Borax Cures and Health Benefits

Last Modified on Oct 16, 2014

Where To Buy Borax: Malaysia   0  0   

Posted by Annielow (Kuala Lumpur, Wp, Malaysia) on 05/14/2013

No way I can buy Borax in Malaysia, its banned. I can get Boric Acid a plenty at the Chinese Med shops but no Borax. Reason? Its has been misused. Wonder how. Sigh. Just ordered a box from E-bay at USD10.00 plus shipping total: 25.00. Hope it arrives without any delays

Where to Buy Borax: Philippines   0  0   

Posted by Askph (Manila, Philippines) on 06/14/2013

Hi all, It seems difficult to find 20 Mule Borax brand here but I manage to find the brand Three Elephant Borax. My question is will it be ok to substitute the 20 Mule with Three Elephant Borax? Are they the same in terms of effectiveness? Hope to hear from you soon so that I can start treating my poor dog. Thanks in advance.

EC: Please see Bill's response to another inquiry about locating borax in the Philippines here:

Posted by Eric (San Fernando, La Union, Philippines) on 06/15/2010

Just recently moved to the Philippines and can't seem to find any BORAX in my home town. Bill.. I noticed you live here and wondering if you can help me locate it. I want to use it as an termite insectiside vs. Chlorpyrifos. Borax supposdly is less toxic and I already have an auto-immune disease.

Thanks, Eric.

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
949 Posts
Hi Eric...Well, I've lived in SF same as you for five years now, and I couldn't find any borax -- not even 20 Mule Team Borax. But you can also purchase something from the hardware stores here called ALHPA BORAX(made in the Philippines) which is used in welding as a flux. I stumbled across this in a hardware shop in Clark(Angeles) on Marcos Highway near Fields Ave and bought a tin quite cheaply. However, I wouldn't take this form internally, because it may contain impurities such as Ammonium Chloride. But if you're going to use this against ants/termites and insects(mixed with sugar) -- it should be very effective.

If you still want to buy the borax for internal use, I managed to buy a large amount recently in Bangkok, Thailand in Rajdamnoen Rd. The directions to the chemical shop -- Vidhyasom Ltd. -- in Bangkok are given here in one of my previous posts on Earth Clinic's "where to buy" page - see Where to Borax in Thailand

Regarding your auto-immune problems, I have helped several people locally who had arthritis, gout, and diabetes with a remedy which is quite easy to make. Check here for instructions for the remedy:

Bill's Herbal Remedy

This remedy is a very efficient remover of stones -- from gallstones to kidney stones -- from the body and is therefore very effective at removing excess calcium from the body which tends to be acidifying, and is therefore good for muscle aches as well as good for the heart. This remedy is also acts a tonic and protective for the liver and kidneys and is very safe, I take it regularly on a monthly basis.

I live at Acupulco Beach very near SF airport and live in the same compound as Jochen's Restaurant along the same road to Sunset Bay Resort which you might know. So, if you have questions or problems you're more than welcome to drop in or just email me at

Posted by Jan
Manila, Philippines
I just found some Borax Decahydrate in Makati, from this store called Ritual. Its an all natural store that sells organic coffee, cacao, sea salt, etc... So I would presume that their Borax is also good quality. I've been using it in my bath & facial wash, and its not as drying to my skin as I feared ( given some of the feedback here). I'm still contemplating whether or not I will use it internally :)

Ritual store is in a building called The Collective."
Hope this helps! Wanted to share too since I found so much great info on this forum :)

Posted by Sylvie
Karon, Phuket
Hi Ted, We spoke on the phone before. I am the owner of Good Karma Thailand. I have just stocked BP Grade from Vidhyasom. No easy feat to order and get it.

Please let me know if I can be of service to you. Thank you


PS Please say hi to Lux for me and do keep me informed of any projects you would like a bit of exposure/Pr for and I can post on my fb page.

Where to Buy Borax: Thailand   0  0   

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 12/30/2010

Borax is sold by Vittayasom at a pharmaceutical grade (B.P.) borax and is located near Rajadamnern Road near Kaosarn road where most foreigners reside. Most drug stores in Thailand knows Vittayasom also but I am doubtful they will order for you.


