Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Borax Background
- Abdominal Pain, Bloating
- Athlete's Foot
- Bald Spots
- Borax Baths
- Borax Dosages
- Borax for Children
- Borax Pentahydrate Vs Borax Decahydrate
- Borax Shampoo
- Boric Acid Vs Borax
- Brain Fog, Lupus
- Diluting Borax
- Foot Odor
- General Feedback
- Healing Properties
- Mycobacteria Infection
- Rough Feet
- Severe Pain, Arthritis, Libido
- Ted's Borax Feedback
- Where to Buy Borax: Australia
- Where to Buy Borax: India
- Where to Buy Borax: Ireland
- Where To Buy Borax: Malaysia
- Where to Buy Borax: Thailand
- Where to Buy: Internet
Last Modified on Apr 04, 2014<< Continued from page 12
05/22/2010: Elaine from Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa: "Hi, Ted
Tonight I was in the super market and found Boraxo powdered hand soap. It says on the back. Boraxo Powdered Hand Soap is a unique blend of borax and powdered soap. The borax holds the lossened soil in suspension until it is rinsed away. This is a 20 Mule Team product. There is a number to call on the label if anyone would like to know if they can find it in there area or maybe able to order it. 1-800-457-8739. I bought a 12 oz canister for $1.77. I beleive I will start using on my scalp as I have bumps there. I will let you know how it works."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/10/2010: Elaine from Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa replies: "So far so good. I noticed that if I stop using it the bumps come back. I feel it is something that must be used for several weeks. Also, I must use another shampoo on occassion as my hair seems to get a build up. Also use a good conditioner."
06/11/2010: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "boraxo is much stronger than plain borax!!!
if you can get some plain borax - they have it in the laundry aisle - it is usually called 20 mule team... it will work much better and won't dry out your hair or scalp and you won't need conditioner.
you need borax and citric acid. citric acid is a chelator and will take the borax completely out of your hair as well as restore the proper pH to your hair and scalp and prevent mineral build up. you can also use vinegar - 1 tablespoon to a pint of water but it doesn't work as well... but until you can get citric acid vinegar is fine.
take some plain powdered borax and pour about an inch or 2 in the bottom of a bottle. add water and shake and let it sit until the water turns clear. it will only melt as much of the borax until it gets to a 'saturated' solution - so having some white stuff in the bottom is normal.
pour the clear liquid into a squirt bottle with a nozzle like a ketchup or mustard bottle or even better a hair dye bottle and use about 2 tablespoons. i usually just put one ounce (2 tablespoons into the bottle at a time).
when you are ready to wash your hair get a pint container and add 1/4 teaspoon of citric acid powder to a pint of water and shake or stir it good.
ok then wet your hair and squirt the borax solution onto your scalp only. after this kind of work it around your scalp and then sort of squeeze it down the rest of your hair. you don't have to worry much about the length because just the amount that is on your scalp will clean the length unless your hair is very long.
it may not seem like it is doing anything but it is!!!
then rinse, rinse, rinse and scrub your scalp with your fingertips (not nails) and when finished rinsing well, pour your citric acid solution over your scalp and let it run down your hair. make sure you saturate your hair and scalp with it.
then rinse, rinse, rinse.
this will work MUCH better!!! as well as leave your hair very shiny, smooth and full of body. no conditioner is needed with this method! i have almost waist length hair that was very dry and crunchy before i started using this method. now i can't believe how nice my hair is!!!
good luck :)"
Severe Pain, Arthritis, Libido
[YEA] 12/13/2013: Ramesh from Mumbai, India: "I am Ramesh Gaikar from India. I and my wife had been on borax for 2 months and am running for the third month. The protocol, 5 days on and 2 days off. I and my wife had the problem of arthirities. My wife's problem was that she had severe knee pain and back pain. She feels OK now and I think 80% she is cured. Also, I think I am also cured of arthirities as I do not experience any muscle pain etc. My wife was advised by the Dr. to get the knee replaced. But, I had faith in Borax and on Earthclinic. So I started to take 1/8 spoon in 1 litre of water. I am also enjoying my married life as Borax has increased my Libido.
I am very greatful to this site. May God bless this site."
12/08/2009: Javier from Lebanon, Pa: "I read in this site about using borax to help with sinus infection as sinus is a fungus. I was wondering if i could use borax to do nasal irrigation/ flooding. I have sinus infection for years. Any info, please addvise. Thank you"Replies
12/09/2009: Anonomous from Falling Pines, America replies: "I don't know if borax would work, but I once had a sinus infection for about a 6 to 8 week period. Trying to avoid the doctors office, I made a solution of hydrogen peroxide and distilled water. I then put drops or the solution up my nose. I would lay upside down on my sofa ( hang my feet over the back and have my head towards the floor )
The mixture I use was 3% hydrogen peroxide 1/2 teaspoon mixed with 3 Tablespoons of distilled water.
