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Borax is an increasingly popular natural remedy for a whole host of health issues. Commonly used as a natural cleaning agent, Borax reported cures and health benefits are extensive. Additionally, this remedy is easy to make and very inexpensive.

Borax is used to treat overall chronic illness, including autoimmune diseases, hormone problems, and chronic pain.

Sodium borate is also useful 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. Borax has also been used to treat cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, arterial disease, and osteoporosis.

What is Borax?

Borax is a naturally occurring compound found all around the world. Mines are located in countries like 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 several 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 soften the water. Hard water is hard on clothes and makes it more challenging to get them clean. Some people have water that is already quite soft (alkaline), and borax would be unnecessary.

Borax is one of three ingredients in popular DIY laundry powder.

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 thousands of dogs and cats with mange and people with various 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 anti-fungal properties; it often brings healing to chronic and embarrassing scalp conditions.

Instructions for Hair

  • 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 many health 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 like arthritis, according to research.

Additionally, borax is quite alkaline. Many health problems arise because the body is too acidic.

What Health Issues Benefit from Borax?

  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Calcium Deposits
  • Lupus
  • Autoimmune Disease
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Fungus
  • Candida
  • Ringworm
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Insomnia
  • Rough Skin
  • Impotence

If you are wondering how some white powder could 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 a borax component is one of those many necessary nutrients in your body.  Many diseases found in the world today are related to simple nutritional deficiencies. Restoring a lacking nutrient can make a huge difference in your overall health.

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

Studies have found that the incidence of arthritis is 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 those who do not take a boron supplement.

How Much Boron is in Borax?

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

How Much Borax Should I Take?

Earth Clinic’s Ted recommends ¼ teaspoon (940 mg ~ 1,000 mg) of borax in 1 liter of water for men and 1/8 teaspoon (470 mg ~ 500 mg) 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 Last has 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.

How Should I Store Borax Solution?

If you make Walter Last’s solution with distilled water and store it in a clean glass jar, you will avoid having any impurities to contaminate the mixture. This will maximize the shelf life of the solution. For even more exceptional preservation of this solution, store it in the refrigerator and always use a clean stainless steel spoon to take your dose out of the jar. If your solution looks cloudy or smells off to you, discard it and make another batch.

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, it is always wise to be careful with your dosages.


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Is There an Alternative to Taking Borax?

Some will be uncomfortable with taking any amount of borax internally. Taking a boron supplement will, in many cases, achieve a similar result.

Continue on to read the hundreds of posts that have been sent into Earth Clinic since 2002 regarding the health benefits of borax. Our reader feedback section on borax is extensive and not to be missed!


Abdominal Pain, Bloating

Posted by Veesue (Sheridan, Wy, Usa) on 03/10/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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.)

Julie M.
Mn
09/29/2018

Merlin,

how many mg. is that? Thank-you!

Replied by Gerry
New Jersey
04/19/2017

Can I just take Boron Capsules?

Replied by John
Michigan
11/27/2017

Things are dose dependent. All of the Boron supplements I find are rather low like less than or equal to about 10mg. 1/4 teaspoon per day though dissolved in water is between 115mg-158mg depending on the measuring spoon and how level or round your scoop is. That is a huge delta in dose. I have heard of 50mg-60mg tablets but have never actually seen them for sale.

In the late 1980's and early 1990's as a high school athlete the ones sold to athletes where 3mg-6mg - again far lower than what you get in a rather common dose of 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water sipped through the day!

I took 1/4 teaspoon per day the first 3 weeks then started to get diarrhea. I reduced it to 1/8 of a teaspoon a day for 2 weeks and all of the diarrhea went away completely. Some days I take 1/8 teaspoon some days I take a 1/4 and I am fine.

In theory anything is better than not taking borax so if someone was really sensitive or had IBS you could start at 1/16th of a teaspoon and slowly over weeks and months build up to 1/4 teaspoon. Evidence is showing that observational with individuals that you can get a lot of health benefits at varying does but the higher the dose the more consistent the results seem to be.

In post menopausal women a lot of individuals have found that reversing osteoporosis takes around 150mg of borax, vit and 400mg-600mg of magnesium per day to reverse it and that is a far higher dose than someone without osteoporosis needs. In those without severe fluorosis or osteoporosis that have healthy bone mass, 50mg per day seems to be the sweet spot but again you need magnesium and vitamin D3 in the diet. It is thought that enzymes and mineral metabolism is how boron works it's many benefits. Some people probably get enough minerals in their diet but for most Americans minerals and Vitamin D3 and iodine are almost always low. Iodine helps to keep your body from depositing fluoride in your bones.

