Health Benefits

Borax: Unlocking the Health Benefits of a Natural Compound

Toenail Fungus

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Posted by Earth Born Relic (Sea Cliff NY ) on 12/10/2023

I had a fungus on my big toe since 2004. Got so bad the nail fell off quite a few times. I tried everything and it just seemed to keep the nail on....but soaking your feet in Borax is amazing. It really worked!

Trigger Finger

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Posted by Deirdre (Earth Clinic) on 11/13/2022

For anyone interested in the subject of Trigger Finger of Trigger Thumb:

I finally got a chance to make a video about my very successful borax treatment for Trigger Finger and thus avoiding surgery. Details and extensive instructions are given on Earth Clinic's YouTube Channel here:

Twenty Mule Team Borax Ingredients

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Posted by Ray (Calgary) on 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 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
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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)

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 Robert

i would caution using 20 mule team borax. it is called Borateam and Borateem is 98.7 percent borax with tribromsalan, a microbiocide, and sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, an insecticide. I would recommend technical grade borax.

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Hi Robert,

Borateem is a completely different product than Borax as seen here :

Is this what you are talking about?



Can you please confirm how you know that 20 Mule Team borax is Borateem? The wikipedia article for 20 Mule Team borax does not state categorically that it actually is Borateem. The reason it's it a very important distinction is that I was healed of a chronic infection in my oesophagus (believed to be h.pyloi) by taking the 20 Mule Team Borax, but I got the infection again and borax sold by other companies did not have the same beneficial effect. Borateem contains tribromsalan as you said. This is well-known as an antiparasitic medication. (It also contains sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate which is a ionic surfactant used to enhance the effects of both borax and tribromsalan.) From my experience I put down my healing to the tribromsalan in the product - which makes me suspect you are right to say that 20 Mule Team borax is in fact Borateem - but I would really like to confirm this! Thank you.

(Kapaa, HI)

20 mule team borax is borateem. it is formulated and owned by a large corporation. it is marketed as 20 mule team borax. not to be confused with 100% borax. it's marketing deception.

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Hi Robert,

Both products are made by Dial, but are not exactly the same according to the following article link :

Here is a quote from the article :


Dial states that Borateem is a "color-safe dry bleach." According to, Borateem is 98.7 percent borax but also includes tribromsalan, a microbiocide, and sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate, an insecticide. Borax does not contain other ingredients.

Here is an image of Borateem :

Here is an image of 20 Mule Team Borax, the one often discussed on EC :


Walter Last

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Posted by Earth Clinic on 11/13/2022

We were just on Walter Last's website to fix a broken link to his great borax article and we were saddened to learn that he died in 2021 at the age of 86. Here's the announcement for anyone interested.

And here is the updated link to his borax article:

Weight Loss

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Posted by Pan (El Paso) on 04/09/2021

I have definitely noticed a weight reduction since using borax 5 days now. My diet has actually gotten more diverse. I was on gluten free paleo diet for health reasons. I felt sick so I couldn't exercise. I'm eating like a kid again so I know it's not my diet causing weight loss. Boron has my back. Thank God for this wonderful mineral to counter act the toxicity of this world.

Replied by dorothy


What is your borax protocol and from where did you buy the borax you use?

Thank you

EC: The borax protocol can be found in the introductory article on this page.

(Centerville, Iowa)

Dorothy, Go to the top of the page on the right hand side and look under Borax Dosages for the info you are looking to find. Each person is different. I started out with just the tip of an infant feeding spoon and gradually worked my way up. Everyone's body is different. I found amazing things happening even when I first started using it. Listen to your body and make notes on the calendar, so that you realize what your body is telling you.

Replied by Sue
(Kokomo Indiana)

What is the recipe for weight loss?

Thank you.

Yeast Infections

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Posted by Kathy (Virginia Beach, VA) on 03/27/2008

Decades ago I was informed by a nurse that douching with a tbl. of the borax used for cleaning laundry(don't want to mention the BN) and 8 oz. of warm water twice daily for just a few days works. Well it really does. I've been using this remedy for many years now with no adverse reactions. If you do it gently, it should not cause problems, just wash out the vagina. Very simple and super cheap!

