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Posted by Randy (Jersey City, Nj, Usa) on 01/12/2011

[YEA]  Based on recommendations I found on the site, yesterday I tried Borax to help relieve my candida issue. I have had long standing bloating caused by the candida. Just to start off, I took a very small amount (maybe 1/20 teaspoon) of 20-mule team borax in 0.75L water, and drank it throughout the day. By about 4pm, I started having A LOT of flatulence that lasted several hours. Didn't smell bad luckily, but had to go home after work and stay there for a while :)

By the end of the evening, my belly felt empty, with none of the pressure or pain that I have come to live with. Unbelievable! I plan on continuing to use borax for my issues. I will work up gently to about 1/8 or 1/4 teaspoon 4 days a week, for a limit time frame. Anyone interested in trying borax, I recommend it, but please read the borax information on this site, and work up the dosage very gently, it is powerful. Thanks Earth Clinic!!

Borax and Gut Flora
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Posted by June (Florida) on 06/15/2014

Bill, what are the effects of borax water on the good bacteria in the gut?

Replied by Bill Donate

San Fenando, Philippines
1195 Posts
Hi June...I'm afraid that I cannot give you any real research evidence on whether borax kills good microbiota in the gut or not -- I have looked at the research and their isn't very much on borax. But that's probably because the drugs companies don't really want you to know about how effective borax is against both mycoplasma and fungus.

What's more, I've been using borax water regularly for the last 8 years or so and it has never made me feel ill (even when I used it against my candida). So if you want my own opinion -- because that's all it is from my own experience with borax -- I would say that it doesn't kill good gut bacteria.

Replied by June
Florida, US
Thanks a lot Bill.
Replied by J.
Allow me to thank you with all my heart for such an exhaustive article on Borax.

When my new born son as an infant had thrush in his entire mouth the allopath paediatrician prescribed some dark violet coloured liquid to be painted with a brush inside his entire mouth.

In India , those days there was no Internet.

Among Indians the tendency is to accept whatever the allopath says as gospel. Sparing you all the complications that followed soon. His thrush was not cured however.

Eventually a Homeopath prescribed Borax in potentized form. Which got rid of this thrush miraculously. Many women suffer from candida infection. I believe it is this candida that manifests as thrush in our babies.

Thank you once again & all the others who have responded with pertinent queries & feedback.

Replied by Cheuimay
Ca., US
This is my first contribution, but because borax was so instrumental in helping me control my systemic fungal infection that I wanted to put in my 2 cents to lend clarity to some of the posts. The borax that I bought was from 20 mule team and had no scent. If you look at the ingredients, there is only one ingredient and that is Sodium Tetraborate. Sodium Tetraborate is listed as a natural mineral. If there are any added scents to it, it would have to be listed also. Just make sure you only get the 20 mule team product.

I had Pneumonia when I was a baby and have had a systemic yeast infection my whole life. A friend made me a Hulda Clarke basic zapper and I was surprised at how effective it was. As time went on, I got a stronger one... I think it was a Bob Beck device. At that time you could purchase a kit at Electronic City in Burbank and put it together yourself. It seemed to work also. Then I loaned it to a person who had cancer and never got the device back. Meanwhile, my yeast problem got worse. I then got a don Croft Terminator. I was so determined to get rid of this yeast infection that I zapped every day for months.

Then one day, I woke up with my entire buttocks covered with watery hives. When I would scratch them, all the blisters would break. I didn't know what happened then later, I realized that the zapper was acting just like antibiotics. It would aggressively killed the yeast, fungus or bacteria, but not completely, leaving resistant ones to proliferate. I didn't know what to do, go back to a doctor? I was in this condition because of doctors to begin with. Then a thought came to me to drink my own urine. I had done urine therapy before with great results and started again. Within two weeks, all the watery blisters cleared up, but for some reason I stopped the urine therapy. I'm not sure exactly why, I think I read something negative about it and stopped, but after a while, the infection returned. This time, with a vengeance. This time my entire body was covered with the weepy, itchy blisters. That was when I found out about Borax. Within two days of taking the Borax solution, all the blisters had cleared up. I've been on it for about a year now and though I'm much better, I still do have eruptions of pimples here and there in different parts of my body.

