Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Borax Background
- Borax Warnings!!
- Athlete's Foot
- Bald Spots
- Borax Dosages
- Borax for Children
- Borax For Children
- Borax Instructions
- Borax Pentahydrate Vs Borax Decahydrate
- Borax Scent
- Borax Shampoo
- Borax Side Effects
- Boric Acid Vs Borax
- Boron Vs Borax
- Brain Fog, Lupus
- Demodex Mites
- Fluoride Poisoning
- Fungal Infections
- General Feedback
- Hair and Scalp
- Healing Properties
- Lichen Planus
- Multiple Cures
- Mycobacteria Infection
- Pineal Gland Decalcification
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rough Feet
- Scalp Infections
- Sinus Infections
- Ted's Borax Feedback
- Where to Buy
- Where to Buy Borax: Australia
- Where to Buy Borax: Canada
- Where to Buy Borax: India
- Where to Buy Borax: Indonesia
- Where to Buy Borax: Ireland
- Where to Buy Borax: Japan
- Where To Buy Borax: Malaysia
- Where to Buy Borax: Philippines
- Where to Buy Borax: Thailand
- Where to Buy Borax: Uk
- Where to Buy: Internet
- Yeast Infections
CHEMICAL NAME: Sodium borate decahydrate (borax)
SYNONYMS: Sodium borate; Borax; disodium salt; Sodium tetraborate; Sodium borate decahydrate; Sodium tetraborate decahydrate; Disodium tetraborate decahydrate
DO NOT CONFUSE BORAX WITH BORIC ACID!
DO NOT TAKE BORIC ACID IN PLACE OF BORAX!
WHERE TO FIND BORAX:
In the laundry detergent section of your local grocery store.
Brand Names: 20 Mule Team (USA), BORAXO (USA, MEXICO)
Check the table of contents on this page ("WHERE TO BUY") for locating Borax in your country. If you live outside the USA, please let us know where you found borax sold in your country.
Boiron Homeopathics also makes homeopathic Borax pellets which our readers are starting to use in lieu of Borax.
Here are a few sources on Amazon.com:
Boiron Homeopathic Medicine Borax, 30C Pellets, 80-Count Tubes (Pack of 5)
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
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"Curious to know why borax is one of the most important remedies to kill fungus and nano-bacteria? Us too! We asked our independent contributor from Bangkok for clarification on why borax is an important home remedy to consider in certain cases like dog mange, lupus and rosacea.
Ted's response: "There are a lot of evidence why borax is effective against nearly all forms of fungus, whether they be mycoplasma found in lupus, rosacea, dog mange, interstitial cystitis plasmodium parasites, Morgellons disease, or even pneumonia. I think borax medicine is one of the medicines most ignored, misinformed or even suppressed in our present society. The authorities have done it so well that very few know that the toxicity of borax is about equal to that of simple table salt.
I have seen almost daily, people dying of pneumonia (James Brown died a couple of days ago), a Thai actor got his brains eaten by a plasmodium, for example. The possible cure is relatively simple: borax. Every time I see people dying, borax always come to mind, and you probably see why. Even health experts such as Dr. Batmanhelidj (Your Body Cries for Water) got pneumonia, as so did Bob Hope and Buddy Ebsen (Beverly HillBilly). I think pneumonia kills just as many people, it's just that cancer and heart disease take greater billboard area. Because of the way the medical system is structured, heart disease and cancer is more profitable, and a simple magnesium and pH may have helped both problems in prevention and possibly cure (I have seen this on many occasions) for a lot less cost.
Below is one of the many interesting articles concerning borax, which mentions the use of borax against fungus, a well known fact amongst microbiologists but totally unknown to the public.
The second article mentions about the use of borax against the dreaded an incurable plasmodium related organism, a common parasites in human. Never mind about its own effectiveness when combined with hydrogen peroxide in the use of dog mange! Ted"
Borax Versus Killer Fungus
Conifer forests are threatened all over the northern hemisphere by the tiny, ubiquitous spores of a naturally occurring fungus called Heterobasidion annosum. This disease, better known as Fomes, has reached epidemic proportions in Scandinavia, and is a growing menace in the managed forests of Canada, United States, Britain, and Russia. Fomes rots the roots and heartwood of growing trees. It could be called the acid rain of the fungus world.
Supporting the UK's Forestry Commission, Borax Group scientists Kieran Quill and Jeff Lloyd are fighting back against Fomes, and discovering how to do so with maximum effectiveness and economy. Their principal weapons are Tim-bor (disodium octaborate tetrahydrate) and the analytical capacity of the Borax Research laboratories.
Fomes cannot live freely in soil nor can it infect live trees except through root contact or wounds. Its spores however can colonize freshly cut stumps - both the "thinnings" which are essential as forests mature and the stumps left when the crop is finally felled.
The spores are produced by hoof-shaped fruiting bodies near ground level at a daily rate of about six million per square centimeter. Because these spores can be dispersed over distances of at least 300 miles, Fomes can be considered ubiquitous in most managed forests. Once established the fungus can remain viable in a stump for decades, posing a continuous threat to any conifer growing or planted near it. Fomes can survive both extreme cold and extreme heat.
But how are healthy trees infected? Fomes spores germinate on the stump surface, whence the fungus gradually colonizes the root system of the felled tree. From there it enters the root systems of living trees that are in contact with the stump's roots, causing both roots and heartwood to decay, eventually killing the tree.
The fungus is almost impossible to eradicate, except by the removal of all stumps soon after felling - an expensive and rarely practicable option. However, germination of spores on the surface of stumps can be stopped by chemical and biological agents. In the past, this has been carried out manually by the tree feller, but now with increasing mechanization, the requirements have changed. Today a material is needed that can be sprayed automatically onto the stump while the harvesting machine is actually severing the tree. The material must give value for money, be easy to obtain, have low mammalian toxicity, be non-corrosive and environmentally benign.
