Natural Remedies

Borax Cures and Health Benefits

Posted by Pluto (New York, Ny, Usa) on 06/01/2011

Hello! I was wondering if I could put my 4x per-week, daily dose of Borax into capules (I take 1/8 teaspoon) and swallow them thus, because putting the 1/8 (a woman's amount) into water makes the water taste soapy and unpalatable. I am using the Borax for rosacea - demodex extermination. Thank you!

Posted by Lily (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia) on 06/02/2011

Pluto, you must dilute your borax in 1 litre of water. Flavor it if you want to.

Posted by Pluto (New York, Ny, Usa) on 06/02/2011

Thank you, Lily, what a brilliant idea -- flavor it! I figure just the tiniest bit of flavor will go a long way, just to get the soapy edge off.

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Posted by Mesem (Toulon, France) on 03/13/2011

Laugh if you will but is it possible for a woman to have jock itch because I get something that you could describe like that?! If borax treats it I assume it is fungal?

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Posted by Jill (Kent, Uk) on 03/07/2011

borax - overdose? help!

I have mis-read the instructions for taking borax. I have taken 1/8 teaspoon in a glass of water. Instead of in 1 litre of water. Should I be worried about this?


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Posted by Ricahrd (St. Louis, Mo/usa) on 03/06/2011

I need clarification on just how much borax weekly and daily. Ted's instructions are 1/8 tsp per liter taken weekly in divided doses throughout the day. Does this mean 1/8 tsp per liter everyday throughout the week or all of it in one day? And only one day. Need clarification if I am going to do it.

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Posted by Esprit64 (North Yarmouth, Maine) on 02/23/2011

Hello: I am newly introduced to the concept of Borax for healing. And many posts that suggest 20 Mule Team Borax, sold in the USA, is for human ingestion, especially because 1/8 tsp is dissolved in 1 liter water. However, I am looking at the 20 Mule Team box now and its side panel specifically states the following:

#1. It's ingredients is Sodium Tetraborate (a synonym for Sodium borate decahydrate or Borax). The box further states it contains no phosphates or chlorine.

#2. The box further states that its contents are not to be taken internally, first aid for ingestion is to drink milk or water/do not induce vomiting, call a physician immediately, not for drug use.

I've got an eMail into 20 Mule Team now to have them further qualify their no ingestion order.

What's the deal? Is 20 Mule Team Borax safe or not safe for ingestion--please provide real reasons why. Thanks.

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Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 02/29/2012

I copied this directly off the 20 Mule Team Borax site:

In earlier times, 20 Mule Team® Borax was proclaimed to be a magical crystal and was used to aid digestion, keep milk sweet and even cure epilepsy. Common sense and modern technology have brought us better solutions to these and other problems, but 20 Mule Team® Borax still has a place in your home.

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Posted by Kayla (Seattle, Washington) on 05/21/2012

I've tried Mule 20 with no problems but then I saw it in the pellet form in the health section of the store. it is the stuff you've seen at the Naturopathic dr office, anyhow it is Boiron Homepathic medicine, Borax in the pellet form. It is safe just follow the instructions on the bottle, You can buy it at most stores where they have a health food section or just do web search and go to trusted source like A____ and they will deliver it to your door! I hope that helps people.

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Posted by Alexp (Louisville, Ky, Usa) on 01/24/2011

Hi Ted! I add vitamin C in a form of magnesium ascorbate to my all day drinking water. Is it safe to add borax to it also? Will there be any interaction?
Thank you! Alex

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Posted by Jack (Junction City, Or, Usa) on 01/21/2011

Have there been studies in which the excretion of fluoride has been shown to increase with the use of borax?

