Boric Acid: The Antifungal Cure-All

Boric acid - Dr. Axe

It may sound like a dangerous chemical, but boric acid (BA), derived from boron, is actually an antifungal cure-all of sorts. How so? Well, BA is the key ingredient in a variety of effective and affordable home remedies for some of the most common fungal infections, including athlete’s foot and vaginal yeast infections. And that’s not all.

Do you suffer from frequent eye irritations? An eyewash made at home with BA as the key ingredient can be used to cleanse and fight irritations and infections of the eye. Boric acid eyewash quickly provides soothing relief and helps remove pollutants from the eye.

You might have heard of boric acid being used as a natural pest control as well. It’s true. People have been fighting cockroaches with BA for nearly a century. It’s one of the most effective cockroach control agents ever developed, and it can be used as an alternative pest control for roaches and other unwanted invaders. The awesome thing is it’s less toxic to humans and pets than other harsh chemical pesticides, some of which have been linked to ADHD and other conditions, and it also has several beneficial uses beyond getting rid of pests.

That said, it’s still important to note that boric acid is linked to endocrine disruption, according to research outlined in Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. So while it is likely OK for home remedies here and there, it’s not something I’d expose myself to unnecessarily. (For instance, in bath bombs or other personal care products.)


Benefits of Boric Acid

Boric acid has many health and household uses. Some of the top ways you can use boric acid include:

1. Yeast Infections

Can boric acid actually work as a natural and effective treatment for a vaginal yeast infection? It sure can. Some experts now recommend vaginal BA capsules as a treatment option for vaginal yeast infections, particularly infections that can’t be cured by antifungal yeast infection medicines. (1) That’s quite impressive.

For yeast infections, boric acid is used as a suppository before bed for one to two weeks. The CDC reports that this regimen has clinical and mycologic (branch of biology that deals with fungi) eradication rates of approximately 70 percent. (2) A study published in the journal Diabetes Care has even found that BA vaginal suppositories were more effective against candida symptoms in diabetic women than an oral azole medication. (3)

2. Roach Killer

Cockroaches can infest homes and restaurants. Not only are they unsightly and repulsive, but cockroaches can pose serious health risks to humans when they find their way indoors.

Cockroaches pick up germs on the spines of their legs as they crawl through decaying matter, which may be transferred to humans through food contamination, which can lead to illnesses such as E. coli and salmonella. In addition, cockroaches are linked to increased asthma and allergy attacks as their droppings, saliva and shedded skin contain potent allergens known to trigger allergic reactions and exacerbate asthma symptoms, especially in children.

Thankfully, boric acid is very effective when it comes to getting rid of cockroaches. These disgusting creepy crawlers succumb to BA simply by crawling over treated areas. The tiny particles of powder adhere to a cockroach’s body and are ingested as the roach preens the powder from its legs and antennae. Some BA is also absorbed through the greasy outer covering of the insect’s body. All species of cockroaches are susceptible to boric acid provided the powder is applied in areas where the roaches live. (4)

Boric acid is also used to kill ants, fleas, termites, silverfish, beetles, wood borers and other parasites.

3. Eyewash

When it’s heavily diluted with water, boric acid can be used to create an easy and effective eyewash. Whether it’s a minor irritation or the more serious and contagious eye infection, a BA eyewash solution can help eye problems by treating any bacterial infection and soothing inflamed eyes. That includes relief of pink eye symptoms. (5)

In case you’re doubting using BA in your eyes, even well-established eye washes list boric acid as one of the main ingredients. (6) To relieve symptoms of eye irritations and infections, a homemade boric acid eyewash can easily be made carefully at home.

4. Acne

Some people recommend boric acid for use in home acne treatments. It also appears as an ingredient in some topical products that treat acne and other skin issues. (7)

BA is naturally antibacterial, and since some acne is linked to bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes), it can help kill the bacteria causing breakouts. However, BA is not a foolproof acne remedy and can significantly irritate the skin. Many countries have actually outlawed its use in cosmetics. It also gets a very high (negative) score of 8 out of 10 for health concerns by the EWG. (8)

5. Athlete’s Foot

Boric acid power can also treat fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot and toenail fungus. Just a few sprinkles of the BA powder in your socks or stockings can help clear mild infections and ease the itching associated with athlete’s foot. An added bonus: It can also neutralize the foot odor from athlete’s foot, providing relief for stinky feet.

Why is BA effective at treating athlete’s foot? The acid changes the pH of your skin and helps remove dead skin that feeds the fungus. BA is a seriously potent fungicide, and it often clears up athlete’s foot in cases where antifungal creams have failed. (9)

6. Household Cleaner

Boric acid can also be used around the house as a cleanser, deodorizer, stain remover, disinfectant and mold killer. You can add boric acid to your next load of laundry for more stain-fighting power. You can also use it to clean the toilet bowl with very minimal effort required — simply put it in and wait 30 minutes. (10)


What Is Boric Acid?

What is boric acid? It’s a white powder derived from boron and water that has antibiotic properties against both fungal and bacterial infections. The Journal of Women’s Health has found that BA is a safe, alternative, economic option for women with recurrent and chronic symptoms of vaginal yeast infections when conventional treatment fails. (11)

Boric acid (H3BO3) is a white crystalline, oxygen-bearing acid of boron found in certain minerals and volcanic waters or hot springs. It’s also called hydrogen borate, boracic acid, orthoboric acid and acidum boricum.

In 1948, it was first registered in the U.S. as an insecticide to control cockroaches, termites, fire ants, fleas, silverfish and many other insects. In combination with its use as an insecticide, BA also prevents and destroys existing wet and dry rot in timbers. It’s also added to salt in the curing of cattle hides, calfskins and sheepskins. The addition of BA helps control bacteria development and insects. When it comes to agriculture, it’s used to treat or prevent boron deficiencies in plants.

Boric acid can be found in:

  • Antiseptics and astringents
  • Enamels and glazes
  • Glass fiber manufacturing
  • Medicated powders
  • Skin lotions
  • Some paints
  • Some rodent and ant pesticides
  • Photography chemicals
  • Powders to kill roaches
  • Some eyewash products

 

Boric acid uses - Dr. Axe

 


How to Use Boric Acid

For yeast infections, you can make your own BA suppositories by filling size 0 gelatin capsules with BA. This equals approximately 600 milligrams of boric acid. The standard yeast infection treatment is one BA-filled capsule inserted in the vagina at bedtime for seven continuous days. For recurring yeast infections, the standard yeast infection treatment just mentioned is done for two weeks, and then BA can be used twice a week for six months to one year.

To make a boric acid eyewash, you should use pharmaceutical grade boric acid powder. First, sterilize an eye cup or eyedropper. Next, mix 1/8 of a teaspoon of BA into one cup of cooled, sterilized water, making sure the acid dissolves completely. If using an eye cup, fill the cup and lower your eye onto it. Blink and roll your eye around several times. If using an eyedropper, squeeze the rubber bulb on the top of the dropper. Then dip the open end into the eyewash. Tip your head back and squeeze the bulb to release the fluid. Repeat several times. Repeat up to three times per day. Always make sure to sterilize your tools each time.

For athlete’s foot, mix BA and rubbing alcohol in the following ratio: two teaspoons BA to one cup of rubbing alcohol or water. Apply to feet with cotton swabs. You can also put the dry powder into the ends of socks or stockings to treat or prevent athlete’s foot.

To kill cockroaches and other unwanted pests, the key to success with BA is proper application. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most common areas to find cockroaches, although any area of a home may become infested if the infestation is bad enough. Cockroaches specifically prefer to live in cracks, crevices and secluded areas close to food, moisture and warmth.

For best results, the powder should be applied in a very thin layer barely visible to the naked eye around the area you think the cockroaches are originating from in your home. Key areas for treatment include under and behind the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher; into the opening where plumbing pipes enter walls; and into cracks along edges and corners inside cabinets and pantries. You want to keep children and pets away from the areas where you apply the acid. Although BA is safer than chemical pesticides, it’s still toxic to pets and children, especially if ingested.

To remove stains and odor from clothing, simply add half a cup of BA to your regular laundry load. You can also put half a cup of the acid into your toilet bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes. Not only does the BA remove stains, but it also removes unpleasant odor.


Boric Acid Recipes

Some of the best boric acid recipes are definitely the ones for two common health problems: yeast infections and athlete’s foot. Both of these fungal infections will head for the hills once you introduce BA into the picture.

Boric Acid Vaginal Yeast Infection Recipe

INGREDIENTS

  • 600 milligrams BA
  • size 0 gelatin capsule

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Insert one BA-filled capsule inserted in the vagina at bedtime for seven continuous days.

Boric Acid Athlete’s Foot Recipe

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 teaspoons BA
  • 1 cup of rubbing alcohol or water

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Mix ingredients and apply to feet with cotton swabs.
  2. You can also put the dry BA powder into the ends of socks or stockings to treat or prevent athlete’s foot.

Boric Acid Precautions

Boric acid should never be used internally by mouth, on open wounds or by children. Swallowing boric acid can be fatal. If swallowed, seek emergency medical attention.

For this reason, always keep boric acid out of the reach of children. The infant death rate from boric acid poisonings is high. However, poisoning is considerably rarer than in the past because the substance is no longer used as a disinfectant in nurseries. (12)

When boric acid is used in capsules as a vaginal suppository, skin irritation can sometimes occur. BA should not be used in any way if you are pregnant.

Don’t use boric acid eyewash while wearing contact lenses, and wait at least 15 minutes after using boric acid eyewash before putting your contact lenses in. Don’t use a boric acid eyewash if you have open wounds in or near the eyes. You should get medical help right away if you have any such wounds. Of course, you should also see a doctor if you experience any eye pain, changes in vision, continued redness or irritation of the eye after using a boric acid eyewash.

Never apply boric acid onto countertops or other exposed surfaces, especially those used to prepare food. If boric acid gets on your skin, remove it by washing the area thoroughly. If pure boric acid comes in contact with your eyes, wash them out with cool water for 15 minutes. If boric acid is accidentally swallowed, seek medical attention immediately.


Final Thoughts on Boric Acid

When used properly and safely, boric acid can serve as an effective treatment for:

  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Fungal infections like athlete’s foot
  • Eye irritations
  • Eye infections
  • Skin issues like acne
  • Household pest control
  • Indoor cleaning agent

Boric acid has proved itself to be a potent antifungal to humans as well as a destroyer of unwanted household pests. It’s a strange combination of benefits, but then again, most natural remedies come with many surprising and unexpected capabilities.

It is important to note that boric acid is linked to endocrine disruption. So while it is likely OK for home remedies here and there, it’s not something I’d expose myself to unnecessarily. (For instance, in personal care products.)

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  1. Joy M. says:

    Is Borax the same as boric acid, or is it a more isolated component of Boron?

  2. Sandy says:

    The commercial product marketed as “Borax” is not pharmaceutical-grade, so cannot be used for the eye wash described in this article. It can certainly be used as an insecticide and in laundry. Borax is a natural mineral form of boron.

    Drive up highway 58 in southern California, and you’ll drive past two small towns, Borax and Boron, whose income derives from the borax/boron mining operations in the area. If you have time, stop in to their museum; it’s quite informative. Find out the significance of Death Valley and the “twenty-mule team” to the history of borax mining.

  3. Jill says:

    Where can I buy ba suppositories?

  4. kris says:

    Isn’t diatamatious (sp?) earth similar? and has benefits also? plus kills all these bugs, acne and infections?

  5. Janice says:

    Will a pharmacy be able to order pharmaceutical grade boric acid for me? I ordered some online, but it does not indicate medical grade. Also, do I think BA can be used as a nasal wash?

