One of the key ingredients found in Everyday Throat Spray is colloidal silver, which is a solution comprised of microscopic silver particles suspended in water. If you have an interest in natural or alternative medicine, you have probably heard of colloidal silver, because it’s popping up everywhere these days, but do you know the history of this compound and why it’s used?

Ancient Wisdom

Going as far back as the Greek and Roman Empires, there are writings discussing food and wine being stored in silver containers to prevent it from going bad. There are also several records of silver being used to control infections. In fact, Hippocrates, the man credited as being the father of medicine, taught that silver could help wounds heal and prevent illness.

During the middle ages, while the plague ravaged Europe, many wealthy families had their children suck on silver spoons to help protect against the disease. This is where the phrase “born with a silver spoon in their mouth” likely originated. While scientific studies as we know them were not being utilized, many wealthy families who used silver utensils fared better in the era of the plague. The natural germ fighting properties of the silver they used for their everyday food helped them fight off the rampant diseases of the time.

Colonial Practicality

Even as recently as the colonization of the Americas and the push westward, silver was used to keep water and milk from spoiling. It was very common for silver coins and utensils to be kept in water barrels to keep both thieves and germs at bay. Around the same time, during the Napoleonic Wars, Tsar Alexander was using casks lined with silver to clean water pulled directly from streams and rivers, a practice that lasted through World War I for the Imperial Russian Army. Also during this time, it was common to find silver implements used to prevent infections in war-zone hospitals and during surgery.

In the later half of the 19th century, modern medicine was coming into its own. Scientific advancements, particularly in the field of medicine, were benefiting from the technology the industrial revolution had kick-started. Suddenly, the effects of silver, particularly silver solutions, could be studied, and many of the doctors prescribing it found their patients responded well. In fact, it was around this time that silver nitrate began to be used to prevent blindness in newborns, a practice that carries on into the modern era.

Modern Science

Colloidal silver was widely used to treat illness in the United States until the early 20th century when penicillin and other antibiotics were discovered. At the time, colloidal silver was hard to manufacture and didn’t last long. If it wasn’t prepared correctly, it could also lead to Argyria, a grey or blue discoloration of the skin. Antibiotics, on the other hand, were cheap and easy to manufacture, which is why colloidal silver fell out of favor for both internal use and study.

Despite its fall from grace, silver is used for several medicinal and practical applications today. Burn cream and wound dressings still continue to use silver. There are also several types of water purification systems and storage containers that utilize silver to treat water.

In recent history, colloidal silver has started to have something of a comeback tour. With the advent of antibiotic resistant superbugs and the rising cost of health care, people are seeking alternative methods to keep themselves healthy. Today, colloidal silver is much more cost effective and safe to manufacture, leading it to be more available to the general public to try for themselves.

There is still a lot of study needed regarding the use of colloidal silver, but anecdotally, many people are reaping the benefits of this ancient medicine. Everyday Throat Spray uses this in conjunction with other herbs and natural plants to boost the immune system, helping protect your health from colds and minor viruses. Buy a bottle today and find out if it works for you.