Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Food grade hydrogen peroxide is a naturally occurring nutrient. Essentially it's water with extra oxygen in it, H2O2.  Many of the natural springs around the world contain it including the well-known healing waters of Fatima (Portugal) and Lourdes (France.) It is absorbed by the roots of plants. Small amounts are found in most fruits and veggies.

You are already familiar with the stuff widely available in drugstores. Let us be clear that we aren't talking about that hydrogen peroxide. Loaded with toxic preservatives, drugstore H2O2 should never be ingested and really shouldn't be used on the skin either. The natural treatment we are talking about is food grade hydrogen peroxide, and is commonly used industrially to keep food fresh. Before we get to some of the therapeutic uses of H2O2, a bit of background information may be helpful.

Historically, food grade hydrogen peroxide has been used by M.D.s for a long list of ailments that include:

  • acne
  • anthrax
  • bee stings 
  • cancer 
  • chilblains 
  • cholera 
  • diphtheria
  • ear infections 
  • emphysema 
  • endometritis 
  • gangrene 
  • gastritis 
  • gonorrhea
  • gun shot wounds 
  • hives
  • insect bites 
  • kidney disease
  • candida 
  • measles 
  • periodontal disease 
  • hemorrhoids
  • pneumonia 
  • poison ivy 
  • ringworm 
  • scarlet fever 
  • sore throat 
  • tonsillitis 
  • tuberculosis 
  • typhoid fever 
  • urethritis 
  • vaginitis 
  • whooping cough 
  • yellow fever

And that's only a partial list. A very simple explanation of how it works is this: food grade hydrogen peroxide oxygenates the cells of our bodies. When it's bathed in, ingested, inhaled, or injected, H2O2 delivers minute amounts of oxygen to red blood cells and stimulates the formation of white blood cells (the infection fighters.) H2O2 triggers an immune response in the body that promotes overall health and healing. That's about as sciency as we're going to get here. For a more detailed explanation, we've provided a link at the end of the article.

Here at Healthy Girlfriend we've used it mainly to treat and prevent sinus infections. One of us wiped out a months-long chronic sinusitis problem in about 2 weeks. We've also used it successfully for fungal infections, dental problems, afternoon energizer, produce wash, and as a general disinfectant. Our plants love it, too.

Here's the have to buy it in a concentrated form, such as 12%, and then dilute it in water before use. It comes in stronger forms, but since you must be very careful when handling it (it will burn your skin) we recommend sticking to the 12% or 18% that's easily found in health food stores or on the internet. You must dilute it down to 3%, which is safe to ingest or put on the skin. Here's how you do it for the 12% strength:

One part 12% food grade hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts distilled water makes a 3% solution, which is safe to drink or put on skin. For a small bottle's worth you could take 1/4 cup of H2O2 and mix with 3/4 cup of distilled water. It breaks down fairly quickly, so a good rule of thumb is to only mix 1 week's worth at a time. All food grade H2O2 should be kept in the refrigerator, labeled for safety, out of reach of children.

How to Safely Use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

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We're all about quick and easy here at Healthy Girlfriend, so for a super busy person, we recommend you take a quart of water, add one teaspoon of 3% H2O2 and sip on it throughout the day. Pour some of it in your traveling water bottle to take to work. Drink on an empty stomach, or at least not too close to meals or it may bubble and fizz in your tummy and make you queasy. You can take it every day if you like how it energizes you and keeps colds at bay. Otherwise, just use it when you're sick. We like to take a break from it now and then, especially when traveling because you aren't allowed to take it on the plane. Please don't try because it's flammable.

If you're suffering from a sinus infection or cold, we recommend the following, more detailed approach:

Sinus Infection Knock Out Protocol

Purchase one gallon of distilled water, remove 20 ounces of water and replace with 20 ounces of your diluted 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide.  You don't have to consume it all at once, but do drink it away from food. It can taste bleachy, so some people put it in juice.

  • Drink 1 ounce the 1st day
  • 2 ounces the 2nd day
  • 3 ounces the 3rd day
  • 4 ounces the 4th day 
  • 5 ounces the 5th day 
  • then try 5 ounces 3 times a day for 7 days (This is the highest level ever recommended)

You can also put 1 teaspoon of 3% H2O2 in a neti pot or nasal syringe, fill with salt water and do a nasal douche. We believe combining the drinking of it and getting it up your nose to be the quickest remedy for sinusitis, colds, or flu. 

If you find this amount too strong, please cut back to a comfortable dose. As with many natural treatments, results are not instant. You must be patient and perservere. If you decide it's not for you, please see other natural remedies here.

Other Uses of Food Grade H2O2

  1. Pour a quart of 3% H2O2 in a warm bath for detoxing skin and an energy boost.
  2. Put a 1/4 cup of 3% H2O2in a small tub, fill with warm water and use as a foot soak for athlete's foot, toenail infections, and callouses. This also will give you an energy lift for the afternoon blahs.
  3. Swish a small amount of 3% H2O2 in your mouth for preventive dental health or when experiencing dental pain or gum irritation. 
  4. Swab a cut, blister, rash with a 3% H2O2-soaked cotton ball.
  5. For acne, use 3% H2O2 as a toner.
  6. Put a tablespoon full of 3% H2O2 in your kitchen sink, fill with water and soak your produce in it. This will help remove pesticides and bacteria and help your veggies keep longer.
  7. Keep a spray bottle of 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide in your kitchen and bath and use it as a disinfectant.
  8. Add one teaspoon 12% H2O2 to a gallon of water and use to water your houseplants. Plants love it, too!


As we've stated before, the main caution when using food grade hydrogen peroxide is against getting it on your skin before you've diluted it, so be sure to wear gloves If you do accidentally splash yourself, just flush the area with water. Put some aloe vera on it if it continues stinging.

For the same reason, you don't want to ingest it before you've diluted it down to a safe 3%. Like aspirin or any prescription medication, don't let children have access to it. Our recommendations are for adult use only.

Using H2O2 medically is controversial. Fear-mongering is rampant on the internet. Just remember that with all super-effective natural treatments, there is a distrust by the allopathic medical community. After all, why would the pharmaceutical companies want you to bypass their billion-dollar product in favor of a readily available, inexpensive remedy? 

Educate yourself on the uses of food grade hydrogen peroxide and make your own decision. For an extensive list of research, check this out:

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This website is for educational purposes only. It is not a substititute for the diagnosis, treatment and advice of a qualified licensed professional. This site provides natural health information. This site assumes no responsibility for how this material is used. Any suggestion regarding alternative treatments for dance have not been evaluated by the FDA.