Replied by John
Portland
01/24/2018

Please edit your comment. It currently says "(1 tsp dissolved in 1 l of water, ", but there is something missing, ie cup, gallon?

EC: One teaspoon dissolved in one liter of water...

Replied by Jody
Nv
09/19/2018

@John from Michigan:

"...150mg of borax, vit and 400mg-600mg of magnesium per day" "vit"? Do you mean Vitamin D3 or what? New information shouldn't involve guessing.

Replied by Marinko
Indiana
07/03/2020

I read thru comments. It's “funny “ how many people can't educate themselves thru their own observations and symptoms. Of course, school medicine isn't helping either. To many doctors are 30-40 years behind todays knowledge. What is Borax? It's simple question. Detergent. It dissolve fats. Clean dirty fat from things. What are most dangerous toxins in human body? Don't ask doctors. Fat soluble. If you are lucky, you are going to store them in fat tissues. If not, organs and arteries. Liver is working hardest from 11 pm till 3 am. If you woke up and have heartburn, or can not get back to sleep, thats liver recycling old stored toxic fats. Ooops. I forget that I am not “ medicine man”. Take fiber and binders to stop recycling of toxins and lower Herxeimer reaction. Toxins are really corrosive, especially heavy metals( positiv charged/ different story). Turpentine? Solvent. MCT C8? Solvent.... When Herxing, don't take fish, krill oil, Vitamin D, sardines....

Eardrum Manna
Cleveland
07/08/2020

lol . No!!! It's not detergent. Like so many others. You forgot to read the second word on the box. BOOSTER!!! It's helps clean. It clearly says it is not detergent. Besides, it's just salt dude.

Replied by Anon
Anon
07/03/2020

Ted would probably recommend lecithin for this situation, too.


Arthritis, Bad Breath

Posted by Happy (Iowa) on 10/22/2017
5 out of 5 stars

The borax mix treatment:

I had pain in my knees and fingers. I started using this mix and its only been one week and my knees don't ache going up the stairs. I will continue for a while longer. My daughter had a foul breath and the second day after taking the mix she has no bad breath.

Replied by Blueridge Mountain
North Carolina
10/10/2020

Hi,

Did you mix the Borax with something else and rub it on your knees or mix it with something and take it by mouth? Please clarify bc my knees are bothering me now that the weather be changing. Also, does your daughter have to take the mix every single day to keep the bad breath away? Thank you


Arthritis, Herpes

Posted by Kate (Co) on 06/17/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Hi,

I started taking borax 2 months ago. For arthritis in my knee which exploded skiing. I also developed the most painful disease known: CRPS. This was 2 1/2 years ago. At that time I also found out I had herpes. After taking borax for only 24 hours I was able to walk 3 miles. Herpes outbreaks stopped.

BIG problem is side effects. Gut side effects. I sure don't want to quit borax, but am concerned about the gut pain. Can anyone tell me what happens in the gut to cause this pain?

Replied by Art
California
06/18/2017
726 posts

In reply to Kate (Co),

I'm glad to hear that borax has helped your arthritis, herpes and CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome)!

I have gotten stomach pain after taking borax, but this is mainly because I have drank too much at one time on an empty stomach. If I drink it as Ted suggests by sipping the liter bottle throughout the day, then I have no stomach problems. I also don't start sipping until after I have eaten breakfast which helps avoid the empty stomach issue.

You don't say what dose of borax you are taking or how you are taking it. Ted's recommended dose for women is 1/8th of a teaspoon in a liter of water sipped throughout the day or basically a slow release rate which would be less likely to cause stomach upset or other adverse events.

If you are already taking it per his recommendations and are still having stomach pain, perhaps you can try lessening your dose.

The fact that you say you got relief in 24 hours of your first dose suggests that you may be able to get by with a significantly lesser dose than whatever you are currently taking. The majority of people testing borax have mentioned results in time periods of days, weeks or months so a matter of just hours is very fast and perhaps you are very sensitive to borax and could possibly get by with significantly less. For example, let's say that you are taking Ted's recommended dose for women of 1/8th teaspoon dissolved in a liter of water, try cutting that down by half, to 1/16th teaspoon in a liter of water. If you don't have a 1/16th teaspoon to measure with, just take your normal one liter mix containing 1/8th teaspoon of borax and divide it in half by pouring half of your liter bottle into another one liter bottle. You should now have two one liter bottles with a half liter each. Top these two bottles off with purified water and you now have a two day supply of half of Ted's recommended dose for women or 1/16th teaspoon per liter.

