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Posted by Susan (New York) on 08/06/2012

bill from san fernando, can you check this link below to see if this is the right borax for the earthclinc readers. the 20 mule brand borax has added fragrance to the borax. it might not be pure.

borax product listing.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

The link shows technical grade borax which is good enough to use. I also use technical or chemical grade borax for supplementation and I've used it in the daily amounts as advised by Ted for many years. And if you buy 1 lb of borax -- this will last you for years because you only use fairly small amounts anyway on a daily basis.

I also note that borax is sold as boron in health shops -- usually at a pill dosage of 3 to 6 mgs a day. Boron or borax is the same stuff -- sodium tetraborate. That pill dosage may well successfully recover an arthritic mouse or help a rat suffering from rampanat candida, but this small dosage will have little beneficial effect on humans. Another example of the ridiculously low and useless RDA dosages promoted by Codex Alimentarius.

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa

Hi Bill, How many mg a day of boron would you recommend for human consumption? I have been taking 3mg a day, but am wondering what the upper limit would be.

I really love reading your posts!

Thank you. :)

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Philippines

Hi Carly... The normal RDA health dosage for boron is between 3 mgs and 6 mgs. Personally, I think that this dosage is way to small if you are trying to cure problems like arthritis or candida or trying to detox Fluoride from your body.

Boron is the same as Sodium Tetraborate --which is borax. If you buy boron tablets from a health shop and look at the constituents on the back -- it will say that it contains so many mgs of sodium tetraborate or borax per tablet. I don't know why they call it boron since boron can never exist in its free state.

The dosage I use is Ted's recommended 1/4 teaspoon borax(for men) in a liter of water and I just drink that throughout the day. Women should use a dosage of 1/8 tspn of borax in a liter of water. Take this for 5 consecutive days then take 2 days rest from the protocol and continue like this on a weekly basis.

Ted also recommends using just 20 mule Team Borax for your borax needs but this is up to you. But I can't buy this in the Philippines -- so I have to use chemical grade borax instead.

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - USA

Thank you for the information Bill, I appreciate it. I have been taking 3mg of boron a day, every day.... but it seems to not be working as well as it had been.

I use _______ Boron Chelate in capsule form, and the bottle doesn't list sodium tetraborate on the ingredients - it just says: Boron (as Boron amino acid chelate) 3mg. Other Ingredients: Cellulose, Gelatin (Capsule).

Anyway - I think I will up it to 6mg a day (and take the two days off every week suggested) and see if that does the trick.

Thanks again for your time. :-)

Posted by The Old Soul (Lancaster, Uk) on 07/26/2012

Can anyone tell me if Borax Powder BP (Boric Oxide) is suitable for the cures you talk about. If so at what dilution? Thanks, The Old Soul

Posted by Linda (Liverpool, Merseyside) on 06/17/2012

Hi, I have suffered with various problems for the last 15 years, ME, chronic fatigue and diarrhea, endometriosis, adhesions on my bowel. I have not taken the advice of my doctor to go on hormonel treatment to stop my periods because all intervention that I have had in the past seem to have made things worse. I have spent a lot of money on alternative health trying to make things better but nothing as helped. I thought that taking the Borax might help though I was quite nervous about this. I bought a very pure one and I used about half the recommened dose. I only put a pinch in a quarter of a liter of water. I must have drank about half of a small glass and I stopped because I started to get some reactions.

Firstly my stomach is always swollen and sore but it almost became worse straight away, with a bubbling noise all over, later that night all painful areas flared up and I was coughing a lot, it was like my body was trying to clear something. Today I have terrible diarrhea to the point of passing water, whilst my stools are always loose, this is different, I have had to run to the toilet within an hour of eating. Because my stomach is tender anyway, things are really painful today. The one thing that does feel quite a bit better is that I can breath, for the first time in ages my sinuses feel clear. I suffer from allergies and my nose is always blocked. I cannot believe that such a small dose of anything could have such an impact and wonder why you think this might be? I read a lot of stuff here about the borax before taking it and I know that some people do have diarrhea as a side effect, though I did hear someone else say that it made their stools darker and more formed which was my hope. I just can't believe that something this small, it was a pinch in loads of water of which I only drank a small amount could do this. I don't think I can carry on and I am wondering what to do. It seems that what ever I try just seems to make it worse. I tried peppermint oil a while ago which seemed to help a bit but then the diarrhea got worse and my food started come through undigested. Please any idea as to what might be happening here and why such a small dose could have caused this to happen?

Thanks Linda

Replied by Linda

I have been taking the borax for a couple of weeks now. Started very slow because of severe reactions. The reactions died down after a few days and I started to get really positive results in terms of energy. I felt like I had more energy than I have had for years and for the first time in years I was able to exercise, which felt great. I also had less trouble with allergies. However the pain from my endometriosis is much worse and I am due to have my period in a day or so and the pain is almost unbearable. This also happened when I took progestrone cream which is meant to help. I feel really sad because I felt like I was getting my life back. I have read that borax increases estrogen which is not good for endometrosis but I have also read that it should balance estrogen rather than increase it. Can Ted or someone please please help me? Linda

Replied by Tim
Cincinnati, Oh

Linda, It sounds like you might be helped by drinking 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water once or twice per day. Go to the Apple Cider Vinegar Cures page and see if that gives you any ideas.

Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 05/28/2012

Came across Borax suggestions elsewhere online a few days ago in my quest for home-based scabies treatments. Found this forum and its numerous benefits being discussed. I have been "out of balance" for most of my life, and it is getting worse now with fatigue and hypoxia (what you can feel when heat stroke is coming on) setting in after minimal sports exertion.

I also believe I have PCOS caused by medications taken in childhood but it is not confirmed - I have multiple symptoms of it including the chin and lip hairs beginning from age 13. I also have had chronic sleep problems in not getting continuous sleep at night, despite ensuring I am getting approx 8 hours each night. With no insurance and a complete loss as to how to pinpoint these multiple issues, I began the borax water today. 1 liter of bottled water mixed with 1/8 teaspooon of 20 Mule borax. I already take alpha lipoic, magnesium, and kelp supplements daily among other vitamins including D. I'll try the 4 days on 3 days off and see how I feel. I'm prepared for initial "detox" symptoms but hope my magnesium intake will lessen them somewhat. Yes I read 4 pages of the forum before posting, and understand people's skepticism initially.

Borax (and boron) much like iodine and sulfur has been used for thousands of years successfully but began to interfere with big pharma's profits as industry "modernized". The FDA has no interest except in keeping us sick through our food and protecting big pharma. Be very wary of their labelling and recommenations. (think, why would they scare people off iodine and iodized flour and bread, and get makers in the habit to put *gasp* bromine in food instead when iodine is helpful and bromine is the opposite??) Will post back here in a few weeks of 4 on/3 off of "boronated" water intake.

Posted by Zack (Melbz, Vic) on 12/05/2011

Hi everyone, I know Ted says that we should ingest 1/4 teaspoon of borax in 1 litre of dechlorinated/defluorodated water... Just wondering if it's cool to add 1/4 teaspoon of borax to 1 litre of distilled water to drink??

Replied by Faith
Pdx, US

For people that have concerns relating to borax mule 20. You can just go to health store or the nutrition dept. At the grocery store, here they carry the borax pellets for made human use.

Posted by Cindy (Osceola, Mo) on 12/04/2011

This question is for Ted if possible. I want to try the Borax cure for extreme arthritis and fibromyalgia. I have had breast cancer that is estrogen and progesterone positive. This means I have too much estrogen and progesterone in my body that feeds the cancer. I am worried that taking the borax might have an effect on my hormones. I am past menopause and at this stage I should have very little hormones at all. I am doing ok with the cancer so don't want to irritate that problem. I would so love to stop the pain associated with the other problems. Cannot keep taking over the counter pain relievers much longer without serious stomach problems. Many thanks to you all for your help.

Replied by Conniemerie
Twinn Lakes, Wi

I, too, am past menopause and have suffered for the last ten years from excruciating pain and sleeplessness. I, unlike you, have an over abundance of testosterone for a female (or had). I have some info for you that may or may not help. Here goes. I use lard in pie crust and lard to deep fry in (or peanut oil if i'm using my deep fryer). I use corn oil to make my own mayo. I also use sunflower oil or grapeseed oil for making italian dressing. I take efa and dha and evening primrose, borage, and flaxseed oils. Do not consume canola or soy oils! I take every antioxidant every day, and some of them twice a day. I take CoQ10, serraenzymes from "good health naturally". I alternate herb x, citracidal, hydrogen peroxide, papaya enzyme, and apple cider vinegar to keep my digestion going. And, I drink a lot of twice filtered water. And, I just bought a distiller. I take echanacea and dmg (b15) to increase oxygen in my body. I also bought an oxygen enhancing breathing machine. Just know you have to use extreme sanitary measures to keep it free of "legionaires" bacteria or you could get pneumonia. If you cannot take borax in water internally, try a bath with 1 cup each borax laundry detergent and 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide (it's a great way to get scabies out of your system). I use an essential oil mixture to spray myself down afterward. Don't despair cindy, there are many things you can try. Just don't give up.

Replied by Kilgore
Jackson, Ms

Please try iodine for menopause. Stops the symptoms cold. 20 drops of the 5% solution a day in coffee or milk.

Posted by Cindy (Osceola, Mo) on 11/30/2011

I would like to know what effects the Borax protocol would actually have on hormones. I have had fibromyalgia for over 25 years and now have arthritis so terribly I can hardly move across my kitchen. I have had breast cancer however. It was estrogen and progesterone positive. I had a low grade form of cancer and had it removed at biopsy. I did not take radiation or tamoxifen which was offered but chose to increase my iodine level. I don't want to antagonize my cancer by doing the wrong thing. I have taken so many years of over the counter pain relievers I am afraid I can't do it much longer. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand

The research I've done on borax, suggests it's a natural hormone replacement therapy. So no worries in that department.