Among several fungicides tested, borates have consistently given good control. Tim-bor (known as Tim-Bor® in North America) and borax are the only chemicals to have EPA approval for the control of Fomes in the U.S. However materials that are effective over large areas of North America may behave differently in northern Europe where rainfall, climatic conditions and forest management techniques could result in a completely different set of disease and control characteristics. In the light of this, the UK Forestry Commission and the Borax Group have carried out trials in Scotland with the object of determining borate efficacy. What is the threshold at which Tim-bor becomes toxic to the fungus? How little will do the trick?
Undiseased Sitka spruce near Peebles, Scotland were felled and their stumps were treated with Tim-bor at four percent, two percent, one percent, 0.5 percent, or with water. Twenty-four hours later Fomes was applied dropwise by hypodermic syringe.
The stumps were left to mature for a year, during which time samples of wood were regularly extracted with a core borer for borate analysis. At the end of a year, the amount of stump colonized by Fomes was measured on a one inch thick disc cut from a standard depth. Each disc was incubated at 10ºC to 15ºC for ten days.
During incubation, fruiting structures of the fungus emerge from infected wood. These can be seen quite easily under a dissecting microscope, and allow any diseased zones of the stump to be mapped. A comparison of the measured diseased areas on the sample discs provides a means of judging the success of a particular treatment.
All analytical work for the project was carried out at the Borax Research laboratories in Chessington (UK).
The results from this experiment indicate that at a borate concentration of around four percent, the mean area of infected heartwood was reduced from 22 percent to less than 0.5 percent. This represented less than one square centimeter, an insignificant inoculum. However, at concentrations of two percent and below, no significant control occurred. In an earlier experiment it was found that a concentration of five percent totally prevented infection. So a working concentration of four to five percent of Tim-bor is indicated for full disease control.
As a result of this research, Tim-bor is being assessed for full commercial application by the UK Forestry Commission, and has aroused widespread interest across Europe."
Of Cabbages And Things
Plasmodiophora brassicae are nasty little beasts of uncertain origins. They may relate to the protozoa, single celled organisms which are neither plants nor animals, and are only a few thousandths of a millimeter wide and long. Most of their relatives in this microscopic world are harmless, but some distant cousins are Plasmodium species, which cause malaria in humans and Amoeba species which cause dysentery. Plasmodiophora brassicae's parasitic way of life is to attack vegetables of the brassica family, causing the debilitating clubroot disease. Now, evidence is emerging that boron might play an important part in keeping its effects in check.
Crops of the brassica family are of enormous worldwide importance. Arguably they are second only to cereals in their contribution to human diet and welfare. They range from the cabbages, cauliflowers, calabrese and brussels sprouts familiar in the western world, to a wide array of leafy and root vegetables widespread in India, China and Japan. The Chinese cabbage, for example, is one of the most important foodstuffs of the Orient. Much of the world supply of vegetable oil comes from rape and mustard seed, while swedes (rutabagas) and turnips are important animal fodder crops in Europe and North America.
There wouldn't be much of a problem hosting a parasite like Plasmodiophora if it didn't have such rampant and dire side effects. In clubroot disease, the plant roots are distorted by massive galls, which inhibit water and nutrient uptake. The grossly deformed roots sap carbohydrates from the leaves and deprive developing flowers. The foliage turns bluish-green, then yellow and then wilts: the plant is past the point of no return and nothing can restore it to health.
Not surprisingly, this is responsible for drastic crop losses and poor quality. It is also virtually impossible, certainly in intensively-farmed regimes, to eradicate the parasite from the soil in which it spends much of its lifecycle.
When Plasmodiophora spores germinate in the soil, the tiny organisms swim around and as soon as they meet a root hair they attach and inject their own cell contents into the root. The genetic material multiplies inside the plant, and it is believed that this presence upsets the host hormone metabolism and leads to uncontrolled cell growth - almost a plant cancer. Once established and now mature, the parasites release billions of new spores back into the soil. It is a very robust lifecycle which is almost impossible to break.
There are clues too that Plasmodiophora may incorporate DNA from the host - perhaps a reason why biological control methods or genetically- induced protection methods have not yet been found. The traditional ways of controlling Plasmodiophora, either heavy liming (that is, adding quantities of calcium), alternative crop rotations or better soil drainage, similarly have only limited effect.
This is where boron comes in. The element is an essential plant nutrient, and it is well known that boron-healthy plants are better able to resist disease-causing organisms. In the case of brassicas, the important thing is to give the plant a head start, and certainly enough boron to begin with can help it resist clubroot.
But this doesn't fully explain why crops which enjoy good boron availability seem to be able to resist clubroot significantly better. Researchers, led by Professor Geoffrey Dixon of the Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK have been looking into this puzzle.
They started out with three possible ideas. Does boron somehow reduce the potency of the clubroot invader directly in the soil? Might it encourage the growth and activity of soil microbes which then prey on the Plasmodiophora before they attack? Or does it actually fight the invasion or its effects within the plant itself?
The team now suspects it is actually the latter. For boron, which contributes so much for so little to plant metabolism, seems not to do the same for the parasitic protozoan. Indeed it works in the opposite way and actually slows down the lifecycle.
What boron and, less strongly, calcium (from heavy liming) seem to do is to reduce the rate at which the invaders mature inside the root and turn into secondary sporangiophores - the ones that cause the damage - whose mission is to release new generations into the outside subterranean world. Boron apparently doesn't stop the initial invasion, but puts the harmful metamorphosis into slow motion.
