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Boric Acid

 

What is Boric Acid?

Boric acid is a weak, naturally occurring acid with a low toxicity and a wide range of uses. It is a white crystalline powder, composed of Boron atoms in a hydroxide (OH-) group. Boric acid has antiseptic, antifungal and preservative abilities and has been used for its medicinal properties since ancient times. It is also used for its insecticidal, herbicidal and flame retardant properties.

 

Where is Boric Acid Generally Used?

Boric acid is widely used in detergents, fertilizers, paper products, textiles, wood preservatives, roach and ant killer products, and many other household products. It is also used in the manufacture of several medical products, and in the food industry for its preservative and flavor-enhancing qualities.

 

Where is Boric Acid Found?

Boric acid can be found in nature in certain minerals, as well as in soil, dust and sea water. It is also synthesized in laboratories for commercial use.

 

What Are the Health Benefits of Boric Acid?

Boric acid has antiseptic, antifungal and preservative properties that make it useful for treating a wide variety of conditions. It may help reduce inflammation, treat scalp and skin conditions, help with wound healing, and reduce the growth of bacteria and fungi. In addition, boric acid is believed to promote healthy brain function, improve the absorption of vitamins, and improve bone strength.

 

Interesting Facts about Boric Acid

  • Boric acid was used by the Romans as a preservative for wine.

  • It can be used as a cleaning agent to remove rust and to disinfect surfaces. 

  • The Chinese have used boric acid to treat infections and skin conditions.

  • Boric acid can be added to swimming pools to help maintain healthy alkalinity levels.

  • Small amounts of boric acid can be found in certain fruits, vegetables and grains.

 

List of other similar ingredients

  • Boron nitride

  • Borax 

  • Diboron trioxide

  • Boron trioxide

  • Sodium tetraborate decahydrate

  • Sodium tetraborate pentahydrate

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