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(Sodium borate)
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Borax is Sodium borate with 10 parts water (hydrous sodium borate) which was originally obtained from volcanic sources, but is now mined principally from dry alkali lake beds or as a crust in arid regions where groundwater has in the distant past concentrated the mineral. Can be found in the states of California, Nevada, and New Mexico in the United States, and in India, Tibet, and Iraq. It is a white to gray glassy mineral with a hardness of 2 and a specific gravity of 1.7 (light). Other boxates include halite and gypsum.

Twenty Muleteam Borax (trade name) derives its name from the teams of 20 mules which were once used to haul it from Death Valley. It is used in glass making, enamels, and chemical industries as well as a laundry booster in the home.



Has external uses as an eyewash.
Has been used as a topical for wounds and injuries.
Has been used in Oriental medicine as an expectorant in cases of stubborn phlegm (supervision by a medical professional absolutely required!).

Used as a secondary remedy to anxiety related illnesses causing heat to lodge in the system.

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