Hi Art –
I have just started using your lotion for my osteoarthritic fingers. I have Bouchard's nodes on the middle joint of the fingers of my right hand. The nodes are ugly but only mildly painful so far. Lately, it's difficult to clench my hand properly.
I use it every time I wash my hands (which is a lot these days). I dry my hands thoroughly then put a dollop of lotion and massage it into my fingers (especially the knuckles) quite vigorously.
I wonder if the massage is part of the effectiveness of the therapy lotion. I will also add lotion to my hands throughout the day for no other reason than it feels good and I love the smell.
I followed your protocol – except I did add birch essential oil.
- I use my coffee/spice grinder to grind up about 1/4 of a cup of borax (20 Mule Team) until it is a fine powder. That way I will always have a supply on hand.
- I use an unscented hand lotion with as few ingredients in it as possible. I got mine from the health food store.
- I added two teaspoons of ground borax to my 16-ounce bottle of lotion, shook it thoroughly and then let it sit until the next day. The borax was completely dissolved.
- I then added 17 drops of birch essential oil (that may be too much for a beginner but my skin can take it). For those of you who don't know about birch e.o., it smells like Lifesaver's Wint-o-Green (or wintergreen). Not even sure if they still make that flavor. It's also a very good pain reliever for me but your results may vary. Essential oils are optional.
I've also used this lotion to massage my ankles and swollen feet (it's hot here so I'm prone to swelling). It had a cooling effect and did reduce the swelling by about half (once again, maybe the vigorous massage was part of the effectiveness of the therapy).
I really like it (never would have thought of adding borax to a lotion) and will continue to use it for any future pain (like a stiff neck, sore muscles, even a headache) - certainly can't hurt!
Thanks again, Art!
Hi Art -
Thank you for the borax lotion recipe. Since I don't use aspirin, I found using a few drops of birch essential oil worked just fine. You gave me the idea when you mentioned you could add a few drops of peppermint essential oil.
I did a search for essential oils that are anti-inflammatory, etc. and birch, peppermint, eucalyptus (plus many others) came up.
So, not only does this lotion work but it smells terrific!
Thanks again for all you do :)
Cheers and best wishes.
Hi Art, how much aspirin or ibuprofen did you use in your arthritis formula?
Also, I asked under another post, do you know is the percentage of sodium in borax? it would be useful to people with BP issues.
Art, you're the BEST!!!
I want to try your cream. How did you decide how much borax to use? Can you also use boron from tablets?
Other boron questions: Does the boron or borax affect the outcome of blood tests such as antinuclear antibody tests? I just went to the cardiologist and was diagnosed with ventricular bigeminy, prolapse and wide tachycardia.
Just wondering about whether I should be using the borax internally or externally.
Anybody have this issue?
Thank you so much.
Worked on my feet - Art Solbrig's Topical Treatment for Severe Hand Arthritis
For many years the balls of my feet have been painful. That pain was usually the reason I needed to stop doing whatever I was doing. On a hunch I tried this recipe with a "health food store" hand lotion that's quite thin because the borax thickens it up. I put the borax in my blender to get any lumps out, then added just that to the lotion. I had less than 1/4 of the bottle left at the time and I added 1 heaping teaspoon and shook it well. I rubbed it on the bottoms of my feet at bed time for three months. That was about 2 years ago and I've never had to quit what I'm doing from ball of the foot pain since. Thanks so much, Art and Earth Clinic!
My mother is in her 90s.Arthritis is severe. Her doctor had her stop taking ibuprofen (which helped a lot with pain) because there could be a risk of heart attack. Do you think putting ibuprofen in the lotion would pose that same risk? I'm exacted to make some of this for her and see if it helps her. Thank you.
Hi Art! Can I use industrial grade Borax to make the hand lotion? Industrial grade Borax is the only available that I can buy.
How many drops of essential peppermint oil should be added to Art Solbrig's topical arthritis cream/lotion? Thank you.
Thank you for yet another fabulous remedy. I tried to make up your mixture using aspirin last weekend and it ended up being very gritty, along with the borax. I am wondering if you could dissolve both the borax and aspirin in a tiny bit of hot water and then add this to the cetaphil lotion and mix well?
I know you mentioned putting the borax and aspirin in a blender, but this way seems less messy if it will work. I only have one small blender and I'd rather just put food and beverages in it!
Your thoughts? Thank you!!
Thank you for sharing this, very keen to try it out for my husband. However, I am a little confused, you say it is the borax that does the healing, why is it necessary to use the Ibuprofen? could you not just use the borax and hand cream, and if I choose to use some pain relief - would you recommend aspirin over the ibuprofen?
Again thanks Art and look forward to your reply.
Regarding the email you just sent out "Topical Treatment for Severe Hand Arthritis" by Art Solbrig ~ In the recipe, it mentions aspirin or ibuprofen, but does not give the amount like he does with the borax and the lotion.
This information is needed if anyone wants to give this a try.
How about using the borax remedy on big toe joints?
About using Naproxen is the only OTC that helps me to any extent, the others I could take a whole box and no reaction, so if I order naproxen how many mg do you think it would take for it?
me: 9 vertebrae degenerated; scoliosis S form; worn-out rt hip; and rt replaced knee is in trouble from the hip and another part of the back pelvic that I could swear someone with a screwdriver is determined to inside that bone!
To top all off none of these can be operated because of my hear attack, stint, and 2 valves working backward.
I hope you get this with amt of pain I endure on other issues I have a very high pain tolerance. Thank Dear God for what you have done!