Can Colloidal Silver Soothe Poison Ivy or Oak Rash?

Couple out Hiking - Can Colloidal Silver Soothe Poison Ivy or Oak Rash?Did you know colloidal silver could help soothe the horrific itching from brushing up against Poison Ivy or Poison Oak?

Many of our readers claim colloidal silver relieves the symptoms of both Poison Ivy and Poison Oak quickly, easily and effectively.

And I think I know why it works so well, thanks to colloidal silver’s ability to reduce inflammation by modifying the body’s inflammatory signaling messengers called cytokines.

Here’s the story no one else is talking about…

Hi, Steve Barwick here, for The Silver Edge

Colloidal silver user Glenn G., from Georgia, wrote in to say, “Colloidal Silver saved my wife’s arm from a bad case of Poison Ivy.”

Glenn further stated:

“We thought for sure there would be ugly scarring on her arm, the poison ivy was so bad. Doctor’s drugs were not working. Her arm was looking like a bad burn. Thanks to Colloidal Silver she healed rapidly and no scars were left on her arm.”

Another reader, J.H., of California, wrote in to say that colloidal silver works on poison oak, as well:

“My partner and I have also found that using silver water from the micro-particle colloidal silver generator directly on skin eruptions such as poison oak and mild infections reduces healing time dramatically.”

It reminded me of a post I saw on the website (archived) a few years ago where an individual calling herself “Hot Pepper” wrote about her colloidal silver cure for Poison Ivy, as follows:

“This is the perfect home remedy to use for Poison Ivy: Get liquid colloidal silver up to 30-40 ppm or stronger.

Go buy pure aloe vera gel, but make sure it’s clear in color, the clearer the aloe gel the better, you buy it at Walgreens or CVS.

Step 1: Take the aloe and put it in a container and fill it 1/2 way, then take the colloidal silver and fill it in the container to the rest of the up to the top of the container.

Step 2, mix the two together, the blacker or darker the aloe gets the stronger concentration of silver percentage you have in the gel.

Step 3, use the Silver gel on the affected areas just like any other gel, apply 2-3 times a day!

The Poison Ivy symptoms will be gone in 2-3 days. And the silver gel you have just made will last several years. If the gel becomes dry and hard, just add more liquid colloidal silver to it to soften it up and use again and again!

The silver gel once applied will instantly stop the itching and burning and it kills out the Ivy or Oak!

This is the best stuff a person can use ! I highly recommend this remedy!”

Not Surprising

While this use for colloidal silver is quite unusual, it’s not at all surprising that it would work.

After all, several different studies have demonstrated the ability of colloidal silver to relieve inflammation by modulating excessive cytokine expression.

First, What is Cytokine Expression?

Cytokines are signaling molecules in the body that tell the immune system to send white blood cells and other infection-fighters to the site of infection. This causes mild inflammation, which is a normal part of healing.

But in cases of chronic infection or serious wound trauma, the pro-inflammatory effects of cytokine expression can even get “stuck,” resulting in excessive unwanted inflammation that actually becomes a roadblock to the healing process.

Some researchers refer to this as becoming “stuck in an inflammatory cytokine cycle,” or in more serious cases, experiencing a “cytokine storm.”

But researchers have demonstrated that in such cases, antimicrobial silver has a modulating (or calming) effect on cytokine expression, resulting in both reduced inflammation and increased healing.

How Colloidal Silver Helps Reduce Excessive Cytokine
Expression and Inflammation…

In this clinical study, researchers demonstrated that silver nanoparticles have the ability to reduce cytokine expression, and thus reduce excessive inflammation that often gets in the way of healing.

According to the study authors,

“It has been shown in vivo that silver nanoparticles act to decrease inflammation through cytokine modulation.”

What’s more, the study authors concluded,

“These experimental data suggest that nano-silver could be used to treat immunologic and inflammatory diseases.”

So once again, silver’s positive effects on immune system function have been clinically documented. Here’s an excerpt from an article summarizing the results of the study:

“Silver has for centuries been used to treat and prevent infection, and its wound-healing properties are well known…

…But the new research…indicates that silver goes further than this and modifies cytokines – the enzymes involved in cell growth and movement – leading to reduced inflammation and an increased rate of healing.”

In even another clinical study, researchers documented once again that antimicrobial silver promotes wound healing not just by reducing microbial burden in the wound, but also by reducing wound inflammation through modulation of cytokine expression.

