Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Borax Background
- Abdominal Pain, Bloating
- Athlete's Foot
- Bald Spots
- Borax and Gut Flora
- Borax and Hormones
- Borax Baths
- Borax Dosages
- 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
- Diluting Borax
- Fluoride Poisoning
- Foot Odor
- Fungal Infections
- General Feedback
- Hair and Scalp
- Healing Properties
- Lichen Planus
- Multiple Cures
- Mycobacteria Infection
- Pineal Gland Decalcification
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Rough Feet
- Scalp Infections
- Severe Pain, Arthritis, Libido
- Sinus Infections
- Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
- 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
- Where to Buy: Mexico
- Yeast Infections
[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."
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 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
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"
04/03/2014: Emanuel from Melbourne, AU: "Hi guys, I search to find good quality Borax which is safe to take. I find only Glitz Green by Bunnings Melbourne from Pascoes 100% made in china. I don't trust this Product... Have you a tip where can I find borax in Melbourne. Kind regards emanuel"Replies
04/03/2014: Suseeq from Sydney, Australia replies: "Emanuel , try IGA that's where I bought mine"
08/13/2013: Anthony Hall-fong from Kingscliff/nsw/australia: "Where is it possible to get 100% food grade borax for dextoxing of fluoride in the body?"Replies
03/17/2014: Robert from Buderim QLD Australia replies: "Where can I purchase Harpers boric acid"
03/20/2014: Merrin From Mundaring from Western Australia replies: "Bare Essentials Borax 500g is available from Coles supermarkets in Australia. You'll find it in the cleaning aisle. I add a tiny bit to a drink every now and then."
07/26/2013: Stacy from Victoria Australia: "Hi... Great website.... I was hoping you coud tell me where to buy borax in australia... Many thanks, Stacy"Replies
12/16/2013: Anon from Victoria, Australia replies: "Borax / pure from Turkey can be purchased on ebay australia, good price, fast delivery"
06/08/2009: Tracey from Rockhampton, Australia: "I have been reading about Rosecea and specifically Ted's Borax remedy and have been trowling the website. I have been suffering from this ailment since 1998 and have been using a steroid cream this whole time which doesn't cure but controls. Ted Thank you so much for you research and information as I have tried many different meaures over the years with only limited success and this is the first real sign of hope.
My question has been asked before by a Melbourne person but could not find the answer - as I live in Australia, what is the brand of BORAX/BORON that I purchase to safely use in your preparations. I am keen to start your remedy and eagerly await your reply.
Thank you again for a wonderful site...I too have recently started to reduce my flouride intact so will read more haevily on this topic. TS"
06/08/2009: Linda from York County, Maine replies: "Hi Tracey, 20 Mule Team borax is what is sold in my part of 'the States'.....another post here stated the gentleman ordered it online; I find it in the grocery store in the detergent aisle."
08/05/2009: Victoria from Gold Coast, Australia replies: "Hi Tracey, You can actually buy Borax from Bunnings or any other hardware store. I have just started with both topical and internal treatment, and can already feel it working."
08/12/2009: Tweeksta from Perth, Western Australia replies: "hi tracey bunnings sells 1kg tubs of Hovex Borax in the laundry aisle where the cleaning products are 4 arnd $11. i jus stumbled across it 2 weeks ago at my local iga supermarket next to the bleach products. it costs abt same price as bunnings & so saves me having to go out of my way 2 get it next time"
08/17/2009: Tweeksta from Perth, Western Australia replies: "i qouted the price for the borax wrong. it is actually a bit over $5."
