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Borax Cures and Health Benefits

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

Replied by Just Mum

Blants sells a good quality Borax.

Replied by Maz

Borax can be bought at Bunnings.

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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.

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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.

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Posted by Terry (Memphis, Tn) on 03/12/2011
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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?

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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?


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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Replied by Lou
(Tyler, Tx)

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.

Replied by Kayla
(Seattle, Washington)

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 Steve (Ny, Syracuse) on 12/30/2010

About this Borax material. I bought some of the Team Mule brand Borax in the laundry aisle and it warns that it should not be taken internally or used for medicine. I contacted them personally and they do not make any claims for human consumption. I understand that many people are uneasy about taking it because of these reasons. Can you shed any light on this? Are there any mainstream articles referring to the use of this substance? I've tried the pellets but they're quite expensive for what you get. Thanks!

Replied by Becky From Ohio
(Ashtabula, Ohio, Usa)
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I'm sure someone can address this better than I, but I would like to offer my personal experience to you until a better explanation is posted. I too felt very nervous about consuming something that was labeled "not for human consumption. " I remember reading that the toxicity of borax is about the same as is for salt. (I haven't consulted any MSDS's to prove that thought. I believe you could get those over the internet?) Anyway, I finally decided that 1) the dose was small- 1/8th of a teaspoon generally for women, 1/4 of a teaspoon for mean. 2)Even if it wasn't good for me, it was basically just a little bit of soap? Also- not for human consumption doesn't necessarily mean it will hurt you, just that a government agency won't recommend it. That doesn't mean it IS safe, but it may not mean it isn't.

So, I did try the borax for arthritis pain. Reluctantly at first, but I was quite desperate. I have had GREAT results, and NO bad reactions. Within a few days my knee pain (I'm calling it arthritis, but I'm not sure what was all going on in my knees)was greatly improved. It felt like cement breaking up in my knees. I am still using the borax (along with ACV) most days. I take a break from it every once in a while. If I go too long the "cement" and pain in the knees comes back and I start back on the borax and it clears right up. I suggest it to so many people I know that sound like it might help- but so far no one will try it. They just can't get over it not being made for human consumption. Such a shame. I was very close to having to go to an orthopedic surgeon before I tried the borax. I highly recommend it!

Replied by Becky From Ohio
(Ashtabula, Ohio, Usa)

Steve, After I mentioned that borax is said to be less toxic than salt, I decided to look for its MSDS (material safety data sheet) on the internet and compare it to something most people would normal consider safe. I found the MSDS for borax and also Advil (ibuprofen). I thought it would be a good comparison. I'm not sure if you are familiar with MSDS's. They can be pretty scary looking if you are not use to them. Hopefully it will make you feel more confident in trying borax and not scare you. Under section 11 is the toxicological information. Advil has a much more toxic than borax. Advil has a acute oral toxicity (LD50) of 495 mg/kg. Borax oral toxicity (LD50) is 2,400 mg/kg. It takes much less Advil to kill 50 percent of the test animals (rats usually) than it does borax. If I'm doing my math correctly, Advil is almost 5 times more toxic than borax? Anyway, here are the 2 links to the MSDS's:

For borax

For Advil

Maybe this will help?

Replied by Carly
(Seattle, Wa - Usa)

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

Replied by Mesm
(Toulon, France)

Thanks for relating your experience with borax. I will try it for my poor big toe (not gout)! 1/8 tspn sodium borate in juice per day? Everyone is freaked out by me taking Lugols or suggesting H202. Sodium borate is great for athlete's foot, gone in 2 days, just sprinkle it on.

Replied by Jennywren
(Perth, Western Australia, Australia)

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!

Replied by Jacqueline

I take it most days. It's just the 20 Mule Team. I do the other, alternative mixture made thus: take a 1/2 litre bottle and put 1/2 a teaspoon in the bottom. Add a little boiling water to dissolve. Top up bottle with filtered water and put into fridge. One teaspoon of this mixture = 3 mgs of boron, so start with one teaspoon in a cup of tea or coffee, and when you find no problems with that, increase to 2 teaspoons a day, then 3 teaspoons a day. I take this probably 5 times a week, but it doesn't hurt if it's taken all the time. I find it has NO side-effects and it does reduce the pain of my rheumatoid arthritis. It certainly didn't kill me. I will add however, that I take 400 mgs of magnesium every day and apparently that helps your body use the boron where it's needed.

Replied by Richard

Borax is not any kind of soap..

When used to wash clothes it softens the water, making your laundry detergent more effective and you are able to use less detergent...

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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.

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

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.

Replied by Maria
(Gippsland, Australia)

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.

Replied by Brendan
(Adelaide, South Australia)

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.