Whether boron is altering the biochemical environment inside the root to make it Plasmodiophora-unfriendly, or is encouraging the plant to retaliate is not yet clear. But the effect is the same. Brassicas are given more, and often enough time to mature and establish effective roots before clubroot tumors wreak their damage.
A 15-year long series of experiments conducted by the Strathclyde team has convincingly demonstrated that a specific application of boron to the seedlings at transplanting does indeed reduce the onset of clubroot symptoms and hence protects crop yields to a significant degree.
Species by species, brassicas vary in their susceptibility to boron deficiency, but generally they are rated as vulnerable to low boron levels for general growth and health: boron supplementation is, then, important anyway.
But the new message for growers is that, in the right amount and at the right time, it keeps clubroot in check."Replies
04/28/2012: Waynej from Hayden, Idaho, Usa replies: "This article seems to be recommending 20 Mule Team Borax in the laundry section at the market. I followed this advice and when I opened the box the borax was scented with a typical laundry scent. Most laundry scents are chemical compounds rather than natural scents. These chemical scents are dangerous to ingest even in very small amounts.
There is unscented borax being sold on Ebay but I'm hoping someone knows of a source for USP or food grade borax. Borax is 15% boron which does a great job of neutralizing radiation which we are getting plenty of from Japan."
05/13/2012: Zilverb from Seabrook, Texas, Usa replies: "I send you my deepest gratitude for Ted's borax remedy for parasites. I also used the baking soda in water to raise my pH and kill microbes. I was doing it for cancer and I did not care about much else. However, I had Werlhof's disease, commonly known as ITP (Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura). I had already had a platelet transfusion. My platelet count is now in the middle range and I am thrilled by the surprise cure. This was initially an unexpected cure. I will repeat the borax in water treatment periodically to ensure I do not have a relapse. Thank you, Ted, all the participating people, and bless all that you do."
08/01/2012: Artlover8 from Lakewood, Co, Jefferson replies: "I am a 52-year old caucasian woman living in Colorado. I am 5'2" about 120 lbs. I took a lot of anti-biotics for acne over a long-term period 20 years ago and suspect systemic candida. I have joint pain, esp. in hips, with shoulder and neck injuries that frequently go into painful flairs with repetitive motion. I take magneisum which helps with the pain.
I have tried 1/8 Tea in about a liter of water for general alkalizing. I have read to do this in drinking water with 4 days on and then 3 days off. My goal is to raise by body's Ph level and to remove candida. Within a few days, my skin begins to itch here and there and then everywhere and becomes intolerable. My stools also become loose and watery. I discontinued the borax and began 1/4 Tea Baking Soda in water 30 minutes after 2 meals daily. The same thing happens with the itching and loose watery stools. I have also tried Candida Control Program, which is 2 tablespoons before breakfast, starting with their High Potency formula with the plan to do the Phase I and Phase II over a 3-month period. Again I get the itching and loose watery stools. I have tested my Ph urine levels and the readings are coming up in the 6.0 to 6.2 in the morning. I am doing my best to avoid sugar, but not easy.
Does anyone know why this happens and what I can do to correct?"
08/06/2012: Linda from Nashville, Tn replies: "Hello there... It feels to me you are experiencing the cleansing aspect of the parasites dying off. Loose watery stools, flatulence, low energy, flu like systems are a symptom of moving the dead toxic parasites through your system. Your body is healing itself... And this is know as a "healing crisis". Do your best to push on through... When I cleared myself of parasites... It took at least 6 weeks of flu-like symptoms. The cure can feel worse that the cause. Consider switching to mainly raw foods and having as much green juices as possible. Power on through... You can do it!"
08/14/2012: Aluna from Dracut, Ma replies: "TO Artlover8 from Lakewood, Co, Jefferson: You are experiencing the die off of candida and it sounds like you have a severe systemic case. Look into adding iodine (I spray it on my skin and wear dark clothing), organic virgin coconut oil (eat it and rub on itchy skin), and molybdenum (I melt it under my tongue) to help ease the side effects. Hard as it is to deal with the die off, it is worth it in the long run to be free of the fungus that causes so many maladies."
09/10/2012: K.g. from Vancouver, Canada replies: "Borax remedy is old remedy as stated by Rex Newnham PhD DO ND, in his book "Away with Arthritis" (2nd edition printed 1993)
http://members.upnaway.com/~poliowa/Away with Arthritis.html"
DO NOT CONFUSE BORAX WITH BORIC ACID!
DO NOT TAKE BORIC ACID IN PLACE OF BORAX!"
01/08/2013: Blenderlady from Satellite Beach, Fl replies: "Hello, I see the many warnings to use Borax and NOT Boric Acid - but I can't find any rational for this warning.
From another website on this topic it says, "Boric acid, if available, may be used at about 2/3 the dose of borax" http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm
I have Boric Acid, and am very eager to get this cleared up... Thanks in advance!"
02/27/2013: Francisanne from Los Angeles, Ca, Usa replies: "These warnings are unfounded. In other earthclinic pages where Boric Acid is discussed, extremist warnings post too. But also listed are links to informed books/sites. I give this: borax and boric acid are in all my antique and vintage Early Amer and German cookbooks as health remedies, food preservatives, other non-bug kill home uses. For fastest research: go to googlebooks, search 'household __', 'health and __', 'agricultural __', 'veteranary __', and 'medical __'. For 'boric acid and health' the quick hilites and 3 minutes told me volumes. I include 2010 in searches as govt info often takes 5-10 years to publish anyway. See pg 390 of Nat'l Institute of Health Issue 53-57 about boric acid facts for example. DO NOT listen to random shouts by warning bloggers. FIRST do your OWN research, just like earthclinic also advises top of each page. Boric acid is used heavily in mfg/food/agri to cover/fix tainted foods. But in tiny, sparse amounts, yes, many govt/med reports report doctors teaching patients how to make their own very small amounts med capsules. Borax and boric acid are potent, but can and do heal."
