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  1. Cheryl

    If anyone has more info on Boran, I would love to look up on this product. Does anyone know where the best place to order Borax is? Does anyone know about Natures oil brand of borax?

    • Peter

      Borax is safe when used in small amounts!
      Why all the writings about why borax is unsafe?
      Answer money!
      Read the article of Rex Newham, the borax consperacy. For instance it is said borax is used in rat poison, that’s correct. However what is missing is that it is forgotten to tell you the function of it, namely to preserve the body of the rat after it dies! If a rat gets on your attick and dies, your whole house will stink. That is why borax is used! About 15 years ago I developed psoriasis and a bit later psoriasis athrtis. Got all kinds of medicine, also metotraxe. Which is lowering your immune system. With all consequences. BUT NOTHING REALLY HELPED. Contacted a naturopath he suggested borax which I did. Have not had any reoccurring of the problem! The Msds shows it clearly borax is about as toxic as seasalt! The spin doctors have put a lot of confusion about borax.please read the article as mentioned before! Good health to you Peter

      • Laura

        My Mother has psoriasis and can’t get rid of it and she’s tried everything! How did you use Borax to get rid of it if you don’t mind me asking? She is so insecure about it and it would change her life!

        • Arley K

          Your mom may want to try a really good probiotic as well. I have heard a lot about them working for skin conditions. It certainly won’t hurt.

  2. Nina Rentz

    To fight scabies/mites, (and/or Lice…?)
    I have a household steam cleaner, that holds 11 oz.
    I used 1/8 teaspoon each; Borax and salt, in water.
    I used a spout-type attachment, and ‘fumigated’ everything, that isn’t metal.
    It fit in every nook, cranny, and crevice: couch, mattress….
    Around, behind, and under stove, frig, cabinets, and adjoining walls of Nieghbors.
    I rinse steamer really well after use, to avoid corrosion of metal parts due to the salt.
    Being careful not to cause a burn- I used the same mist on myself, and my Assistant Canine In-Training.
    Within minutes of misting my scalp and hair- the itching stopped!
    This is my second go-round of varmints in 3 months.
    I had been repeatedly exposed to a baby with “a rash”.
    That rash turned out to be crusted scabies!
    I suspect that the Mother also had body lice.
    Initially, I used all the hair, and body treatment chemical that my Dr. recommended, and prescribed.
    Only to have it return a few weeks later.
    Only time will tell if this will be a long-term success.
    It certainly has created immediate relief!
    I do not claim that this is safe for everyone.
    However, as I am allergic to sulfur,
    I’m attempting to be innovative.
    I am finding that the info on your site is quite interesting.
    Well done!
    Thank you.
    Best wishes.
    Nina & Sullynah-Puppy

  3. Roger

    Not to get too technical but the lethal dosages for Borax are absurd. It would likely be impossible to ingest that amount unless you were really, really trying to. I think it is more likely that the health benefits scare the pants off of the medical and pharmaceutical establishment so they have to find ways to show how “dangerous” boron is. When you consider table salt or regular H2O is more toxic I just don’t believe you would be able to poison yourself with either Boric acid or Borax such as the 20 Mule team brand.

    The health benefits seem to be much greater, it appears to cure Arthritis, yeast infections, candida overgrowth, kills fleas, cleans dishes, you name it Borax does it. Most likely the impetus to demonize the usage comes from an entrenched medical community more bent towards making a profit and less towards addressing the root causes of dis-ease.

  4. Isabelle M

    Thank you for the information and shedding some light on the topic. I’ve been using borax in all sorts of home cleaning recipes for a while now. But recently came across this debate.

  5. Just found your blog yesterday and it’s fantastic so far. We just started ours and my wife is currently in R&D for her personal products. This article was very helpful. Thank you for your digging of the hidden info here and giving it to us!

  6. bob

    – Animal studies have shown to cause damage to the
    testicles, reduced fertility
    Modern detergents do not use borax anymore.
    Still very effective in bug control in and outside of the home.
    Just be careful when handling it – do not wash your clothes or any kitchen top where food will come in contact.

