We've used it as a nasal spray (highly diluted), taken it as a supplement, and this week I tried it on fungal rashes. I have developed an extreme rash that has taken over both hands. For the first time in 26 years of marriage, I have been unable to wear my wedding ring.
I've been happy to see the rash, actually. It showed up a month ago after acupuncture. More stuff trying to get out of my system. My traditional remedies of neem oil, tea tree oil, and coconut oil have done nothing. Ketaconazole cream helped mildly and only temporarily.
I tried grapefruit seed extract this week after reading the following excerpt in the book "Healing with Whole Foods" by Paul Pritchard. The rash and inflammation have decreased dramatically. The book itself is a blending of Asian tradition with modern nutrition. Notice the author's use of italics to point out the damp diagnosis which we have been attacking with acupuncture.
"Citrus seed extract, an extremely potent natural antibiotic derived primarily from the seeds of grapefruit, was developed after observing that citrus seeds do not readily decompose in nature from microbial action. Slightly warming in thermal nature and exceptionally bitter, citrus seed extract works in the body like most bitters, but more effectively for purposes of drying damp conditions in the body. (Pathogenic microbes can cause as well as feed off damp excesses in the body.)
This extract has been found to inhibit members of several classes of microbes and parasites, among them: protozoa, amoebas, bacteria, viruses, and at least thirty different types of fungi, including the candida yeast-like fungi.
Externally it is applied in various dilutions for warts, athlete's foot, nail fungus, dandruff and other scalp problems, and poison oak; specific liquid formulations containing the extract treat vaginal yeast infection, nasal and sinus problems, and ear infections. Uses in the home involve adding a few drops of the extract to water for soaking produce to remove parasites and pesticides, sterilizing laundry (used this way in hospitals), cleaning contaminating surfaces, kitchen utensils, and cutting boards, and ridding drinking, bathing, and swimming water of microbes."
I've been able to use the extract full strength on my hands. No stinging whatsoever. Others in our family have found it otherwise and used it only in a diluted form. Either way, grapefruit seed extract is a great addition to any home.
With our 27th anniversary coming up in 6 weeks, I'm grateful I can wear my wedding ring again.
This article really disturbs me. While I was excited to read about the various benefits of grapefruit, you're blatent negligence to your own health and waving off of the serious consquences of your acupuncture treatment is frightening. Your acupuncture, a nonmedical procedure similar to getting a tattoo, "punctured" holes in your skin, the natural barrier much like a grapefruit's peel evolved over thousands of years to keep out microbes and protect us. When you broke that barrier, you let in all the microbes your body works so hard to keep out. That is most likely the cause of your rash, and to say its "things trying to get out" is ludicrous.
Please, for the sake of skin cells everywhere, working twenty-four seven to protect our bodies, remove or amend this article.
I appreciate your comments and understand your concern. With the exception of strong dietary changes, nothing has helped us more than acupuncture in our recovery. It is a powerful healing tool. Since writing this post I have improved by leaps and bounds.