It burned pretty bad but after about 36 hours, I blowed out this BLOODY MESS from my nose mixed with lots of congestion. My infection was gone and did not return.
I prefer to use herbs and vitimans and stuff though, but in this case I was desperate.
You may want to look at the TOMATO TEA on here under REMEDIES as I have had sucess using this and antibotics did not have to be used.
When I used the peroxide, I would do it about every 4 waking hours."
05/21/2013: Bradshad from North Providence, Rhode Island: "Sandy, suicide does not seem like the answer nor does vodka to clear up your skin issues. Personally I have been at wits end many times with my psoriasis. My take is before you do anything irrational, try doing a veggie juice cleanse for awhile or even better a water fast under the care of a licensed Naturopath. My guess is you have Candida. Best of luck. Hope this helps."
05/19/2013: Sandy55 from White Pine, Tennessee, Usa: "Ted, I get confused easily. I keep reading about the borax, peroxide remedy and have read different mixtures at different messages.
I have mixed a liter of spring water with 1/4 teaspoon of borax, and a capful of peroxide, I drank on this all day yesterday and then today added 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. I did this to drink on all day. I don't know if this is correct since I later saw this was after meals.
I have lots of black places that look like freckles that have came up and I know age brings some of this but I see black specks in the tub. Lots of burning skin so bad I have tried to commit sucide three times and was put in the mental hospital. I can't take this skin burning and also my eyes are full of thick stuff. If I use anything on my face like even water I get a lather like it has soap on it this has gone on for over three years.
I have lost almost all hope. I did use all the things I have on hand in the house like the lavender and mixed it with too much vodka at first, it did help with the pain. I saw the mixture for skin and used it all day but got to dried out and had to stop the second day. It has been hard to even wear clothes that touched my skin. I need to keep it simple so help with cleaning is something I need to know.
This is urgent for me since I don't feel there is anything left. I have xylitol and wondered about using it with the chocolate to make something tasty. Or can I mix a vodka drink to make it a little stronger for pain?
[YEA] 05/10/2013: Branda from Detroit, Mi: "I want to comment on the borax as a face wash. I have been using borax now for a couple of weeks. After reading some of the comments, I wanted to start slow. I have to say, it works for me. My skin loves this stuff! My face is softer, smoother and brighter. I'm not at the ingesting stage yet because I can't wrap my head around drinking something that I wash my clothes with. Next, I'll try it in the bath. Thanks Earth Clinic. I get a lot of great natural remedies from this site."
05/24/2010: Ana from Houston, Texas: "Hello Ted, I wanted to ask you about using borax as a bodywash. My son was told that his severe cystic acne is due to parasitic causes and the antibiotics given to him just made it worse. So, I am wondering what the measurements of borax and peroxide would be safe to use externally."
[YEA] 08/22/2009: Fabat50 from Sb, Ca: "YEA!!!! Love BORAX my husband and I have been using it as scrub for months, no soap, still use shampoo though, But skin has never felt better. Cant wait to take shower it feels so GOOD! Just get wet, Turn off water, Get a palm or two full and scrub, FEELS GREAT! RINSE, then MAYBE a little VCO, sometimes, WOW! BABY SOFT!"
[YEA] 04/21/2009: Jon from Pacific Grove, CA: "Interesting after getting a number of what are probably Aspergillus Leisions on different areas of my body - particuliarly the back of my hands. Which occurred after removing a ridiculous amount of mold off this crummy 60 year old rotting unventilated house in a area that has a year round average humidity of 80 to 100% (lots of fog). Initially months ago I started with things like NeoSporin, and other AntiBiotic creams - not to mention wasted time and $$$$$ going to Doctors - It finally occurred to me these are Fungus or Mold infections on my skin - never heard of that before - funny none of the Doctors even mentioned it might be a fungus or mold. Anyhow been through Tolnaftate, Butenafine, Magnesium Sulfate, Iodine etc. etc. leisions would get better then come back. Finally now after two weeks of using Borax along with just regular hand soap and washing my whole body in it daily all my skin itching is GONE! The backs of my hands look completely normal (I can't believe it!) - every time I wash now I use Borax along with just some regular hand soap. Now I have to admit that initially for the first few days the infected areas turned bright red - like a sun burn - and itched like crazy but now the skin there looks totally normal, and does not itch anymore. Had a leision on my back for quite some time and now it is almost completely undectable (this old moldy house YUCK!) Wash all my clothes in it and have taken a empty baby powder bottle, filled it with borax and I sprinkle the inside back of my tshirts with it in morning and then spray it with a combination of distilled water and magnesium sulfate. I can't wait to see that area on my back finally completely dissapear."
