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Grapefruit Seed Extract

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I love telling you guys about new things I’ve found and use around my house. Lately it seems as though I’m enjoying learning about herbal supplements and things that can treat sickness and problems without the help of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals have their place, but for the most part I think they are WAY overused. I was turned on to Grapefruit Seed Extract by my friend Adrienne at Whole New Mom. I purchased it from The shipping there is very reasonable and they even offer a credit for first time buyers. I read a lot about it before I purchased a bottle, because I wanted to make sure it was something good to keep around the house. It helps with so many things that it’s a good thing to have on hand in case you need it. The shelf life is indefinite.  I like being prepared. I bet that’s shocking, right?

When I got my bottle from iherb, they also sent me this cute little sample of hot cocoa. I’ve attempted to fix it twice, but each time I thought “Well, if I use it, I won’t have it later.” How’s that for deep? So, it’s still in the cabinet. I’ll eventually drink it when I’m feeling particularly chocolatey.

I was particularly interested in it because Barry occasionally gets mouth sores (I use a lot of tomatoes). You can mix a solution of water and grapefruit seed extract and then gargle with it to help get rid of mouth sores (10 drops of extract in one glass of water, several washes per day). You should always dilute your grapefruit seed extract because it is VERY strong stuff… don’t want to burn a hole in any important body parts.

Here are a few of the most interesting uses for grapefruit seed extract I found. There are many more, so just research online to find out the full extent of use.-Adding 10-15 drops of extract to gallon of water in a carpet cleaning machine will remove odors, bacteria, mold, and mildew. It will also kill staph, strep, salmonella, and other various organisms in your carpet.

-Gargling with a mixture of extract and water will kill Strep germs. Use 2-3 drops in a 5 ounce cup of water and then gargle 3-4 times per day.

-A mixture of extract and water can kill fungus and mildew in the bathtub. It’s user friendly and environmentally safe.

-Drinking water can be made safe by 10 drops for each gallon of water. Mix vigorously and let it rest for several minutes.

-For a sore throat use 10 drops of extract in a glass of warm water and gargle at least 5-6 times per day.

-You can also use the above mixture as just a mouthwash.

-It can be used as a chapstick by mixing a few drops with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then applying to your lips.

-Treat cold sores by applying a mixture of a few drops of extract with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Apply to the sore with a cotton swab 2-3 times per day and leave it overnight.

I copied this paragraph directly from Herbs and Family Health:“For sinus problems, do a nasal rinse. Put 3 drops of extract in a small cup and mix with lukewarm water. Using a small dropper, drip a few drops of the mixture into both nostrils while leaning your head back for a minute or two. Move your head side to side, back and forth, sniff in several times, and then gently blow your nose. Always use in diluted form. NEVER drip undiluted solution into your nose.”I think Adrienne used it to treat an ear infection in her son. Maybe she’ll comment below and tell us about that. :-)
In similar news, I purchased this book at my local herb shop (and no, it wasn’t one of those places with marijuana in the window and “420” in the name). It’s a book about herbs and what ailments they treat. This particular bookalso talks about vitamins. It’s a great book to have on hand. I recommend that every home have a book like this at home for reference. Sure, you can have the information on the internet…..but what if you’re internet isn’t working? You can’t always rely on technology.  I <3 books!

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. I love learning all the new stuff you are learning! I haven’t heard about GSE until now, but I was sold with the first use for it on carpets ;)[My dream would be to rip out all the carpet in my home and replace with wood floors!]

    I recently grab an herbal healing book for $1 at a second hand store – talk abuot a SCORE!

  2. Yes, Stacy, I did use GSE for my son’s ear infection and for my sinus issues as well. Though I must say that both of them were stubborn stubborn stubborn and I used other things too. I think it’s one of the more powerful things that I have used.

    Take care!

  3. sherrie dollar says:

    i really should invest in this! i catch strep at least a cpl times a yr. i also have a mold issue in my son’s carpet from his humidifier. i’ve tried other carpet cleaners, but it always comes back once the carpet dries.
    which herb shop do you use? i know there is one off of exit 5 by the harley shop that seems pretty safe.

    • I’ve been there and they are very nice. I ordered off for this. You get a code for $5 (I think) with your first purchase. :-) The link for the iherb is above in the post.

  4. Stacy,
    I keep a spray bottle of GSE water in the kitchen and one in my bathroom.
    I spray sponges, sinks, counter tops, my cat dishes (be sure to rinse)…
    mop water, bathroom sinks, spot cleaning anywhere, my hands after touching
    raw meat or anything unsanitary, cutting board…you name it. I usually use
    it pretty strong like 40 to 50 drops in a quart spray bottle. I have also taken it 10 drops in a glass of water for stomach issues like if I think I have a bug or flu like symptoms. I hear it’s good for candida too.
    I’m so glad to see you do this article.

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