Borax Cures and Health Benefits

Feb 25, 2017

Borax Cures and Health Benefits

Borax, commonly used as a natural cleaning agent, is an increasingly popular natural remedy for a whole host of health issues. This simple remedy is easy to take and an extremely inexpensive supplement. Borax is used to treat overall chronic illness, including autoimmune diseases, hormone problems and chronic pain.

Sodium borate is also effective for treating a variety of specific ailments. As an anti-inflammatory agent, borax effectively treats arthritis, gout, swollen gums and other inflammatory diseases. Additionally, the substance eliminates infection such as bladder infection, urinary tract infection and others. It has also been used to treat cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, arterial disease and osteoporosis.

Watch Earth Clinic's video on the health benefits of borax. We'll also show you 2 ways to make a borax solution.

What is Borax?

Borax is a naturally occurring compound found all around the world. Mines are located in countries including the United States, China, Ukraine, Turkey and India. The largest known mine is the Rio Tinto Borax Mine in Boron, California. The reserves in this mine are expected to last until 2050.

The chemical formula for borax is: Na2B4O7·10H2O. In more simple terms, this includes sodium, boron, oxygen and hydrogen. Borax has a number of different names, but they are all the same chemical compound.

Common names for Borax

  • Sodium tetraborate
  • Sodium borate
  • Disodium tetraborate

Borax Uses

Cleaning

The most common use of borax is as a “green” cleaning aid, especially for laundry.

Because borax has an alkaline (high) pH of 9.3 it can be added to the washing machine to help soften the water. Hard water is hard on clothes and make it more difficult to get them clean. Some people have water that is already quite soft (alkaline) and borax would be unnecessary.

Borax can be used as a cleaning powder for the bathroom. It is especially useful for hard water stains. Gloves are recommended for cleaning, even with this natural product.

Parasites

Borax is a popular and safe remedy for pest control. It has helped countless dogs with mange and people with a variety of parasite problems including lice and mites.

Hair

Borax has become popular as a shampoo alternative. Multitudes of chemicals in shampoos and health conditions that affect the scalp have motivated many people to turn to the “no poo” method of hair care. Borax is not only a natural alternative to chemical laden shampoos, because of its alkalinity and antifungal properties it often brings healing to chronic and embarrassing scalp conditions.

To use borax for your hair, dissolve 1 cup of borax into one gallon of pure water. Keep this solution in the shower. Pour a cup or two of this solution over your hair instead of shampoo, making sure that the solution gets to your scalp. Allow the solution to sit on your scalp and hair for a few minutes and then rinse.

If you find the borax method dries out your hair, take a small amount of coconut oil and massage it into your hair. You may not need to use the borax solution on your hair more than once or twice a week.

Borax for Medicinal Use

Shocking as it sounds to some, borax is used as a natural remedy for a number of heath conditions. Borax is a natural substance, mined from the earth, just like salt. Borax contains boron, a trace mineral, which can be lacking in modern diets. Restoring healthy boron levels can improve a number of health conditions. Additionally, borax is quite alkaline. Many health problems arise because the body is too acidic.

What Health Issues Benefit from Borax?

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Calcium Deposits
  • Lupus
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Fungus
  • Candida
  • Ringworm
  • Tinea versicolor
  • Insomnia
  • Rough skin

If you are wondering how some white powder could possibly help such a variety of illnesses, consider a tower made of blocks. Removing one of them, especially a foundation block, compromises the stability of the entire building. Thus is it with the body. The human body exercises countless processes in many body systems. These processes are dependent upon “building blocks.” Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, etc. are all necessary for your body to work well. Remove any one of them and all kinds of body processes are affected. Boron, a trace mineral and component of borax, is one of those many necessary nutrients in your body. Much disease found in the world today is related to simple nutritional deficiencies. Restoring a lacking nutrient can make a huge difference in your overall health.

Boron is necessary in the body for proper hormone function and proper calcium magnesium balance.

According to Pubmed, studies have found that incidence of arthritis are lower when daily boron intake is higher (3-10 mg as opposed to 1 mg or less). Additionally, bones of those who take boron supplements are harder than the bones of those who do not take a boron supplement.2

How Much Boron is in Borax?

