Borax is used internally to treat arthritis, fungal infections and a variety of other health conditions. It is also used to provide the body with the necessary trace mineral boron. Externally, borax is used to treat parasites, mange in dogs, and as a shampoo alternative, especially for those with scalp conditions.
How to Take Borax Internally
Earth Clinic’s Ted recommends that men take 1/4 teaspoon (940 ~ 1,000 mg) of borax dissolved in one liter of water. This liter of water is then sipped throughout the day.
Ted recommends 1/8 teaspoon (470 mg ~ 500 mg) of borax dissolved in a liter of water, sipped throughout the day, for women. This borax water is taken 5 days on and 2 days off. For example, take the Borax water Monday through Friday and take the weekend off.
Some people add the borax to their morning coffee or sprinkle it on their food as they would salt. It would be wise to measure out your daily dose (1/4 teaspoon for men (940 ~ 1,000 mg), 1/8 teaspoon (470 mg ~ 500 mg) for women) each morning if you choose this method to make sure you are not taking too much.
While borax is no more toxic to the body than table salt, taking too much may cause temporary stomach upset or diarrhea. Even the regular dose may be too much for some. If you find that the ¼ or 1/8 teaspoon daily does not agree with you, cut the dose in half. Or you can use the much more diluted version recommended by Walter Last, which many have found to work quite well for their needs.
Walter Last recommends dissolving 1 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water and then taking one or 2 teaspoons of the borax solution daily.1
How to Use Borax Externally
Borax can be added to a tub bath or foot bath to benefit the skin. Add 1 – 4 tablespoons to a tub bath or foot bath. This is especially useful for fungal conditions of the skin.
Borax is one of the two ingredients in Ted’s Famous Mange Cure. 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 4 cups water and 3 heaping tablespoons of borax are mixed together. The solution is used to bath the affected area, or entire animal several times a day. The solution is allowed to dry on the animal. For more information see this page.
Borax is also used as a shampoo substitute. It seems to be especially helpful for those with an itchy or infected scalp. Add 1 tablespoon borax to 1 or 2 cups of warm water and use this water to rinse your hair from the scalp to the ends. You can then rinse this water out. For some, this may eventually cause some drying of the hair and scalp. If this is the case, you can try moisturizing your hair with a small amount of coconut oil.
Where to Buy Borax
Most of our readers buy 20 Mule Team Borax, which is easily located in the USA in the laundry aisle of most grocery stores. Otherwise, you can buy 20 Mule Team online at Amazon.