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Posted by Carly (Seattle, Wa - Usa) on 01/01/2011

Hi - Re Borax... I take Boron every day in capsul form. It is amazing for arthritis. I used to have bad hand pain every morning, now I only have it when I have not taken my boron for a few days. I am wondering if Borax and Boron are similar or even the same thing? I am one of those people who has a hard time considering consuming laundry soap. Even in such small amounts, the thought of it is - pardon the pun - hard for me to swallow. ;)

In my opinion anyone with arthritis pain or osteoperosis would do well to look up boron on the search engines. Boron is one of the KEY components for building bone, along with Magnesium, Vitamin D-3 and Calcium. I try to keep my supplimental calcium intake at the lowest level possible and when I do take it it is a 1:1 ratio with Magnesuim. Vitamin D I take at leat 4,000 iu a day. I live in the North, and there is virtually zero sun here in the fall and winter. All I can say is if you have joint pain or bone issues - read up on all of the above - They are amazing! Here is to a Happy and Healthy New Year! Carly

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Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia, Australia) on 02/16/2012

Hi Becky, thanks for relaying your experience.. It has given me hope for my rheumatoid arthritis! I have been taking a licked fingertip of Borax mixed in an ACV/honey hot toddy every evening for 5 days and, while I'm not getting any Borax side effects, I'm not feeling any pain relief either. I know it was ages ago now, but just wondering if you remember how long you had to take it for before you felt any benefit? Ted has said 4 days on, 3 days off but I think I'm going to go for broke and keep going! :) Did you take it with breaks or consistently? I'm a bit leery of taking it daily for weeks on end...

Hope you are still in good health.. And that it may have even gone away!

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Posted by Brendan (Adelaide, South Australia) on 12/05/2010

Just trying to clarify if the borax I bought is ok to use. Im in Australia and the only one I could get is Harpers powdered Borax. It says on container 99% MIN BORAX so I was just wondering if thats ok? Theres all this stuff on the bottle like "do not swallow" "CAUTION" and information about contacting poison info centre if ingested, so it got me a bit worried, is it ok to use. Ive already got dermatitis on my face so I cant afford to make that worse or damage my immune system anymore. Advice would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 12/05/2010

Hi Brendan, I have taken this brand internally and found it safe. Many years ago I learned from a friend that quite a few people were using it internally after they had been to a Dr. Joel Wallach seminar and in those days that brand even had the label poison on the container. Under our laws as this product is not a poisonous substance it cannot be labeled as such. If a product/substance is deemed poisonous it has to be labeled as poisonous and you can go to the person/company selling it and ask for the MSDS Sheet (Manufacturers Safety Data Sheet) and they are required by law to give it to you. This gives the legal saftey info about the product. Even at the supermarket they will look it up and print one out for you.

My husband recently went to get borax from the supermarket and the Harpers brand is no longer available here and the only one they have is in a green container (hubby & shop assistant spent quite some time looking for it as neither knew it had changed). It has the standard "CAUTION - keep out of reach of children" and in very fine print on the back the poison hot line ph #. This container does not even have a caution about taking it internally. Borax in Australia I think has the saftey rating of S5, which requires it to have "Caution" on the label. Here is a site that has the definitions of these ratings:

Having said all this the dose makes the therapy or the poison. Just as salt has a level that makes it a poison for us so does Borax. Boric Acid is the one that is considered HIGHLY TOXIC for internal use. So I would NEVER use it. Here is a site for some info on boric acid:

All the best in finding what works for you.

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Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 12/06/2010

After re-reading my post I need to clarify when I said I would never use Boric Acid I meant - I would never use it internally. As I do not have the skill to neutralize the acid nor would I bother to try when borax (99% or more pure) is available to us.

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Posted by Brendan (Adelaide, South Australia) on 12/06/2010

Hi Maria from Gippsland, That is really helpful info. I'll remember about the MSDS sheets, I never knew that but it could be useful. Thankyou.

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Posted by Peter From Chicago (Chicago, Il) on 11/08/2010

Bill, since alot of Earthclinic readers are not comfortable using 20 Mule Team Borax because in the laundry section, can you review the two links below to see if they are Borax, this suppose to be USP grade. powder

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Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines) on 11/10/2010

Hi Peter... I would certainly not use the brand you have found because it is specifically a cosmetic form of borax -- for topical use only. In the specification, it says that it only contains 70% borax, also containing Sodium Oxide as well as small amounts of Chloride. I certainly would not ingest this form of borax.