Kate, please keep us posted on how your experiment with borax goes so that others here can learn from your experience.

Art

Replied by Jay
California
03/08/2018

I wonder if the stomach pain could be because Borax is alkaline it might decrease your stomach acid and lead to indigestion when you eat?? Purely speculative. Inversely, taking an alkaline solution on an empty stomach can stimulate release of additional acid (in anticipation that you are eating) - this excess stomach acid with no food to digest could cause stomach pain as well.

Replied by John Taylor
Newfoundland, NJ
10/29/2020

Borax is a strong anti-oxidant or positive ion. It will attack and break double bonds in chemical compounds by causing the electrons to draw to it. Double bonds allow electrons to circulation between multiple carbon atoms so the positive ion can draw electrons from a few atoms away. It has a preference for large chemical compounds. By and large our bodies don't use large compounds (Vitamin K2 is an immediate exception I think of as I say this). So this anti-oxidant is effective in removing chemistry we don't want.

if you you have an ulcer there is a weak spot in the stomach lining. Borax will attack the tissue there and cause pain.

Try drinking more of a diluted solution. This is what happens in the blood stream. If you have an ulcer, that needs to be healed first. I have written an ebook that explains this and more. It is better written and more complete than I can write on the fly on a blog. Amazon kindle, The Healthy Truth by John Taylor.


Athlete's Foot

Posted by Dianna (Austin, Tx) on 02/04/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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 ;)

Replied by Julius
Louisville, Ky
02/22/2018
1 posts

I would like to know - after rubbing his feet with Borax how long did he let it stay on or if he let it dry without washing off?


Autoimmune Disease

Posted by Boroan Health My Hashimodo (8020 Graz) on 08/16/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Ich hatte seit 2 Jahren Hashimodo zuletzt meinen verschwundenen Arzt. Er war Spezialist auf diesem Gebiet. Aber eine normale google.com-Suche mit Bor und meinem Hashimodo ist weg. Ich habe vom letzten August 2019 bis heute 1/4 Teespoon und 759 mg Magnezium genommen und meine 2 3cm Calcium Promts sind weg. Wow, ich werde es meinen Freunden sagen, aber sie sind so dumm und werden nicht gesund. Tschüss

Google Translation:

The last time I had Hashimodo for two years was my missing doctor. He was a specialist in this field. But a normal google.com search with Bor and my Hashimodo is gone. I have taken 1/4 Teespoon and 759 mg Magnezium from last August 2019 until today and my 2 3cm Calcium. Promts are gone. Wow, I'll tell my friends, but they are so stupid and won't get well. Bye

EC: We think the poster means:

1/4 teaspoon borax solution in water, 759 mg of magnesium, and low dosage calcium supplements for Hashimoto's.

Replied by Christina
Matzingen, Switzerland
11/03/2020

Dear EC,

I am very interestet about this Hashimoto Treatment. As the post is rather confusing I would like to get in touch with the poster ((Boroan Health My Hashimodo (8020 Graz) on 08/16/2020:)). Would this be possible! I have a severe Hashimoto already for over 10yrs. I would be very greatful. Warm regards Christina


Posted by Candybeagle (Ohio) on 05/09/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I have scleroderma. My hands were sore, stiff and swelling. Getting digital ulcers every couple of mths. The borax protocol seem to help the symptoms plus was feeling better in general. I also take colloidal silver msm in green juice, water kefir, probiotics, colostrum plus some other supplements and essential oils. Autoimmune disease is epidemic and yet you hear very little about it. It effects each person individually. Drs just want to give us drugs to suppress the symptoms instead of attacking the root cause of the disease and seems like the research doesn't do anything to prevent the disease. It all starts with leaky gut syndrome. When we can't absorb essential nutrients then our bodies cannot fight off invaders or heal itself. Most AI patients are deficient in Vit. D3, boron and K2. If the body does not have theses essential components then you develop disease such as cancer or AI. They say 1 in 200 people have these diseases and most do not know it. So bringing awareness to people is critical to getting a cure and methods of prevention.

I find the Borax is effective. So when someone worries about the "safety" of the this I always tell them the drugs that are prescribed for my illness are far more "dangerous" than this. LOL.

Replied by Jacqueline
California
07/01/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I agree the drugs I was taking for rheumatoid arthritis almost destroyed my mind.