02/27/2013: Dori from Santa Ana, Ca, Usa replies: "For your reference, book titled 'Integrative Womens Health',
Best fastest easiest most informative book I ever read on Womens womens healthiness including vaginal was - Integrative Women's Health, 2010, by Victoria Maizes Executive Director & Associate Professor of Medici Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, Tieraona Low Dog Director of the Fellowship Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. It still costs usd40 or so. But its online free too (probably like a post said at googlebooks.
I saw the Warnings about boric acid for vaginal issues, so I'm suggesting all the women read this and teach the book to their girls too. At page 192 it says:
''In a double blinded RCT of 108 women with yeast, the boric acid cure rate was 92% at 7 to 10 days post-treatment and 72% at 30 days and that was significantly more effective than nystatin (Van Slyke 1981).... Specific diabetic women have higher cure rate in 14 days than 1 dose fluconazole, but at 3 months cure rates are same... Usual dose boric acid is 600mg in gelcap inserted in vag daily for 2 weeks with maintenance dose 2/weekly to prevent recurrence. There is LITTLE SYSTEMIC ABSORPTION with vag administration, but large amounts of oral ingestion are shown TOXIC. Also, it is inexpensive. DO NOT use during pregnancy.... Pap smear doesn't necessarily indicate Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)... "
Do ALL your research very well. Some professionals are interested in money or are limited by their bosses (their hospital or insurance group limits, or pharma's that fund them)."
[YEA] 07/23/2009: Lin from Tujunga, CA: "This isn't exactly a cure, but might help anyone with allergies and sensitivities to chemical laundry detergents.
I bought a box of Borax for the first time and have started making 100% natural laundry detergent, along with a natural soap (Castille is what I used) and Soda Ash (or 'Washing Soda' - which is a more concentrated form of Sodium Bicarbonate/Baking Soda. I bought mine from an Art Supply which was sold as '97% Soda Ash' (people use it to set tye-dye and natural dyes. I read that Arm and Hammer Washing Soda is only about 23 or 30% Soda Ash and has bleach and chemicals added).
There are other ways of washing laundry naturally like soap nuts, etc... I haven't gotten to trying those yet, but just wanted to say how easy and rewarding this was. It's not as laborous as you think! You can find recipes online. It is just a matter of hand grating the soap (which is kind of fun, let the kids do it!), then dissolving the soap in a pan of hot water on the stove, + adding borax and soda ash. White Vinegar can be added to the wash as a natural fabric softener. And for good measure, why not dry some clothes out in the sun! My laundry is coming out beautifully (especially the cottons).
What was once a boring chore is turning into a labor of love. Ok, maybe not EVERY day! But it's inspired me to make many similar changes and get back to the old fashioned ways of life. Afterall, don't they always portray women singing at the clothesline? But we don't do that at the washing machine, do we? Makes me feel like we've lost something there."
03/11/2010: Adriana from Sofia, Bulgaria replies: "I go further and make my own soap bars with natural fats and lye. I use it to make my own liquid laundry detergent. The soap making process is explained on line. There are also soap calculators on line for proportions of fat, lye and water. Instead of grating my soap, I cut it into smaller pieces and put them in a 10 liter water bottle, add baking soda (about 200 g) and about 100g borax. Fill with water and leave it to melt on its own. Shake it well before each use. I clean at home with baking soda, vinegar, steam-cleaner. I use my own soap as a shampoo and tooth-soap as well. I do not use any chemicals in the house. To remove stains from clothes I use dry clay powder."
[YEA] 08/04/2008: Dyna from Portland, Oregon, USA: "We put Borax in the cracks about the kitchen to feed the ants. They carry it back to their nests, they cannot digest it and they die. We seem to go for 1 to 1 1/2 years without being bothered by them now."Replies
[YEA] 08/30/2010: Dave from Battle Ground, Washington State, Usa replies: "I went out one morning to see thousands of small black ants outside our garage door, where the car drives in, all along the edge of the door. My first thought was to get some insecticide and spray but I don't like killing living things no matter what they are. I read a post somewhere saying 20 Mule Team Borax makes insects go away. So I sprinkled some across their path and went to the grocery store to shop. When I came back every single one of them had left, none were killed, and they went elsewhere."
[YEA] 08/16/2011: Westsound from Vancouver, Vancouver Canada replies: "Borax works for killing ants. I found ants in the kitchen, didn't know where they were from. Read online and tried putting borax along the kitchen counter, the edge of the sink etc. Then I went to Seattle with my doggy. Couple days later we got home, cleaned up the borax with a vacuum cleaner. I haven't seen any ants since. It works wonder :)"
08/28/2011: Patricia from Gulf, North Carolina replies: "Do you think the borax would work on getting rid of Fire Ants as well?"
09/22/2011: Sheila from Cork, Ireland replies: "Peppermint essential oil is a good way to deter ants; they just turn right around and head away when they're near it. I prefer it, then I don't have to worry about having harmed them."
10/22/2011: Elizabeth from Oceanside, Ca replies: "You might want to determine why the ants are there in the first place. We discovered that the place we were renting had termites and the ants were eating them."
12/08/2012: Teresa from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Before resorting to killing ants why not ask them to move? Tell them that they have so many mins. to go outside or you will kill them. And if they are outside why kill them? They have a purpose. It works, try it."
02/19/2013: Mia from Ukiah, California replies: "I had such fun reading the progression of the posts. It was delightful. I love how we the people are taking back our rights & being good hearted & sensible."
04/11/2013: John from Rumson, Nj Usa replies: "I thought I was the only one in the world that knew "tell the Ants to leave" actually works. It really does work. And it makes you laugh because it's so simple."