It seems to be happening more often now and I'm wondering if anyone has noticed a recurrence of their infection and if anyone knows of any information on these microbes developing a resistance to Borax?

Replied by Marcin
Toronto, Canada
I also have a problem with painful blisters on my buttocks, but I never really linked this with my yeast issue. I will try borax on this.
Replied by Jessica P.
Norfolk, Va Usa
I have been taking 20 mule team borax for two years now for arthritis and migraines. I also have crohn's disease and diverticulitis which it greatly helps. This is a wonder product and from what I have read..the original person who discovered the medical uses of this product tried to have it pass the FDA as a cheap and effective fix for many ailments...But big pharma did not like that so the doctor was fined and a warning was put on the box. is completely safe. no side efects so far when used in moderation..

I make a mix with one quart of filtered water and one tablespoon of borax. Put in fridge and take one table spoon on that mixture every other day for two weeks. then move to a one week on and one week off schedule..because it does remove metals..even the ones u need like magnesium. I would recommend this to anyone at any age or condition. it has been a life saver for me with my fibromyalgia also :)

Borax and Hormones
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Posted by Bridget (Detroit, Mi) on 05/02/2014

Hi,I read on the posts here that borax can increase testosterone.......I don't want my hormones out of whack, is this something I should be taking? Thanks, this site is very interesting, glad I found it!

Replied by So & So
Hi Bridget~ I was wondering the same thing. I did a bit of internet snooping & found these articles helpful. My husband was diagnosed with Low-T, with blood levels @ 180. The doctor put him on one of the gel treatments. He felt much better @ week 2 of treatment, but has gradually been feeling worse again. We are now @ about week 4. I suspect his estrogen levels are playing a part in this. Anyway, after reading the abstract I'm sending him to Wal-mart tomorrow bright & early to get some 20 mule-team borax!

I hope this is helpful!

Replied by Bev
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Borax causes men to produce more testosterone and women more estriol. For those of us older than 40 or 50, that would seem a very good thing.

Taking 2 or 3 days a week off the borax is to (supposedly) allow your body to adjust and your hormones to balance.

Several people take borax continuously and don't seem to suffer any ill effects. As usual, do your homework and make responsible choices. However, if taking borax 4 or 5 days a week gives you the results you want, why take it for 7?

Many health professionals advise taking even your regular supplements only 5 days a week (or 3 weeks on and 1 week off). The reason for this is because anything we take continuously may attenuate -- become less effective or even ineffective. This happens all the time with prescription drugs. People who were taking MSM every single day and getting great results suddenly were not: The MSM just stopped working for them after 6 months, a year, or in some cases many years.

Replied by Nels
Gold Country, Ca.
I've just added boron as a 'must have mineral', having been ignorant of the wide ranging benefits toward wellness.

So much 'good stuff' seems to hide in the shadows of plain sight all around us, and one day, a light is shined on the subject, and it it immediately becomes a 'no brainer' to act upon the info, reaping unexpected rewards for one's effort to stretch further.

Boron's exactly that for me, changing my life in a wink...

...because, now I DRINK my footbath water.

(I mix up a fresh batch, no double-dipping for me)

Gee whiz! Whoo-da-thunk it? What's next?! ?

(urine therapy?! ?) Who knows...?

Thanks to all who contributed comments here.

Has anyone noticed themselves feeling as strong as a mule?

Just wondering...

Borax Bans
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Posted by Andrew (England) on 06/30/2015

My usual borax supplier had this message when I went to some a few days ago:


This product is restricted for Sale to the General Public under Annexe XVII of EU Regulation 552/2009.

It is only available for sale to Companies and any sale will be subejct to a Declaration of Use being completed.

Please contact us before purchasing"

Seems our beloved Ted was right on the money as this restriction is totally irrational to a compound less toxic than table salt.

It can still be bought from that auction site and be imported but my advice is STOCK UP before a total ban if you live in the EU. Medical tyranny is halfway here. Look out for each other and stock up for your "chemical" remedies.