I was taking Leflunomide 20 MG and Prednisone, this combination was a nightmare for me. Now I drink Borax and also drink Marshmallow root tea and I feel so much better my fingers are no longer swollen and the stiffness in my shoulders has improved after only 1 week.

Replied by Amanda M.
Lancaster
07/29/2020

Thank God for people like Earthclinic and guest that are willing to post what works for them. We cannot or rather should not be so trusting towards the medical doctors. We see the doctor 15 minutes a visit every 2-3 months, and putting our lives in their hands, very big mistake. (No one get rich off me) Stop going to these doctors that are keeping you barely alive. Medical Standard of care is a guide used to treat a sickness or disease, not to cure it. Thus, keeping patients coming back, thus feeding our Giant Pharma, and insurance, and guess who runs that?

I am responsible for my life. I know my symptoms, I should learn the cure, and here it is, right in the palm of our hands, Earthclinic.com, all you want to know. What more can we ask for.

"Health care is a trillion-dollar industry in America, but are we getting what we pay for?

Rosenthal's new book, An American Sickness, Examines the deeply rooted problems of the exsting health care system and also offers suggestions for a way forward. She notes that under the current sysem, it's far more lucrative to provide a life time of treatment than a cure."

https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/04/10/523005353/how-u-s-health-care-became-big-business


Posted by Kristina (Arizona) on 03/15/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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

Lauren
Maryland
07/06/2020

Can borax really help with Hashimoto's? My Hashi's is horrible.

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
0 out of 5 stars

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
726 posts

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
726 posts

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
0 out of 5 stars

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.

Mitch
Queensland
08/29/2017

Marion,

Please tell me more about zinc and lichen sclerosis protocol. Thx

Replied by Kl Mo
Fort Worth, Tx
04/19/2017

I would like to know if the Hidradenitis has continued to be in remission since taking the Borax. Thanks for your feedback.

Replied by Lynn
California
04/20/2017

UPDATE to my post from 10/29/16.

I tried again a few days ago with 1/8 tsp in 1 liter water and this time...no nerve burning pain! What is different this time is that I have gone off my daily multivitamin 2 weeks ago and have been taking a daily Ginger Root capsule (to help with heartburn and Fluoride detox from taking cipro last year). I don't know if these two things (or just one of them) is the reason I'm not having the nerve burning this time but I'm just glad I don't so I can continued on. This is day 3 of using it.

Jill
Tx
01/05/2018

Lynn, have you tried an autoimmune gut healing protocol like GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome/gut and physiology syndrome) or AIP (auto-immune paleo protocol)? I had symptoms of lichen sclerosis for years (it started more like interstitial cystitis) until my daughter was diagnosed with multiple food allergies including foods that are eliminated in both of those diets. When I adjusted the food our family ate to accommodate her food allergies my symptoms went away! Now if I eat much wheat/gluten (like if we're visiting relatives and I have little control over what I eat) my symptoms tend to start coming back. It could also make a huge difference to get the guidance of a functional medicine doctor too. A lot of FM docs are chiropractors. You can find an FM doc on a search engine.

Linda
Rogers AR
11/22/2020

Hello Jill,

I also have lichen sclerosis and have for 4 years. I was excited to hear you controlled your symptoms by taking gluten out of your diet. I have currently gotten thru week 1 of no gluten ( but no changes yet).

How long did it take you and any other suggestions? Thank you for any help!

Replied by Elaina Jensen
Oregon
04/23/2017

About distilled water.... I just remember being instructed by our dog's veterinarian to only give our dog distilled water at one point for a medical condition unrelated to anything neurological and the dog started having seizures. Our dog was then prescribed phenobarbital for those seizures - which really sedated him and we weren't happy about. We couldn't believe this was happening.

After about four days of distilled water and the phenobarbital, the seizures kept getting worse. We stopped the distilled water and went back to putting regular tap water in his water dish. The seizures stopped and we stopped the phenobarbital too. We never had a problem with seizures after that.

I learned to have a lot of respect for distilled water and to be very careful how it is used after that.

EC: Elaina, we have cross-posted your important feedback to our pets section - epilepsy page. Thank you!

Vicki
Missouri
04/24/2018

Elaina,

You have to replace the minerals that were removed in the distilled water. Himalayan sea salt, the pink kind, makes distilled water the healthiest water you can drink. The exact minerals our bodies need are in this salt, all 84 of them.

