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Most Effective Natural Remedies for Arthritis

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Natural remedies for arthritis on Earth Clinic.

Arthritis is a disease with over 100 variations that affects 350 million people around the globe including an alarming number of children. While these numbers may be discouraging, the cheering news is that natural remedies like borax, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, baking soda and blackstrap molasses are quite effective. Home treatments for arthritis can not only relieve pain but prompt the body to heal itself.

Natural remedies for arthritis address the pain, inflammation, stiffness, and limited range of motion. Supportive foods and supplements provide needed materials for the body’s own repair of joint degeneration.

There are many excellent natural remedies for arthritis and they can be tailored to individual needs. It may take a combination of remedies to bring full relief.

Top Natural Remedies for Arthritis

1. Borax

Borax is a compound that exists in deposits around the world. It is mined from the earth and used in a variety of commercial and home settings. Borax contains sodium, hydrogen, oxygen and boron. Boron is a mineral required by the body. Higher concentrations of boron are found in strong bones than in weak bones. Boron is needed by the body for proper calcium-magnesium balance, another factor in a healthy skeletal system. This video will provide more extensive information about using borax for arthritis.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw and organic apple cider vinegar provides trace nutrients to the body and helps the body to become more alkaline which reduces pain. 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar can be added to a glass of water. This tonic is consumed once or twice a day. Apple cider vinegar is a popular remedy for weight loss. Losing excess weight often reduces arthritis symptoms and risks.

3. Baking Soda

When an imbalance in the body’s natural pH level is the primary causes of arthritis, baking soda is an effective treatment option. Baking soda helps neutralize the body’s acidic state and return the body to alkalinity. Baking soda also provides carbonates to the body. Baking soda is a popular natural remedy for gout, one form of very painful arthritis.

4. Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is a densely packed food. It contains calcium, magnesium, iron potassium, zinc selenium, and B vitamins to name a few! Nutritional deficiencies are common causes of many diseases. Restoring necessary nutrients to the body can allow it to heal itself. 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses contains 200 mg of calcium, which is 20% of the RDA for calcium for adults 50 and under. Calcium is critical to bone health, and calcium from foods is more easily assimilated into the body. 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses contains 25% of the RDA of magnesium for adults. Magnesium is necessary for healthy bones and cartilage. Copper is needed by the body to form connective tissue. Blackstrap molasses is a source of copper. Take note of the nutritional content of individual brands of blackstrap molasses. The amounts of nutrients in molasses does vary from brand to brand.

5. Turmeric 

Turmeric is an herbal anti-inflammatory and a wonderful natural pain remedy. It can be taken in capsule form or added to milk. Golden milk is a popular way to take turmeric and is quite palatable. Curcumin in turmeric is they key to turmeric's anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties. Early studies about the use of curcumin for arthritis are encouraging.1

Turmeric has few side effects, especially when compared to over the counter ani-inflammatory medications.

6. Essential Oils

A number of essential oils have anti-inflammatory properties. Frankincense and peppermint essential oils are each excellent topical treatments for arthritis pain.

 Frankincense has a long history in herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory. Peppermint essential oil has a cooling effect on the body. Using peppermint and frankincense together makes a pleasant smelling topical pain reliever.

While some people use either of these oils “neat,” (undiluted) it is generally recommended to use essential oils with a carrier oil. Coconut oil or castor oil are two great carrier oils for arthritis treatment as each one has its own healing properties.

7. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is needed by the joints for the synthesis of collagen. Vitamin C is also a natural anti-inflammatory. Evidence suggests that vitamin C has analgesic properties for those with joint and other pain.2

Sodium ascorbate is the best form of vitamin C to take. It is easier on the stomach and less acidic than the ascorbic acid form.

8. Bone Broth (Gelatin)

Bone broth is gaining popularity as a remedy for many degenerative conditions, including arthritis. Perhaps it would be better to say that it is “regaining” popularity. Generations ago bone broth was a staple in homes and used on a regular basis. Bone broth is made by a low simmering of bones and cartilage for 12-48 hours. During this time the nutrients that make up the bones and joints are extracted. Bone broth is chock full of just the nutrients needed for bone and joint repair! It is not difficult to make bone broth at home. Alternately, gelatin, collagen or store bought bone broth can be used.