God bless.

Replied by Timh Donate

Thanks for posting this Andrew. If there are no reported deaths or environmental damage, someone w/ plenty of money from E should file a lawsuit against this. There is no legal precedent for this ban seems to me.

In this event, MMS, Colloidal Silver, and Zappers are good alternative to Borax. Speaking of MMS, Jim Humble only recently got raided by armed E.U. enforcers in England during one of the worship services of the Genesis 2 Church of Health & Healing.

Replied by Heather
Wales, Uk
If you're going to put borax in the bath, you may also need to consider the content of the water! If there's chlorine and/or fluoride in the public tap water, it's a factor to think about it because you're soaking in it! At least in Wales, there's even sheep dip not many people know about! Now, this is scandalous but a fact!

If used orally, here is the subscribed solution: 1 teaspoon borax into 1 liter PURE filtered water. From this concentration, take 3 teaspoon (maintenance only) or 3 tablespoons (for arthritis or other maladies) and put into a glass of PURE filtered water, and sip throughout the day; hold under the tongue a bit so as more chance to be absorbed!

I've just started, but a friend of mine has said that her arthritic pain is entirely gone!

Replied by Hisjewel
America, New York
You do mean 1/4 of a teaspoon of Borax in one liter of water, taken throughout the day, don't you? We're trying to get rid of pain.
Replied by Mark
Exeter, United Kingdom
16 Posts
[YEA]   Hi, I think there are many ratios but I think go with your one and if it makes you feel unwell reduce the dose. The way me and my friend do it is in a concentrate, 6 grams borax dissolved in 1 liter of water & stored in a bottle (glass) & in the fridge.

This is like the 'mother tincture', each day take 1x teaspoon (5ml) of your concentrated water up to 3x in that day (morning - noon - night?). When the pain has gone eventually, you can reduce down to 2x a day.

Hope this helps.


Borax Baths
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Posted by Vital Salts (San Diego Ca) on 09/11/2013

[YEA]  For those having issues ingesting Borax I would suggest bathing. I had major healing bathing using various mineral salts in a hot bath for an hour a day for six weeks. I had been diagnosed with lyme and associated co infections including candida and cleared most if not all symptoms using bath salts, citrus (vit. C) and hydrogen peroxide in combination topically. I used Borax, Epsom, sea salts and dead sea salts together. I would also add half a bottle of Hydrogen peroxide and scrub my skin with citrus. I used about 4 cups total salt per bath. Soaking the neck and thyroid seems important and I cleared lumps around my thyroid and all sorts of skin anomalies. Whenever I feel sick again from environmental toxins and parasites I just take a few baths a week and it clears my system. I was sick for 8 years and tried western and non-traditional treatments and nothing worked like this bath formula. I never ate borax but did increase ingesting mineral salts, Vitamin C and MSM. I also like to put Borax in my work boots. I noticed a detox from this.

Replied by Yasha
Imnaha, Or
Simple question: How much borax to put in bath? Don't want all that other info. Just HOW MUCH BORAX IN A BATH????? Cannot find a simple answer to a simple question in all of this website! Not really very helpful.
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Yasha from Imnaha,

You ask how much borax for the bath:

One tablespoon.

If drinking, use 1/20th of a teaspoon in a gallon of water and drink throughout two days.

Yasha there is not an exact science on this. But if you read the material about oral consumption you'll see that VERY little is required. By extension I use proportionally the same for a bath. The absorption will be less than orally consumed but spread throughout the body allows for a diverse transfer to different regions. Less but better applied. Same idea for Epsom Salts baths. I can orally take a magnesium supplement (and I do) but also there is a broader or wider absorption with Salts baths. A very ancient remedy to many maladies.

Best to you,


Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
One cup per bath. Hope that helps!