Replied by Anon
Anon
06/08/2017

But as long as you eat your veggies or take your vitamins would that not be an issue?

Replied by Anon
Anon
06/08/2017

I was taking lugols and colloidal silver and other remedies I forget what they all were borax and baking soda and acv. I got a burning feeling in my hands that lasted about a day. It happened a few times. But always afterward my hands would feel better than they had before. Like I didnt realise they were hurting until the burn wore off and and they felt better and seemed to have greater sensation. Im thinking it was the borax and colloidal silver used on the same day, as ive used the other remedies alone lately with no issue except I havent used the Apple Cider Vinegar lately. I was putting 1/4 tsp borax in one Liter of water and drinking it throughout the day. You might drink less borax untill the burning seems gone. I have used borax before without the burning feeling so it was probably the combination of remedies that brought it on.

Replied by Kelly
Florida
06/29/2017

Dr. Mercola is wrong. I've been drinking 1 1/2 gallon a day since 2014 and after 4 or 5 days I started to get a pressure headache, which was a detox symptom. After 18 to 30 days I had more energy. He also said it will leach minerals from your body, it will but only the bad ones, not the ones you get from fruit and vegs.

Ann Duncan
California
11/05/2020

I agree. I've been drinking distilled water since I got a MegaHome distiller nearly 5 yrs ago. I herxed the first week. My body appreciates distilled water. I get my minerals from my food.

Replied by Kate
Co
07/07/2017

I can relate. I need borax b/c my knee exploded in to 7 pieces 2 + years ago. I was diagnosed with crps following surgery. It's too long a story but arthritis was going to put me in a wheelchair and then I found borax. Almost immediate knee pain relief, but after several weeks of the recommended dosage, I started getting very sick from borax. I wish I knew why, what exactly is happening, but no one seems to know. I just keep diluting the dose....now I'm at approx 0.1mg at bedtime. This makes me mildly ill. We shall see if this even continues to help.

Replied by Timh
Ky
07/09/2017
2110 posts

Seems like the Borax is reacting to another substance likely heavy metals. Do a hm detox, paracleanse, and colon cleanse to free your natural detox & elimination. Ionic Foot Spas & Detox Foot Pads are very effective.

I frequently use Borax & Epsom Salts foot & whole body baths. Also I tried a supplement of 4mg Boron with very good results for my bones, confirming my suspicion that little-to-none Borax was converting to Boron.

I also use Magnets & Zapping to kill infections and reduce inflammation. Solonpas are also effective.

Replied by Louisa
Texas
07/09/2017

You may have mercury or (silver ) tooth fillings and that might be interfering . I couldn't get well till I had my silver filling taken out. Good luck

Replied by Becky
Ca
10/18/2017
35 posts

To Lynn,

I too was having burning nerve pain and stopped my multivitamin. I believe it may have been too much B-6.

Becky

Replied by Stere
Florida
10/24/2017

The increasing the pain is caused by the "HERXHEIMER EFFECT" (it's a reaction to treatment in which the symptoms of disease gets worse at the start of therapy a paradox sign that the infection source of the disease is under attack.....It's getting worse before getting better.

Please keep me updated....

Good luck....

Replied by Jacqueline
Devon
11/21/2017

Your dosage information is incorrect. I teaspoon of borax powder, dissolved in 1 litre of water is the correct measure for making the concentrate. Then, 1 teaspoon of the concentrate will give you 3 mg of boron. This can be added to (up to 3 teaspoons a day) if there are no negative symptoms from the 1 teaspoon. The 1/8 teaspoon of borax is added to 1 litre of water and that is consumed in it's entirety during the day. These are NOT to be taken together - it's either one method or the other.

Replied by Cazzy
Melbourne
02/22/2018

I started taking boron for knee arthritis and muscle stiffness four days ago (1 x 3mg suppliment tab daily with food), but I also appear to be one of those experiencing the "HERXHEIMER EFFECT", whereby my joint pain and muscle stiffness has immediately doubled making mobility even more difficult and miserable than usual; yet which research informs is a positive sign of a cure being imminent? So my question to those who have experienced likewise is, what would your advise be as to the best approach to deal with this ... I.e. 'bite the bullet and just keep pushing through with the dosage', or take a break from the boron until symptoms subside and then begin over?

Also can anyone please advise how long this effect is likely to last before any pain relief at all is experienced as I really don't know what to expect? Thanks heaps!