9. Weight Loss

Extra pounds cause extra stress to the joints, which promotes pain and degeneration. For every pound that a body is overweight there is a four pound increase in pressure on the knee joints. Someone who carries around only a modest 15 pound excess is placing an extra 60 pounds of force on the knee joints. Additionally, excess fat cells can aggravate arthritis conditions due the the inflammatory chemicals that are produced in the fat cells.3

Losing weight can reduce pressure on joints and reduce the inflammatory response in the body. Losing weight is definitely worth the trouble to improve health on many fronts. Weight loss goes hand in hand with the next important arthritis remedy on this list.

10. Exercise

Exercise helps strengthen the body, including the muscles and the bones. Stronger muscles mean there is less stress on and more support for the joints. Exercise also promotes effective circulation. Better circulation allows for the body’s repair mechanisms to take place at a faster rate. Swimming is a wonderful exercise for those with arthritis. Walking is pleasant and more easily available. If your doctor permits, small hand weights can be used to strengthen joints and muscles in the arms. (The legs will be getting the benefit of weight bearing exercise by virtue of carrying the body.)

11. Dietary Changes

Food is the primary vehicle for needed vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to enter the body. Making calories count with healthy and nutrient dense foods gives the body something to work with. Whether arthritis is caused by wear and tear, genetics, obesity, infection, autoimmune diseases, metabolic imbalances or nutritional deficiencies, quality nutrition will support healing or at least can help to slow down the progression of disease. Excessive amounts of sugar and processed foods fill up the body and keep it from getting needed nutrients. They also contribute to obesity, which aggravates arthritis. Supplements may still be necessary and helpful but they will never completely overcome damage done to a body that gets very little nutrition from food.

Some specific nutrients that arthritis suffers need and good sources of them are listed below:

Calcium - kale, milk, milk kefir, cheese, sardines, lentils, almonds

Magnesium - quinoa, black beans, brown rice, tofu, dark chocolate, avocados

Vitamin C - pineapple, strawberries, kiwi fruit, red peppers, papaya, broccoli

Vitamin D - fortified milk, cereal, salmon and tuna

Folate - chickpeas, lentils, broccoli, and spinach

In addition to quality foods, positive dietary changes include plenty of quality liquids. Even mild dehydration can contribute to pain. A well hydrated body feels better. Fluids keep toxins moving out of the body.

Keep coffee and sodas to a minimum. Both can cause the body to be more acidic, making pain worse and contributing to compromised health. Plenty of quality water should be consumed daily. Avoid distilled water as it can leach important minerals from the body, especially the bones.

Herbal tea is a wonderful way to fulfill needs for fluid and nutrition.

Try this nettle infusion daily to boost the intake of nutrients to benefit overall health, including that of the bones.

Nettle Infusion

  • 1/4 cup dry nettle leaf
  • 4 cups water

Bring water to a near boil. Place nettle leaf in a quart jar. Pour water into jar over the leaf. Allow the tea (an infusion is a strongly brewed tea) to steep without further heat for 12 hours. (Prepare before bed for use the next day.) Strain out the nettle leaf. Lightly sweeten with honey as desired. Consume 4 cups daily. This tea will keep for 24 hours in the refrigerator. Peppermint or spearmint leaf can be added for flavor.

Earth Clinic has had many success reports for many different manifestations of arthritis and joint pain including gout, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and degenerative disc disease.

Do you have a natural remedy for arthritis? Please send us some feedback!

Continue reading to learn how our readers have treated arthritis with natural remedies!

Related Links:

Art Solbrig's Topical Treatment for Severe Hand Arthritis
Borax: Unlocking the Health Benefits of a Natural Compound
Osteoarthritis Remedies
Turmeric Cures and Miracle Health Benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda

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Posted by Davey D (Victoria, BC Canada) on 07/30/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Hi Ted!

I would just like to say how wonderful the site is.