According to the study authors:

“We investigated the wound-healing properties of silver nanoparticles in an animal model and found that rapid healing and improved cosmetic appearance occur in a dose-dependent manner.

Furthermore, through quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry, and proteomic studies, we showed that silver nanoparticles exert positive effects through their antimicrobial properties, reduction in wound inflammation, and modulation of fibrogenic cytokines.”

In short, antimicrobial silver was demonstrated to accelerate wound healing by reducing the microbial burden at the wound site, and by reducing inflammation at the wound site through the modulation of (i.e., calming action upon) excessive cytokines production.

Once again, we see cytokine modulation and reduction of inflammation as key responses by the body to the presence of antimicrobial silver.

Finally, in an overview of clinical studies titled “Silver Nanoparticles Interactions with the Immune System: Implications for Health and Disease,” conducted by researchers from two separate universities in Seville, Spain, the researchers once again found that silver nanoparticles strongly inhibited excessive cytokine production, and reduced the pro-inflammatory effects that can block healing.

According to the study authors,

“It has been shown in vivo that silver NPs act to decrease inflammation through cytokine modulation.”

The implication, of course, being that silver nanoparticles may one day play a key medical role in decreasing inflammation in chronic infections, wounds and other inflammatory medical conditions.

Why the medical bureaucrats at the FDA act like they don’t know about these studies is beyond me.

Excessive cytokine production and the resulting stubborn inflammation is usually a result of immune system overreaction to chronic infection or serious wound trauma. It almost always impedes healing.

The fact that antimicrobial silver works to calm this immune system overreaction, thereby promoting speedier healing, means it has immunomodulatory effects that are extremely beneficial.

So How Does This Relate to Poison Ivy and Oak Rash?

The massive skin inflammation caused by contact with Poison Ivy is a direct result of excessive cytokine release in the body.

As science writer Stephanie Wilson points out:

“A substance from Poison Ivy called urushiol makes its way down through the skin where it’s metabolized.

Immune cells called T-cells recognize the urushiol metabolites as foreign substances. They send out inflammatory signals called cytokines, which bring in white blood cells that become macrophages.

Macrophages eat foreign substances in the body, but in doing so they also damage normal tissue, resulting in the oftentimes serious skin inflammation that occurs with Poison Ivy.”

So now you know. Poison Ivy’s infamous itch, inflammation and blistering is caused by excessive cytokine expression by the human immune system. And colloidal silver just happens to reduce excessive cytokine expression, thus providing dramatic relief from the symptoms and healing of the affected skin!

According to journalist Francis Sedgemore:

“Silver has for centuries been used to treat and prevent infection, and its wound-healing properties are well known…

But the new research…indicates that silver goes further than this and modifies cytokines, leading to reduced inflammation and an increased rate of healing.”

So the ability of colloidal silver to relieve the pain of Poison Ivy and to stimulate skin healing should not come as a surprise to you.

And for readers who might live in an area where Poison Ivy or Poison Oak are prevalent, it’s sure great to know that this actually works!

According to readers who have tried colloidal silver on their Poison Ivy or Poison Oak, all you really need to do is use a pump spray bottle to spray 10 ppm liquid colloidal silver directly onto the affected skin, and allow it to air dry, at least three or four times a day (or any time the itching comes back).

Or, you can use the technique described by “Hot Pepper” above, and make your own colloidal silver gel. Here’s a short video on how I make my own colloidal silver gel. You can modify the technique demonstrated in the video by following “Hot Pepper’s” recommendations above, if you so choose.

If you prefer commercial brands of colloidal silver gel over homemade, one of the most popular brands of colloidal silver gel is called ASAP Ultimate Skin & Body Care Gel, and it’s available relatively inexpensively at, and other websites, though it is always less expensive to make your own.

I describe some of the other most popular brands of colloidal silver gels and creams (including the awesome SilverPure brand from, with 35,000 ppm nanosilver) in my previous article, Germ-Busting Colloidal Silver Gels and Creams.

Have You Used Colloidal Silver to Soothe a Poison Ivy or Oak Rash?

What about you? Have you used colloidal silver to soothe a poison ivy or oak rash? Please feel free to post your experiences in the Colloidal Silver Secrets Group on Facebook. Our community would love to hear your story!

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