Natural Remedies

How to Take Borax

May 25, 2018

Borax is used internally to treat arthritis, fungal infections and a variety of other health conditions. It is also used to provide the body with the necessary trace mineral boron. Externally, borax is used to treat parasites, mange in dogs, and as a shampoo alternative, especially for those with scalp conditions.

Watch our YouTube video for detailed instructions on 2 ways to make a borax solution.

How to Take Borax Internally

Earth Clinic's Ted recommends that men take ¼ teaspoon of borax dissolved in one liter of water. This liter of water is then sipped throughout the day.

Ted recommends 1/8 teaspoon of borax dissolved in a liter of water, sipped throughout the day, for women. This borax water is taken 5 days on and 2 days off. For example, take the Borax water Monday through Friday and take the weekend off.

Some people add the borax to their morning coffee, or sprinkle it on their food as they would salt. It would be wise to measure out your daily dose (1/4 teaspoon for men, 1/8 teaspoon for women) each morning if you choose this method to make sure you are not taking too much.

While borax is no more toxic to the body than table salt, taking too much may cause temporary stomach upset or diarrhea. Even the regular dose may be too much for some. If you find that the ¼ or 1/8 teaspoon daily does not agree with you, cut the dose in half. Or you can use the much more diluted version recommended by Walter Last, which many have found to work quite well for their needs.

Walter Last recommends dissolving 1 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water and then taking one or 2 teaspoons of the borax solution daily.1

How to Use Borax Externally

Borax can be added to a tub bath or foot bath to benefit the skin. Add 1 – 4 tablespoons to a tub bath or foot bath. This is especially useful for fungal conditions of the skin.

Borax is one of the two ingredients in Ted's Famous Mange Cure. 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 4 cups water and 3 heaping tablespoons of borax are mixed together. The solution is used to bath the affected area, or entire animal several times a day. The solution is allowed to dry on the animal. For more information see this page.

Borax is also used as a shampoo substitute. It seems to be especially helpful for those with an itchy or infected scalp. Add 1 tablespoon borax to 1 or 2 cups of warm water and use this water to rinse your hair from the scalp to the ends. You can then rinse this water out. For some, this may eventually cause some drying of the hair and scalp. If this is the case, you can try moisturizing your hair with a small amount of coconut oil.

Where to Buy Borax

Most of our readers buy 20 Mule Team Borax, which is easily located in the USA in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores. Otherwise, you can buy 20 Mule Team online at Amazon.



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Posted by Dove (Pampatar, Venezuela) on 05/21/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Can always count on Earth Clinic for the best info. Is there any reason I can't take the borax in herbal tea sweetened with honey and xylitol instead of water?

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) 384 posts

Consider taking borax. Some people believed the demodex mites are responsible for rosacea. They may be right. But, there are others too that are not yet identified. I prefer to lump all these insect issues to just one category: nanoinsects. These insects have several weakness that you can kill them, or at least weaken them. One obvious ones is borax. The treatment can be broken down to two things;

1. Taken internally: Try 1/8 teaspoon to 1/4 teaspoon of borax in one liter of water/day. You just drink this water throughout the day. If it runs out then drink just normal water, with some magnesium added if possible. Magnesium is found in certain seeds such as sunflower. They seem to be synergistic with the vitamin D as vitamin D promotes calcium and the body needs to balance both magnesium and calcium to an ideal amount.

2. Used externally: Dog mange is confirmed demodex mites and the only treatment that effectively cured of dog mange is 1% hydrogen peroxide and borax saturated solution applied topically. Many people believe the demodex mites is the cause of rosacea. What I am sure about is it is an insect issue. The method of killing them is external application of 1% hydrogen peroxide with borax saturated solution to the face, unrinsed. It tends to cause drying. So you can apply appropriate lotions to prevent drying, such as jojoba oil, aloe vera or lavender oil.

EC: The above was copied from the Reader Q&A section on the Rosacea remedies page.



Replied by Anonymous
Bronx, NY
5 out of 5 stars

I've been using Borax for exactly one week now. 5 days on, 2 days off. I use a 1/4 teaspoon per 100ml of distilled water. I also take a triple magnesium supplement along with zinc. I am now going to incorporate food grade hydrogen peroxide. I haven't felt this clear in a long time. I also experience gas like side effects. That's about it. I will continue to use this for the next 4 months.