About a year ago I started to search for natural cures for arthritis because my hips were giving me terrible pain and some pain in my knuckles as well. I am a male of 60 years with Muscular Dystrophy.

I started taking 2 tbs apple cider vinegar with 1/2 tsp of backing soda twice a day for 5 days on and 2 days off. I can say that today I am almost pain free. I have found that the Omega 369 has taken care of my suicidal depression, but one a day is all I can afford because our Government will not help me.

Your simple affordable remedy has saved my life because I can live more comfortably now. There was a story of a man of 53 found dead in his truck on day from carbon monoxide poisoning and I had been contemplating this method before I found Earth Clinic. Maybe if he had of known he would still be alive. No cuddo's for our gov.

God Bless you Ted.

Thank you so much for your help.

Davey D.

Replied by Bonnie

Hi and thanks. How long does Ted's treatment take to feel less pain?

Replied by BL

Are people taking this apple cider/baking soda aware that it can affect potassium levels? Which can be dangerous...

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Steve (Victoria BC, Canada) on 12/06/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everyone at earthclinic! I am a 60 year male. I found your site after a search for arthritis and natural cures. I started taking the ACV and BS two months ago. It has significantly reduced the pain and swelling between my knuckles. My hips and knee pain are getting better and the food taste better as well. My energy has increased and I am not napping as much. I don't feel as cold anymore and no more shivers in bed. It has also helped my wife with her knees. I can't thank you enough for your wonderful natural cure. I almost got sold on the Swedish joint pain formula but I found your site and I am now saving my much needed money. Now I am going to start using the H202 inhalation method and I will let you know how that turns out. You are on my 649 list and you can hold me to that.

EC: Read more about ACV and Baking Soda here:

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Chicken Cartilage

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Posted by Shiela (Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa) on 02/12/2012
1 out of 5 stars

Acv and baking soda and chicken cartilage for arthritis

Hi, I suffer from chronic arthritis in my knees, elbows, wrists lower back and all my other joints. I have been using Apple Cider Vinegar and baking soda for 3 weeks and chicken cartilage in orange juice for 12days with absolutely no change in my condition. I am extremely disillusioned as I suffer excruciating pains in my knees, elbows and back. Where are all the people who spoke about these miracle treatments? The pains did not even recede. Are these scams or what. I was on methotrexate for4 weeks, took myself off as it made me Ill. Then I was rushed to hospital for a blood transfusion as it stripped all my blood. I was put onto cortisone which removed a lot of my pain but after weaning myself off after 7weeks the pains were back in full force. I am passionate about alternative medicine and was determined to try something natural. Hence, the rest is history. I was excited about this sight weeks ago but am lying here in extreme pain and have my doubts now!

Replied by Jennywren
(Perth, Western Australia, Australia)

Hi there, I'm sitting here reading your post with my feet soaking in hot water and Epsom Salts! I do this for 30 mins every morning and it helps loosen up my arthritis feet (I have rheumatoid arthritis). I have been trying ACV and honey twice a day now for a couple of weeks and no relief. I did try large doses of fish oil and glucosamine last year and the pain disappeared for nearly 2 months - heaven! Alas it came back and has never worked since.

I am now experimenting with Borax.. I'm in my 2nd week of 5 days on, 3 days off. I wet my fingertip and dip it into the Borax then swirl it around in my hot toddy of ACV and honey every evening. No luck yet.. Hence the Epsom Salts! Good luck.. and keep going! The answer's out there somewhere, I'm sure.

Replied by Timh
(Louisville, Ky, Usa)
2073 posts

Jennywren, my Dad suddenly came down w/ RA and was really debilitated. I suggested a good broad spectrum joint formula that contained: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Vit-C, MSM, and Manganese. Also daily Flax Oil. Results were very slow and it wasn't until about 1 yr latter that some degree of regained normal function occurred.

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

Hi Shiela (from Cape Town), The few folk I have known who had success with chicken cartilage also took colloidal minerals, at the amount of 30mls (1 oz) per 100 lb of body weight. It also took nearly 6 weeks to see good results. They were doing Dr Joel Wallach's recommendations, which was for 3 months at this amount. So I would not expect to see results for a few more weeks for most folk (sorry about that). All the best in finding the things that will work for you.

