Borax Cures and Health Benefits

Last Modified on Nov 16, 2014


Rosacea   1  0   

Posted by Lynn (Grand Rapids, MI) on 10/28/2007

[YEA]  re: demodex mites/rosacea -- I am currently in the process of ridding my face of these nasty mites. I can attest to the fact that they really do move. I first put the borax solution on my cheeks to test it and all of the red spots moved to my chin the next day. It was incredibly freaky! I have felt them move to my eyes, nose ears and scalp at various times. Now there are a few spots showing up on my ankles as I fight to kill them all! I am determined to win this battle thanks to this awesome website and my new hero "Ted"!

I have ingested the borax several times now with no ill effects at all. I was quite leary at first, but I knew that everything else Ted had stated had proven to be true- so I took a leap of faith. I am so glad I did! Now I just need to stay focused and disciplined to follow through on the routine. Thank you so much for your help.You are making a huge difference in the lives of many people.

Posted by Julie (New York, NY) on 10/12/2007

I have been struggling with seborrheic dermatitis on my face for 5 years. I have tried everything - drastic diet changes, candida elimination, probiotics, apple cider vinegar, topical steroids, msm sulfur, betaine hydrochloride, pancreatic enzymes, vitamin C, oil of oregano, flax oil, etc etc etc. A year and a half ago, I also developed perioral dermatitis and ocular rosacea. I read about borax and I decided to give it a try, taking 1/8 a tablespoon of borax in a liter of water for 3 days straight. After the third day, things were definitely changing but not noticeably better. I then decided to try to use borax topically. I combined a 1/2 tablespoon of borax with some hydrogen peroxide mixed with 50% water and I put it on my face then rinsed it off after about 30 seconds. It worked! My face feels as smooth as it did when I was a child, and my ocular rosacea is gone too. I didn't even remember what it was like to have normal feeling skin on my face with no rough patches, flaking, or redness. And I can't believe my eyes are back to their normal shape! I am so relieved. I feel and look like myself again for the first time in years. It seems miraculous. I am so so so grateful. What an excellent site. I suppose my problem was demodex skin mites, and the borax/hydrogen peroxide combo has eliminated them. I hope my experience will help someone else. THANK YOU.

Posted by Julie
New York, NY
10/12/2007
[WORKED TEMPORARILY]   I left feedback for borax saying that it worked for my rosacea and seborrheic dermatitis. It worked initially but it came back today. So I detract my initial claims in the feedback I left yesterday. Thanks.
Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
10/14/2007
Borax was not taken internally later on of 1/8 teaspoon in one liter of drinking water and only the borax and peroxide was applied externally. That's probably why it didn't work. Of course, getting the pH to 7 is still important. Dietary sugars and acid forming food is what is causing the seborrheic dermatitis. Ted
Posted by Anthony
Philadelphia, USA
07/21/2008
I have yeast spores/seb derm too. It all over my scalp, beard, and face. Nothing works. I do have ulcerative proctitis too. What should I do? Thx!

Rough Feet   1  0   

Posted by Jessica (Forest, VA, USA) on 12/19/2007

[YEA]  I'm insulin resistant, so I have alot of the same problems that diabetics do, including rough feet. I've tried so many scrubs and files and lotions in hopes of softening my feet. I suspect that I also have a systemic Candida infection, so I thought Borax would be good for my itchy feet. It worked wonderfully! My feet were so soft after I got out of the shower and have not been itching since. Once you get your feet nice and soft, you'll want to follow with a good moisturizer: that's where my next project lies.

Posted by Blackbeltbty
Goodyear, Arizona
08/05/2009
A really good skin softener for your feet would be to use 1/4 cup of castor oil, 1/4 cup of olive oil and 1/4 cup of mineral oil and 7 drops of a lemon essential oil for fragrance. I had the same problem and combined this mixture along with using the borax and the results were unbelievable! I hope it works for you as well.
Posted by Accomplicekim
Chicago, Il
09/27/2009
Mineral oil is a contributor of Adult Acne; it gets into the pores and clogs them. It's better to use plain, old-fashioned cocoa butter.
Posted by Lou
Tyler, Tx
02/29/2012
A great product for rough feet and foot fungus is coconut castile body wash. It clears the problem after a few uses. You can also use coconut oil to moisturize your feet. Just wear cotton socks and slippers so you don't damage your carpeting.

Scalp Infections   0  0   

Posted by Elaine (Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa) on 05/22/2010

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.

Posted by Elaine
Edmond, Oklahoma, Usa
06/10/2010
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   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.
Posted by Dianna
Austin, Tx
06/11/2010
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   1  0   

Posted by Ramesh (Mumbai, India) on 12/13/2013

[YEA]  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.

Sinus Infections   0  0   

Posted by Javier (Lebanon, Pa) on 12/08/2009

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

Posted by Anonomous
Falling Pines, America
12/09/2009
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.

Posted by Joseph
Boulder, Colorado
06/01/2014
Using 1/2 teaspoon borax + 1/4 teaspoon sea salt in 8 oz filtered h2o, in neti pot for each nostril, twice daily, for chronic sinus issues (presumably mold triggered) which have plagued me for 5 years, and it's amazing after 1 month have recovered severely compromised olfactory function: I can smell w/80% efficiency, compared with say 10% previously. The borax really works well in neti pots!
Posted by Joseph
Boulder, Colorado
09/06/2014
Updated dosage!!!!! Of borax per 8oz neti pot (in case you don't see my recent post): for lingering sinus issues.... am now using 1 teaspoon borax + 1/4 teaspoon sea salt in 8 oz neti, twice in each nostril daily. After almost complete loss of both smell and taste, after 5 years of sinusitis.... fully restoring olfactory function is a pretty big deal...western medicine has nothing remotely as effective, with toxic pharmaceuticals, to be sure...

Skin   5  1   

Posted by Bradshad (North Providence, Rhode Island) on 05/21/2013

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.

Posted by Sandy55 (White Pine, Tennessee, Usa) on 05/19/2013

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?

Please help!

Posted by Ger
Canada
05/02/2014
Hi, Do you know what you have? I heard "Virgin" Coconut oil in your food and on your skin is amazing for excema. Coconut water too. It is an amazing skin healer. I've had tons if skin issues myself. Tea tree oil/olive oil put that on skin around 40 drops to 7 to 8 oz of olive oil each night and day. Rub in It absorbs. Also try skin brushing and something g that amazingly cured me of psoriasis was " royal jelly" they come in small pellets and are just a derivative of honey. They have sooo much vitamin B's and it heals skin. Good luck.
Posted by Mallory
Brooklyn
05/02/2014
Can u explain what royal jelly is, & where to purchase it?

Posted by Branda (Detroit, Mi) on 05/10/2013

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Ana (Houston, Texas) on 05/24/2010

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.

Posted by Fabat50 (Sb, Ca) on 08/22/2009

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Jon (Pacific Grove, CA) on 04/21/2009

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Tmama
Los Angeles, CA
05/20/2014
Please leave the moldy house!!! I was at a rental like that and my daughter and I got the same kind of things. Get out of there.

Posted by Rachel (Montclair, NJ) on 12/21/2008

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Howard
Newcastle, Australia
01/11/2009
[QUESTION]   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.
Posted by Sarah
Seattle, Wa Usa
07/23/2010
[NAY]   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.

Posted by Millie (Small Town, America) on 04/11/2008

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Jo Ana
Tucson, AX
06/06/2008
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.
Posted by S Doboze
Berlin, Germany
06/18/2008
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'.
Posted by Roberta
Southeast, Wyoming
02/17/2009
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.

Posted by Olivia
Columbus, Ohio
03/27/2009
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." [7]

I would recomend to all persons interested in any borax treatment to fully research the product before using.

Posted by Carmen
Nova Scotia, Canada
06/28/2009
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.
Posted by Marcy
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
10/03/2009
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)   0  0   

Posted by Sasha (Uk) on 08/12/2013

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.

Posted by Pedro
Brazil
08/12/2013
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.
Posted by Sasha
Uk
08/13/2013
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.
Posted by Pedro
Brazil
08/15/2013
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!


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