Happy New Year 2010

Posted by Joy (Chiang Mai, Thailand) on 09/05/2010

I am still having a terrible time finding Borax in Chiang Mai. Any suggestions?

Posted by Stuart (Ban Amphur, Chonburi, Thailand) on 10/26/2009

Hi Ted, been out looking for Borax in Ban Amphur & Pattaya - no pharmacies or hardware have it that i can find. Where do you find it in Thailand?


Posted by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
Borax is sold in Thailand by a company called Vittayasom, head office in Bangkok. However, there are many chemical companies that sell pharmaceutical grade in Bangkok on Rajadamnern road.

A drug store in Thailand can actually purchase borax for the customers, you just need to tell them the suppliers. The one I am aware of is Vittayasom.

Posted by Kallot
Phuket, Thailand
Hi I have found it on an online health food store, Called Good Karma Thailand And some other good stuff too.

Where to Buy Borax: Uk   1  0   

Posted by Broch (Aberdeenshire) on 10/21/2013

Where can I obtain food grade pure Borax in the UK.

I bought some from intra labs but it says on the package do not eat, technical grade powder for general reagent use, sodium tetra borate decahydrate. would this be ok to take orally?

Posted by Timh
Ky, Usa
1293 Posts
@Broch: The regent or lab grade would seem to be the most safest form in comparison to food or commercial grade. If you can't find any "borax" at your local grocer, try Ebay or Amazon as they have thousands of merchants that ship worldwide. Do be sure there are absolutely no added fragrance.
Posted by Lorenza
I just bought some from the same place. I actually enquired about this; due to pharmaceuticals corrupting our lives, its very hard to get borax that will say for consumption. However the little impurites in the borax you bought are just other mineral s that our bodies will get rid of. So should be fine.

Posted by Avi (London, United Kingdom) on 01/21/2009

Hi, in searching to buy borax online, I found it under this name: Sodium tetraborate decahydrate at this site, top of page

and I'm not sure that this is the right stuff. Can anyone tell me? Thankx, Avi

Posted by Casper
Helsinki, Finland
2 Posts
Posted by Jane
Liverpool, Uk
Is Borax safe for internal consumption in very small amounts say 1 ml spoon daily? there is an article in Nexus, that say because Borax was so good for arthritis and many other ailments it was banned, I cannot seem to find whether it is actually safe, some chemical sites suggest definitely not!! Any ideas or has any one used Borax internally safely?? thanks jane

Posted by Cara (Birmingham, England)

[YEA]  Re: Mandy from Dorset, Uk writes: "You cannot buy borax in England anymore - any other possiblities for horse mange?"

People say you can't buy borax in England. I bought some today in Boots, in the household cleaning aisle. Also available in tesco and ebay.

Posted by Sini
Paris, France
Looked at a large Boots shop in London, as well as another hardware shop - and the staff there said No. The hardware store had something called "Borax Substitute" here's a photo:

EC: The above website also states:

"Borax Substitute is Sodium Sesquicarbonate & now replaces the product previously known as Borax (A reclassification of the 'Borates' group of minerals by the EU means that from June they will no longer be available as a general cleaner). The properties are identical except that the substitute is not suitable for pest control."

Posted by Sheena
Glasgow, Scotland
I thought something like this had happened, as I've not been able to find Borax anywhere and this is one item I do not want to be without.

Do any of our UK readers know of anywhere that has slipped under the EU's net and still supplies real Borax? If not - folk in the US seem to a product called 20 Mule Borax and this can be bought on EBay from users in the US. It will cost around £30 though (most of that is postage).

I have my doubts about this "substitute" being of any use to most of us. Treatment for demodex mites is definitely in the realms of pest control!

EC: Why did they stop selling borax in the EU, anyone know? Very weird.

Posted by Gaynor
Manaton, Uk
10 Posts
I bought borax from lab supplier on e-bay UK company-e-mistral just recently they sell laboratory grade in different quantities. Hope this helps
Posted by Sheena
Glasgow, Scotland
Thanks Gaynor, I'm really grateful for that. I found them on ebay and bought some. It's probably only a matter of time before these suppliers are banned from selling Borax too.
Posted by Ben
Reading, Uk

"Borates as a family (including sodium borate also known as Borax), have been proposed as Reprotoxins and I think this is the reason they have been removed from the consumer market. A reprotoxin is something that can have long term systemic effects on the reproductive systems in humans (Risk phrases will be R60 may impair fertility and R61 may cause harm to the unborn child)."