[YEA] 12/21/2008: Rachel from Montclair, NJ: "Borax instead of soap: After reading all of the information about borax on the earthclinic website, I decided to experiment with it. I started using borax in place of the liquid bodywash that I normally used in the shower. I have always had breakouts on my chest and back and have tried everything (acne creams, soaps, kits for problem skin, alcohol, changing laundry detergent) and never had any lasting success keeping my skin clear from breakouts. Well let me tell you, since I started using the borax to wash myself with, my skin is COMPLETELY CLEAR! I've been using the borax now for about two months straight and will never go back to bodywash. I also started using it on my face and I will no longer buy facial cleansers again since the borax works so well. I still do use regular shampoo. I tried using just borax to wash my hair and the first day my hair looked great but the following two days my hair looked terrible. I now add a small handful of borax to my shampoo and use that with very good results. It is winter in NJ right now and usually I have a lot of static in my hair, but the borax seems to be counteracting that. I attribute the lack of static to the borax as that is the only different thing I am doing.
One last thing, the borax that I am using is the stuff you can get in the laundry aisle--20 Mule team borax. I love using borax and I love the Earthclinic website!"Replies
[QUESTION] 01/11/2009: Howard from Newcastle, Australia replies: "To Rachel. Very interested in your experience with Borax, but will you tell tell me more precisely what quantities of Borax to water you use for body washing as opposed to that which you use on your face. Alternativley, any one else reading this post might oblige. Thanks in advance."
[NAY] 07/23/2010: Sarah from Seattle, Wa Usa replies: "I had a really bad bird mite infection for 4 years and I researched Borax 20 Mule team which said it was an insecticide also loads of health benefits so I began having baths about a cup and then I would wash my clothes in borax (about a cup per wash). Then I would get a spray bottle and mix borax with water and spray my environment with it. I have to say it really helped alot at first but after long term exposure to borax I began to get chemically sensitive to it. My blood pressure would drop really low, my eyes were yellow and blood shot with big circles around them. Mental fogginess, dizzy spells all the time. I would get so nauseous I couldn't function with daily life. I know I've done damage to my pancreas and kidneys and my liver. It's going to take a while to recover. My advice to all reading about borax-yes it comes from the earth but I regret ever using it. ACV is a great alternate and the health benefits are amazing."
[YEA] 04/11/2008: Millie from Small Town, America: "For those who are nervous about using borax, it may interest them to learn that borax is used in most Bath Salts -- that's why I already had a package of the laundry borax, was because years ago I tried making Bath Salts, and the borax is one of the main ingredients.
I also learned that when I soaked in baths containing either borax or epsom salts, that I was prone to bouts of diarhhea -- so I stopped putting together Bath Salt Recipes -- I hadn't realized how readily I seem to absorb anything placed in hot bath water.
I'm pointing this out, because this past week I read someone somewhere online caution to never put any borax on one's skin because allegedly it's so absorbable -- but that doesn't make sense, because not only do most laundry detergents contain it, & thus our clothes have residues of it, it also is found in diaper rash formulas, and anybody who likes to add mineral salts to the bath tub has probably soaked in borax on many occasions."Replies
06/06/2008: Jo Ana from Tucson, AX replies: "Many people develop serious rashes from laundry detergent, Millie, so assuming that bathing in laundry detergent is safe, may not be a safe assumption. The borax used in your bath salts is not the safe borax that the supermarket sells. The borax used in bath salts is an emulsifier and fizzer, and contains absolutely no detergent. I haven't personally used any borax for health, since I haven't had a need for it, so I can't comment from personal experience. Just for fun, do some more research online or go to the Mountain Herb website and read the breakdown of their borax product which is probably comparable to any cosmetic grade of borax. I think that grade of product is probably safer for bathing in than laundry detergent."
06/18/2008: S Doboze from Berlin, Germany replies: "Bathing in it is perfectly safe, when it is simply Boron Salt. Suggesting otherwise is alarmist, and does not serve people's needs. My red flags went up when I read the above comment and contents, apart from the propagadist fear content, from 'AX'."
02/17/2009: Roberta from Southeast, Wyoming replies: "As regards borax on the skin: borax is one of several chemicals very commonly used to bind oil and water in cosmetics such as lotions and creams. It is a common and very prevalent chemical. Why someone would develop diarrhea after bathing in bath salts could be anyone's guess, but it is not necessarily the borax. On the other hand, I am noticing that diarrhea can ensue after eating things that disagree with candida - such as milk and garlic! So perhaps the borax is 'upsetting' candida in your intestinal tract and causing a reaction.
In any case, I agree that to point to borax as an irritant because some people have reactions to laundry detergent is jumping to conclusions. Begin with things like fragrance. Also, most people are not having reactions to laundry detergent and bath salts, if you look at it rationally."
