in many pure essential oils, and also in fruits and teas. Together they form an effective preservative that is ECOCERT approved and is recognised as a safe preservation method.

Why silicone-free?

Silicones are bioaccumulative. Once you rinse your skin and it goes down the drain, it can contribute to the buildup of pollution in oceans and waterways and may not break down for hundreds of years.

✔️ Organic ingredients

✔️ Free from silicones

✔️ Free from synthetic fragrances

✔️ Free from artificial colours

✔️ Free from phthalates and parabens

✔️ GMP manufactured

✔️ New Zealand made

✔️ Recyclable packaging

✔️ Not tested on animals

“I have been using this to control my daughter’s eczema. Her face was coarse and weeping when she was a baby. After applying it for a week or so, her skin improved so much. We are still using it on her face after nine years. No eczema there!”

— Esther
Dry skin? Heal it naturally with Colloidal Silver Cream.
Suffering from dry skin? Heal it naturally with Colloidal Silver Cream.

“I use this for everything now – as an antiseptic, an antibacterial and really anything else before I try any other products. A very safe and effective product which has meant we have avoided antibiotic creams or steroid creams which can have bad side effects.”

— Cara
Organic Mānuka Honey (and Oil), Organic Avocado Oil, and Citrus Fruit Extract are the active ingredients in Colloidal Silver Cream.
Contains Organic Mānuka Honey (and Oil), Organic Avocado Oil, and Citrus Fruit Extract.

Apply to affected area as required. Use it to moisturise and condition dry, chafed skin. Apply to minor cuts, grazes, burns and insect bites to aid natural healing. No known side effects when used as directed. If symptoms persist, consult a healthcare professional.

Close-up of burned skin, and woman's hand with burn.
“This cream has a helped heal some minor burns very quickly!” — Katie

Full ist of Ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Ionic Colloidal Silver, Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Coco-Caprylate, Undecane, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Olivate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Honey (Mānuka)*, Isopropyl Myristate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tridecane, Benzyl Alcohol, Beeswax*, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (Guar) Gum*, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Leptospermum Scoparium (Mānuka) Branch/Leaf Oil*, Citrus Grandis Fruit Extract. *Organic.

Recyclable Packaging: 
Manufactured in New Zealand in a GMP-Certified environment and available in 50g, 100g and 200g glass jars.

The information in this article is not intended as a medical prescription for any disease or illness. Nothing stated here should be considered medical advice. Use as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional.