Borax is getting a lot of attention on TikTok these days. It seems like there are some very polarized opinions about taking Borax, so today I’m going to try to shed some light on the controversial supplement. In this post I’ll review the Benefits of taking Borax, how much to take, and more!
What is Borax?
A naturally occurring mineral, usually mined in Turkey or California, also known as Sodium tetraborate, Sodium borate, or Disodium tetraborate. The chemical formula for Borax consists of sodium, boron, oxygen, and hydrogen. Boron, the trace mineral found in Borax, is very alkaline. Supplementing with Borax will increase the alkalinity of your body and also increase the trace mineral levels in your body. Both of which can be very beneficial.
Health Benefits of Supplementing with Borax
There are a host of benefits of supplementing with borax. The most notable are its bone health benefits. Some of the health issues that can benefit from taking Borax are:
- Joint Pain
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Hormone Imbalances
- Rough Skin
Our bodies rely on essential nutrients to function properly. Boron, a trace mineral in borax, is an essential mineral for proper hormone function and calcium-magnesium balance. Many diseases today are related to simple nutritional deficiencies, and restoring a low nutrient like boron can significantly improve overall health.
How to Restore Healthy Boron Levels
The best way to get your body’s boron levels to a healthy level is to incorporate foods that contain boron. The best natural food sources of boron are:
- Fruits (Apples, pears, grapes, cherries, plums, avocado, and dried fruits like raisins and prunes)
- Vegetables (broccoli, kale, spinach, and beetroot)
- Nuts and Seeds (Almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds)
- Legumes (Beans, lentils, and chickpeas)
- Grains (brown rice, quinoa, and oats)
The only problem with this approach is that most of the minerals in our farm soil have been depleted. 50 years ago, spinach had different levels of nutrients than the same spinach grown today. Because most diseases stem from a lack of nutrients, it’s no wonder we are having such a problem with so many people becoming sick. That’s why most people would probably benefit from supplementation.
The Correct Way to Supplement with Borax
We obviously want to be adding as many healthy foods as we can into our diet to try to help our boron levels increase naturally. Plus, there are many other health benefits of adding more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains daily. But there does come a time when supplementation is needed. You want to make sure that you are supplementing with very small doses of Borax! I’ve seen people on TikTok put a whole teaspoon of powder in a glass of water and drink it. That is WAY too much and is probably a toxic level of supplementation!
There is a lot of controversial information on the internet about how much Borax to supplement with. Ideally with this powder less is more. You definitely don’t want to be ingesting too high of levels of Boron, but how much is enough?
According to earthclinic.com the best dosage is ¼ teaspoon per day for men and 1/8 teaspoon per day for women, dissolved in 1 liter of water and drank throughout the day.
Walter Last recommends dissolving 1 teaspoon of borax in 1 liter of water and then taking one or two teaspoons of the solution daily. This is an easy option to consider if you’re not wanting to measure small amounts every day.
While I think it’s good to measure things out, I’ve also seen people have good results with taking a small pinch in their morning coffee or in some water. Again, less is more. It’s a good idea to start small and see how your body reacts to the powder.
Other Uses for Borax
Obviously Borax has a host of other uses around the house and cosmetically. It’s found in the laundry aisle, and its use for getting clothes super clean is well known. But here are a few other ways you can use Borax!
My favorite thing to do when I’m sick is a detox bath. It helps me relax, and it restores essential minerals that can help holistically heal your body faster. My detox bath recipe is:
- 1 Cup Epsom Salts
- 1 Cup Baking Soda
- 1 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
- 1 Cup Borax
- 1 cup Bentonite Clay
Draw the bath water as hot as you can stand it, and soak in the bath for a minimum of 30 minutes (longer is better!).
Another interesting way to use Borax is for your hair. The “no poo” method with baking soda was super popular a while ago, and now people are trying it with Borax and getting great results. Borax can help heal a lot of scalp conditions like dandruff and itchiness, and it’s a natural pesticide so it can get rid of lice!
To do the “no poo” remedy with Borax, dissolve 2 cups of Borax in 1 gallon of warm water. Use this solution instead of shampoo in the shower by pouring 1-2 cups over your hair, focusing on your scalp. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse. Follow with a conditioner, like this one. Try to use this method about once a week for best results.
Borax is also an amazing anti-parasite. It is a safe topical remedy for various parasites, including lice and mites. It has also been used to treat mange in dogs and cats. When borax is applied to the skin, it dehydrates and suffocates parasites making it an effective and natural treatment option. It is also effective against ringworm and candida. For more information on parasites, check out my post on how to recognize and treat them.
I hope this post helps shed some light on the benefits of Borax. It really does have a lot of positive benefits if it is used properly. For more holistic health recommendations check out my post on how to heal a cold, flu or sore throat.