A.R.E. members who are rather familiar with the Edgar Cayce health readings are probably aware that when Cayce offered suggestions for healing remedies, those could often be obtained from one’s local drugstore, pharmacy, or grocery store. Such products included a number of oils–such as peanut, olive, or castor oil–various soaps, toothpastes, mouthwashes, teas, herbs, and ingredients in formulas. While some products are no longer available, others remain on the market and are attainable. Such is the case with the subject of this article: Iodex®.
Mentioned in 75 readings for 40 people, Iodex is a topical antiseptic ointment manufactured from the same formula as in Cayce’s day. It contains 4.7% iodine, an anti-infective salve, whose work is described right on the outside of the box that carries the one-ounce ointment jar:
“As long as Iodex remains in contact with body tissues in minor cuts, wounds, and abrasions, the iodine gradually separates from the molecule of the carrier and inhibits the growth and action of bacteria and promotes healing.”
Cases from the readings also cover boils, carbuncles, lymph tumors or cysts, dermatitis, bruises, eczema, and bedsores. In a number of instances, animated ash (Anidex®) or carbon ash (Carbondex®) was to be added to the Iodex. Below is an overview on its use in the Cayce readings.
Recommended Uses of Plain Iodex
Twenty-six readings for 17 individuals recommend using the plain Iodex (not mixed with the ashes). In two readings cocoa butter could be alternated with Iodex.
Conditions for use of the plain Iodex vary widely in the readings: sores, boils, lumps, bruises, abdominal hernia, and enlarged glands in the breasts. The ointment “takes soreness from bruised conditions“, will cause a small lump on the back to “disappear” and to “be absorbed and eliminated from the system“, and in hernias would reduce soreness across the abdomen.
Sometimes the reading recipients used general terms to describe their ailments; for example, they wanted to know what to do about the condition of the leg, arm, neck, or scapula; pain in the lower part of the back; the injury on the left elbow; or what was the trouble with the breast or wrist. Gladys Davis, Cayce’s longtime secretary, would occasionally insert in brackets more specific words followed by a question mark to help identify more precisely the condition; such as, small lump [cyst?] on end of spine or lump on left side of neck [goitre?]. Though some of the questions asked in the readings do not exactly pinpoint the precise nature of the condition, the Cayce source responded, nevertheless, with the necessary treatment and the remedy for it.
To one 29-year-old woman with a breast condition, the reading stated that the use of Iodex “stimulates the activity of the gland in its relationship to the general circulation.” Because of its use on wounds or soft breast tissue, Cayce reminded individuals to massage it in gently: “…do not press too hard when rubbing over same, see?” The Iodex becomes, then, a soothing ointment for those sensitive areas, applied once or twice daily or once or twice a week.
Recommended Uses of Iodex with the Ashes
Three readings suggest mixing Iodex® with carbon ash (Carbondex®), but for two of the individuals Cayce switched to animated ash (no explanation given for the substitution). Animated ash (Anidex®) is recommended to be combined with Iodex in 42 readings given for 26 individuals.
The conditions for use with the ash are similar to use with the plain Iodex except that more complaints are presented, such as spinal injuries, headaches, ulcers, abrasions, inflammation, cuts, burns, rashes, as well as lumps, corns, bunions, calluses, knots, tumors, carbuncles, and growths. It can be applied to the neck, jaw, throat, face (including cheeks, forehead, and ears–avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes), base of the brain and lower cervicals, breast area, chest, hands, feet, legs, groin area, abdomen, and lower back.
The ratio of the amount of Iodex to the amount of ash reflects individual differences and conditions.
Here are the numbers for Anidex® animated ash:
1/4 oz. Iodex to 1/4 grain ash
1/2 oz. Iodex to 1-1/2, 3, or 10 grains ash
1 oz. Iodex to 1/2, 1, 2, 3, 5, or 15 grains ash
For Carbondex® carbon ash the numbers are:
1 level tsp. Iodex to 1/4 grain ash
1/4 oz. Iodex to 1/8 grain ash
1/2 oz. Iodex to 1/8 or 1/2 grain ash or 1 oz. Iodex to 1/4 grain ash
1 oz. Iodex to 1 grain ash
Not only does the Iodex reduce strain and inflammation, but combined with the animated ash it assists in relieving pressure in breast tissue and will “make for the better drainages of the poisons…” If the area, though, is quite tender and sore, instead of massaging it in thoroughly, simply spread it on the area, then apply a loose bandage over it. Application is once or twice daily or once or twice weekly.
If you wish to use the ash with the Iodex, my suggestion is that you check the specific readings that recommend the combination and those that match your particular condition in order to determine the amounts. “Some readings, particularly those on cancer, suggest the ash to be taken orally.” (Mr.  was the researcher and manufacturer of the ash and had a number of readings on that topic; the ash is difficult, complicated, and expensive to manufacture.}
According to a notation made on September 25, 1984, by Gladys Davis, the first mention of animated ash was in an early Hopkinsville reading of which there is no copy. Reading 3857-2, given on March 22, 1928, is the earliest on file which mentions the ash. The earliest mention of Iodex I could locate is from reading 318-5 on September 14, 1926, with the majority of mentions being given in the 1930s.
Here are a few accounts from the readings’ reports of experiences people have had with Iodex.
A woman, who followed the advice Cayce gave in reading 4218-5 alternating cocoa butter with Iodex, wrote on August 27, 1954, that she had excellent results applying them to a lump in her breast. Another woman, using the same routine, began applications on May 18, 1968, and by May 27 no hard lump in her breast could be located; this was also verified through an examination by her doctor.
On November 11, 1929, this notation described another account: “She obtained 288-24 for a general check-up on tendency for constipation, etc., saying that the cyst had finally dissolved–she had followed the treatments for several months and continued the Iodex salve massage for the entire year–hoping to keep the cyst from returning.” Much later, on July 21, 1937, she wrote: “The Iodex with diet and eliminations set up, has completely eliminated the breast tumor.”
“Topical applications of ‘Iodex’ [have] alleviated the deficiency [of iodine] and, in some cases, dissolved tumors.” This statement comes from a brief presented during a staff meeting of the Edgar Cayce Foundation on April 6, 1984.
So if you’d like a handy and beneficial first-aid remedy added to your home kit, consider a jar of Iodex with its many useful applications for all types of injuries, emergencies, and health conditions.
*Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This Product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Elaine Hruska is a therapist at the A.R.E. Houston Spa and former teacher at the Cayce/Reilly* School of Massotherapy. This article is reprinted with permission by Venture Inward Newsletter, Virginia Beach, VA.