03/27/2009: Olivia from Columbus, Ohio replies: "information regarding borax treatments and the human body:
Simple exposure can cause respiratory and skin irritation. Ingestion may cause gastrointestinal distress including nausea, persistent vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Effects on the vascular system and brain include headaches and lethargy, but are less frequent. "In severe poisonings, a beefy red skin rash affecting palms, soles, buttocks and scrotum has been described. With severe poisoning, erythematous and exfoliative rash, unconsciousness, respiratory depression, and renal failure." 
I would recomend to all persons interested in any borax treatment to fully research the product before using."
06/28/2009: Carmen from Nova Scotia, Canada replies: "After five months of use I feel I qualify to respond. Before the use of borax my skin was always dry, tight, red and itchy. The powerful scents and perfumes of regular shower products could be smothering. I now have no desire to use anything but borax in the shower and on my face. Also I have always had an itchy scalp but no longer. Washing the hair with borax is alot like washing it with beach sand (not very nice :))but the results were undeniable for me, no more itch. Unlike other EC posters I am not pleased with the results of using borax alone so after a good scrub and rinse with borax I do shampoo with a regular shampoo. Overall I give borax a big YEA, I am sure my husband will give it a thumbs up also. Although he has the most beautiful skin his only skin issue is back acne which has easily improved by 90% since using borax in addition to regular products (he likes the smelly stuff). Thank you to everyone."
10/03/2009: Marcy from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada replies: "I just wanted to mention that soaking in Epsom Salts could be the cause of the diarrhea since Epsom Salts are high in magnesium and too much magnesium can cause diarrhea. It still boils down to doing your own research and finding out what works for you."
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
08/12/2013: Sasha from Uk: "Hi my name is Sasha and I'm 59 years old and female. My question is will borax stop diarrhea and help with small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)? I've suffered with diarrhea because of high doses of penicillin."Replies
08/12/2013: Pedro from Brazil replies: "Hi Sasha, borax is good for fungal infections which is not your problem it seems. Maybe in your case probiotics would help. Have you ever tried culturing home-made kefir? Good luck."
08/13/2013: Sasha from Uk replies: "Hi pedro thanks for your note. I am intolerant of lactose so I don't drink kefir or yoghurt. I wish I cld drink it as I love making it. I'm going to have a sibo hydrogen test quite soon so as I know one way or the other! Like to get the gut sorted as my quality of life is affected by it. Just wishing it was sorted."
08/15/2013: Pedro from Brazil replies: "Hi Sasha, you can make water kefir (from juices, tea, coconut water), or even use lactose-free milk (like soy, rice, etc). You may also try kombucha tea, or (not ideal) take probiotic pills. Good luck!"
Ted's Borax Feedback
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Most borax I buy is a B.P. grade and a U.S.P. grade borax from a chemical supplier. Those are grade are often used that are pharmaceutical grade. However, those that are gotten from natural sources (e.g. borax) and go relatively unprocessed, that is unadded of additives or anything are often labeled 100% Sodium tetraborate or Borax. Without anything else.
My experience is that free heavy metals found in these product found in supermarket, are not as high as those found in more processed foods (baked goods are off the charts with me) and tap water we usually drink (my toxic heavy metals come from the drinking water and rice cooker), or even in more Organic foods and fertilizers which is very high in heavy metals.
Most contaminants from the products I used are heavy metals and they often come from frying pans, aluminum tea pots, aluminum rice cookers, iron pots & pans, or foods that has gone through a lot of processing such as fast food and chocolates, for example. Even Diet Coke is actually very toxic to me, if I have all the appropriate diagnostic devices to find out people will know the real source of toxicity which is from the benzene (sodium benzoate), bisphenol A (plastic degenerates into a pseudoestrogen Bisphenol A) and aspartame (degrades in the body to formaldehyde) and causes me to be diabetic and other sickness- long term ingestion may be more permanent).
I have actually been offline for almost a week being quite sick of neural disorder, from accidentally ingesting this product hidden in some foods they actually have added in the food at a restaurant (aspartame, sometimes they hide in coffee, but they do not REQUIRE LABELING - secret formula and GRAS status of aspartame), but never have I experienced any sickness from the use of supermarket borax or sodium carbonate labeled at 100%.
I actually have a dithizone tests and other tests of heavy metal to check for presence of mercury, lead, cadmium, iron etc. and most of the problems I have encountered came more from fertilizers, tap water, insecticides, water filter, certain pots and pans (cadmium, iron, aluminum).
The reason for all the fear of chemicals and legal disclaimer is that the seller is not given permission by the government for internal consumption even IF THE products are ACTUALLY SAFE if we actuall DO THE CHEMICAL PURITIES TEST.