01/26/2010: Ranni from Brisbane, Qld replies: "Borax is also available in Woolworths in Australia in the cleaners/disinfectant aisle. 500g tub for $4.00"
08/07/2010: Robert from Sydney, Nsw, Australia replies: "Hi All, I have been getting ready for taking Borax in Australia. First I was thinking of getting it from USA but delivery is over $60. I then followed your comments and got it from Bunnings. The problem is that Hovex Borax from Bunning has only 980g/kg of Borax the rest is other staff like deodorants etc. I then went to Woollies and got it as Bare Essentials Borax small container. Both products are made by Pascoes. I knew Hovex Borax has 98% of Borax and other chemicals which I would not like to drink but I did not know what Bare Essentials had so I asked the company to send me the Material Safety Data Sheet. I learned that Borax Bare Essentials is Chemical Formula:B4-O7. 2Na. 10H2-OChemical name/ingredient DISODIUM TETRABORATE DECAHYDRATE 100%. I then asked for Material Safety Data Sheet from the most popular Borax taken by most people in USA 20 MULE Team Borax and compared the ingredients etc. Chemical Formula:Na2B4O7·10H2O. Chemical name/synonyms:Sodium tetraborate decahydrate, disodium tetraborate decahydrate, borax decahydrate, Borax 10 Mol 99%. I was not terribly good at chemistry but it looks to me the same. I can only tell you this: Borax Bare Essentials is even better because contains 100% of Borax and 20 MULE has 99% of Borax and 1% of something they did not describe. Please be careful, after my experience with colonics with Myrrh I learned that taking things easy is important. I am also impatient due to the years of suffering but this time I took my time and it paid off. Good luck, I am drinking my first liter of water with borax today. After drinking lemon and BS for 3 weeks I also noticed that my skin is cleaner- less oil coming out etc. I think I will get there with this Candida."
09/30/2010: Philip from Melbourne, Vic Australia replies: "I use Sigma Borax powder 250 gram tube (blue/white label) which I obtain from the local chemist. It costs about $9.00."
09/20/2012: Jolole from Beaconsfield, Tasmania replies: "Hi fellow Earthclinic readers. I would like to follow up on some older (2009-2010) entries about availability of Borax in Australia. I live in Tasmania and have searched IGA, Woolworth, Bunnings and some hardware store and no luck. Some staff knew exactly what I wanted but stores no longer sell. This could be because of Tasmania's isolation, could also be across the board in Australia. The only source I finally found was at a waste management firm in Melbourne that sells it for A$ 4 per kilo. I just ordered 2 kg and was told that product is pure and has no added chemicals or fillers, but could not obtain a chemical analysis. Does anyone know about or use this product? At present day what is the availability elsewhere in Australia. I am regularly in Melbourne and have friends in Adelaide, so if there is a better source could you pls let me know. Blessings of health to all readers."
12/14/2012: Eddy from Perth, Western Australia replies: "I think Borax has been removed (banned?) from normal retails sales in Australia.
I was able to get a 25kg bag from an agricultural supplier ('Landmark') as it is used on farms for various purposes including as a fertilizer supplement. When they asked me what I used it for I just said to control ants (it clogs their digestive system and kills them very effectively).
They gave me an MSDS (Materials Safety Data Sheet) which was very informative and I paid $28 for the bag.
No probs. The product was "Actibor 11", and it is over 99.9% pure borax decahydrate (11% Boron). There is also "Actibor 15" which is the Pentahydrate version (15% Boron).
This is the product. It is made in Malaysia: www.activemicrofert.com.my/products_agriculture_actibor11.html"
06/27/2013: Sophie from Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada: "Hi, just wanted to mention that in Atlantic Canada you can easily find 99.5% pure Borax at Home Hardware (Natura brand)."
12/29/2008: Janice Reynolds from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada: "Hello... I am very interested in trying the borax remedy for removing fluoride from my system. As you know fluoride calcifies the pineal gland (third eye). Can you tell me what a good borax source would be in Canada? Does it markedly improve the excretion of fluoride? Does it aid in decalcifying the pineal gland? I have also read that iodine assists in decalcifying the pineal gland. If so what percentage would one use? Can it be ingested with water? Thanks so much for your amazing and informative site. Janice Reynolds"Replies
07/13/2009: John from Toronto, ON replies: "I got some 10 Mule Team from the local NoFrills for $5.49."
07/20/2009: Laurie from Belleville Ontario, Ontario replies: "Janice I've found Borax at our local Walmart store, No frills grocery store and Food basics grocery...... there are more, but I just can't remember them.
I hope you're able to find it in your area
09/05/2010: Piper from Toronto, On replies: "I looked in several stores that carry laundry products. After not finding it, I called the company directly and they told me that Loblaws, Sobeys and Metro carried it in Ontario. In the laundry section. Brand 20 Mule Team. You can google to find the company."