~Mama to Many~
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
Uh oh. I just saw the I suggested way more than Dave. Go with Dave. He is basing his recommendation on science. I am basing my on limited experience. My husband did some borax baths and that is what he used. I will say he had no ill effects. He didn't do this long term.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Baldev
Maharashtra, India
Hi Yasha,

On this site Ted has recommended 1/4 tea spoon for men and 1/8 tea spoon of borax for women with 1/4 tea spoon of sea salt in one liter of water to be consumed through the day for internal use. Therefore, for bath one cup of borax should be ideal to get some benifit of borax for any health problem you are looking forward, may be don't soak for too long but I feel the concentration should be adequate to get the benefit.

Good Luck


Replied by Timh Donate

Ky, Usa
I have been using 1/4 cup Borax in hot baths for many months now, in addition to many other major & trace minerals w/ only temporary results. Last time I took 750mg Lufenuron prior to bath and did seem to have better results for my fungal issue. Also, as for combination therapy, I have taken Berberine following the bath which seemed to improve the situation.
Replied by Diana
Papillion Ne
How much borax etc did you use in combination for your bath to make 4 cups?
Replied by Yochana
Andalusa Spain

What kind of seasalt do I use and what kind of dead sea salt and how much and how much hydrogene peroxide and is the cheap kind ok? any side effects from these and any problems with borax in tub. Is it safe? Thanks yochana

Replied by Ally
Hi there,

I would love to follow the instructions provided by Vital Salts:

'I used Borax, Epsom, sea salts and dead sea salts together. I would also add half a bottle of Hydrogen peroxide and scrub my skin with citrus. I used about 4 cups total salt per bath.'

But I can not buy Borax from the UK unless its for business purposes. I can however buy ' Borax Substitute ' - is this as good as Borax to use? Thanks

Posted by Ginaraye (Waxahachie, Texas, Usa) on 01/04/2011

Hi earth clinic and ted! I used ted's mange cure on my dog, and a couple of neighbor's dogs, too, thanks so much for that! The borax pointed me to fluoride de-tox and I have pretty much eliminated my fluoride intake. I use ted's borax remedy in my drinking water and paint with iodine occasionally. I still have a stiff neck and creakiness sometimes, though. It just occurred to me it is probably from increased coffee drinking now that it is winter.

Also now that it is winter, I would like a hot bath! What i'd like to know is if borax in the bath water will prevent absorption of fluoride, and if so, how much borax should I use? my city is just now becoming aware of fluoride toxicity and I think we could all use the information! Thanks, gina

Replied by Kelly
Catawissa, Mo, Usa
I would very much like to know how much Borax to add to the bath tub for fluoride removal. My fibromyalgia and pain has me bed-ridden, and I just found out that tea is high in fluoride. I drink 1-2 pots a day. I also have fluoride in my well water. They do not manufacture fluoride filters for showers or bath faucets, so this seems to be my only choice. I have a big 6' tub. So I suppose I need a ratio. Please advise, as this is EXTREMELY important for my health! Thanks
Replied by Captain Boron
Planet Boron
They do make shower head filters which are very effective. My skin went from dry and itchey after shower to smooth and soft. I also can't smell any chlorine/chemicals in the shower like I used to.

They price from about 20-200 depending how hardcore of a model you get. I found mine at Home depot.

Replied by Carolyn
Dallas, Tx
You must have specialty filters to filter out fluoride. I don't think any shower filters have them. Don't know about whole house filters, but we have a Berkey that we purchased a separate filter to take care of the fluoride.

Borax Contraindications
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Posted by Richard (Nevada) on 09/12/2014

[YEA]  Does anyone know if a person who had a triple by-pass, including 2 stents placed in heart area can use Borax? One of my stents was medicated back then, even had a recall? But with this surgery came severe Insomnia, probably from Plavix. Plavix I found out latter is a treatment for maybe 6 months, I was on it for 8 yrs? No one said a word, so I think this maybe caused the insomnia? Please help.