  6. harvey wicker says:

    hi, im interested in the borax acid treament for athletic feet,but i need to know where to purchase the borax acid from,and should the lable say food gtade.

  7. Cheryl says:

    BA vaginal suppositories work great. I use 00 gelatin capsules from health food store. Purchased boric acid off the shelf at drug store. Only needed for 5 days. As far as use for eyewash for sties, instructions I read said to boil the boric acid and water until the BA dissolved.

  8. Stacey says:

    Hello,
    My question is….is it the same boric acid labeled boric acid roach killer? Or is there a different brand. The boric acid I have states that contact with the skin is dangerous. i would like to use it for toenail fungus.
    Thank you.

  9. June says:

    You can purchase Boric Acid at your pharmacy.

  10. Sam says:

    can you please list a recipe for acne? Thanks

  11. Michelle Emanuel says:

    I had heard some of these remedies recently, but my understanding was that we were to use BORAX, and not boric acid which is more toxic.

  12. Darcey says:

    I’m guessing pet owners need to be careful when using it to kill cockroaches on the floor.

  13. melanie ciccone says:

    Dr Axe, what about the case of oral fungal infection, or esophageal infection – can you garggle or swallow it?

    • Mangala says:

      White Oak Bark is very helpful for oral use. A decoction can be made by boiling 1/2 cup white oak bark in 1 litre water. Reduce the water by half or even 3/4 – strain and use a little at a time for a mouthwash. An old Dr. Christopher (the famous herbalist) remedy for mouth thrush.

  14. Anna Samons says:

    Hi: I have a parasite that lives on and in my scalp. I’m wondering if there is a way that I could use the Boric Acid on my scalp . . . I believe that it may be able to help me get rid of these horrible little blood sucking vampires. I have been to many doctors and so far they have not been able to help me find anything that will kill their eggs. I have had good results in killing the bugs with ivermectin, a med. that is used to kill parasites and worms in horses. The Ivermectin paralyzes the parasite and it cannot not feast on my blood, so it dies, but it does not kill the eggs. My doctor says that the eggs can live in my flesh for 18 months. Sounds incredible, but its proving to be true. just when I think all is finally well, I have a huge breakout of baby parasites. I have had these parasites for 3 years and the only time I get some relief is when I use the home remedies that other people that have these share with one another on a forum. I have finally learned how to kill the bugs on my legs and torso, but not the ones that live on my scalp and hair. All the meds that the doctors give me make me really ill. if you think there is a way that i might be able to mix up a batch of something using the BA, I would be ever so grateful if you would share it with me. Thanks so much . . . Me …

    • jake spinoza says:

      Tee tree oil will benefit you greatly in combating this parasite. use it full strength, avoid the eyes. dilute with a carrier if it causes irritation. use a heavier oil or bees wax preparation to help lock it in because its very volatile and evaporates quickly. i have found it to be very effective and rank it right there above chemicals but still use it with ivermectin. the best results from ivermectin are from injecting it. i had excellent kill rates from a triple topical comprised of permethrin, amitraz, and rotenone. if you have an issue with eggs in your skin, you may need to find a way to penetrate them, after you find a way to get to them. good luck

    • Janice says:

      Tea tree is indeed an excellent suggestion. I used White Oak Bark with one of my children for parasites. Worked very well for pin worms. I bought it in capsules, broke them open, and mixed the powder with applesauce.

    • Shara says:

      There’s a group on FB called Steve’s Protocol and another called STEVE’S IMAGES (yes all caps) that might be able to help you finally get these under control. I have been using boric acid for the past few months, initially to control yeast infection, then for my daughter’s pink eye, then I decided to use it mixed with pure grain alcohol (which I had already been using) to kill armpit stink (I have parasite related issues as well and this was one of my horrible side effects)…. low and behold, *the best anti-stink for the armpits* for over a month now. I’m shocked, I’ve never had anything work this well. Just proves to me that I do have horrible parasite fungal issues. I think if you take it and make a paste, maybe mix in some clove oil (known to kill eggs) it should definitely help, make sure you use non-tap water for the paste (and for consuming in general) and ozonated would be even better, and any other known- things like colloidal silver, maybe oregano oil, even mashed garlic clove….
      Good luck!