Replied by Gavin
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)

The soils of western Australia are short on all the essential minerals.. It might not be just Boron.. It could be any number of essentials that you need. It might be a good idea to get some kelp tablets as well, it will be three months on these to make a difference. Don't overdo it.. I was taking a well advertised vitamin and mineral supplement.. And I'm sure that since its made from petro chemicals, it's usless and caused cracking and small ulcers at the corners of my mouth, which have just healed up after discontinuing after four weeks. Naturals are best.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda, Magnesium

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Posted by Jillery!!! (Nc) on 07/31/2018 89 posts
5 out of 5 stars

I found Bill's' post in the fibro section, but it has helped my arthritis a GREAT deal. I hurt less, I am more flexible, and my complexion has improved:

Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 12/21/2010

"Here is some research which confirms the positive effects of using malate (ACV) and magnesium to help cure Fibromyalgia (FM) and is yet more confirmation as to how alkalizing with ACV and baking soda (forming malates) plus taking Magnesium (as Mag Chloride or Mag Citrate or Mag Gluconate) can help FM.

Here are the summary and abstract conclusions from the research:

"Primary fibromyalgia (FM) is a common clinical condition affecting mainly middle-aged women. Of the etiologies previously proposed, chronic hypoxia seems the one best supported by recent biochemical and histological findings. We postulate that FM symptoms are predominantly caused by enhanced gluconeogenesis with breakdown of muscle proteins, resulting from a deficiency of oxygen and other substances needed for ATP synthesis. We present data supporting a critical role for magnesium and malate in ATP production under aerobic and hypoxic conditions; and indirect evidence for magnesium and malate deficiency in FM. After treating 15 FM patients for an average of 8 weeks with an oral dosage form with dosages of 1200-2400 mg of malate and 300-600 mg of magnesium, the tender point index (TPI) scores (x±) were 19-6±2-1 prior to treatment and 8±1.1 and 6-5±074. Respectively, after an average of 4 and 8 weeks on the magnesium malate combination (p < 0.001). Subjective improvement of myalgia occurred within 48 h of supplementation. In six FM patients, following 8 weeks of treatment, the mean TPI was 6.8 ±0.75. After 2 weeks on placebo tablets, the TPI values increased to a mean ± SE of 21.5 ±1-4(p < 0.001). Again, subjective worsening of muscle pain occurs within 48 h of placebo administration. A double-blind placebo control trial is currently underway."


So, just taking two tablespoons of ACV with 1/2 tsp sodium bicarbonate in half a glass of water three times a day with split doses of between 300-600 mg magnesium per day is actually very beneficial against Fibromyalgia."


This took about a week for it to really help me. The addition of BS to the ACV greatly improved the taste/flavor of ACV (for me) and now I enjoy drinking ACV. I take whatever magnesium I have in the house. My bowels are a bit loose, but I often to not 'clear' out and this negative is a positive for me. I AM SO HAPPY.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses

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Posted by Dave (Lisbon, Portugal) on 11/20/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have arthritic psoriasis for four years. The usual drugs that I had been taking did not help and I found from this website about taking ACV .

After a month of taking 3 tablespoons a day, I was able to do 25 squats at a time.

After 3 months, I was able to run a mile but at a slow pace.

After about three years, I also started taking three tablespoons of blackstrap molasses I could run down a flight of stairs without holding the rails.I will continue to take these to what further gains I will make in overcoming psoriasis.

I want to thank all the great advise that this E.Clinic has given me.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Epsom Salt Soaks

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Posted by Tweezers (Van Bc) on 12/15/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Arthritis in my hands and knuckles has been cured with tweezers and hundreds of days picking and soaking. It was so bad my thumb wouldn't even open. I had been a machinist, welder, gardener and hiker. Each of those pass-times had added foreign objects into my skin.

Burns, cuts, grinding sparks, splinters, thorns and thistles were all complicit in my hand injuries. My hands were very obviously tough, calloused and curled into claws. As a machinist I was proud of my tough man hands until they lost their ability to serve me.