If people have the money to bother to do the impurity tests a lot of people will be surprise to find that quite often the opposite is true, most processed foods and processed water, drinks, etc. are actually more contaminated. I have seen pools of aluminum found in baking goods (they create a sort of electrolysis and the aluminum ends up in the bakery products, baked goods, whenever an aluminum foil is used. People are sick simply just preparing coffee and tea in aluminum tea pots. I have actually found a simple way to check by using a small laser pointer pointing in these liquids and see tyndall effect (which are like rays of light you can see when you drive headlights in a fog). The clearer the rays, the more contaminated is the boiled water. So I tend actually to worry more about processed food than I do getting borax, or sodium carbonate from the source.
The other reason why I don't worry a lot from their uses is I always take EDTA, or no sugar no milk Green Tea to remove whatever heavy metals I consumed, which is quite often from the office water tank, rice cooker, and other processed foods, rather than sources from natural borax. This is a very slow learning process for most people to unlearn what they have geen taught and I think it is going to take many decades not years for general consumer to realize this fact. I am not entirely optimistic that people will realize this unless they bother to do their own chemical analysis and get the facts straight. The SYSTEM as we know it is a monopoly on medicine and they don't want people to stray off this area, even if THE SYSTEM doesn't work.
In general, if I cannot get USP grade, Food Grade, or Analytical Grade borax, I usually end up having to purchase those found in supermarket. I have little choice. I never tell anyone what to buy, it must be noted that I only tell myself what I can or cannot buy. What you do buy, you just have to decide for yourself. There's a good reason for that, different countries has different standards. However, my own take on the problem is they are relatively pure for most purposes since the quantitities used is actually quite small, such as 1/4 teaspoon per liter of water, so whatever contaminant in the parts per million is reduced fractionally of that amount to multibplied by .001 (about 0.1% percent) of whichever value of contaminant.
It must be noted that a lot of remedies I used is almost like 16th Century medicine and obviously 21st century products isn't selling anymore or hard to find. Therefore much of the decision, ulimately depends on you. If you want an authoritive figure to decide instead of you (if you trust him but I don't), then it is likely they will not recommend any natural remedies I post. Unfortunately for them, their treatment is actually killing me several times over, and I ended up saving my own life without much help from anyone else. That's at least my experience, perhaps, I am unlucky to rely on them.
04/28/2008: Peter from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK replies: "Hi Ted, You sound like a knowledgeable fellow so perhaps I am wrong and you are right, however I took some time to find out that baking soda is what we in the UK call Bicarbonate of soda AND Borax is also what we call Bicarbonate of Soda. Baking powder is what we call Cream of Tarter. So as you can imagine your article on treating Rosacea with Borax and Baking Powder is somewhat confusing. Below is one of the articles I tracked down to clarify the terms:
What is Baking Powder and Baking Soda?
Baking Soda is pure Sodium Bicarbonate, also called Bicarbonate of Soda (NaHCO3). It is a white crystalline alkali which reacts by effervescing (fizzing) when it comes into contact with acids, thus producing gasses, namely carbon dioxide. Because of this chemical reaction, it is often used in fizzy drinks and antacid remedies and it's precisely this reaction which facilitates the rising action in baked goods.
Baking Powder is more complex. It is composite of Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), one or more acid salts such as Cream of Tartar (Tartaric Acid), Sodium Aluminium Sulphate, Calcium Acid Phosphate plus a drying agent such as cornflour and the exact mix determines whether it is "Single" or "Double" acting. The difference between baking soda, single and double acting baking powders, is when the chemical reactions actually take place, and is explained below. However, the rising principal is the same in that a chemical reaction produces carbon dioxide bubbles which expand through the cooking mixture.
TAKEN FROM: www.recipes4us.co.uk/Specials and Holidays/Baking Powder and Soda Origin Uses Recipes.htm"
EC: Peter, according to posts from contributors in the UK and Ireland, Borax is NOT called bicarbonate of soda in the UK, it's called Borax. However, it's been banned from shops and can only be bought online.
See this section: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/borax7.html#UK
12/06/2008: Jess from Bushey, UK replies: "Hi Ted, just read your comment about using green tea to remove heavy metals from the body. I was concerned as I have read that it contains higher levels of fluoride that black tea. I understand that borax removes fluoride but thought perhaps not best to add more by ingesting further? I have found that coriander removes mecurary at a good level and organic apples help aid removal of alumnium. have you any thought s to help my research further? Thanks. Jess"
03/15/2010: Lou from Austin, Tx replies: "As far as I know, green tea contains calcium fluoride rather than the sodium fluoride or hydrofluoric acid (H.A. is even worse). I think that CaF may be not as readily absorbed by the body, because it is insoluble, whereas NaF (sodium fluoride) is soluble. It is important to note that even insoluble things such as biogenic silica can be absorbed into the body via the gastrointestinal tract.
However, since I do not know the form of fluoride in green tea, I cannot advocate its consumption. This is due to the fact, that modern agricultural techniques may increase the amount and diversity of the fluorides contained within the tea plant/final product.