04/14/2013: Sarah from Lehi, Ut replies: "I'm going to try asking them to leave. I like that idea, it certainly makes me smile. Wonder if it works on spiders too. :) I don't like killing anything, I figure they have a right to be here as much as we do and obviously there's a natural purpose for them."
04/15/2013: Polly from London, England replies: "I'm going to try this when the first little critturs come marching in when the weather warms up! At the moment I don't kill, them I use rotten lemon peels put down where they come in and it takes a little while but they certainly don't like the smell or taste of rotting lemon peels. I don't eat oranges so I haven't tried them maybe someone else could try that?"
05/21/2013: Deanna from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Usa replies: "There was an ant running down the side of my bathtub yesterday. After reading here I sternly said to him "get out of here or I'm going to kill you! " He screeched to a halt and ran out of my house. I am truly stunned at his reaction."
05/21/2013: Kt from The Usa replies: "I remember reading to put lemon juice in the corner of windowsills to keep ants out of the house."
10/22/2012: Wayfinder from Modesto, Ca/ Usa: "Hey look! My first link ever! This is so amazing, I wanted to copy every paragraph. Another substance as marvelous as ascorbic acid. Hope this works! --T.
10/21/2012: Taffy from Santa Cruz, Ca/usa: "I feel like I have tried everything for my arthritis and joint pain but, in truth, I continue to find new solutions. I am recommitting to the ACV daily and borax/4ays/week after reading about others' relief. Gut health and sufficient proper minerals are so key!
My newest hope comes from the awareness of my uneven muscle stength and areas of weakness- especially in the hip/glut/quad areas. A few weeeks ago, I read about Functional Movement Screen (FMS) and started seeing a trainer to assess and coach me to improve uneven muscles. I also had a PT assessment.
I have an old knee injury and drive a stick shift. I started Zumba about 6 months ago (big fun! ) and could see that my right leg was skinnier than my left. So I did some workouts of single leg with weights and found a BIG difference in strength between right and left leg. Next, the PT noticed that my hips were not aligned. Well, imagine what all that does to my back and other joints! I think, due to uneven muscles and use, my joints have been pulled and tugged out of balance for some time.
My best new hope came after I saw the trainer. She gave me some FMS exercises and kept reminding me to keep my abs in with a natural arch in my back. The next day and each day since I feel relief when I hold my abs in and try to keep my spine in good alignment.
I have taken all the western meds in the past and will take an IB when I just really must but I know that those things are penny wise and pound foolish. While there can be symptom relief, there is no free lunch. I am so alerted to side effects of western meds. that I take remedies to rebuild whenever I indulge.
To our health! (holding a glass of mild borax)"Replies
10/21/2012: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Taffy, thanks for the borax toast!!! :)
I just got a Kindle book that is helpful for chronic aches and pains: "3 minutes to a pain free life, but Joseph Weisberg and Heidi Shink". The exercises are short (not easy yet... ) and seem to be helping. That and the book "Pain free" by Pete Egoscue are my favorites right now for muscles and joints."
[YEA] 07/04/2010: Rebecca from Ashtabula, Ohio: "My comment is on the Borax for arthritis. I tried the ACV (for about two weeks) and didn't seem to be getting any results. So, I started adding the 1/8tsp of borax in a liter of water (drank through out the day). The next day after adding the borax, my knees (where I was having "arthritis pains," I'm guessing, I was never diagnosed officially.) began to feel less swollen. It's been about a week and my knees feel about 80% better. I know this is anecdotal, but thought I would share. I cannot prove it was the Borax (or that the ACV didn't also contribute). I am currently continuing with both and will see how it goes. I truly believe it was the borax. I'm 40 yrs old (female) and used to distance run for about twenty years until I started having knee issues. My mother also has osteoarthritis, diagnosed officially. I mention this because I wonder if it could be hereditary? Anyways, thanks for the info on borax. I will continue it and see how it goes. For now, I believe it has given my knees a big turn around in a small amount of time."Replies
[YEA] 10/13/2011: Pj from Columbia, Sc replies: "First of all I would like to thank this board for being here. I have suffered with septic arthritis in my hip for a little over 2 years now. I was googling :) and came across Earth Clinic. I decided to try the Borax for my arthtritis since nothing else seems to work. I started it last saturday at the 1/8 teaspoon in a liter of water. I have felt better everyday so far, but today I cannot believe I almost have no pain at all!! I am so giddy I don't even want to go to sleep, I just want to enjoy not feeling the terrible pain I have been in. Now I want to go see my pain doc and tell him that it only cost me a few cents to get out of pain, compared to all the expensive drugs and injections he gave me. Thanks again, keep on posting!"
04/14/2012: Eveline from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada replies: "I've been putting the borax and xylitol into my drinking water but haven't noticed any change in my arthritic pain. The pain and immobility have been getting worse every day, with it suddenly affecting my fingers as well as elbow, shoulders, but my knees are the worst. I have a hard time walking. I'm only 57. I'm just wondering if someone can explain the protocol about only drinking the borax water for 5 days of the week. I have done many, many things that are recommended to cleanse the body, taking this supplement and that, I don't eat nightshades, I don't eat processed foods, drink pop, eat mainly vegetables, fruits, protein, am off gluten and grains. I've had no relief. I'm not a fan of conventional medicine but have had to succumb to NSAIDs as otherwise I don't think I would even be walking at this point. I get acupuncture, physiotherapy, see a Naturopath and am determined to find the right combination for me to be rid of this. I wouldn't even mind limping if I could just be free of the pain. Thanks."