One teaspoon of borax powder contains about 4 grams of borax, so ¼ teaspoon of borax contains 1 gram of borax. One gram of borax is 11.3% boron. So ¼ teaspoon borax has 113 mg of boron.

How Much Borax Should I Take?

Earth Clinic’s Ted recommends ¼ teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water for men and 1/8 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water for women each day. This would give men about 113 mg of boron each day they drink the solution and women about 56 mg of boron each day. You will find more dosing information on this page.

Walter Lasthas popularized another method of dosing borax. He recommends adding a heaping teaspoon to a liter of water and then taking 1 teaspoon of this borax solution once or twice daily. This solution delivers 25-30 mg of borax (and thus about 3 mg of boron) per dose. He recommends taking it with meals.

Are There Any Side Effects from Taking Borax?

Yes, some people experience some side effects from taking borax. You will find more information about side effects and reader reported side effects on this page.

To avoid your risk of side effects, always start with a smaller dose and monitor how it affects you. While the relative lethal dose (LD50) of borax is similar to that of table salt,3,4 it is always wise to be careful with your dosages.

Have you used borax as a natural remedy? Please send us some feedback!

Sources:

1. http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm
2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7889887
3. http://whs.rocklinusd.org/documents/Science/Lethal_Dose_Table.pdf
4. https://www.anvilfire.com/21centbs/material/33850-usborax-borax.pdf



Borax Background  



Curious to know why borax is one of the most important remedies to kill fungus and nano-bacteria? Us too! We asked our independent contributor from Bangkok for clarification on why borax is an important home remedy to consider in certain cases like dog mange, lupus and rosacea.

Ted's response: "There are a lot of evidence why borax is effective against nearly all forms of fungus, whether they be mycoplasma found in lupus, rosacea, dog mange, interstitial cystitis plasmodium parasites, Morgellons disease, or even pneumonia. I think borax medicine is one of the medicines most ignored, misinformed or even suppressed in our present society. The authorities have done it so well that very few know that the toxicity of borax is about equal to that of simple table salt.

I have seen almost daily, people dying of pneumonia (James Brown died a couple of days ago), a Thai actor got his brains eaten by a plasmodium, for example. The possible cure is relatively simple: borax. Every time I see people dying, borax always come to mind, and you probably see why. Even health experts such as Dr. Batmanhelidj (Your Body Cries for Water) got pneumonia, as so did Bob Hope and Buddy Ebsen (Beverly HillBilly). I think pneumonia kills just as many people, it's just that cancer and heart disease take greater billboard area. Because of the way the medical system is structured, heart disease and cancer is more profitable, and a simple magnesium and pH may have helped both problems in prevention and possibly cure (I have seen this on many occasions) for a lot less cost.

Below is one of the many interesting articles concerning borax, which mentions the use of borax against fungus, a well known fact amongst microbiologists but totally unknown to the public.

The second article mentions about the use of borax against the dreaded an incurable plasmodium related organism, a common parasites in human. Never mind about its own effectiveness when combined with hydrogen peroxide in the use of dog mange! Ted"

PIONEER MAGAZINE
Borax Versus Killer Fungus
January 1994

Conifer forests are threatened all over the northern hemisphere by the tiny, ubiquitous spores of a naturally occurring fungus called Heterobasidion annosum. This disease, better known as Fomes, has reached epidemic proportions in Scandinavia, and is a growing menace in the managed forests of Canada, United States, Britain, and Russia. Fomes rots the roots and heartwood of growing trees. It could be called the acid rain of the fungus world.

Supporting the UK's Forestry Commission, Borax Group scientists Kieran Quill and Jeff Lloyd are fighting back against Fomes, and discovering how to do so with maximum effectiveness and economy. Their principal weapons are Tim-bor (disodium octaborate tetrahydrate) and the analytical capacity of the Borax Research laboratories.

Fomes cannot live freely in soil nor can it infect live trees except through root contact or wounds. Its spores however can colonize freshly cut stumps - both the "thinnings" which are essential as forests mature and the stumps left when the crop is finally felled.

The spores are produced by hoof-shaped fruiting bodies near ground level at a daily rate of about six million per square centimeter. Because these spores can be dispersed over distances of at least 300 miles, Fomes can be considered ubiquitous in most managed forests. Once established the fungus can remain viable in a stump for decades, posing a continuous threat to any conifer growing or planted near it. Fomes can survive both extreme cold and extreme heat.

