Boric Acid Uses and Remedies for Fungal, Yeast and Eye Issues

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Boric Acid Uses and Remedies for Fungal, Yeast and Eye Issues

Annie Price via Dr. Josh Axe — Food is Medicine
Jan 17, 2019

Boric acid is so effective for so many things, it’s even used in pest control!

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, 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.)

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. (1)

Boric acid (H3BO3) is a white crystalline, oxygen-bearing acid of boron, which is a component of certain minerals and volcanic waters or hot springs. It’s also known as hydrogen borate, boracic acid, orthoboric acid and acidum boricum. You can see from the boric acid formula H3BO3 that it consists of the elements boron, oxygen and hydrogen.

One of the most common and helpful boric acid uses is for nontoxic pest control. The employment of boric acid for ants and other unwanted home invaders actually goes pretty far back. 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, BA can treat or prevent boron deficiencies in plants.

You can find boric acid 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

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