05/29/2012: Silvermist from Downeast, Maine, Usa replies: "From the fibromyalgia section: Ted and Bill recommend 1/8tsp borax in 1 l water daily for 4 days, off for 3. Continue indefinitely- replaces flouride and may take a long time to get it all removed, plus new exposures. I think Ted somewhere suggested taking a few months off every year. If you feel better, you could stop, then start again when flouride builds back up and causes pain. It is androgenic according to Bill- so you will get a testosterone boost, which gives a little kick to the flagging libido most of us have from toxic crap in our bodies. A tiny bit of testosterone is ok for women, though you don't know how much a pinch of Borax affects testosterone levels. Choose your battles, I suppose.
I have tried many things on this site for I assume flouride toxcity (my mainstream dentist told me I have frank flourosis- stage4 toxicity of flouride), and borax does seem to do something positive for me for pain."
05/24/2010: Scott from Tweed Heads South, Nsw Australia: "I'm looking at a cure for arthritis. I googled the problem ans your site came up. What a wonderful place. Thank you very much for your no BS approach and of course the same goes for the active participants. I purchased a packet of Borax from the hardware and saw that it was a 'Non-toxic alternative'. This product has an Active Constituent: Minimum 980g/kg Borax. The container does not advertise any additional product or ingredients. I mixed ¼ teaspoon in 1 litre of water and shook it until dissolved. On tasting the mixture it had a very chlorine or caustic taste and smell. I decided not to take the mix until I did more research in addition to contacting 'Earth Clinic'. The research led me to 'Pharmaceutical Quality Borax' which cannot be supplied. Can anyone give me any information on normal Borax, Pharmaceutical Borax or and alternative to the treatment of Arthritis?"Replies
06/07/2010: Skoddy from Tweed Heads South, Nsw, Australia replies: "Can someone advise?"
06/07/2010: Lily from Brisbane, Australia replies: "Hi Skoddy, I got mine from IGA the independant store, it was in a round plastic tub in the laundry aisle32 and is 99% borax, I have used it and it hasn't killed me. I'm wondering if the other 1% is just fillers, dust, and whatever comes with the borax when they abstract it. Hope this helps. Lily."
[YEA] 02/14/2012: Gregory from Brampton, Ontario, Canada replies: "I am 54 years old and for the last few years, my knee joints have really been sore. I started to take 5000 IU's Vit D3 per day for the last year or so. That has helped a lot, but I still feel sore, especially in the morning. I also have psoriasis, so maybe the soreness in my joints is the psoriatic arthritus creeping in.
I thought, after reading about borax here on this forum, I would give it a try. OMG! In one day, the soreness in my knees has vanished! Maybe it is too early to make any assumptions... Can it be true?
Also, my psoriasis seems alot better after 2 days drinking 1/4 tsp borax in 1 litre of water per day. I guess it it still to early to tell.... but I am amazed so far!!
I shall keep everyone informed on my progress....
I love this forum....."
11/23/2007: Edith from West Palm Beach, FL: "Hi Thanks for this wonderful website! I was reading Ted's answers regarding arthritis and bone treatments. He suggests using Borax 1/8 teaspoonful to 1 liter of drinking water as part of the cure. Originally I am from Hungary and not very familier with the Borax. First I went to the health food store searching for it and it was told me I can get it in the drug store. After this I went to the supermarket and asked the pharmacist for the Borax. She told me I can find it on the laundry detergent's shelf. I have bought a big box of Borax multi purpose household cleaner. My question is this that Borax that I suppose to put in my drinking water?? It looks like people are using it for many different kind of purposes. I am using the ACV w. baking soda with a good result for two weeks. More energy less soreness in my knee. Thanks&Regards,"Replies
06/18/2008: Stew from Berlin, Germany replies: "to the efficacy of Borax-brand boron salt, and concern about purity regarding being sold with mainstream laudry detergent. I point out Baking Soda, in comparison, which typically has no other ingredient /than/ baking soda, also commonly available in mainstream supermarkets. These products simply do not need anything added, and are sold widely. The application is more diverse while the product in unadulterated."
05/15/2010: Soozannah from Burbank, California replies: "Uh, no. Sorry but all of the baking soda you find in your local supermarket also contains aluminum. You have to get aluminum-free baking soda at the health food store, at least to my knowledge. The aluminum-free seems to be of a better quality and really fizzes up when I add ACV to it. Like a witches brew but it does wonders and without further polluting your system with yet another heavy metal."
"In striving for clarity, baking SODA is (by definition) sodium bicarbonate, a chemical that is extracted from the ground. It does not contain aluminum nor is aluminum added to it in processing either by intention or through aluminum equipment.
Baking POWDER is manufactured with baking soda as an ingredient and typically includes a compound containing aluminum. Marketing baking soda as aluminum-free is simply a marketing strategy to play to consumers' confusion while charging more for it. As has been noted, no baking soda has aluminum in it."
More info here: http://earthclinic.com/Remedies/baking_soda.html#ALUMINUM
01/19/2012: Lisa from Wattsburg, Pa/usa replies: "Not related to arthritis, but to the post about baking soda containing aluminum and the EC post correcting that to say that it is baking powder that contains aluminum, Clabber Girl Corporation makes an aluminum free baking powder marketed as RUMFORD. I have seen the 4oz and 8 oz containers, and that is what I use in baking. just an FYI."
05/04/2012: Cyber Pony from Miami, Fl replies: "My husband bought arm and hammer baking soda at walmart and I was suspicious about it after using it with Apple Cider Vinegar and after a few days I checked the box and it says it has been made easy pour and to be used for refrigerator etc. And not to be used for baking! I was fuming! It is in the same yellow box! I got some from the dollar store and its consistency seems better, like natural salt. So please beware of the corporations trying to hijack natural ingredients and human beings for their paltry profits.
Blessings to everyone!"
07/22/2012: Sgt from Santa Monica, Ca, Usa replies: "I've been reading for what seems like hours and I'm reduced to tears. I've never been so confused in my life... first reading one thing and then another in a totally opposite direction.