But how are healthy trees infected? Fomes spores germinate on the stump surface, whence the fungus gradually colonizes the root system of the felled tree. From there it enters the root systems of living trees that are in contact with the stump's roots, causing both roots and heartwood to decay, eventually killing the tree.

The fungus is almost impossible to eradicate, except by the removal of all stumps soon after felling - an expensive and rarely practicable option. However, germination of spores on the surface of stumps can be stopped by chemical and biological agents. In the past, this has been carried out manually by the tree feller, but now with increasing mechanization, the requirements have changed. Today a material is needed that can be sprayed automatically onto the stump while the harvesting machine is actually severing the tree. The material must give value for money, be easy to obtain, have low mammalian toxicity, be non-corrosive and environmentally benign.

Among several fungicides tested, borates have consistently given good control. Tim-bor (known as Tim-Bor® in North America) and borax are the only chemicals to have EPA approval for the control of Fomes in the U.S. However materials that are effective over large areas of North America may behave differently in northern Europe where rainfall, climatic conditions and forest management techniques could result in a completely different set of disease and control characteristics. In the light of this, the UK Forestry Commission and the Borax Group have carried out trials in Scotland with the object of determining borate efficacy. What is the threshold at which Tim-bor becomes toxic to the fungus? How little will do the trick?

Undiseased Sitka spruce near Peebles, Scotland were felled and their stumps were treated with Tim-bor at four percent, two percent, one percent, 0.5 percent, or with water. Twenty-four hours later Fomes was applied dropwise by hypodermic syringe.

The stumps were left to mature for a year, during which time samples of wood were regularly extracted with a core borer for borate analysis. At the end of a year, the amount of stump colonized by Fomes was measured on a one inch thick disc cut from a standard depth. Each disc was incubated at 10°C to 15°C for ten days.

During incubation, fruiting structures of the fungus emerge from infected wood. These can be seen quite easily under a dissecting microscope, and allow any diseased zones of the stump to be mapped. A comparison of the measured diseased areas on the sample discs provides a means of judging the success of a particular treatment.

All analytical work for the project was carried out at the Borax Research laboratories in Chessington (UK).

The results from this experiment indicate that at a borate concentration of around four percent, the mean area of infected heartwood was reduced from 22 percent to less than 0.5 percent. This represented less than one square centimeter, an insignificant inoculum. However, at concentrations of two percent and below, no significant control occurred. In an earlier experiment it was found that a concentration of five percent totally prevented infection. So a working concentration of four to five percent of Tim-bor is indicated for full disease control.

As a result of this research, Tim-bor is being assessed for full commercial application by the UK Forestry Commission, and has aroused widespread interest across Europe."

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PIONEER MAGAZINE

Of Cabbages And Things
February 1999

Plasmodiophora brassicae are nasty little beasts of uncertain origins. They may relate to the protozoa, single celled organisms which are neither plants nor animals, and are only a few thousandths of a millimeter wide and long. Most of their relatives in this microscopic world are harmless, but some distant cousins are Plasmodium species, which cause malaria in humans and Amoeba species which cause dysentery. Plasmodiophora brassicae's parasitic way of life is to attack vegetables of the brassica family, causing the debilitating clubroot disease. Now, evidence is emerging that boron might play an important part in keeping its effects in check.

Crops of the brassica family are of enormous worldwide importance. Arguably they are second only to cereals in their contribution to human diet and welfare. They range from the cabbages, cauliflowers, calabrese and brussels sprouts familiar in the western world, to a wide array of leafy and root vegetables widespread in India, China and Japan. The Chinese cabbage, for example, is one of the most important foodstuffs of the Orient. Much of the world supply of vegetable oil comes from rape and mustard seed, while swedes (rutabagas) and turnips are important animal fodder crops in Europe and North America.

There wouldn't be much of a problem hosting a parasite like Plasmodiophora if it didn't have such rampant and dire side effects. In clubroot disease, the plant roots are distorted by massive galls, which inhibit water and nutrient uptake. The grossly deformed roots sap carbohydrates from the leaves and deprive developing flowers. The foliage turns bluish-green, then yellow and then wilts: the plant is past the point of no return and nothing can restore it to health.