  15. Rina says:

    Will boric acid also help with eczema ? What recipe to use?

  16. Betty Ann says:

    Where can u buy Botox acid?
    Years ago 50s my mother bought it in store, and for years now, you can’t find it anywhere.
    We use to put it on canker sores in mouth!

  17. Linda says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading about all the things boric acid can be used for. Thank you

  18. Janice says:

    Can boric acid be ingested?

  19. Sandy Salmond says:

    Dr. Axe,
    I received your information about Boric Acid and read where it can help with yeast infection. I have a Down syndrome son who is 31. He has had an extreme jock itch issue for nearly 10 years now. I think it stems from previous antibiotics. I have taken him to an infectious disease Doctor, a wound Doctor, regular doctors, and now they are recommending a dermatologist. I have tried to get rid of it myself by cleansing him, making essential oil mixtures etc. With all that said, do you think Boric Acid could be an answer? I would be the happiest mom on earth if we could get rid of my son’s horrible groin rash. The poor guy is miserable with it. Constantly itches and if he scratches at it, it just makes things worse. I would truly appreciate some feedback or suggestions.
    Thank you very much,
    Sandy Salmond

    • Vickie Ewing says:

      Sandy, My son, who is also in a wheelchair, has a periodic itchy (even bloody) rash in his groin. I use Monostat or other vaginal yeast infection medications. It usually clears up quickly. Vickie Ewing

    • Shara says:

      It really should work. I would add it to water, maybe a higher concentration than eyewash recipe, and spray it on the area.
      Hope that helps. I’ve been using it for many things recently, its awesome stuff.

  20. Nina says:

    Can you Ingested it and if so how much ? Also where do you get it?

  21. Shara says:

    I was pleasantly surprised to see this topic in my mailbox today. I have been using boric acid for so many things recently, it has been truly amazing.
    Super personal, but I have been using it for the past 8 months for yeast infections. When i ran out of the pills a few months ago, I ordered several lbs of it to make my own capsules. I have since also used it for my daughters pink eye, bi-annual infection I get on my feet, a friend’s cold sore (she felt it coming in and we mixed it with colloidal silver and it went away within hours), mold growing in my shower (gone), and my most favorite of all….. for my armpits!!!! YES! I mix it with the organic grain cane alcohol that I had been using for a while with EO’s, and it WORKS!!! I have parasite/ fungal issues (found out I have Hashimoto’s despite my normal full thyroid panel for the past three years and I also found out that I have two markers for Lyme’s one of them being the Borrelia burgdorferi) which I’m starting a thorough cleanse soon, after much research, so to have boric acid to help with so many things including my stinky pits, yay!!!! LOVE THIS STUFF!
    ***it is super important to note that this stuff can’t be used orally, when using it for the various things I have I did lots of online searches first to make sure I use non-toxic amounts****

  22. Nathalie says:

    Hi Dr. if Boric acid is so good for vaginal candida, can it be also used for leaky gut?
    with supporsitoires?
    Thanks

  23. DebGrace says:

    THANK YOU!! Incredible timing. Bella, my dog started itching, her entire body turned red to purple, mouth swelled, gums too red, she chewed lots of holes and bloody spots – all in only 3 days. The Vet said – here take this for the Arizona pollen (allergies). HA!!! Nothing I had at home worked…. till I read your article about Boric Acid. Got it out of the laundry room, made a lite solution in a spray bottle (tried it on my vaginal tissue first as I, too have yeast overgrowth – it felt soothing). Sprayed Bella’s belly, armpits, legs, paws, even her female parts. This was One Hour ago. She is finally sleeping peacefully on her bed in the kichen. I change her sheet every day and will continue to do so. Also, made 1/2 small capsule for me and 1.4 small capsule for Bella. (Thought I would burp bubbles) – but have had no negative reactions…so expect positive results. My yeast issues started 30 years ago with a paper cut to a middle finger. THANK YOU for this wonderful tip. Blessings to you and your research team. DebGrace – Arizona

  24. Lucas says:

    Fun fact boron emits green photons of light when burned. Mix it with some burnable alcohol like ethanol and you will get green flames.

  25. Brenda Lee says:

    Can Boric help with lice?

  26. Valerie Gray says:

    Betty Anne: It’s Boric Acid. Botox is something different. I just bought a bottle of Boric acid powder at Rite Aid Pharmacy.

  27. Kori says:

    I want to use the paste for my son’s athlete’s feet, but above under precautions it states, If boric acid gets on your skin, remove it by washing the area thoroughly.?? Im confused on the contradiction. Please advise. Thank you

  28. Anne says:

    Curious if it can be used in a net pot as a saline rinse to rid of candida in the sinuses?

  29. Britton says:

    You can find the little 600 mg boric acid capsules very inexpensively on Etsy as well.

  30. Deborah says:

    If EWG who is a very respected rating nonprofit gives this an 8 out of 10, why are we using this on our bodies at all? Very strange article. Lots of contradictions.

  31. Cynthia says:

    Will boric acid help get rid of bed bugs??

  32. Michael M. says:

    Can Boric powder be used on corners of the mouth sores ?

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  1. Joy M. says:

    Is Borax the same as boric acid, or is it a more isolated component of Boron?

  2. Sandy says:

    The commercial product marketed as “Borax” is not pharmaceutical-grade, so cannot be used for the eye wash described in this article. It can certainly be used as an insecticide and in laundry. Borax is a natural mineral form of boron.

    Drive up highway 58 in southern California, and you’ll drive past two small towns, Borax and Boron, whose income derives from the borax/boron mining operations in the area. If you have time, stop in to their museum; it’s quite informative. Find out the significance of Death Valley and the “twenty-mule team” to the history of borax mining.

  3. Jill says:

    Where can I buy ba suppositories?

  4. kris says:

    Isn’t diatamatious (sp?) earth similar? and has benefits also? plus kills all these bugs, acne and infections?

  5. Janice says:

    Will a pharmacy be able to order pharmaceutical grade boric acid for me? I ordered some online, but it does not indicate medical grade. Also, do I think BA can be used as a nasal wash?

  6. harvey wicker says:

    hi, im interested in the borax acid treament for athletic feet,but i need to know where to purchase the borax acid from,and should the lable say food gtade.

  7. Cheryl says:

    BA vaginal suppositories work great. I use 00 gelatin capsules from health food store. Purchased boric acid off the shelf at drug store. Only needed for 5 days. As far as use for eyewash for sties, instructions I read said to boil the boric acid and water until the BA dissolved.

  8. Stacey says:

    Hello,
    My question is….is it the same boric acid labeled boric acid roach killer? Or is there a different brand. The boric acid I have states that contact with the skin is dangerous. i would like to use it for toenail fungus.
    Thank you.

  9. June says:

    You can purchase Boric Acid at your pharmacy.

  10. Sam says:

    can you please list a recipe for acne? Thanks

  11. Michelle Emanuel says:

    I had heard some of these remedies recently, but my understanding was that we were to use BORAX, and not boric acid which is more toxic.

  12. Darcey says:

    I’m guessing pet owners need to be careful when using it to kill cockroaches on the floor.

  13. melanie ciccone says:

    Dr Axe, what about the case of oral fungal infection, or esophageal infection – can you garggle or swallow it?

    • Mangala says:

      White Oak Bark is very helpful for oral use. A decoction can be made by boiling 1/2 cup white oak bark in 1 litre water. Reduce the water by half or even 3/4 – strain and use a little at a time for a mouthwash. An old Dr. Christopher (the famous herbalist) remedy for mouth thrush.

  14. Anna Samons says:

    Hi: I have a parasite that lives on and in my scalp. I’m wondering if there is a way that I could use the Boric Acid on my scalp . . . I believe that it may be able to help me get rid of these horrible little blood sucking vampires. I have been to many doctors and so far they have not been able to help me find anything that will kill their eggs. I have had good results in killing the bugs with ivermectin, a med. that is used to kill parasites and worms in horses. The Ivermectin paralyzes the parasite and it cannot not feast on my blood, so it dies, but it does not kill the eggs. My doctor says that the eggs can live in my flesh for 18 months. Sounds incredible, but its proving to be true. just when I think all is finally well, I have a huge breakout of baby parasites. I have had these parasites for 3 years and the only time I get some relief is when I use the home remedies that other people that have these share with one another on a forum. I have finally learned how to kill the bugs on my legs and torso, but not the ones that live on my scalp and hair. All the meds that the doctors give me make me really ill. if you think there is a way that i might be able to mix up a batch of something using the BA, I would be ever so grateful if you would share it with me. Thanks so much . . . Me …

    • jake spinoza says:

      Tee tree oil will benefit you greatly in combating this parasite. use it full strength, avoid the eyes. dilute with a carrier if it causes irritation. use a heavier oil or bees wax preparation to help lock it in because its very volatile and evaporates quickly. i have found it to be very effective and rank it right there above chemicals but still use it with ivermectin. the best results from ivermectin are from injecting it. i had excellent kill rates from a triple topical comprised of permethrin, amitraz, and rotenone. if you have an issue with eggs in your skin, you may need to find a way to penetrate them, after you find a way to get to them. good luck

    • Janice says:

      Tea tree is indeed an excellent suggestion. I used White Oak Bark with one of my children for parasites. Worked very well for pin worms. I bought it in capsules, broke them open, and mixed the powder with applesauce.

    • Shara says:

      There’s a group on FB called Steve’s Protocol and another called STEVE’S IMAGES (yes all caps) that might be able to help you finally get these under control. I have been using boric acid for the past few months, initially to control yeast infection, then for my daughter’s pink eye, then I decided to use it mixed with pure grain alcohol (which I had already been using) to kill armpit stink (I have parasite related issues as well and this was one of my horrible side effects)…. low and behold, *the best anti-stink for the armpits* for over a month now. I’m shocked, I’ve never had anything work this well. Just proves to me that I do have horrible parasite fungal issues. I think if you take it and make a paste, maybe mix in some clove oil (known to kill eggs) it should definitely help, make sure you use non-tap water for the paste (and for consuming in general) and ozonated would be even better, and any other known- things like colloidal silver, maybe oregano oil, even mashed garlic clove….
      Good luck!

  15. Rina says:

    Will boric acid also help with eczema ? What recipe to use?

  16. Betty Ann says:

    Where can u buy Botox acid?
    Years ago 50s my mother bought it in store, and for years now, you can’t find it anywhere.
    We use to put it on canker sores in mouth!

  17. Linda says:

    I’ve really enjoyed reading about all the things boric acid can be used for. Thank you

  18. Janice says:

    Can boric acid be ingested?

  19. Sandy Salmond says:

    Dr. Axe,
    I received your information about Boric Acid and read where it can help with yeast infection. I have a Down syndrome son who is 31. He has had an extreme jock itch issue for nearly 10 years now. I think it stems from previous antibiotics. I have taken him to an infectious disease Doctor, a wound Doctor, regular doctors, and now they are recommending a dermatologist. I have tried to get rid of it myself by cleansing him, making essential oil mixtures etc. With all that said, do you think Boric Acid could be an answer? I would be the happiest mom on earth if we could get rid of my son’s horrible groin rash. The poor guy is miserable with it. Constantly itches and if he scratches at it, it just makes things worse. I would truly appreciate some feedback or suggestions.
    Thank you very much,
    Sandy Salmond

    • Vickie Ewing says:

      Sandy, My son, who is also in a wheelchair, has a periodic itchy (even bloody) rash in his groin. I use Monostat or other vaginal yeast infection medications. It usually clears up quickly. Vickie Ewing

    • Shara says:

      It really should work. I would add it to water, maybe a higher concentration than eyewash recipe, and spray it on the area.
      Hope that helps. I’ve been using it for many things recently, its awesome stuff.