How do I make heads or tails out of all this???"
07/22/2012: Heather from Leicester replies: "Hi, if you are looking for a cure for arthritis go to the top of the page, click on the ailments header and then read the replies. I like the sound of the Joel Wallach remedy near the beginning as I've read his book and he makes sense. I've also read that black strap molasses works. Good luck"
07/22/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "Sgt from Santa Monica, Ca, Usa, Address your email to Ted who contributes to this site. List details of what's occuring and what you need help with. Hopefully that will get you some concrete results, and less confusion."
[YEA] 02/04/2010: Dianna from Austin, Tx: "borax for athletes foot
after trying everything else you could buy at the store for his pretty much life long athletes foot problem - and not having results my boyfriend finally decided to try the remedy i kept telling him to try... borax - which he thought was poison him instantly but he 'trusted' the OTC stuff at the store!!! LOL
he wet his feet and then took a handful and rubbed it all over his feet.
he said they stopped itching immediately! he was stunned.
a few weeks later i asked him how his athletes foot was and he said: oh wow! it hasn't come back! that stuff totally cured it!!!
now he tells all his friends about borax ;)"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 02/02/2011: Cassidyok from Fresno, Ca: "We've been using 1/3 cup of Borax in a large hair conditioner bottle--filled up the rest of the way with water. It's easy to use in the shower because it has a pump. My sweetheart has a bald spot that's been bugging him and 10 days ago he decided he would start using the Borax for shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar (diluted) for a hair rinse.
Today he trimmed his hair and we noticed ALOT of hair on his bald spot. I haven't been checking it because I didn't want to jinx anything or bring attention to him using an "alternative" remedy.
It is really working!! Thank you ever so much for this site. I refer to it often."
08/16/2011: John1230 from Delhi, India replies: "How should I make Hair Wash Solution with Borax. I have lots of Fungus and Dandruff. My hair are now very thin and have lost hair. Also, In India, what grade specification of Borax should I buy.
08/17/2011: Lily from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia replies: "John1230, borax doesn't have a grade, it is 99-100% borax. I can't find the recipe in the ailments or remedies, but put about 1 part borax to 2-3 parts water and pour onto hair and leave in for 10 mins. Lily."
08/17/2011: Phyllis from Selmer, Tennessee replies: "for thinnig hair try Teds recipe of teatree oil, laverder oil, and aloe vera. I did it once a week for 3 weeks and it worked great."
08/23/2011: John1230 from Delhi, India replies: "Thanks Lily and Phyllis.
This is for Ted, I could not find his email address.
My father is 76 Years old and I am from India. Since last 15-17 years he is suffering from Psoraisis all over his body. He tried everything from Allopathy, Homeopathy to Ayurveda. And whatever was suggested by the near and dear ones.
Nothing worked. I find some hope with Borax. However, I would want to know how should the process go about. Also suggest some other remedy if known.
My friends are visiting Thialand very soon. Where can they find Borax which can be injested. Please suggest.
Thanks and God bless all of you."
08/23/2011: Stan from Huntingdon, Pa. Usa replies: "I have been reading some very positive results using coconut oil to treat psoriasis. I am also using coconut oil on some serious fungus with great results. Hoping you find a solution."
09/22/2011: John1230 from Delhi, India replies: "He has tried Coconut Oil and VCO as well. None of them worked."
01/03/2012: Ping Yap from Legazpi, Philippines replies: "On psoriasis:
Try taking cold processed virgin coconut oil 3 1/2 tablespoon daily continuously for at least a month.
Sip a lemon & a pinch of sea salt after to refresh your mouth."
01/04/2011: Ginaraye from Waxahachie, Texas, Usa: "Hi earth clinic and ted! I used ted's mange cure on my dog, and a couple of neighbor's dogs, too, thanks so much for that! The borax pointed me to fluoride de-tox and I have pretty much eliminated my fluoride intake. I use ted's borax remedy in my drinking water and paint with iodine occasionally. I still have a stiff neck and creakiness sometimes, though. It just occurred to me it is probably from increased coffee drinking now that it is winter.
Also now that it is winter, I would like a hot bath! What i'd like to know is if borax in the bath water will prevent absorption of fluoride, and if so, how much borax should I use? my city is just now becoming aware of fluoride toxicity and I think we could all use the information! Thanks, gina"Replies
09/27/2011: Kelly from Catawissa, Mo, Usa replies: "I would very much like to know how much Borax to add to the bath tub for fluoride removal. My fibromyalgia and pain has me bed-ridden, and I just found out that tea is high in fluoride. I drink 1-2 pots a day. I also have fluoride in my well water. They do not manufacture fluoride filters for showers or bath faucets, so this seems to be my only choice. I have a big 6' tub. So I suppose I need a ratio. Please advise, as this is EXTREMELY important for my health! Thanks"
[YEA] 01/12/2011: Randy from Jersey City, Nj, Usa: "Based on recommendations I found on the site, yesterday I tried Borax to help relieve my candida issue. I have had long standing bloating caused by the candida. Just to start off, I took a very small amount (maybe 1/20 teaspoon) of 20-mule team borax in 0.75L water, and drank it throughout the day. By about 4pm, I started having A LOT of flatulence that lasted several hours. Didn't smell bad luckily, but had to go home after work and stay there for a while :)
By the end of the evening, my belly felt empty, with none of the pressure or pain that I have come to live with. Unbelievable! I plan on continuing to use borax for my issues. I will work up gently to about 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon 4 days a week, for a limit time frame. Anyone interested in trying borax, I recommend it, but please read the borax information on this site, and work up the dosage very gently, it is powerful. Thanks Earth Clinic!!"