Not surprisingly, this is responsible for drastic crop losses and poor quality. It is also virtually impossible, certainly in intensively-farmed regimes, to eradicate the parasite from the soil in which it spends much of its lifecycle.

When Plasmodiophora spores germinate in the soil, the tiny organisms swim around and as soon as they meet a root hair they attach and inject their own cell contents into the root. The genetic material multiplies inside the plant, and it is believed that this presence upsets the host hormone metabolism and leads to uncontrolled cell growth - almost a plant cancer. Once established and now mature, the parasites release billions of new spores back into the soil. It is a very robust lifecycle which is almost impossible to break.

There are clues too that Plasmodiophora may incorporate DNA from the host - perhaps a reason why biological control methods or genetically- induced protection methods have not yet been found. The traditional ways of controlling Plasmodiophora, either heavy liming (that is, adding quantities of calcium), alternative crop rotations or better soil drainage, similarly have only limited effect.

This is where boron comes in. The element is an essential plant nutrient, and it is well known that boron-healthy plants are better able to resist disease-causing organisms. In the case of brassicas, the important thing is to give the plant a head start, and certainly enough boron to begin with can help it resist clubroot.

But this doesn't fully explain why crops which enjoy good boron availability seem to be able to resist clubroot significantly better. Researchers, led by Professor Geoffrey Dixon of the Department of Bioscience and Biotechnology at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, UK have been looking into this puzzle.

They started out with three possible ideas. Does boron somehow reduce the potency of the clubroot invader directly in the soil? Might it encourage the growth and activity of soil microbes which then prey on the Plasmodiophora before they attack? Or does it actually fight the invasion or its effects within the plant itself?

The team now suspects it is actually the latter. For boron, which contributes so much for so little to plant metabolism, seems not to do the same for the parasitic protozoan. Indeed it works in the opposite way and actually slows down the lifecycle.

What boron and, less strongly, calcium (from heavy liming) seem to do is to reduce the rate at which the invaders mature inside the root and turn into secondary sporangiophores - the ones that cause the damage - whose mission is to release new generations into the outside subterranean world. Boron apparently doesn't stop the initial invasion, but puts the harmful metamorphosis into slow motion.

Whether boron is altering the biochemical environment inside the root to make it Plasmodiophora-unfriendly, or is encouraging the plant to retaliate is not yet clear. But the effect is the same. Brassicas are given more, and often enough time to mature and establish effective roots before clubroot tumors wreak their damage.

A 15-year long series of experiments conducted by the Strathclyde team has convincingly demonstrated that a specific application of boron to the seedlings at transplanting does indeed reduce the onset of clubroot symptoms and hence protects crop yields to a significant degree.

Species by species, brassicas vary in their susceptibility to boron deficiency, but generally they are rated as vulnerable to low boron levels for general growth and health: boron supplementation is, then, important anyway.

But the new message for growers is that, in the right amount and at the right time, it keeps clubroot in check.

Abdominal Pain, Bloating  

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Posted by Veesue (Sheridan, Wy, Usa) on 03/10/2014
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Prioris, Bill, Ted, and TimH..etc: Thank you all so much for your informative posts on borax. They have explained my mild die-off reaction (herxheimer effect) from using it. I shall cut back a bit on the intake and continue on.

For the record, my apparent die-off reaction consists only of morning diarrhea.

The apparent positive effects that I have noticed recently have been that my chronic abdominal bloating has all but completely disappeared (I've literally had that for decades). Along with the bloating, general abdominal pain and discomfort have also all but disappeared, which included daily, middle-of-the-night deep burning pain in my gut.

Please note, that along with starting the borax regime, I have also started the “water cure” (Google it), which involves properly hydrating your body. These two remedies have removed a dark cloud of dismal depression that many digestive-related issues have caused me for many years. It feels like I have a new life. Cheers and blessing to all!!

Replied by Merlin
Queensland
09/10/2016
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I too have found a huge, albeit unexpected, improvement in my gut since taking borax powder (This didn't happen whenI was taking borax supplements in tablet form). Pretty much since the day I ran out of the tablets and used 'cleaning' borax (pure with no additives) I have noticed this effect. I told my mother about it as she too has had major gut issues that have caused her serious pain for over 20 years. She has been diagnosed with IBS and told basically that she has to live with it. She too has have next to no issues since taking borax powder (1 tsp dissolved in 1 l of water, then add 1 tsp of this liquid to a glass of water to drink every day, sometimes 2x a day.)