  20. Nina says:

    Can you Ingested it and if so how much ? Also where do you get it?

  21. Shara says:

    I was pleasantly surprised to see this topic in my mailbox today. I have been using boric acid for so many things recently, it has been truly amazing.
    Super personal, but I have been using it for the past 8 months for yeast infections. When i ran out of the pills a few months ago, I ordered several lbs of it to make my own capsules. I have since also used it for my daughters pink eye, bi-annual infection I get on my feet, a friend’s cold sore (she felt it coming in and we mixed it with colloidal silver and it went away within hours), mold growing in my shower (gone), and my most favorite of all….. for my armpits!!!! YES! I mix it with the organic grain cane alcohol that I had been using for a while with EO’s, and it WORKS!!! I have parasite/ fungal issues (found out I have Hashimoto’s despite my normal full thyroid panel for the past three years and I also found out that I have two markers for Lyme’s one of them being the Borrelia burgdorferi) which I’m starting a thorough cleanse soon, after much research, so to have boric acid to help with so many things including my stinky pits, yay!!!! LOVE THIS STUFF!
    ***it is super important to note that this stuff can’t be used orally, when using it for the various things I have I did lots of online searches first to make sure I use non-toxic amounts****

  22. Nathalie says:

    Hi Dr. if Boric acid is so good for vaginal candida, can it be also used for leaky gut?
    with supporsitoires?
    Thanks

  23. DebGrace says:

    THANK YOU!! Incredible timing. Bella, my dog started itching, her entire body turned red to purple, mouth swelled, gums too red, she chewed lots of holes and bloody spots – all in only 3 days. The Vet said – here take this for the Arizona pollen (allergies). HA!!! Nothing I had at home worked…. till I read your article about Boric Acid. Got it out of the laundry room, made a lite solution in a spray bottle (tried it on my vaginal tissue first as I, too have yeast overgrowth – it felt soothing). Sprayed Bella’s belly, armpits, legs, paws, even her female parts. This was One Hour ago. She is finally sleeping peacefully on her bed in the kichen. I change her sheet every day and will continue to do so. Also, made 1/2 small capsule for me and 1.4 small capsule for Bella. (Thought I would burp bubbles) – but have had no negative reactions…so expect positive results. My yeast issues started 30 years ago with a paper cut to a middle finger. THANK YOU for this wonderful tip. Blessings to you and your research team. DebGrace – Arizona

  24. Lucas says:

    Fun fact boron emits green photons of light when burned. Mix it with some burnable alcohol like ethanol and you will get green flames.

  25. Brenda Lee says:

    Can Boric help with lice?

  26. Valerie Gray says:

    Betty Anne: It’s Boric Acid. Botox is something different. I just bought a bottle of Boric acid powder at Rite Aid Pharmacy.

  27. Kori says:

    I want to use the paste for my son’s athlete’s feet, but above under precautions it states, If boric acid gets on your skin, remove it by washing the area thoroughly.?? Im confused on the contradiction. Please advise. Thank you

  28. Anne says:

    Curious if it can be used in a net pot as a saline rinse to rid of candida in the sinuses?

  29. Britton says:

    You can find the little 600 mg boric acid capsules very inexpensively on Etsy as well.

  30. Deborah says:

    If EWG who is a very respected rating nonprofit gives this an 8 out of 10, why are we using this on our bodies at all? Very strange article. Lots of contradictions.

  31. Cynthia says:

    Will boric acid help get rid of bed bugs??

  32. Michael M. says:

    Can Boric powder be used on corners of the mouth sores ?

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