05/19/2013: Precisely from Mineral Hill, New Mexico, Usa: "Hi TrudyG and all others suffering from insomnia,
I also have opposite reactions to pharmacy drugs, OTC & Rx. Three things have helped me ENORMOUSLY, and all of them don't seem to be mentioned in this thread: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/insomnia6.html#MR_100360
First, taking a nightly capsule of organic borage oil, regular dose, an hour before bed got me deeply asleep, deeply dreaming, and very calm/confident-feeling the next day. It does take about 3 weeks for most people to have results, although I seem to recall it was more like 10 days for me. After a while I ran out and forgot to take it, only remembered while reading here.
Next, I got an inversion table. You can set it so that you start with a relatively low angle of inversion, by tying the strap underneath--say, 20-30 degrees for at least 10 minutes. That feels like plenty to me. If your heart is lower than your feet by 17 degrees, apparently the lymph glands release and clear. Other benefits I've noticed: practically no asthma, NO INSOMNIA, back pain decreased and overall well-being increased. Not to mention, better circulation.
However I am forgetful so the latest thing I take is borax. This is actually covered in depth at http://educate-yourself.org/cn/boraxconspiracy03jul12.shtml.
In my case, I was looking for help with my out-of-control restless legs syndrome, which, on the first day, diminished almost to nothing (now my Requip prescription of. 25 mg is more than sufficient, where before even 1mg spaced throughout the day barely controlled it. ).
Now I take the borax right before sleep, and I sleep deeply and w/o interruption for 8plus hrs. And I wake up feeling crisp! Also my asthma, which had me audibly wheezing prior to the borax, is slowly disappearing. It's also a fabulous detoxer, and is anti-microbial and perhaps also alkalining too.
At first I took the Borax in the morning, but after 3 weeks, it started to make me very sleepy so I switched to bedtime. It's very fast-acting--one minute I'm lying in bed wide awake, wondering when it's going to start knocking me out, and the next minute, I'm so deeply asleep I haven't even noticed I was getting sleepy, it's so immediate a response.
My friends who are also taking borax find that they have more energy. I MAY be feeling more energetic, but the stuff still knocks me out, so experiment on a laid-back, no-driving-etc-day to see how it affects you.
The other reason I was taking borax is that it balances the whole body's hormone, endocrine, and glandular system over time. I've been taking it now for at least 3 months. I've increased my dose to a tablespoon (from a teaspoon). Just last week it seemed to me that my post-menopausal dryness was no longer an issue. I intend to continue taking this forever.
Oh yes, another borax good result: my neighbor, 70 yrs old, fell off a horse and broke 2 ribs. Since he won't go to doctors, I gave him some borax. He says his ribs healed fast, and with much less pain than the other times they have broken.
Dosing excerpts from midway through the link at beginning of this post:
Firstly, dissolve a lightly rounded teaspoonful (5-6 grams) of borax in 1 litre of good quality water* free of chlorine and fluoride. This is your concentrated solution. Keep the bottle out of reach of small children. (* I''m using distilled water)
Standard dose = 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of concentrate. This has 25 to 30 mg of borax and provides about 3 mg of boron. Take 1 dose per day mixed with drink or food. If that feels right then take a second dose with another meal. If there is no specific health problem or as a maintenance dose you may continue indefinitely with 1 or 2 doses daily. "
(elsewhere in my reading people taking the borax-in-water cure seem to take it for 5 days, stop for 2, then start again for 5 days, off for 2 days, and so on. )
"If you do have a problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions, menopause, stiffness due to advancing years, and also to improve low sex hormone production, increase intake to 3 or more spaced-out standard doses for several months or longer until you feel that your problem has sufficiently improved. Then drop back to 1 or 2 doses per day. "
BTW... Trazodone HCL does work for my insomnia. At first I had to double-dose but now I can take 1/4 pill and that will also knock me out.... But why bother when borax is much safer and helps with so many cures.
Last I would like to thank Joy and Everyone about mentioning the water cure. I think adding the right salt will help w my frequent urination, thirst, and allergies. Had forgotten that histamine is a dehydration response. Beginning to wonder if I was developing diabetes. Would diabetes show up in a hair sample?
Many Blessings! "
EC: This wonderful feedback on borax was originally posted in our insomnia section here: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/insomnia.html
02/27/2013: Chris from Miami, Fl, Usa: "I have yet to find any discussion on how long of a period of time it is safe to take 1/4 teaspoon of Borax per liter of water. I have been doing 4 days on and 3 days off to help raise my PH while taking many other natural remedies to kill my H. Pylori. I like the idea of raising my PH that I would like to know a recommended maintenence plan for the rest of my life using Borax. For example is it safe to have a little every day or continue to do 4 days on and 3 days off? Also, is it too hard on the body to do the sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate while using the Borax for the rest of my life?"Replies
03/23/2013: Chris from Miami, Fl, Usa replies: "I had asked a question and did not hear back. Would you please take the time to let me know your opinion on the long term use and doseages of drinking borox? It makes my joints hurt. Also what dosage do you recommend for long term use of sodium bicarbonate mixed with sodium carbonate?"
05/11/2013: Badabing! from Cape Town, South Africa replies: "Hey Chris, Regarding dosages. Borax is pretty safe at low dosages. Its toxicity is lower than table salt. You'd have to be taking a lot before things would dtart to go wrong for you health-wise. As a guide: if you dissolve a level teaspoon (5ml) of borax in a litre of water and then consume 5ml of that per day then you are taking in somewhere in the region of 7mg of borax per day. That's okay for a maintenance dose. Your 1/4 teaspoon is low but perfectly fine too.
My best advice is to start low and then really learn to listen to your body. Listen to how it feels. Pick up the dosage a little and then see. Trust yourself and your body. You'll do fine.
Good health to you!