Replied by Paul
Boston, Ma
02/25/2018

Ted's and Walter Last's protocols are just so different from the amount you take..not even close...hate that...LOL

Replied by Diane
California
04/07/2018

I took 1/8 tsp of Borax with a liter of mineral water 5 days a week for 5 months for help with my Sjogrens. After 5 months, I didn't notice any improvement at all. Could the problem be that I used mineral water?? I see you stated that it should be either distilled or clean water w/o minerals. I was going to start again (after resting a few months) but with 1/4 tsp this time. The Sjogrens has me down to about 94 pounds because it is going after my digestive system. I was up to 97 pounds before starting the Borax -- but went down to 94 after I was on it. Maybe because I wasn't eating nuts? Anyway, before I start again, I want to ask about the mineral water and if that could have been the reason I got no results after 5 months. Thank you.

Replied by Diane
California
04/09/2018

Do you know what KIND of water is needed for the Borax remedy? Should it be distilled or just regular water and NOT mineral water (since I received no results using mineral water)? Thank you.

Replied by Diane
California
04/21/2018

I guess I'm going to have to wait until Ted can come back. God bless his soul. His help was amazing.

Replied by Teena
Melbourne, Australia
04/22/2018
182 posts

Diane, I take borax with sea-salted bottled spring water. I also ensure to sup Magnesium. Maybe borax just didn't work for you, or there are other things going on in your body that it was working on. Most people are deficient in iodine, perhaps this (lugols iodine) or kelp extract will make a difference in your health. Just a thought. Since improving my reproductive cycle with a pot of fresh garden tea every day (the goal was better health through easily absorbed nutrients, this was unexpected and very welcome), I am supplementing vitamin e, Magnesium, coconut oil, vitamin c and have just really started Iodine properly after receiving the tablets. I will be starting high dose iodine after reading some benefits, this is the adjustment phase and fortunately with clean diet I have had no ill effects, started 1/4 pill, 1/2 pill now one pill daily. On my next few days off work I will trial 50 mg a day, initially for monitoring purposes. From high dose Iodine I expect cysts, lumps, stones and worse to dissolve, to not feel cold all the time, and for the disappearance of many moles, which from my understanding are a result of internal fungus. My best advice to you is to keep reading, researching, you are sure to find what your body needs to heal. Oh also add some herbs to assist the liver, an overloaded liver can not cleanse your body of the toxins that accumulate whenever pathogens, fungus etc are attacked. This (dandelion) is in my daily tea. Best to you.

Replied by Jacqueline
California
07/01/2018

Elaine, how much pink salt to a gallon of water?

Replied by Tina
Sydney, Nsw
07/22/2018

I diagnosed with Lupus, except for plaquenil, my body reacts badly with other meds: methotrexate, Mycophenolate mofetil, Azathioprine,

Can I use boron to ease my joint pain and hair loss? What kind of borax I should take? Tina

Replied by William Earnest
Texas
12/14/2018

I'm not Elaine, but I would love to give you an answer. I have been drinking distilled water 15+ years. You must add the mineral sea salt such as “Real Salt” or my preference, “Celtic Sea Salt”. I was told not to use Real Salt or Himalayan pink salt due to mercury toxicity has been found in much of the Himalayan pink salt.

  • 1/4 teaspoon to 1 quart of water.
  • 1 teaspoon to 1 gallon of water.

I will be changing my drinking water to some really, really special water. Most folks have not heard, but please check it out; Google—John Ellis Water.

Remember, your healing is in your mind and in your hands.

W-

Replied by Kameran
Jordan
12/23/2018

for Lupus you can use also with Borax

Peroxide hydrogen 35% food grade diluted

Replied by Cindy
Illinois, Usa
06/21/2020
173 posts

Itching and psychological effects, both, always put me in mind of parasites - which can be horrific little buggers.

I think that, for most people, particularly those who are not accustomed to natural remedies or have not done some "cleansing", a vitamin C regimen might be a better starting place. And I mean, BEFORE one ever even starts borax. Nothing else, just vitamin C. No "decorating" with other remedies.

I would not start with a mega dose. Maybe just 1000 - 2500 mg every other day. kill some off on one day and let the body flush out the toxic little parasite corpses the next. Then hit them again. After 3 or 4 doses (a week to 10 days), they'll be too busy looking for a place to hide to do much reproducing at which point their numbers will fall more rapidly without increasing the die-off rate due to the interrupted reproduction cycle with a steady, every other day dose of vitamin C.