I'm assuming Borax substitute (sodium sesquicarbonate) is no good for Dog Mange.

Posted by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines
949 Posts
Hi Ben...I have no doubt that boron or borax at high concentrations will cause the problems that you state. Unfortunately, you didn't quote the relevant concentrations of borax at which this reprotoxicity would occur, so we are all left hanging in the dark.

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about boron or borax:

"Elemental boron and borates are non-toxic to humans and animals (approximately similar to table salt). The LD50 (dose at which there is 50% mortality) for animals is about 6 g per kg of body weight. Substances with LD50 above 2 g are considered non-toxic. The minimum lethal dose for humans has not been established, but an intake of 4 g/day was reported without incidents, and medical dosages of 20 g of boric acid for neutron capture therapy caused no problems. Fish have survived for 30 min in a saturated boric acid solution and can survive longer in strong borax solutions.[93] Borates are more toxic to insects than to mammals."

Boron in the form of borates or borax is always taken in small trace amounts, usually taking it for only a few days out of every week. I've been using trace borax for over a year now, off and on, and find it very useful and without any side-effects whatsoever.

Boron is useful as a very effective anti-fungal, as a general hormone balancer and is helpful to bone health. See this link :

And your assumption concerning sodium sesquicarbonate is quite correct. This substance would be absolutely useless against mange. A topical mixture of borax and hydrogen peroxide would be far more effective.

Where to Buy: Internet   0  0   

Posted by Mike (New York) on 05/23/2013

I found at Ebay "Food Grade Borax" for $10.00. Borax Powder NF Grade - Food Grade 1 lb Bag

Posted by Crissypoo
Orem, Ut
Ummm...the brand, Twenty Mule Team Borax, is 99.5% pure Boron, and the other .5% is simply other minerals that were mined in the process of mining the Boron, which are good for us as well. Just go to WalMart and buy a box in the laundry isle, and smell it to make sure it has not been tainted by other laundry detergents, which may have been shipped with it. It'll cost you a whole $3 bucks and some change. Companies selling so called "food grade boron, are just out for the almighty dollar, pretending to make an already perfect product better. Come on people...let's use our heads. I've been using it for four months, for my LUPUS AND FIBROMYALGIA, and I'm amazed and so happy about the results. Here they are;

1. Almost no joint pain anymore. Can walk up and down stairs, all over S.D. Zoo, and then some. Used to only be able to walk about 1/4 mile, and then pain would be so bad, like knives stabbing the sides of my knee joints, I'd have to limp home.

2. Less depression, better mood, everything seems brighter, and I have a better outlook on life.

3. Increased energy?? Well, enough to not only START back at the gym, but WANT to start back at the gym, after years of inactivity, and I am now lifting more than some of the men there!

4. Sex life? Yes, WOW...that's all I'm saying.

5. My body temperature is no longer like the weather in Utah (constantly changing). I no longer sweat to death after climbing stairs, getting out of the shower, or running through the grocery store.

6. Night sweats minimal now.

7. Able to quit two of my lupus meds, methotrexate and one other that I can't remember the name of, and, I was able to taper my prednisone down from 20 mg to 5 mg. Going to go off prednisone completely within the next month

8. Drastically reduced whole -body inflammation. Sternum, lung, and rib pain almost non-existent. Headaches very rarely.

9. My heart palpitations and skipped beats are less frequent, and less severe.

10. There are probably many other benefits which I am forgetting, but the benefits I've listed are awesome!!

Posted by Paula
Salt Lake City
Crissypooo, How much borax are you using per day??

Posted by Peter (Chicago, Ill) on 08/14/2012

To Bill from San Fernando, do you mind to check is this the right kind of Borax to kill fungus in body. I just want to get small amount.


Posted by Lin
Northwest, Sunny England ;-p
Borax is currently available from Amazon in 1 kg packs.

Where to Buy: Mexico   0  0   

Posted by Jan (Mexico) on 07/02/2014

Need a company we can purchase pharmaceutical grade borax or food-grade.