    • Cara

      Just read an article that sodium borate is used in 4 vaccines (Hep A, Hib/Hep B, HPV (Gardasil), HPV (Gardasil 9). Why ? There is very limited to why this is added to an injectable drug. How much is being used and why only in these vaccines to supposedly control pH ? It is banned by the FDA as a food additive and in Europe as well because of reproductive and developmental toxicity concerns. There is a ban on Gardasil in France and concern particularly about the inclusion of sodium borate. I think I will not use this near food or clothing.

  7. Cristina

    I’m from Boron, California, originally. My father worked at the mine. Borax has always been a part of my world :)

  8. JohnLamb

    Above it is stated correctly that the LSD50 test for Borax (Not the acid) is between 4500 to 5000 mg/kg weight. Table salt is about 3000.
    It seems that most people here cannot interpret what they’re reading because they’re not trained in these industries. I am a formulation food and cosmetic chemist with over 40 years of experience. Let me explain the obfuscations surrounding Borax.
    1) for ease of calculation 1kg = 2lbs.
    2) 5000mgs = 5 grams = about 1 teaspoonful
    3) thus for a woman weighing 120lbs. the dose to make you deathly sick is 120/2 = about 60kgs, requirement is 60 TEASPOONFULS IN ONE DOSE (~300 gms) that’s more than 2 McDonald’s hamburger putties!!!
    4) Table salt requires 1 and 1/2 putties.

    Clearly common sense dictates that no-one will ingest this type of amount of Borax or Salt for that matter in one sitting?

    Borax has so many uses in health matters as a synergist, that it is an almost panacea. For instance, taken as a synergist to Magnesium supplementation, it seems to cure not just ameliorate a number of ailments that for Big Pharma are staple income earners for Billions per year.

    Since I stumbled across this blog and I see it’s mostly a female blog of interest here is a small take away about osteoporosis.
    As we age, some minerals from our bones are re-absorbed into the blood stream as they are required in other areas/organs due to slowing metabolism and hormonal imbalances. This leaves a lot of Calcium depositing in soft tissues and is about 50% responsible for heart and other problems.
    However, a Boron (Borax) and Magnesium correct supplementation anecdotally seems to lift the calcium from the various soft organs and redeposit it on the bones!! (The correct supplementation is a number of orders higher than the RDA we are led to believe. Do some research)
    In fact people who supplemented for this, seem to have stronger bones than expected for their age. (After a couple of years with this type of supplementation do not be surprised as to the difficulty your dentist will find in drilling your teeth even when you are 70!)
    Farriers and veterinaries have treated Thrush on horses hooves with Borax for years. We know today, that Thrush is runaway Candida Albicans infection, would it pay you to research this as well if suffering from such an ailment?
    Lastly and most importantly, Borax seems to complex Fluorine/Fluorides out of water and bodies. (Research this as well)Research why is fluorine included in our water supply. Vested interests want to dumb us down. Others explain this better than I ever could.

    I AM NOT A DOCTOR. But, during my life, I had to learn a number of disparate disciplines and to integrate them in order to produce primary research for products that worked well. I found that not all “Naturals” are benign, nor all laboratory/industrial products used are malignant. A common sense mix of actives and non-actives from both do tend to give very good results.
    The problems arise when marketing and accountant types put undue pressure on scientists in their fields to over emphasize one thing or another. It’s bad science, but the scientists if they object, loose their jobs and are then blacklisted and can’t find another, in the meantime they have wives and children to take care of.
    A good example of this, is the “Global Warming” smoke and mirrors ponny show which is untrue and that’s why it’s been changed to “Climate Change” now days. Nonsense, the earth in it’s wobbly peripatetic path around the Sun is at present in a closer orbit than it was, this was known that it would happen more than 50 years ago. Earth will move further anyway, CO2 has nothing to do with it except steal more money from the tax payers. CO2 is required by plant life. Let’s stop CO2 let the plant life die and see what we’ll eat. Sanguine nonsense, bad science paid for by special interests.
    Good Luck, and do some research it’s easy today with the Webb.


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