Of course, that doesn't mean one won't itch or experience psychological effects but both should start to decrease pretty rapidly after that first week to 10 days as vitamin C is a better - I.e. more efficient - anti-parasitic than borax and can also be used, by the body, to help deal with the toxins from the die off. Borax doesn't seem very good at that. It's more..."biological" than ascorbate. Ascorbate seems to work at both the "mechanical" biological level as well as the electromagnetic level. Which is what you need for toxins. For living "bad guys", like bacteria and viruses and parasites? You want a hammer. For toxins? You want a ZAPPER. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) functions as both. It is consumed during its activity but one of the byproducts of its own destruction is hydrogen peroxide which is an oxidizer which, in its performance at breaking down toxins, itself, breaks down into oxygen and water. Which is, in my opinion, what makes vitamin C more effective than hydrogen peroxide because the body's right there with it when it's produced rather than getting hit with it, all at once and coming out of nowhere, when it's consumed.

Replied by Anon
Anon
07/06/2020

It may.

Here's the link for the Hashimoto page. Borax is not yet considered a remedy:

https://www.earthclinic.com/cures/hashimotos_thyroiditis.html

Let us know if it is effective :)


Bald Spots

Posted by Cassidyok (Fresno, Ca) on 02/02/2011
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Kevin
Wisconsin
10/25/2020

Can I use a shampoo bottle???

Replied by Rommel V
Lewiston, New York
11/10/2020

Would you mind giving us an update about his baldness story? Thanks.


Basic Borax Protocol

Posted by Roman Z (Toronto) on 09/19/2018
1 out of 5 stars

I did the basic borax protocol so no difference and now I'm going to try 15 mL three times a day. Can I have your opinion please?


Best Type of Water to Use

Posted by Jade Dragon (Vancouver Bc) on 06/18/2017

Can you use bottled spring water instead of purified for the borax drink?

Replied by Katzie
Calgary, Alberta
10/08/2017

I think either purified or spring water would be perfect!

Replied by Alan
Texas
12/26/2018

I have filtered water. Is this alright to use in the borax remedy?

Replied by Cindy
Illinois, Usa
06/29/2020
173 posts

That's what I'm using.


Bloating

Posted by Randy (Jersey City, Nj, Usa) on 01/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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

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.

Replied by Anissa
Alberta
04/09/2018

For how long can I take the borax solution?

Replied by Katzie
Calgary
04/11/2018

You can take it for as long as you want. Boron is supposed to be in our fruits & veggies naturally but our soil is deficient in North America. If you keep taking the borax, it will help you during middle age too by assisting the parathyroid gland to help regulate your hormones, which is great for hot flashes.


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...

Brandon
Wa
11/08/2018

Urine therapy works great for everything. Also Dr. Lugol's Iodine is a powerful tool as well. Researching old books has brought me to alot of this information. It is a fact, that when Rothchilds/Carnige created the first University, they removed ALL books of knowledge that promoted critical thinking. Schools were put in place to create "workers" not "thinkers".. That is a quote from Rothchild himself.

Replied by Ken B
Scotland
03/11/2018

Fantastic answer, thank you Bev :)


Borax Background

Posted by Earth Clinic (Los Angeles, California) on 02/04/2004

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.

Replied by K.g.
Vancouver, Canada
09/10/2012

Borax remedy is old remedy as stated by Rex Newnham PhD DO ND, in his book "Away with Arthritis" (2nd edition printed 1993)

http://members.upnaway.com/~poliowa/Away with Arthritis.html

Replied by Ray
Calgary
08/09/2013

To dispel misinformation given by a contributor. There is nothing (no smells, fragrances etc) added to 20 mule team borax. The website of twenty mule team borax http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/about/what-is-borax/ tells us:

"Absolutely nothing is added. No phosphates, per-oxside, chlorine, or other additive chemicals."

It also adds

"20 Mule Team? Borax is 100% natural, and 99.5% pure (there is about a half of 1% of naturally occurring trace minerals). " So any impurities are just other "minerals" and not added "scents" or chemicals etc.

Just stay away from big industry "Borax Alternatives" which are NOT borax. Also stay away from items "containing borax" you want the real borax not some big soap companies "alternatives or concoctions contains it. you want Pure" borax, like 20 mule team or other "pure" ones.

Replied by Timh
Louisville
08/10/2013
2110 posts

I have made a previous post regarding this situation, and will repeat since it seems to deserve the attention.