Athlete's Foot  

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Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 02/04/2010
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Borax for athletes foot:

After trying everything else you could buy at the store for his pretty much life long athletes foot problem - and not having results my boyfriend finally decided to try the remedy I kept telling him to try... borax - which he thought was poison him instantly but he 'trusted' the OTC stuff at the store!!! LOL

He wet his feet and then took a handful and rubbed it all over his feet.

He said they stopped itching immediately! He was stunned.

A few weeks later I asked him how his athletes foot was and he said: oh wow! It hasn't come back! That stuff totally cured it!!!

Now he tells all his friends about borax ;)


Autoimmune Disease  

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Posted by Kristina (Arizona) on 03/15/2016
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I was experiencing a horrible auto immune condition called HS (Hidradenitis Supperativa). Very, very painful and debilitating. I decided to try the borax protocol to attack the autoimmune condition. In six weeks all symptoms of my condition had disappeared and it is 10 months later and I continue to be healed. I now drink borax water once or twice a week. I drink 1/4 tsp in the liter of distilled water once or twice a week. I give 1/4 of the above mentioned dilution to both my children once or twice a week. My Mom has been drinking it daily for 9 months (after seeing my amazing results) due to a number of health afflictions, and has skin growing on her legs where she has had open wounds for 30 years from a recluse spider bite. My coworker drinks the above mentioned dilution daily and has had a significant reduction in her rheumatoid arthritis pain. In fact over the winter she was shocked to 'notice' she was barely hurting in her hands at all... I was desperate for answers when I tried this and I'm so glad I did. Decide for yourself, trust your instincts. Good luck.

Replied by Elaine
Ga
08/25/2016

I have Hashimotos (thyroid disease) which is an autoimmune. How much borax did you take before you were healed, and do you take the 20 mule team kind like you buy at most any grocery store?...Thanks

Replied by Patty
Texas
09/15/2016

I started drinking 1/8 tsp to a liter/quart of water today.

I have autoimmune issues, including low thyroid, and the past 2 years have been fighting with rosacea which seems to be caused by mites. Mites increase when the body is stressed and immune system down.

Anyway, as weird as it is to say I'm drinking laundry detergent :), 20 mule team Borax from the laundry aisle for $4.97 is what I am using.

I created a paste of borax and hydrogen peroxide in my hand and used it on my face.

Replied by Patty
Texas
09/25/2016

An Update.

My face cleared up by day 4. I washed my wash with about a tsp of borax at night and have been drinking 1/8 tsp in a liter of water through the day (4 days on, 3 days off).

Day 6, I guess I experienced what they call "DIE OFF". Felt very ill. Had 3 instances within 90 minutes where I became nauseous, very warm very fast, rapid heat rate and profuse sweating (within a 10-15 period), where I had to seek shade and dump water all over me. I even came close to needing to lie flat on my back but was able to recover. I went home after the 3rd time.

Today is Day 11. Still tired and not much appetite, achy all last night. Tomorrow I will cycle off Borax again.

Replied by Christine
Houston
10/17/2016

Did you recover? What have you gathered from it? I will do every other day.

Replied by Annie
Texas
10/24/2016

How is your experience going with taking borax? Did you keep going after feeling so sick? I am wanting to try taking this.

Replied by Lynn
California
10/28/2016
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I keep trying so hard to do the borax drink. 1/8 tsp in a liter of water. Every time I try it (drink the whole bottle by days end), I get nerve pain. All of my skin burns like a sunburn. Mostly my face and upper back.

Last time, I persisted for several days but gave up. It was too painful.

Tried it again just yesterday after a 2 mos break and again, the skin burning!

Any ideas anyone? I wanted this to work so much because I have Lichen Sclerosus (genital) and just was diagnosed with Oral Lichen Planus. They are thought to be autoimmune but it has not been proven for a fact but for now, I consider them auto immune.

I also have stiff legs and left side sciatica with a numb baby toe on the left foot. I wanted this to help with muscle stiffness (joints are fine) that may be fibromyalgia.

Thanks all...