Posted by Yanick (Val-d'or, Quebec Canada) on 10/11/2011

Good afternoon,

I have a question regarding Ted's Borax Cure.. I have recently purchased a bottle of Borax (sodium borate Cleaning Agent and Deodorizer from Laboratoire Atlas Inc. Montreal, Quebec, Canada) at Walmart's pharmacy as they did not have the 20 Mule box in the laundry section. Other than what I have written above, there's no other ingredient written on the bottle so I can assume its close to 100% borax?

Can this product be safe for human consumption using the required dosage taken from your site in 1L of water?

Many thanks

Posted by Azhi (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 08/10/2011

I need to know if Boric Acid is the same as Borax. I could not find Borax in Toronto. Best Regards, Azhi

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Hi Azhi - Boric acid and borax are different. You can find borax in the laundry aisle in any supermarket in Toronto (common brand is 20 Mule Team Borax). It's usually around the powdered bleach and washing soda boxes. Have you checked out all of the great ideas for using borax here in Earth Clinic? Cheers, Bess

Replied by Oscar
Syracuse, New York

Bess is absolutely RIGHT about this. Borax and boric acid are two entirely different compounds. And "20 mule team borax" is borax. Read the label to make sure you are not buying some soap mixture. Boric acid can be purchased from chemical suppliers and a very few hardware stores, and farm supply outlets. Boric acid is very inexpensive, but requires some effort to obtain. I have NO opinion on either compounds medicinal uses. I used a mixture of the two to rid my home of wood boring insects. And you need to use detailed instructions on how to create this mixture which requires proper ratios and heating to create. So borax and boric acid are two very different compounds. Many people get the two confused....Oscar

Replied by Oscar
Syracuse, New York

A quick update on my previous posting. Boric acid might be available at drugstores. I really do not know. I was buying it in bulk for treating my home for wood boring insects. I thought I should mention that because of the effort required to buy it in bulk or large amounts....Oscar

Replied by Doddie
Lawrenceville, Georgia

No, Boric acid is not the same as Borax. Do not use it as a substitute! It is used to kill roaches.

Replied by Mark
Breda, Nl

Borax turns into boric acid depending on pH. If the pH is low (acid) like in your stomach, borax turns to boric acid, if the pH turns high again (alkaline) like in your intestines, most of it will be borax again.

Boric acid and borax are about equally effective.

I got this info straight from Walter Last, who wrote the article on borax.

Posted by L.h (Adelaide, South Australia) on 07/18/2011

Coles sell "Bare Essentials" Borax. Found the safety data sheet on their website ( says it is not classified as a dangerous good according to the ADG code. The ingredient is Disodium Tetraborate Decahydrate 100%. Is this a safe one to ingest?

Posted by Fabian (Clifton , Nj) on 07/18/2011

what is borax? or where can I get it ? I have found sodium percarbonate no perborate like the remedie says. the ingredient I have found it in many forms of detergent. would anyone help me and give me some guidance or products that will have it? thank you very much.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, La Union

Hi Fabian... Borax is also called Sodium Borate or Sodium Tetraborate-- sold as a white powder or hydrate. You can buy it as "20 Mule Team Borax"(from the washing isle of supermarkets) and use this to create a liter of water with a little borax in it to drink. To do this, take a liter of water and just add 1/8 tspn to it. Then drink a liter of this for four days only, then stop and take 3 days off(no borax water). Then start again. So, four days drinking borax water, then 3 days off -- no borax water.

See this link:

Or you can just buy Boron tablets (whose ingredients will also be listed as sodium borate or tetraborate) and take at least 6 mgs per day.

Borax helps to cure arthritis, helps to modulate the body's hormones, removes body fluoride and is perhaps the ultimate fungal killer.

Posted by Cindy (Cochrane, Wi) on 06/29/2011

will borax kill all good and bad bacteria when you take it? i would also like to take kefir-how could I best do this? i appreciate your advise, thank you.

Posted by Terry (Memphis, Tn) on 03/12/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I read in the post awhile back about a man that had jock itch for years and washed with borax and it immediately felt better. Well I tried over the counter remedies and was going to go to the doctor to get something because it itching for a couple of months was becoming unbearable.

I tried different oils and it seemed to make the situation feel better, but no real change. I started using ACV and slowly I saw where the area was being cured. However, after dampening my cloth, sprinkling borax on it (the muletrain type), and washing with it, the itch IMMEDIATELY went away. after washing with it twice a day for 2 days, it seemed the entire rash was healed.

I now use borax as a body scrub and have a toenail fungus that I am going to try it on. I am using ACV, and it is slowly going away. But, if it worked that quick on the jockitch, Im sure it will knock out the toe fungus too.

Replied by Mesem
Toulon, France

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?

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?


Replied by Janet
Cos Cob, Ct, Usa

Hi Jill,
I would just drink a lot of water throughout the day if I were you. I think you'll be fine. Borax is as toxic as table salt.

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.

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines

Hi Richard... Ted's Borax remedy entails that you do the following:

* Mix 1/8 tspn(for women) or 1/4 tspn(for men) in one liter of water.

* Drink one liter of this mixture every day for only four days a week. So, that's for days taking the mixture then three days off the mixture every week.