First, it is not likely that the people reporting a "fragrance smell" are actually having olfactory hallucinations, and the manufacturers are not lying. So, the only realistic explanation is the shipping and storage of the 20 mule team. Guess what other items are housed along side the borax, heavily chemically scented laundry products. The scent is so strong the containers need not be opened. You can go blindfolded and stumbling about the market and easily find the laundry detergent aisle by the strong scent.

20 Mule Team would need to first "bag" the contents, in addition to "boxing" so as to keep the foreign scent from entering.

Replied by Helen In Houston
Houston, Texas Usa
02/09/2014

When I bought Borax there was another product that was similar but scented. I remembered being puzzled at first which box to buy. Be sure to buy the real borax, not a different company's product that has boron or borax in big letters but is a mixture.

Replied by Astrid
Nederland
05/20/2014

I'm ready to try the borax but it is difficult to buy in the Neterlands. I can find one borax that seems alright, but im nor sure.

Ingredi?nten (INCI) : Borax tendo (Na2(B4O7).10H2O) no labelling

can anybody confirm that this is safe to use.

Astrid

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
05/20/2014

Hello Astrid from "the Nederland"

About Borax:

The formula you list is one of the listings for Borax on Wikipedia (Borax).

You have Borax.

Replied by Astrid
Nederland
05/21/2014

Tanx Dave so I can start drinking it for my anti-candida approach. I could not find the 20muleteam in the Netherlands, witch I rather have because it would be sure that it is natural. I have to do it with this tendo brant and give it a shot.

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
05/21/2014

To Astrid from the "Nederlands"

I hope the Borax works. If you are after killing candida which you reference (sorry I missed that in your first post)...also consider using Colloidal Silver. I've made my own for twenty years...just three 9 volt batteries attached to silver strands. Can get on line "colloidal silver generator inexpensive" and can find sources all over. Got my last one for 70 bucks or so.

Interesting story for you; I just had my blood analyzed (see on line sites "live cell microscopy") and I was not too surprised to find more than normal fungal activity in my blood (hence body) and the microscopy analyst put me on extra doses of my OWN colloidal silver which he assured me would kill fungal infections. So I'm on it three times a day on empty stomach. Much more than my norm of four or five tablespoons weekly, just to clear the system. That was good but not enough to kill fungus. After a month I was just re tested and the amount of fungus was down and the evidence of dying fungal cells was apparent. So in one month the treatment is working...or so it seems for now. I'll report back as time goes on. And more bad news from the analyst who studies my tolerance to various foods....I'll got a carb metabolism problem so I'm now on a carb restricted diet...problem with beans, grains and of course sugar is in that list. So depressing. But I can eat lots of things that I thought were not good for me...which was a surprise.

I've mentioned the food groups, because apparently the carb issue was feeding the fungal infestation. The carbs did not cause the fungal but aided its spread. The CS is killing the infection but my new diet will help the CS do its job.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee
03/03/2015

Dear Nola,

Is "Alpha" perhaps the name of the product?

Is there an ingredient list? Borax would be called one of the following:

sodium tetraborate decahydrate

or

sodium borate

or

sodium tetraborate

or

disodium tetraborate.

So, if one of those things is the only ingredient listed, it should be just borax, the same thing I buy in the US. I get "Mule Team Borax" but it is just borax.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Patty
Texas
09/22/2016

Borax water. I would like to know more about your cleansing symptoms. I started drinking 1/8 tsp per liter. I noticed improvements in facial skin, healing, leg pain, and knees not popping the first week.

HOWEVER - Day 6, I became immediately nauseous and very hot while volunteering (planting flowers). I had to leave after 2 hours because it happened 3 times. Then I had to make a trip to the bathroom-very loose evacuation. Was wondering if the magnesium supplement they suggested while drinking borax water may have had more punch than normal from the Borax. I was dumping water on myself to help cool down and since I was with a bunch of older women, joked that it must be my first hot flash that I've been warned about for the past 5 years. (I'm almost 50).

What symptoms did you incur? And is 6 weeks a standard time table? I have no idea what to expect. I'm very tired

Replied by Colette
Chelmsford
09/27/2016

G from Australia,

Please let me know if borax worked for you, as I have grave disease too.tks.

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.

Replied by Margaret
Florida
10/31/2017

It is on sale at walmart. I just got some.

Replied by Beamer
Brisbane, Australia
12/14/2017

Farm supply stores will have it.

Replied by Rskorj
Ga
02/17/2018

Don't take it for granted if you can buy it from the supermarket, I have seen corporations change the formulas of products and thus made them useless. The same thing can happen for the general public access to pure minerals. Stock up is good advice.



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