Can you help us.....I can order from usa and get it here or Canada. Thanks

EC: Hi, Jan.  If you check the Table of Contents on the Borax page (found under 'B' on the 'Remedies' tab at the top), you will see many suggestions as to where to buy borax under 'Where to Buy' in various countries.  It can be found online also.

Yeast Infections   1  0   

Posted by Kathy (Virginia Beach, VA) on 03/27/2008

[YEA]  Decades ago I was informed by a nurse that douching with a tbl. of the borax used for cleaning laundry(don't want to mention the BN) and 8 oz. of warm water twice daily for just a few days works. Well it really does. I've been using this remedy for many years now with no adverse reactions. If you do it gently, it should not cause problems, just wash out the vagina. Very simple and super cheap!

Posted by Sonya
Several years ago, I went in for my annual exam, and was told that they couldn't do a PAP because I had a yeast infection. I was dismayed -- "but I always have one", I said. The Doctor, bless his heart (Dr. Unell, for those of you in the area) said that he would prescribe boric acid boluses for me. He prepared them himself and they were available from a pharmacy down the street. I protested a little that nothing ever worked for me, EVER... not permanently anyways.

He told me that he had never seen a repeat case in anyone that he had prescribe the boluses to. Well, I used them and guess what? It's been four years with no yeast infections! I will never use the stupid cream stuff again. If I ever need to, I may make the boluses myself using the cosmetic grade borax and cocoa butter. But -- I havent' had to and hopefully won't!

EC: "In medicine, a bolus (from Latin bolus, ball) is the administration of a medication, drug or other compound that is given to raise blood concentration to an effective level. The administration can be given intravenously, by intramuscular or subcutaneous injection."

Posted by Lisa
Kevil, Kentucky
2 Posts
In herbal medicine, the term bolus is used interchangably with the word suppository. Many herbalists call a suppository made with herbs and an oil that is solid at cool temps and then melts when inserted into the body (vagina, or rectum) a bolus.
Posted by A.busey
Beaverton, Oregon
Yes! A nurse practitioner finally helped me after years of yeast infection from antibiotic use for sinus infection. She said go to the drug store or natural food store and buy the biggest empty capsules they sell and buy Boric Acid Powder there also. Fill one or two capsules and use as a suppository over night. You can do it a couple days in a row and it has worked wonders! Plan to where a light pad to absorb a little mess when you get up and moving around the next morning. Oh, I've found that a straw works wonders - just poke it down into the Boric Acid container and then hold over the open capsule and pinch above the powder to get it to fall out of the straw into the capsule. Hope this helps the many others suffering with this awful problem.
Posted by John1230
Delhi, India
7 Posts
Hi Ted, I am in New Delhi, India. I searched many drug stores and they only have boric acid. Which of course is not we are looking for.

Please guide where can I buy the Borax for injesting.

Thanks Ted and all for this wonderful site.

EC: More info on where to find Borax in India here:

Posted by Sandy
Vienna, Austria
YEA, you are mentioning "borax" and "boric acid" in your post. Isn't there a difference?

Another thing that I don't quite understand: Borax is alkaline, right? But the pH of the vagina is supposed to be acid. E.G. Many woman get yeast infections because the sperm is alkaline, which messes up their vaginal environment. How can an alkaline substance cure an infection caused by a disturbed environment?

But if you say it worked I'm gonna give it a shot anyways. But how do I know if the borax/boric acid that I buy is the one you used for your treatment? Do you have a chemical formular or any other specific information or something?

I have no idea where to buy this stuff in Austria... Does anybody have experiences with the borax from ebay?


Posted by Somegirlontheinternet
Sacramento, Ca
4 Posts
So, I had been wondering this same thing, and I think I figured it out. This is based on nothing more than speculation however I believe that Boric Acid is what people are referring to using vaginally, and Borax internally (uhhh.. by mouth. lol.. I guess technically they are both internally, but you know what I mean). One of the big differences is that one is acidic (like the vagina) and the other is alkaline. I'd recommend just using Boric Acid vaginally since it has such a well proven track record. My guess is that some people aren't aware they are two different things and are inaccurately using Borax in place of Boric Acid. Just a guess. Internally (by mouth) Borax is supposed to help clear up candida though so I'm sure using both at the same time should help clear it up from the symptom location (vagina) and the root location (intestinal track).

Just my thoughts but I could be wrong.


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