Replied by Mark
Exeter, United Kingdom
16 Posts

The above site has very detailed information concerning borax and has dosages and instructions for various ailments. as well as resource links

Hope you find what your looking for...also mind is a powerful tool, Tell yr heart everyday how well its looking after you, praise its good work and visulise pink or green light energy bathing yr heart area, see yr heart soak in the positive light and praises you give it. Others can do it for you as well by visualising your heart delighted in the attention giving it motivation to keep up the good work.

interesting you tube video where within 3 mins, 3 chinese medics trained in feeling from their heart centers remove a womans bladder cancer which was a few inchs long, they held a feeling of already done and used mantra chants to remove the tumour. A specific camera was inserted into the womans bladder while the procedure was done. You see the tumour dissappear bit by bit just from the medics power of feeling from the heart that she was already cured. link to see for yourself:

All the best,


Borax Dosages
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Posted by Susan (Utica, Ny) on 07/25/2015

I buy boric acid powder at the pharmacy and mix a small portion with boiled water. (You can find amounts online). You can soak gauze in it then apply it.

In the old days, and I mean in the 1920s-1950s - my grandmother always kept a warm pan of boric acid water on the back of the stove. It was that important to have on hand when raising six kids. They didn't have antibiotics for most of those years - so infections were drawn out with compresses and wounds were sterilized this way.

Posted by A Friend (Australia) on 08/26/2014

[YEA]  Dear Earth Clinic,

Boron Consumption Update with Questions:

I have been taking 5 times the maintenance dose daily for some weeks, with a day or two break here and there.

I have seen an improvement in overall energy of the body, and aches and pains of the joints don't seem to last more then a short time.

Starting on a higher dose I notice a severe reaction (host flushes, numbness of face, disorientation) of 1/4 to 1/8 a teaspoon.

I still get the hot face feeling a little bit on the low dose, though I think I have found the amount that works for me.

A friend of mine in his early 70's has started on the same does that I have, though he splits his up into two cups of water a day.

The process for consumption; is using one of the teaspoon sets; like these

the smallest teaspoons on there works out to be about 1/64 of a teaspoon. I weighed and calculated; 2 of these (in two doses) or one the size up from this is (1/32 of teaspoon size on that set, the second smallest teaspoon in the set), that 2 of the first, or one of the second; is equal to 5 times the maintenance dose of 3mg of boron a day.

I calculated the boron as 11% of the the borax molecule.

I think my calculations were such;
Having measured a heaped teaspoon of borax at around 6.5 grams,
then calculating that a liter of water is 202 teaspoons;
we end up with 1 teaspoons equaling about 33mg or 0.033g of borax content.

Thus working out that this has only 11% boron (of the the 33mg) we end up with 3mg content or 0.003g or boron in each teaspoon.

Thus working out that two of the 1/64th of 1 of the 1/32 teaspoons sizes *in the drop, pinch etc. set mentioned above. Calculated these to be 0.14g or 140mg. Thus boron content is 11% = 15.4mg of boron content; which is 5 times the maintenance does of 3mg a day.

Thus when the effects become clear and at completion one can go down to the maintenance dose by drinking the solution over 5 days.

* I found the idea of using a liter with a teaspoon, two difficult for my life style in the bush.

* I would suggest always using borax, as its alkaline, as apposed to boric acid which is mixed with hydrochloric acid and acidic already.

Note; make the solution with boiling water, add the amount then stir. Drink anytime afterwards (i usually drink it an hours or few hours later, or over a few days).

My question to ted; is about boron build up; should one even with small detox as here; have a day or two of a week; or can one stick through on the 5 times does; or its a personal decision? What are the effects of build up in the body.

P.S My friend has noticed a great improvement in his arthritis; though both he and I do take some magnesium as well (small dose)

P.P.S In Australia there is a company called blants; it can be ordered cheaply from there website; it comes from turkey, very good quality.

P.P.P.S The only other side affect that I noticed that if it is taken in the evening sometimes it can cause insomnia for several hours; (only happened to both me and my friend on one occasion each).