Replied by Sonya

Several years ago, I went in for my annual exam, and was told that they couldn't do a PAP because I had a yeast infection. I was dismayed -- "but I always have one", I said. The Doctor, bless his heart said that he would prescribe boric acid boluses for me. He prepared them himself and they were available from a pharmacy down the street. I protested a little that nothing ever worked for me, EVER... not permanently anyways.

He told me that he had never seen a repeat case in anyone that he had prescribe the boluses to. Well, I used them and guess what? It's been four years with no yeast infections! I will never use the stupid cream stuff again. If I ever need to, I may make the boluses myself using the cosmetic grade borax and cocoa butter. But -- I haven't had to and hopefully won't!

Replied by Lisa
(Kevil, Kentucky)

In herbal medicine, the term bolus is used interchangably with the word suppository. Many herbalists call a suppository made with herbs and an oil that is solid at cool temps and then melts when inserted into the body (vagina, or rectum) a bolus.

Replied by A.busey
(Beaverton, Oregon)

Yes! A nurse practitioner finally helped me after years of yeast infection from antibiotic use for sinus infection. She said go to the drug store or natural food store and buy the biggest empty capsules they sell and buy Boric Acid Powder there also. Fill one or two capsules and use as a suppository over night. You can do it a couple days in a row and it has worked wonders! Plan to where a light pad to absorb a little mess when you get up and moving around the next morning. Oh, I've found that a straw works wonders - just poke it down into the Boric Acid container and then hold over the open capsule and pinch above the powder to get it to fall out of the straw into the capsule. Hope this helps the many others suffering with this awful problem.

Replied by Sandy
(Vienna, Austria)

YEA, you are mentioning "borax" and "boric acid" in your post. Isn't there a difference?

Another thing that I don't quite understand: Borax is alkaline, right? But the pH of the vagina is supposed to be acid. E.G. Many woman get yeast infections because the sperm is alkaline, which messes up their vaginal environment. How can an alkaline substance cure an infection caused by a disturbed environment?

But if you say it worked I'm gonna give it a shot anyways. But how do I know if the borax/boric acid that I buy is the one you used for your treatment? Do you have a chemical formular or any other specific information or something?

I have no idea where to buy this stuff in Austria... Does anybody have experiences with the borax from ebay?



They are two different things but both work the same way. Boric acid is twice as strong, normally 22% boron. Boric acid is banned in Australia since 80's but was used on me to heal an infection when I was a kid by my grandfather (dr). I use Borax (eat it, wash in it, wash hair, brush teeth) MMS (chlorine Dioxide and the Bob Beck Protocol. Alkaline green raw juice (dr Robert Young) also works in the same way when you understand it all and you should try to learn about them all, I would encourage you anyway. Think for yourself. It is hard to unlearn

Replied by Somegirlontheinternet
(Sacramento, Ca)

So, I had been wondering this same thing, and I think I figured it out. This is based on nothing more than speculation however I believe that Boric Acid is what people are referring to using vaginally, and Borax internally (uhhh.. by mouth. lol.. I guess technically they are both internally, but you know what I mean). One of the big differences is that one is acidic (like the vagina) and the other is alkaline. I'd recommend just using Boric Acid vaginally since it has such a well proven track record. My guess is that some people aren't aware they are two different things and are inaccurately using Borax in place of Boric Acid. Just a guess. Internally (by mouth) Borax is supposed to help clear up candida though so I'm sure using both at the same time should help clear it up from the symptom location (vagina) and the root location (intestinal track).

Just my thoughts but I could be wrong.

Replied by Sophia

I just mixed 4 TBSP organic extra virgin coconut oil with 2 TBSP 20 Mule Team Borax and made some boluses with molds that hold I'm guessing 1/4-1/3 TBSP each. They're in the freezer now and I plan to use them, once daily, for 2 weeks and then 2x/wk for 6-12 months if needed after that. I also started taking 1/8 TSP Borax in water today and will do 5 days on and 2 days off. Oh, and I put 1 TSP in 16 oz of distilled water along with 1 TSP of a 1:1:1 salt:baking soda:xylitol mix I use to irrigate my sinuses. I have Lyme and chronic yeast/fungal issues from all the antibiotics I've been on. Plus, I'm taking good probiotics. Will check in with progress but I couldn't find a recipe for the borax boluses so I just guessed at it. I know boric acid might make more sense but I have the borax on hand. Having high hopes for borax in general and very grateful for this site and all the contributors. Thank you, EC!