Furthermore, I question the duration of many green tea studies showing its beneficial effects. Since fluorides are cumulative, long term studies are necessary to determine the overall impact green tea has on health.
I also wonder about the forms of green tea used in many studies. Are they using fluoride free tea? If so then they should mention it.
Also, are there any benefits to using tea with natural fluorides? (I seriously want to know the answer to this.)
Many companies propose to sell fluoride free green tea.
For further reading on fluoride in green tea I recommend this article.
03/15/2010: Teri from Up North, Indiana replies: "I've been adding a pinch of borax to my green tea for awhile. I believe it is a tip I read from Ted. Helps neutralize the fluoride in green tea. If I take a bath, I also add borax (for fluoride) and sodium thiosulfate (for chlorine) to the water before getting in the tub. I had had no adverse affects to either practices."
03/16/2010: Pr from Houston, Texas, Usa replies: "Hi Teri, thanks for sharing. How much sodium thiosulfate are you adding to your bath water?"
06/09/2010: Kaz from Greenbank, Qld Australia replies: "Calcium Fluoride is a tissue salt used in homeopathic medicine. Sodium Fluoride is a poison used in the poison "1080" at 23 p.p.m as a rodenticide."
11/09/2010: Mikael from Stockholm, Sweden replies: "I just bought a package of what said Borax in my local pint supply store. On the label it says 100% Natriumtetraborat 10 hydrate and not Sodium tetraborate or sodium borate decahydrate that you and this site suggests. I am worried that I bought the wrong kind of product even though it does say Borax on the box. There are also all kinds of warning labels on it like "keep away from children", "contact doctor if ingested" and "use protective gear when handling". I guess I should have checked this in the store but I just asked for Borax and got a boc of borax and bought it. Now I just want to know if this is the same product that you recommend or if I bought something else. The content looks like salty powdery crystals. Please advise, thank you."
11/09/2010: Lis from Ny, Ny, Usa replies: "Natriumtetraborat 10 hydrate (aka Natriumtetraborat Decahydrat) is a synonym for Borax
Na2B4O7 * 10H2O, (Borax = Natriumtetraborat)
My 20 Mule Borax (Sodium tetraborate) has the same warning and consistency. Remember your only taking a little bit (e. G. A pinch to 1/4 teaspoon a day max) several days a week at most and then a few days off for the body to flush itself."
11/20/2011: Kanotera from Stockholm, Sweden replies: "Thank you for putting this information out there however I am confused about the topical solution dosages.
I have been using borax internally for a couple of weeks with little to no improvement for what has been diagnosed as rosacea, I mostly got very dry skin so now I want to try the topical version in combination with internally ingesting borax.
I also tried a candida cleanse (some suggest that excessive candida can be the cause of rosacea) using oil of oregano along with a mixture of natural ingredientssupposed to take care of the problem in a capsule. No luck there either so now I am looking back at the borax / hydrogen peroxide treatment.
I can get 3% hydrogen peroxide from the pharmacy here, will it work?
To make a facial cream, how much peroxide should I use in combination with borax? Should I mix with water? I am most comfortable with measurements in ml or tsp / tbsp. Thank you in advance for any reply!"
04/14/2012: Ridge Runner from Minor Hill, Tennessee. United States Of America replies: "Here is some thing that may be of interest to go along with these comments about borax. There is a alternative on the internet that is or was relative easy to get and it works because I have used it on myself and my dogs. It is called mms now and it used to be called by its chem name of sodium clorete, used in water treatment for years. This man named Jim humble used it here in the U.S., South America, Africa and other countrys and it is still being used extensively over seas. He has a web site and there was a free ebook down load(over i20 pages. There was a doctor over 50 years ago that used this, I had a sister and a uncle that did the treatment and was cured. It works but it tastes horrible to me. I had a dog that I think contacted this west nile virus and after 3 trips to the vet that was wasted money I mixed some with dsmo and gave him 3shots 1 each and he completly recovered. Jim says that it will kill malaria fever in 36 hrs. He has cured aids, hepatitis b and c. He says it will kill all kinds of parasites internally. He says it will stop or neturalize poisons, he said he gave a dog some that was bitten by a snake and he didn't get sick. I have another dog that came home sick could hardly get around, didn't eat only drank a little water for two days. I don't what she had got into but I gave her the same dosage that I gave the other dog and by the third day she was back to normal. I think she may have gotten into some poison. I think it would be to your benefit not mine to go on his web site and down load the ebook if it is still available."