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
10/29/2016

Dear Lynn,

Every remedy is not for every person. Maybe borax is not for you. Or maybe you need much smaller amounts. (My husband uses only a tiny pinch a day or he gets side effects. Over many months though, we have seen results from that tiny amount.)

You might consider topical magnesium oil instead for your pain and stiffness.

I hope you feel better soon.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe
10/29/2016

Lynn, how about trying much less Borax?

Replied by Judi
Tullahoma, Tn
11/15/2016

Borax should be taken with a Magnesium supplement of 400-600mg per day. This helps the effectiveness, as well as minimizing the side-effects.

Please check out a full article on The Borax Conspiracy & dosage by Dr. Newnham who discovered its healing properties at site below (scroll down till you see actual article) : http://educate-yourself.org/cn/boraxconspiracy03jul12.shtml

Replied by Laura
Akron
11/25/2016

Niacin does the same to me. Pharmacy told me to take it with asprin to remove the burning and it worked 100%

Replied by Natural Hippy
Arizona
12/11/2016

First Lower your dose till you can take it without any issues. Try going from 1/8 to half of that, 1/16.
If you still have issues half the dose again.

Also, add only a few flakes of Epsom salts. The magnesium will assist the Borax. You only need a pinch per table spoon of borax so a flake or two a day is enough.
Once you have found a dose that works for you start doing that for 3-5 days on the borax supplementation and 1-3 days off supplementation.

Lastly, It is important to consume the liter of water on your days off of supplementation. Putting water in your body is going to be one of the most important factors in assisting the borax. I recommend always using distilled water. If distilled is not available you want the cleanest water possible with no added minerals. The borax and epsom salts you added are the minerals you want.

Hope this helps! Remember your healing is in your mind and your hands.

Replied by Art
California
12/12/2016
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I have a friend who can not take borax at any dose, even a few grains of borax will result in intense itching that lasts for a day or two......possibly an allergic reaction, but borax is not doable for this person. Failing the borax, she tried using boron which started to help her arthritis, but within days of starting on boron supplementation she started to become depressed......the type of depression where you don't want to get out of bed or do anything. She tried decreasing her dose to just 3 mg per day and the depression persisted so she stopped taking it for a few months and tried again, only to return to that depressed state, so she stopped taking boron altogether.

As far as drinking distilled water always, there seems to be varying opinions on that idea. Here is what Dr. Mercola has to say on that subject, suggesting that always drinking distilled water may harm you in the long run and result in early death. I would tend to agree with his findings.

http://www.mercola.com/article/water/distilled_water.htm

Art

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn
12/13/2016

ART,,,,,,,, glad you have chimed in on the dangers of distilled water. What folks need to understand is that distilled water is a powerful solvent because the hydrogen bonding has an affinity for all positive minerals. It will leach them out of your body. Not overnight, but over a period of time.

I have written about this years ago and got beat about the head and shoulders. Thanks for your input.

=======ORH=======

Replied by Art
California
12/14/2016
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ORH,

Yes, I try to limit my distilled water intake to the colloidal silver that I use. For regular consumption I generally drink filtered water.

Art

Replied by Tim
Minnesota
01/10/2017

Lynn, the directions I've found elsewhere are after mixing up the bottle is that you're only supposed to take an 1/8 tsp of what you just mixed up. Don't drink the whole bottle in 1 day!! I think you're only supposed to take around 7mg a day.

Replied by Austin
California
01/16/2017
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Lynn, I have the same reaction of feeling sunburn on my hands and face after taking 4 mg of Boron. It does mention a dose of borax of 1/8 tsp for fungal infections or other health issues, but that is a big dose to start with, 1/8 tsp will have about 50mg of Boron in it, I only took 4 mg today and I burned on my hands and face. I am considering reducing to 2 mg/day for a week, with added magnesium, and see if my burning reaction subsides, then increase. Have you tried taking it with aspirin as mentioned above - did it reduce the burning?

Replied by Marion
Perth, Australia
02/01/2017

Please try zinc cream and zinc baby powder for lichen sclerosis. It worked for me. I also use borax water for itchy eyes.


Bald Spots  

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Posted by Cassidyok (Fresno, Ca) on 02/02/2011
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We've been using 1/3 cup of Borax in a large hair conditioner bottle--filled up the rest of the way with water. It's easy to use in the shower because it has a pump. My sweetheart has a bald spot that's been bugging him and 10 days ago he decided he would start using the Borax for shampoo and Apple Cider Vinegar (diluted) for a hair rinse.