Kind Regards,
A Friend From Australia


Posted by Eduardo (Spain) on 05/26/2014

Dear Mr. Ted,

I hope this finds you well. I am writing to ask you a few questions regarding Borax intake. I've read that Borax may help in increasing the free testosterone and at the same time reducing the estrogen levels, so I have decided to give it a try. Recently, I started to take Lugol's iodine along with Vit C, Magnesium (400 mg), a B complex (50 mg) and Selenium (200 mcg). As for the appropriate dosage for Borax, I am quite confused. I have prepared the 1 litre concentrate with water (non fluorated) and a teaspoon of Borax. Yesterday I took 1 teaspoon of the liquid concentrate and I intend to do this daily with 2 days off as you suggest. 1. Is this dosage ok? 2. How would you recommend -if you do- to increase the dosage? 2. How much Boron is there in 1 teaspoon of liquid Borax concentrate? 2. How much would be the maximum safe dosage per day -in teaspoons? 3. How long does Boron take to have a noticeable effect or to build up in the body? Thank you in advance for your kind reply. Best Regards, Eduardo SPAIN

Replied by Ted Donate

Bangkok, Thailand
388 Posts
I don't know how much boron is in the concentrate. What I do know is it most boron concentrate isn't too much. I expect to have effect one month on the average.


Posted by David (Birdsboro, Pa.) on 01/16/2014

I am confused about the dosage equivalents of Borax. How much boron is in an eighth teaspoon of Borax? Some say 13.75mg of boron and others say 55 mg, and others say different numbers. I do not want to ingest a daily amount of more than 20mg of boron, but now I am not sure what the true measures are, and I can't seem to find a consensus of measurement value from the people who recommend using borax.

People who use the eighth teaspoon in a liter of water/day: are they consuming extrememly high amounts of boron?

Please clear this up for me. Regards, Dave

Replied by Mike62
David: Rat studies for 3 generations found no effects at 30mg/kg/day of boron. Human studies on boron miners found no effects. A review of accidental poisoning of 10-88g boric acid, 88% were no effect. One reason for the fluctuations in mg of boron could be the various locations where borax is mined.
Replied by Zolor
Dallas, Tx
[YEA]   1/8 tsp =.5 ml, 1/4 tsp 1 ml, 1 tsp = 5 ml

Posted by Prioris (Fl, Usa) on 08/11/2013

What is the rationale for diluting borax in so much water - a litre of water? Do you really need that much water?

Replied by Sandra
The Netherlands
[YEA]   Hello, I am amazed with the contradictory info about Sodium Tetraborate B4Na2O7 10H2O, on the package is saying WARNING/DANGER/TOXIC.

My questions are: Is this the right one? How come people use this for healing?

If you find the time, I would appreciate your reply.

Thanks, kind regards, Sandra

Replied by Mike62
Sandra: I take 250mg borax/day.
Replied by Louwrence
Rustenburg South Africa
Hi Sandra, I have been using borax for years & I also use it to kill cockroaches. It is a very old remedy. So do not be afraid.

Posted by Precisely (Mineral Hill, New Mexico, Usa) on 05/19/2013

Hi TrudyG and all others suffering from insomnia,

I also have opposite reactions to pharmacy drugs, OTC & Rx. Three things have helped me ENORMOUSLY, and all of them don't seem to be mentioned in this thread:

First, taking a nightly capsule of organic borage oil, regular dose, an hour before bed got me deeply asleep, deeply dreaming, and very calm/confident-feeling the next day. It does take about 3 weeks for most people to have results, although I seem to recall it was more like 10 days for me. After a while I ran out and forgot to take it, only remembered while reading here.

Next, I got an inversion table. You can set it so that you start with a relatively low angle of inversion, by tying the strap underneath--say, 20-30 degrees for at least 10 minutes. That feels like plenty to me. If your heart is lower than your feet by 17 degrees, apparently the lymph glands release and clear. Other benefits I've noticed: practically no asthma, NO INSOMNIA, back pain decreased and overall well-being increased. Not to mention, better circulation.

However I am forgetful so the latest thing I take is borax. This is actually covered in depth at

In my case, I was looking for help with my out-of-control restless legs syndrome, which, on the first day, diminished almost to nothing (now my Requip prescription of. 25 mg is more than sufficient, where before even 1mg spaced throughout the day barely controlled it. ).