If I could, I would simply use the 20 Mule Team Borax as recommended by Ted. Unfortunately they don't sell it in the Phillipines, but I have managed to buy chemical grade borax(sodium Tetraborate) in Thailand(99% pure) but you will probably have great difficulty purchasing chemical grade borax cheaply in the US. So the only option open to you will be to purchase chemical grade borax through the internet. This may be expensive.

Posted by Susannah (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ) on 10/04/2010

Hi Ted, thanks for the info. I've been trying the HP Borax solution on some moderately bad rosacea for the last week or so. I've seen some improvement but I notice you say Borax should be taken internally to effectively kill the mites. I'm very hesitant because I'm three months' pregnant and I've received advice that it could cause miscarriage. I'm hoping you or anyone else might have some knowledge about this or might be able to recommend a safer alternative. Many thanks.

Posted by Lily (Brisbane, Australia) on 10/05/2010

Hi Sussanah, I take borax about 4-5 days a week at about 1/4tspn in 1 litre of water then stop for a week. I would not recommend taking it while you are pregnant. It is just not worth the risk. Start taking it after you have finished breastfeeding.

Posted by Susannah (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) on 10/16/2010

Hi Lily, many thanks for getting back to me. That's pretty much what I thought -- I'll hold out until after breastfeeding and look for other safer remedies.

Borax Pentahydrate Vs Borax Decahydrate
Posted by Daniel (Christchurch, Canterbury) on 09/30/2010

Could anybody tell me if borax pentahydrate and borax decahydrate, both being only 5 molecules apart, are both safe to ingest using Ted's recipe?

Borax Pentahydrate Vs Borax Decahydrate
Posted by Marianne (Nelson) on 07/12/2012

Hello daniel, I am also in NZ, want to know if you found out more info on pentahydrate borax as that is what I've bought from the binn inn. I want to use it for helping me cure my arthritis as well as fungal nails. Looking forward to your reply, many thanks

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Posted by Mama (London, Ontario) on 09/11/2010

Can anyone tell me if this homeopathic borax I've been reading about that you can order on Amazon is any good? Does it work like the borax powder you buy in the grocery store? It seems very expensive so I just wanted to know the opinions of anyone who has tried it or knows a lot about it. Thanks, Mama

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Posted by Paul (Sanford, Nc, United States) on 09/07/2010

When you guys refer to Borax, are you talking about 20 Mule Team Borax, or something else? Thanks.

EC: In the laundry detergent section of your local grocery store.
Brand Names: 20 Mule Team (USA), BORAXO (USA, MEXICO)

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Posted by Newagewoes (Pittsburgh, Penn.) on 08/19/2010

Need to know from Ted if drinking 1/8 th teaspoon of Twenty Mule Team Borax in Liter of Purified water is safe for those of us with high blood pressure? I am on Atenolol 50 mg per day but want to try it to help with Morgellons.

Mycobacteria Infection
Posted by Labes (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 07/14/2010

Hi everybody, I'm just curious if the Borax remedy of Ted's helped anybody with mycobacteria infection?

Mycobacteria Infection
Posted by Calvin (Us) on 08/13/2017

Hi. Glad borax worked. A couple of ?.

Did you take it everyday, no breaks. Do you still take or reduced, etc. Have you read of. anyone taking 1/2 teaspoon a day. I have a health issue, thinking of raising my dose. Thanks, Calvin

Pineal Gland Decalcification
Posted by Susan (Cincinnati, Oh) on 06/22/2010

Pineal decalcification

Can the borax remedy actually allow the pineal gland to start functioning again? Besides, Borax, is there anything that I need to add to get my son's pineal gland back to normal?

Thank you,

Pineal Gland Decalcification
Posted by Kay (Ireland ) on 09/01/2020

What's in the nutmeg?