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Mar 24, 2021

Today we are talking about silica, which is tissue salt # 11. To learn about the first 10 issue salts and why tissue salts are an incredible support to our bodies, head back to episode number 8 where we began this fascinating series. 


What is silica used for in the body?

Known as the beauty mineral, silica is most used by our body for skin health for strengthening the body’s organs.

As we know from previous episodes, our skin and bones have a similar composition of minerals and so silica is also good for our bones. 

The emotional aspects of Silica

Silica also has an emotional component where if it is depleted the person will be a little bit shy, hypersensitive to light noise and cold and will be lacking in ‘grit.’ 

The reason for hypersensitivity is because silica is required for messages to be passed through our nerves and without it, the nervous system gets a little bit ‘glitchy.’

In a person suffering emotionally due to low silica, they will generally live in a dreamy world, procrastinate, show signs of insecurity and lack in life direction. 

I am aware this sounds strange but there is a large proportion of the population suffering from silica deficiency because of the lack of minerals in the soil our vegetables grow in! 

To give you an example, if you purchase some green vegetables and put them in your fridge and within two days they become limp, you will know that the silica content of those greens is very low. 

We can look at this wilting vegetable example and apply the same principle to ourselves. If we do not have enough silica then we will ‘wilt’ both emotionally and physically (in our structure). (i.e. We need silica to be ‘strong.’)


How often should we take silica?

Quite often with tissue salts, when we take them we can see an immediate effect. But with silica, we need to take it for quite a long time before we see changes in our levels and symptoms begin to improve. For this reason we take 1 tablet, 3 times a day.

Taking silica is going to help with our calcium absorption as well, further improving the structure of our bones, teeth and hair. 

Tissue salt #9 (which helps to balance our pH) is a good tissue salt to take alongside silica as if our pH is acid we are going to lose a lot of calcium and silica. 


What else can we use silica for?

Silica can also help with the prevention of stretch marks and is great for females going through puberty where their body is changing rapidly. It can also be used safely during pregnancy for the same reason. 

Silica is also known as a ‘flusher,’ as it flushes out deposits of waste including blood clots, calcium and fat deposits. 


Signs you are low in silica:

Fragile skin



Hip pain

Hypersensitivity to light and noise

Sweaty hands and feet

Nails - cracks, deep fissures

Tongue - one side swelling (rare), hardening and ulcerated (if there is also infection), long tip, brownish colouring and ‘hair stuck on the tongue’ sensation

Face - Glass like sheen on the skin with the tip of the nose being shiny, parallel lines to ears (also due to low calcium), sunken eyes

Baldness - Can be due to silica but can also be other deficiencies and/or dysfunction

‘Shy stools’ - This is when the stool comes out a little and then pops backwards into the bowel. This is due to the muscles not contracting properly from calcium and silica deficiency. 

Skin - Abscess, ulceration, fissures and anything to do with elasticity

Cleansing (removal of waste) - Due to silica’s flushing ability of fats, bowel, lymphatic, pus, blood (to name just a few). For example In-grown toenails can be treated very effectively with tissue salts 11 and 12.  Silica doesn’t work by itself for this flushing ability but it is an essential building block for the function. 



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