Today he trimmed his hair and we noticed ALOT of hair on his bald spot. I haven't been checking it because I didn't want to jinx anything or bring attention to him using an "alternative" remedy.

It is really working!! Thank you ever so much for this site. I refer to it often.

Replied by John1230
Delhi, India
09/22/2011

He has tried Coconut Oil and VCO as well. None of them worked.


Bloating  

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

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
San Fenando, Philippines
06/16/2014
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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
06/25/2014

Thanks a lot Bill.

Replied by June
Nambour
12/20/2016

I have been on it for the last six months.


Borax and Hormones  

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
Washington
06/27/2014

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!

http://www.health-science-spirit.com/borax.htm

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21129941

I hope this is helpful!

Replied by Bev
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
08/08/2014

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.
09/01/2015

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  

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

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

"RESTRICTED FROM SALE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC

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.


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Posted by Vital Salts (San Diego Ca) on 09/11/2013
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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
10/11/2013

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
10/11/2013

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,

Dave

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
10/11/2013

My husband did some borax baths and he used 1 cup per bath. I will say he had no ill effects. He didn't do this long term.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Baldev
Maharashtra, India
10/12/2013
165 posts

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

Baldev

Replied by Timh
Ky, Usa
10/12/2013

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 Jacquelyn
Ny
10/13/2016

Borax can take glyphosate and radiation out of the body when soaking in it. I would not do anything less than 1/4 cup. You can do a half to a cup mixing it with epsom salt, baking soda or regular salts that will help draw it in through the skin. When drinking it, begin with 1/8 tsp in a qt. or liter of water. Some use distilled, I dont. Just dont use city water. You can increase to 1/4 tsp.

EC: Ted's recommended dosage for borax is 1/8 teaspoon in a liter of water for women and 1/4 teaspoon borax in a liter of water for men once daily 5 days a week.

Replied by Clara
Colorado
10/30/2016

How much borax should I use in a borax bath? Thanks


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Posted by Seth (West Virginia) on 03/17/2014

Good day, I have a question regarding borax intake. I was thinking about putting my borax in a gelatin capsule to make intake easier. I normally mix my borax with water. If I were to change over to capsule intake would I still get all the benefits, or is a water mixture better?

Replied by Jens
Vancouver
07/24/2015
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I have been taking gelcaps of 20 mule team borax which is about 11% boron mixed 50% with magnesium citrate. The caps full are about 0.5 gram, or 0.25 g borax or about 0.0275 g which would be about 27.5 mg. I feel that when taken it helps with sleeping better waking up less stiff and less sore. If I don't take them a few days later I am reminded first thing in the AM.


Posted by Alakhi (Mt) on 11/16/2013

I have a question regarding Borax. I do not like the taste. I was wondering if it would be effective to take borax in a capsule as an alternative? I grew up in a moldy envirnment and have had problems with pcos, acne, hirstism, energy, food allergies, candida, etc.

Replied by Prioris
Fl
11/16/2013

You can put borax in a capsule or just keep diluting it in more water until it is palatable.


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Posted by Richard (Nevada) on 09/12/2014
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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.


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Posted by Jen (San Antonio, Tx) on 02/01/2017
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Judging by the percentage of negative results on Ted's regimen, and the positive results my family has experienced, I would say it's probably safe to assume this dose is too high for the average person.

My family hast been taking only at most a 1/2 tsp in 5 gallons of water daily - there are 4 of us - we put it in our 5 gal dispenser along with some other minerals (favorite being Himalayan pink salt for its 88 minerals). My husband and I are over 50 and have no aches or pains caused by arthritis or rheumatism - and we have had our share of bone injuries in the past. Can't say it has helped the Candida on my part, I could probably stand to up the dose from here. This is the dose I started my husband and kids on and no problems at all - good benefits I can see. I hope you will try this to get your daily Boron, just start low, low, low. Good luck and God bless!


Posted by Art (California, Usa) on 03/28/2016 179 posts

Ted and many others here including myself have mentioned Borax as a very effective arthritis remedy that is readily available and is dirt cheap. Borax is just over 11% boron so if you use Borax at the doses that Ted has previously mentioned of 1/8th teaspoon for smaller people and 1/4th teaspoon for larger people, you will be getting about 55mg or 110mg of boron respectively.