07/02/2012: Nikaya from Portland, Or replies: "Before taking MMS please do some research online. I was intrigued by the above post and decided to look into it myself. While I don't doubt that there are often impediments in place to prevent natural remedies from taking off, there are multiple countries that have been involved in bans and lawsuites regarding MMS. From what I have found, it is essentially industrial strength bleach. Wikipedia has a decent summary with multiple references you can check out for yourself. While I know we are all eager to find solutions for our ailments, we have to be wary of so-called miracle cures. On a different note, I'm excited to try borax for my atopic dermatitis after having read about it for the last couple hours! :)"
11/13/2012: Witchy from Sydney, Nsw, Australia replies: "Re the MMS - it is not bleach. People trolling Wikipedia change it every time it is corrected. (anyone can change WP) It is a well known sucessful remedy. Please look into it and make your own judgment without the erroneous statments on WP. I use it, it tastes disgusting, but they have created CDS now which takes out the taste. It is in the food chain, used to preserve meat and erradicate bugs. A surgeon has tried to patent it as a topical cleanser post surgery."
11/14/2012: Nimo from Taipei, Noidea, Taiwan replies: "Agree, you should look for yourself on the internet and not just in wikipedia, wich is a not trusted source of information for alternatives healing. I'm using CDS for 2 weeks now (after 3 days with MMS) and so far so good. Too early to say anything but I believe there is already some healthy changes on my skin. I have a very severe dermatitis that i'm trying to heal."
02/05/2013: Maria from Sydney, Australia replies: "Hi Ted, and anyone else out there, firstly I'd like to thank you for this wonderful website and the help it's providing to so many!
I wanted to know if borax at the 1/8 teaspoon in 1 lt of water taken 3 days and/or for 4 is too much for an elderly person?
My mum is 87 yrs suffering from chronic arthritis and pneumonia, last year we thought we would lose her at the hands of the hospital due to the excessive amounts of drugs. I would like to try it with her before winter returns.
The reason I ask is I know it's highly alkaline and Dr Sircus mentions in his book for Bicarb therapies not to take more than 3 x 1/2 teaspoon bicarb per day if over 60. ( I assumed it was due to the alkalinity) and wondered if it's the same with Borax.
As for me, I've suffered for over 15 years now from Ricketzzia, micoplasma pneumonia, and an explosion of candida (which doctors couldn't be bothered to diagnose). I found that with so many antifungals like olive leaf extract, colloidal silver, and even the bicarbonate didn't complete the job. The problem was chronic.
After 3 day of taking borax as prescribed: 1/8 teaspoon in 1 lt of water in 1 day for 3 days, I already feel brand new. I will repeat next week and possibly for a third if needed, then I'll go onto the maintence dose.
God Bless you guys, I wish I had found you sooner!
[SIDE EFFECTS] 02/16/2013: Massimo from Miami, Fl replies: "I found an amazing product called S___ Z-lite which has a small amount of fulvic acid that started to bring my libido back and then I started on the protocol of 1/4 teaspoon of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate in water. Been doing this for a little over a week with four days of 1/4 teaspoon of borax in water and three days off. I believe that I got the H. Pylori 15 years ago in Africa. Ever since I started this protocol I wake up feeling worse every morning. My stomach is very uncomfortable in the mornings. Each morning it feels worse than the morning before. This morning I feel like I am going to pass out. Should I stop this protocol. Or are these just die off symptoms?"
02/17/2013: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Massimo: Seems like you might could prosper from some H2O2 drops."
02/18/2013: Massimo from Miami, Fl replies: "Thank you Tim. I will research that. Since this feeling I have not taken the morning sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate drink to give my body a break but have now figured out that I may have been experiencing die off symptoms from the H. Pylori. I figured this out because I starting taking Cayenne pepper capsules and I feel nauseous which leads me to believe they are die off symptoms. Does anybody know if the burning of the stomach after taking the cayenne pepper capsules is also a die off symptom of H. Pylori, or would anybody experience that?"
04/09/2013: Cat from Austin, Tx replies: "Cayenne pepper burns my stomach as well. You might cut back on this or try coating the stomach first with an oil such as coconut oil. If you are taking a lot of capsules, cayenne will burn horribly. To me, it is like letting cayenne sit on your tongue for a minute. Painful! I like it hot but if you have ever had an ulcer, cayenne pepper (at least for me) can be too irritating to the stomach unless mixed with food in small amounts.."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "Consider taking borax. Some people believed the demodex mites are responsible for rosacea. They may be right. But, there are others too that are not yet identified. I prefer to lump all these insect issues to just one category: nanoinsects. These insects have several weakness that you can kill them, or at least weaken them. One obvious ones is borax. The treatment can be broken down to two things;
1. Taken internally: Try 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon of borax in one liter of water/day. You just drink this water throughout the day. If it runs out then drink just normal water, with some magnesium added if possible. Magnesium is found in certain seeds such as sunflower. They seem to be synergistic with the vitamin D as vitamin D promotes calcium and the body needs to balance both magnesium and calcium to an ideal amount.