Last year I decided to try to save them and have been soaking in vinegar water, Epsom salts and tweezing away the callouses. This revealed things underneath that could come out.

A year later and a thousand hours of soaking/tweezing the end is in sight. My thumb moves and the fingers are well on their way to being teenagers again.

So there is hope for others that feel they can profit from this path.

Replied by Lowell
(Monterey, Ca)

Hello, Please try Noni for finger and hands that are curled and arthritic. I approached a contractor who had same problem(fingers curled up) with no relief with medicinals. Three days gone. Buy organic that comes from Hawaii. Be Well


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Posted by Felista (Las Vegas, Nv, Usa) on 02/11/2010
5 out of 5 stars

My dad has been suffering with arthritis of the lower spine and gout for 20 years. After eating a large amount of guacamole during football season, he noticed his pain was absent. After reading about the benefits of avocado, he began eating them regularly. Safe effect. For the past 10 years, he has been eating an avocado a day, and it has so much improved his back pain that he is able to jog at least 3 miles every day at 75. Fifteen years ago, the arthritis was so bad that he could no sit or walk without terrible pain. He wanted me to share that as long as he eats an avocado a day, his arthritis is kept at bay. He cures his gout with raspberries and cherries, fresh and also juiced.

Please, please share this information. My dad also tried ACV, but it did not help him with his lower back arthritis as much as the avocado has. For him, it is a miracle. Now that my mom is getting arthritis in her hips, she has started eating avocado too with the same results.

For those worried about the richness of avocados: If you eat a balanced, reasonable diet, you should not worry about the fat in Avocados. It is a good fat.

Replied by Phil
5 out of 5 stars

Felista, I have arthritis in my knees and they are always popping when I walk upstairs and bend my knees to sit down. I'm trying to cut out meat as I don't think we are supposed to eat meat? I have had raw veg & fruit, replacing meat with avocados for the last 3 days and my knees have stopped popping already. It's incredible :)

Baking Soda

1 User Review
4 star (1) 

Posted by Gordon (Sunderland, Tyne ) on 05/06/2012
4 out of 5 stars

hi, just wanted to relate my experience with bicarbs. I have had problems with my knees (a stabing pain under the kneecap) and feet (cramps and tenderness in the balls of feet) for years and used a number of alternatives to help with little or no effect.

After some research on the net I was directed to some info that pointed to an acidic body could be the cause and bicarbs was the treatment so I tried it. The effects were immediate and lasting (for a short while anyway) I have stopped and started my own treatment and the problem surfaces again.

I realise that there is damage in my knees so am waiting for my body to heal as I give it the right conditions by alkalising my body. It seems to be working as my knees feel better but not completely healed, yet. It seems that the problem could be a fungus (candida) but there does not seem to be a quick cure for that, but bicarbs does fight/combat and give my body the chance to heal.

I wondered if anyone else has used or heard of anyone using bicarbs to combat fungus or arthritis.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Gordon... Bicarbs and alkalizing will certainly help but borax is the main cure for arthritis. Arthritis is normally caused by mycobacteria and other associated bacteria. Mycobacteria are bacteria with no cell wall that have fungal-like behaviour. Borax is the ultimate fungal killer. So the best solution is just to take borax in higher dose as recommended on this site together with magnesium oil (60% magnesium chloride and 40% water) which you can just rub into the troublesome area for transdermal absorption.

Bee Stings

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Posted by Eloise Burke (North Carolina) on 05/20/2021 5 posts
5 out of 5 stars

Two wasps got into my bathroom and stung me. This was painful and long-lasting, but I am a stoic and did nothing. Then I discovered that my arthritis had ceased to pain me. I've since heard from old-timers that "everybody knows bee stings are good for arthritis." If anybody had told me that I wouldn't have believed it, but boy, is it TRUE!

Replied by Michael
(New Zealand)

Well that IS interesting!

There is a chap in this Country who, years ago, set up a business, firstly producing honey, then propolis (sp?) and latterly, bee venom.

He is able to extract the bee's venom and market it as a treatment for Arthritis I think.

I did not realize that a wasp's sting would also work for Arthritis.