Now I take the borax right before sleep, and I sleep deeply and w/o interruption for 8plus hrs. And I wake up feeling crisp! Also my asthma, which had me audibly wheezing prior to the borax, is slowly disappearing. It's also a fabulous detoxer, and is anti-microbial and perhaps also alkalining too.

At first I took the Borax in the morning, but after 3 weeks, it started to make me very sleepy so I switched to bedtime. It's very fast-acting--one minute I'm lying in bed wide awake, wondering when it's going to start knocking me out, and the next minute, I'm so deeply asleep I haven't even noticed I was getting sleepy, it's so immediate a response.

My friends who are also taking borax find that they have more energy. I MAY be feeling more energetic, but the stuff still knocks me out, so experiment on a laid-back, no-driving-etc-day to see how it affects you.

The other reason I was taking borax is that it balances the whole body's hormone, endocrine, and glandular system over time. I've been taking it now for at least 3 months. I've increased my dose to a tablespoon (from a teaspoon). Just last week it seemed to me that my post-menopausal dryness was no longer an issue. I intend to continue taking this forever.

Oh yes, another borax good result: my neighbor, 70 yrs old, fell off a horse and broke 2 ribs. Since he won't go to doctors, I gave him some borax. He says his ribs healed fast, and with much less pain than the other times they have broken.

Dosing excerpts from midway through the link at beginning of this post:

Firstly, dissolve a lightly rounded teaspoonful (5-6 grams) of borax in 1 litre of good quality water* free of chlorine and fluoride. This is your concentrated solution. Keep the bottle out of reach of small children. (* I''m using distilled water)

Standard dose = 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of concentrate. This has 25 to 30 mg of borax and provides about 3 mg of boron. Take 1 dose per day mixed with drink or food. If that feels right then take a second dose with another meal. If there is no specific health problem or as a maintenance dose you may continue indefinitely with 1 or 2 doses daily. "

(elsewhere in my reading people taking the borax-in-water cure seem to take it for 5 days, stop for 2, then start again for 5 days, off for 2 days, and so on. )

"If you do have a problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis and related conditions, menopause, stiffness due to advancing years, and also to improve low sex hormone production, increase intake to 3 or more spaced-out standard doses for several months or longer until you feel that your problem has sufficiently improved. Then drop back to 1 or 2 doses per day. "

BTW... Trazodone HCL does work for my insomnia. At first I had to double-dose but now I can take 1/4 pill and that will also knock me out.... But why bother when borax is much safer and helps with so many cures.

Last I would like to thank Joy and Everyone about mentioning the water cure. I think adding the right salt will help w my frequent urination, thirst, and allergies. Had forgotten that histamine is a dehydration response. Beginning to wonder if I was developing diabetes. Would diabetes show up in a hair sample?

Many Blessings!

EC: This wonderful feedback on borax was originally posted in our insomnia section here:

Posted by Chris (Miami, Fl, Usa) on 02/27/2013

I have yet to find any discussion on how long of a period of time it is safe to take 1/4 teaspoon of Borax per liter of water. I have been doing 4 days on and 3 days off to help raise my PH while taking many other natural remedies to kill my H. Pylori. I like the idea of raising my PH that I would like to know a recommended maintenence plan for the rest of my life using Borax. For example is it safe to have a little every day or continue to do 4 days on and 3 days off? Also, is it too hard on the body to do the sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate while using the Borax for the rest of my life?

Replied by Chris
Miami, Fl, Usa
I had asked a question and did not hear back. Would you please take the time to let me know your opinion on the long term use and doseages of drinking borox? It makes my joints hurt. Also what dosage do you recommend for long term use of sodium bicarbonate mixed with sodium carbonate?
Replied by Badabing!
Cape Town, South Africa
Hey Chris, Regarding dosages. Borax is pretty safe at low dosages. Its toxicity is lower than table salt. You'd have to be taking a lot before things would dtart to go wrong for you health-wise. As a guide: if you dissolve a level teaspoon (5ml) of borax in a litre of water and then consume 5ml of that per day then you are taking in somewhere in the region of 7mg of borax per day. That's okay for a maintenance dose. Your 1/4 teaspoon is low but perfectly fine too.

