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Why you should only use Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide found at Pharmacies and Drug Stores is usually not Food Grade.

It may contain stabilisers or metals - and are for "External Use Only"

What is Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide?

Food Grade hydrogen peroxide is one of the purest forms of hydrogen peroxide and does NOT contain stabilisers, metals or any additives.  It is manufactured under strict guidelines to be approved by the FDA and European regulatory authorities as safe for human consumption. Food grade hydrogen peroxide is extensively used in the food and food packaging industry and is found lining the containers of juice and dairy packaging.

Why does "regular" Hydrogen Peroxide Contain Stabilisers?

Hydrogen peroxide is fairly unstable and over time decomposes into oxygen and water.  During this process, and particularly with concentrations above 3%, hydrogen peroxide releases large amounts oxygen that can cause bottles to expand or even in extreme cases burst. 

Adding stabilisers therefore makes it safer and more convenient to transport and store, and store it for longer. Without stabilisers hydrogen peroxide is more apt to break down and is therefore not ideally suitable to the mass volume market. (Note, correctly packaged and stored in cool dark places, Food Grade hydrogen peroxide breakdown is quite slow, typically 5 to 10% per annum) 

What stabiliser are added to Hydrogen peroxide?

Depending on each country, the hydrogen peroxide bottles may (if anything) merely state "stabilised" but do not list the stabilisers specifically.  However, typical stabilisers used are:

Acetanilide, phenol, sodium stanate, sodium pyrophosphate, tetrasodium phosphate, and tin. 

Some may also contain other additives in addition to stabilisers. These may include nitrate and phosphoric acid for pH adjustment.  Some may also have colloidal silicate to minimise decomposition.

You may assume that stabilisers in one form or another have been added and that "Regular" hydrogen peroxide is therefore not deemed to be safe for human consumption by the FDA.  

Invariably the bottles will clearly state "NOT FOR INTERNAL USE" or "FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY"

In terms of their own labels...it should not be used for internal consumption or for nebulising!

HOWEVER

In emergency circumstance where food grade is not available - we highly recommend short term us of "regular" grade.  It is important to start treatment immediately, but replace with food grade as soon as possible

why food grade hydrogen peroxide

Please be careful when purchasing products that advertise that they are Food Grade

1% or 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide is not typically available in the market. 

Food Grade is only manufactured and available at 35%.  Although we do sell 35%, we found after years of using 35% Food Grade and constantly having to dilute it ourselves, or measure quantities with a dropper, that there are many users who would prefer a pre-diluted "Ready to Use" Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide.  We carefully dilute 35% Food Grade and make it available to the market at safe percentages.

To ensure quality

We purchase 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide from a German chemicals company, manufactured to the highest standards, and dilute it to either 1% or 3% with purified water purchased from Oasis. (See below)

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The effect of 35% on the skin - it burns!
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Why 1% and 3% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide?

3% For general uses

  • Most uses of H2O2 require it be used topically, internally or in nebulisers or humidifiers.

  • Even topically we believe only Food Grade can be used for these safely 

  • 3% is the strength most recommended for all treatments and uses of hydrogen peroxide

  • 3% does not require the need for further dilution before general use

  • At 3%, dosages are easily measured as opposed to using stronger percentages, such as 35%, that require dosages to be measured using a dropper

  • Stronger percentages such as 35% can be dangerous and burn the skin

  • Accidental over consumption of 3% will not prove life threatening

  • Health Practitioners are therefore more comfortable advocating the use of 3%

1% For Sanitisers

  • We advocate the use of hydrogen peroxide as a safe alternative to using alcohol.  Constant use of alcohol sanitisers may lead to skin irritations and the alcohol is absorbed directly into the skin and may lead to additional side effects.

  • With this in mind, we chose to use Food Grade as it is the safest form of hydrogen peroxide without stabilisers, metals, fragrances or other additives that could be harmful.

  • We found that 3% H2O2 utilised as a regular sanitiser to be potentially too strong.  In tests some individuals experienced discomfort and a burning or tingling sensation when using large volumes repetitively  - especially when they had previously been using alcohol based sanitisers and had developed cracked skin.  As H2O2 is effective in inactivating viruses at 0.5% we elected to produce our sanitiser at 1% H2O2 which has the added benefit of being safe for children.

The Oasis Purification Process assists water treatment plants by filtering out all pharmaceuticals from drinking water including dirt, sludge, pesticides, herbicides, chlorine, sodium as well as any other hormones in water.  The added benefit of Oasis Water is the injection of Ozone into the water, increasing the oxygen levels in the water and killing all bacteria and viruses which cannot be removed from filtration.

Ever since the late 1990’s, the science community has recognised that chemicals from pharmaceuticals – including antibiotics, hormones, mood stabilisers, oral contraceptives and other over-the-counter medications – are in our drinking water supplies. Our bodies metabolise only a fraction of most pharmaceuticals we swallow. Most of the remainder gets into waste water. Water also gets contaminated by perfume, cologne, skin lotions, and sunscreens that wash off people’s skin and such contamination ends up in rivers, lakes and dams and return to our drinking water supply.

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