Mind you, being stung by our Waikato wasp is no fun. They call it the German wasp in Europe. Not sure what they call it in Germany! We also have hornets and paper wasps plus many native wasps that are not "social wasps". Just FYI as they say.

Cheers from Down Under

Blackstrap Molasses

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Posted by Fiona (Nr Liverpool, Uk) on 02/25/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I too am amazed. After just three days of taking 2 teaspoons of molasses a day, I noticed my hands were lot less painful. Now after about a month there is rarely any pain at all, the awful grating noise in my thumb joints has practically disappeared and my hands look a lot less swollen and deformed. How does it work??!!

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Michael (Va Beach, Va) on 07/11/2013
4 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hello everyone... I've been taking blackstrap molasses (2 tablspoons and warm water ) twice a day for about 3 weeks for arthritis in my hand. The pain has reduced to about 50% of what it was before, however I'm been somewhat nauseated and a couple dizzy spells last few days. Is this caused by the molasses or could I be having other issues? Has anyone else experienced this with the molasses? Thanks for your replies.

Replied by Miter

I have tried just about everything for my swollen joints in fingers from arthritis. My index finger at the first joint closest to the fingernail (distal interphalangeal joint) has been swollen for months. I even have burning sensation near the nail.

So yesterday I started an experiment:

1 tablespoon Baking Soda + 1 Tablespoon molasses. I will start at once a day and then go to twice a day to see if it helps the healing anti-inflammatory process.

Now, I know molasses is high in calcium which is an added benefit.

Blackstrap molasses contains vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.

I am willing to try anything.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Suzy (Chrisman, Illinois) on 07/14/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Hi ,I just had to tell you what a blessing your site is! I just started using two tablespoons of molasses daily for my arthritis and hot flashes.Wow I just can't believe it works !!! Within two days my pain has almost gone away and no hot flashes and as an added bonus I have so much more energy! I am 53 and I don't feel or act like I am ,any longer!! God bless who ever came up with these {inexpensive} remedies. I am going to try some of thr rosacea remedied, I hope they work too. Thanks. Suzy

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Joyce (Chippewa Lake, Ohio) on 05/22/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I saw one comment from someone on blackstrap molasses for arthritis. I had been up every night in pain, particularly in one knee. The first day I ate 1 Tbs. of blackstrap molasses, and the pain was completely gone. I take it every day. If I go to bed and have a little pain in my knee, instead of pain medicine, I have another Tbs. of the molasses, and the pain subsides in 20 minutes. My uncle was a chiropractor who was into holistic medicine, and use to tell us that there are many benefits of Blackstrap molasses.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Jan (USA)
5 out of 5 stars

Two weeks of two tablespoons each morning have reduced the arthritic pain in my knees. Does anyone else have knowledge of black strap molasses working on arthritis?

Replied by Gwynne
(Johannesburg, South Africa)
5 out of 5 stars

Jan asked if anyone else knew about black strap molosses - the best molosses to use is the Crude Black Strap Molasses - Book to get on Molasses is Cyril Scott ISBN 0 7225 0241 9.


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Posted by Mark (Wilmington, NC ) on 08/27/2023
5 out of 5 stars

Follow-up from my 1st post 3/19/23. Today is 8/27/23, and I wanted to give a follow-up report. I'm still taking the borax, I'm now taking 1/8 teaspoon a day, Mon-Fri, and none on weekends. I'm still pain free, no arthritis, no sciatic nerve pain in back and legs, and no carpet tunnel. I initially felt a surge of energy and well-being, but that reduced after about a month of taking borax. Although I was basically pain free, I started to have less energy like I had before taking borax. But I tried changing my diet, and so far I've felt better and have more energy. I've gone basically (added)sugar-free, wheat-free and corn -free, and I definitely feel better with more energy!!! I still eat some potatoes, some rice, fruit, but I try to eat half the portions I use to, and this has helped my energy a lot!!! I've cut out sweets, candy, cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream, cereals, milk, (everything I love! ). If you have low energy, you will know in 2 weeks if this diet change works! Do not try to go carb-free!!! It will ruin your metabolism like it did mine years ago!