11/14/2011: Piya Chatterjee from Kolkata, India: "Hey, first of all I am suffering with acne and rashes all over my back, face and chest and I have done almost everything to cure it.. doctors , medicines, everything but no result. I read your articles and I think borax would help me but I am not getting it anywhere in kolkata. Can u please tell me where will I get "borax" in kolkata, india?"Replies
11/16/2011: Ranjana from Mumbai, India replies: "Borax is called suhaga in hindi ask by this name I am sure you will get it"
11/17/2011: Baldev from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Piya,
You can get Borax at some chemists shops, not all chemists keep it but if you place an advance order with them, then they do get you. Or you have yourself to go to the the place in calcutta where these whole sale chemical dealers are there. Like in Mumbai you get it in shops at the Princess street.
08/03/2013: Altaf from Mumbai replies: "Anyone using borax and baking soda remedy for Lupus? If yes, can you please provide a detailed instruction for its usage, e.g., amounts in water, consume on fasting stomach, before or after meals, etc. Thanks."
09/03/2009: Chandra from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India: "Under what name is borax available in India? If I ask for borax in the local pharmacy, I am given boric acid, which is a white powder we use to keep ants away. I read the initial warning not to use boric acid instead of borax. Kindly let me know what I should look for."Replies
08/25/2010: Bangalorean from Bangalore, India replies: "Borax is available in Bangalore in chemist shops behind Commercial Street (Saleh Ahmed Rd) and in Chickpet. I have recently begun to use borax to treat mange on a street dog with amazing results. After watching the disease take over and kill hundreds in my lifetime (untreated mange drives dogs to distraction, many times mistaken for rabies by vets - mites seem to attack their very dna or their nervous system). This particular street dog has been losing a battle with mange for over 2 yrs. Ivermectin didn't help, diet, homeopathy or neem oil - nothing seemed to slow the disease. After just wiping the dog 4 times over 2 weeks with very dilute borax and vinegar, (because I was nervous) I can see the dog at peace with a slow regrowth of hair. Thanks, Ted, I feel like *I've* been cured of a lifetime of suffering watching them go through hell! I hope to use it more boldly with many more street animals over time. :)"
09/17/2010: Bangalorean from Bangalore, India replies: "I'm replying to my own comment because the first dog that I treated for mites died today anyway. I'm still grateful to the Borax-peroxide because it cured her of a terrible continuous distress, but mites are probably a symptom of a deeper, wasting disease that the skin is trying to excrete. I think that underlying problem of acidity, a failing kidney-liver, blood poisoning, chronic infection should be addressed first, or simultaneously, for healing. Homeopathic borax 3x and 30x are available in Shivajinagar, Mvm and Majestic."
08/21/2009: Shant from Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India: "I have a question for you guys? If you know where I can buy borax let me know. It's not available in Tiruvannamalai at all, but they do have boric acid powder which is not so useful to me. Let me know if you know where I can order it from.
07/06/2010: Shanti from Puttaparthi, India replies: "I am answering my own question here, but it may help someone else. Unfortunately, I have forgotten the name of the manufacturer (if I find it I will post here), but I was in contact with a company in Coimbatore. I found them on Indiamart.com, I think (it was a while ago, so I am struggling to remember). I spoke to a gentleman who was happy to ship borax to me anywhere in India. He sold in a minimum of 25 Kg quantities and this was quoted at 1800rs. The large quantity suits me fine as I use it for laundry, hair, bathing and consuming. And by the way, for anyone who is wondering about the state of their washing machines or clothes after long term washing with borax, my family has been using only borax (nothing else at all) to wash all their clothes for over 20 years now. We all wear a lot of whites and they look fresh as anything. The washing machines are also functioning perfectly with no build up or residue after many years. We have septic tanks where my family lives and the borax has had no bad effect at all on these either. I encourage all to get rid of the toxic washing powders and body products and try the remedies on Earth Clinic."
07/17/2010: Aejaz from Hyderabad, Andhra Pradeh replies: "Reply to Shanti from Puttaparthi, India - can u give me that persons details who is supplying u borax and if u dont, what would u do with that all 25 kg borax r u a businessman. I want to buy some borax for my personal business use. I have my own restaurant. reply with the details of that guy. thank u."
12/12/2011: Manga from Hyderabad, Ap/india replies: "Reply to Aejaz from Hyderabad,
Hi , Did you get any luck to buy borax in hyderabd, if yes, where did you manage to buy from? Pls let me know.
04/11/2013: Keerthana from Chennai, Tamilnadu replies: "Hi, I need borax crystals/powder or suhag watever it is called. I want it to treat my dandruff. I dont know where to get it in chennai. Plz do tell me if you know any retailers who sell it in Chennai"