For me it takes the larger dose to completely control arthritis, but each person is different and starting lower and working your way up makes good sense......why use more than you need to get the desired health benefit. Dr. Rex Newnham, Ph.D., D.O., N.D, who discovered and popularized the use of Borax and boron in the 1960's said that some people found benefit with as little as 10 mg per day and for people who's condition was more severe and or of longer duration, it could take more Borax or boron and it could take up to 3 or 4 months to get the full benefit.

Studies on boron show that it offers many health benefits to people that goes well beyond just arthritis and osteoporosis, two common uses for it. Below is a short abstract from PubMed that lists some of those health benefits of which there are more than what is listed.

For those who are concerned about the safety of Borax and boron, as you should be, there is an abstract below the first one that explains this in clear language and Ted's dosing does not even come close!

Art

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26770156

Integr Med (Encinitas). 2015 Aug;14(4):35-48.

Nothing Boring About Boron.

Abstract

The trace mineral boron is a micronutrient with diverse and vitally important roles in metabolism that render it necessary for plant, animal, and human health, and as recent research suggests, possibly for the evolution of life on Earth. As the current article shows, boron has been proven to be an important trace mineral because it (1) is essential for the growth and maintenance of bone; (2) greatly improves wound healing; (3) beneficially impacts the body's use of estrogen, testosterone, and vitamin D; (4) boosts magnesium absorption; (5) reduces levels of inflammatory biomarkers, such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α); (6) raises levels of antioxidant enzymes, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione peroxidase; (7) protects against pesticide-induced oxidative stress and heavy-metal toxicity; (8) improves the brains electrical activity, cognitive performance, and short-term memory for elders; (9) influences the formation and activity of key biomolecules, such as S-adenosyl methionine (SAM-e) and nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+)); (10) has demonstrated preventive and therapeutic effects in a number of cancers, such as prostate, cervical, and lung cancers, and multiple and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; and (11) may help ameliorate the adverse effects of traditional chemotherapeutic agents. In none of the numerous studies conducted to date, however, do boron's beneficial effects appear at intakes > 3 mg/d. No estimated average requirements (EARs) or dietary reference intakes (DRIs) have been set for boron-only an upper intake level (UL) of 20 mg/d for individuals aged ≥ 18 y. The absence of studies showing harm in conjunction with the substantial number of articles showing benefits support the consideration of boron supplementation of 3 mg/d for any individual who is consuming a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables or who is at risk for or has osteopenia; osteoporosis; osteoarthritis (OA); or breast, prostate, or lung cancer.

PMID:

26770156

[PubMed]

PMCID:

PMC4712861

[Available on 2016-08-01]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10050929

Biol Trace Elem Res. 1998 Winter;66(1-3):343-57.

Comparative toxicology of borates.

Hubbard SA1.

Author information

Abstract

Inorganic borates, including boric acid, Na, ammonium, K, and Zn borates generally display low acute toxicity orally, dermally, and by inhalation. They are either not irritant or mild skin and eye irritants. Exceptions owing to physiochemical properties do occur. Longer-term toxicological studies have been reported mainly on boric acid or borax where the properties are generally similar on an equivalent boron (B) basis. The critical effects in several species are male reproductive toxicity and developmental toxicity. The doses that cause these effects are far higher than any levels to which the human population could be exposed. Humans would need to consume daily some 3.3 g of boric acid (or 5.0 g borax) to ingest the same dose level as the lowest animal NOAEL. No effects on fertility were seen in a population of workers exposed to borates or to a population exposed to high environmental borate levels. There is remarkable similarity in the toxicological effects of boric acid and borax across different species. Other inorganic borates that simply dissociate to boric acid are expected to display similar toxicity, whereas those that do not dissociate simply to boric acid may display a different toxicological profile.

PMID:

10050929

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Replied by Peter
Chicago
01/29/2017

Art.

Which brand of borax do you use?

Replied by Art
California
01/29/2017
179 posts

In reply to Peter (Chicago),

I use 20 Mule Team Borax which is typically available in the laundry isle of most major markets. Generally under $5. Here is a link to the item in Walmart.

Art



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