My best advice is to start low and then really learn to listen to your body. Listen to how it feels. Pick up the dosage a little and then see. Trust yourself and your body. You'll do fine.

Good health to you!

Posted by Maria (Sydney, Australia) on 02/15/2013

Hi Ted, and anyone else out there, thanks again for sharing all your wonderful experiences and knowledge!

I wanted to know if borax at the 1/8 teaspoon in 1 lt of water taken 3 to 4 days a week over three weeks 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.

Many thanks.

Replied by Claudine
New York, Ny
Hi Maria, I personally would be careful with that amount of borax for someone your mother's age. If she starts to detox from heavy metals too rapidly, it might cause her to weaken considerably. How about considering the homeopathic dosage of borax instead of the powder?
Replied by Sandra
Sydney, Australia
Maria, I don't think I would be giving my 87 year old mother borax. I would keep to foods.

Apple Cider vinegar (1-2 tablespoons in a big glass of water) and lemon juice every morning in warm water are both good for arthritis. They both dissolve the calcium deposits around the arthritic joints. If you have ever had a kettle that calcified and cleaned it with vinegar you can see how it dissolves calcified things.

I don't know whether borax is organic or inorganic. If it is inorganic the body cannot utilise it. Apple cider vinegar and lemon juice are organic and have many health benefits apart from being good for arthritis.

Replied by Dude
Reston, Va
03/23/2013 The article details the arthritis dosages, it's only 30 miligrams per day. Way less than 1/4 or 1/8 teaspoon.
Replied by Badabing!
Cape Town, South Africa
Sandra said "If it is inorganic the body cannot utilise it."

I'm sorry Sandra but that is incorrect. The word "organic" is oft misunderstood and misused. In this context it basically refers to mollecules containing carbon. So table salt (NaCl), for example, is inorganic. You wouldn't wish to have me believe that the body cannot utilise salt, would you? Our bodies would die without a whole host of micronutirents which are all inorganic.

The other definition of "organic" is a descriptor of farming practices (not using artificial pesticides and fertilizers). Though this too is a vastly misuderstood topic it does not apply here.

In brief then: borax is an inorganic compound of sodium, boron and oxygen. When it is ingested the body uses particularly the boron as a vital micronutient as we get enough sodium from other sources.

Replied by Badabing!
Cape Town, South Africa
Maria said "I wanted to know if borax at the 1/8 teaspoon in 1 lt of water taken 3 to 4 days a week over three weeks is too much for an elderly person?"

Maria, I think that sounds fine. You'll be starting your mum on a very low dose so you can see how she goes. At such a low dosage you are extremely unlikely to get adverse symptoms (as might happen from a too fast heavy-metal chelation or a too fast die-off of candida or other pathogens). Then, as her body acclimatizes you can slowly up the dose. You can comfortably take it up to as much as 1 teaspoon per litre - just don't give her more than a teaspoon of the mixture per day. See how this goes. You can keep her at that level for years with no problems but you can also drop it back down to a lower maintenance dose later.


Dude said "only 30 miligrams per day. Way less than 1/4 or 1/8 teaspoon."

Dude, the recommended dosage is perhaps a 1 teaspoon of borax in a litre of water of which only 1 teaspoon is taken per day. This will deliver about 7mg effective dosage per day which is good for healing most boron-deficiency diseases. Once health is regained then one can go down to about 1/4 teaspoon for a maintenance dose.

Replied by Cecily
Hi, I am wanting to know, do I drink one teaspoon a day of the diluted borax in one litre of water or do I drink a whole litre of water with 1/8 of borax. A few different theories.


Replied by Carol
Sonora, Ca
I learned about medicinal borax from a friend last week who spoke at a gut health class we've been doing. She said to make a solution of 1 tsp borax in 1 liter warm water. Then to take 1 tsp several times a day. I've been adding it to my drinking water along with diatemaceous earth, raw apple cider vinegar and sole (salt water made with salt rock). Haven't exceeded twice a day yet as I wanted to see how my body reacted. I've already been detoxing from other things. So far so good. Would love to learn more about this.