2. Used externally: Dog mange is confirmed demodex mites and the only treatment that effectively cured of dog mange is 1% hydrogen peroxide and borax saturated solution applied topically. Many people believe the demodex mites is the cause of rosacea. What I am sure about is it is an insect issue. The method of killing them is external application of 1% hydrogen peroxide with borax saturated solution to the face, unrinsed. It tends to cause drying. So you can apply appropriate lotions to prevent drying, such as jojoba oil, aloe vera or lavender oil."
EC: The above was copied from the Reader Q&A section on the Rosacea remedies page.
09/02/2011: Cate from Kendal, Ontario, Canada replies: "Ted, I appreciate your info. I am trying to locate borax in Canada and am having a difficult time. Also, how do I get rid of a mange nest will the peroxide/borax wash work? Do I need to pop it? Please advise.
Thanks so much in advance for your help.
09/14/2011: Jamie from Kitchener, Ontario replies: "Hi Cate, I'm thinking that you may find some good health food stores in Oshawa.
Best of luck!"
10/30/2011: Anna from Montreal, Quebec replies: "For the people in Canada-I live in Montreal Quebec and I buy Borax from Zellers at the laundry section, it is the only place you can find 20 Mule Borax."
12/12/2011: Erin from Calgary, Canada replies: "Hi everyone thank you for all the feedback. I cured my systematic yeast in 3months of Borax 3x daily and an avc pill3x daily plus a good 50 billlion probiotic. I found 20 mule borax at Safeway in the laundry section. I followed Teds dosage with 1/4 th tsp in a glass of water.. Be patient it really works and no bread or sugar!! Actuallly I ate nothing but fish, chicken and veggies... Thank you Ted I feel like a new person!!"
12/13/2011: Teru from Paris, France replies: "I though it was only 1/4 tsp in one liter of water four days a week....."
12/13/2011: Lanos from So. Calif, Usa replies: "Erin, I am glad you are feeling better. However, Ted's remedy is for 1/4 tsp of borax in a 'liter' of water throughout an entire day. Please do not take more than suggested."
02/22/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "RE: MANGE: As a teen, my Dad (now age 78), worked at a chemical plant the produced pharmaceutical grade Iodine (made by burning trees in very high pressure oven, etc)... He said many employees (impoverished, subsistence farmers) brought their mangy dogs to work and dipped them in overflow vat because once dipped it was cured, and that dog NEVER got mange again."
02/24/2012: Gina from Waxahachie, Tx replies: "kay, ted- iodine. Hmm. The problem with fluoride is that it replaces iodine in the body. Borax chelates fluoride and gets rid of nano-insects. Does this suggest a connection between nano-insects and fluoride toxicity? Even if peripheral? I have been dousing my dog regularly with h2o2/borax solution and it never quite gets rid of the demodex. She didn't come up with it until she was over 2 years old, that was almost 2 years ago. Sometimes I think we've got it under good control then a week or two later back it comes, always on her back and tail. When people ask me what kind of dog she is, I say she's a red buttchewer. Ha. I've doused her on several schedules, from twice daily to 4 days in a row to once a week, depending on the weather and her skin condition. The solution makes her skin very dry and rubbing her down with any emollient I've tried increases the mite activity. I came to the site today to figure out if I could give her borax internally, just a pinch in her dinner (hindquarter chicken with its soup- 1 liter- and brown rice) 3 days on 4 off. Now with kay's post I think I will take her off our fluroidated tap water, which I wasn't very strict about before, I usually cook her chicken and rice with it. and well, I will try the tiny pinch of borax in her food like I said above."
02/24/2012: Kathleen from San Antonio, Texas replies: "You would have to look for the post, but someone mentioned using a mustard solution for mites on their body (scabies?) within the past few weeks. I would think that might also work for the demodex mites."
09/20/2012: Slim2483 from West Sacramento, Ca/usa replies: "As for mms Walter Last has nothing bad to say bout it."
02/07/2013: Gerd from Garmisch-partenkirchen, Bavaria replies: "Hi Ted, I am new here on the forum, from Germany and I am just now starting to take Borax for the first time, heard too many good things about it. A good friend of mine on KhoPhangan is looking for Borax and couldn't find it on the island. Do you know where to get it in Thailand and would you let me know please. Thanks and best regards, Gerd"
EC: Please check out Ted's response from 2010 here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/borax10.html#THAILAND
Where to Buy
01/29/2013: Cjuan from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "Borax is available in Chinese medical or TCM stores. So there is a chinatown in your area, you should be able to get it there. It is called Peng Sha. The 'e' in 'peng' sounds similar to the 'ir' in the word 'bird' or 'e' in 'her'. The advantage of buying in these stores is that Borax is sold in small quantities and not in the big box as in 20 Mule Team. A small packet is usually less than USD1.00. The Chinese characters are (not sure whether they be displayed on the Earth Clinic Website or not [EC: sorry, no luck with Chinese characters]). You might want to copy them out (without the underscoring) and show them to the shop assistant. Best regards, Cjuan"