You have probably heard about the various uses of baking soda, but many people still have doubts about its health benefits. The uses of baking soda go beyond the bathroom or the kitchen.
What is Baking Soda?
Sodium bicarbonate is its official name, and it is quite useful in the kitchen. Baking soda has been used for baking bread for centuries. Moreover, it is also called nahcolite, which is a derivative of natron, which is a mineral.
Ancient Egyptians cleaned their homes with natron. In was in 1846 when Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight created the baking soda of today. However, it began to be used for medicinal purposes in 1920.
In this article you can read about 11 ways to naturally improve your health with the help of baking soda.
- Natural Deodorant
All the commercial deodorants contain traces of unhealthy chemicals like parabens and aluminum. Using baking soda will help you avoid them.
All you need to do is brush some baking soda on your underarms, feet or other problematic area and eliminate unpleasant smell or sweat.
- Insect Bites and Poison Ivy
Mixing some water and baking soda will result in a paste which reduces itching caused by insect bites. Just apply some of the paste on the affected area.
Moreover, it can also be used for naturally soothing rashes caused by poison ivy, or other poisonous plants.
- Indigestion, Heartburn, Ulcer Pain
When it comes to treating indigestion, ulcer pain, stomach acid, and heartburn, baking soda is the ideal solution.
All you need to do is mix ½ glass of water and ½ a teaspoon of baking soda. You need to drink this mixture every 2 hours. If you are older than 60, you need to tone the dose down a bit.
- Foot Soak and Exfoliator
It has already been mentioned that baking soda eliminates bed smell when applied on the feet. However, the benefits are much more. All you have to do is mix some warm water and 3 tablespoons of baking soda and soak your feet in that solution.
Furthermore, you can prepare a paste and rub it directly on your feet. It doesn’t matter which method you choose, both are equally effective.
- Relaxing Soak
Mixing baking soda and apple cider vinegar is a perfect way to achieve natural bath which nourishes, relieves and cleans the skin.
This is beneficial for everybody, particularly for those afflicted with skin allergies and hives issues.
Furthermore, this solution is also great for cleaning your bathtub. So, after you have finished soaking, leave the solution for a bit.
- Cleansing the Hands
Mix baking soda and water in a ratio of 3:1 and use it for cleaning any dirt from your hands.
- Remove Splinters
All you need to do is put 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Apply this on the area which is affected 2 times a day. The splinters will disappear in a few days.
- Sunburn Treatment
Add ½ cup of baking soda in a lukewarm water. Next, put the mixture in your bath and soak so as to relieve any sunburns you have.
If you do not like soaking, take a towel, dip it in the mixture and apply it on the affected area directly.
- Boosting Sports Performance
A number of professional athletes improve their performance by using baking soda capsules. These capsules are known for their ability to boost energy.
- Tooth Paste
You probably know the fact that baking soda is excellent for cleaning the teeth. However, it a very abrasive substance, which can damage your teeth if used in large quantities.
Nevertheless, there is no need to panic. All you need to do is brush your teeth once every week. It is perfect for eliminating plaque and eliminating different types of unhealthy oral bacteria.
Make a mixture of salt and baking soda in a ratio of 1:6. Put them in a blender, blend them well and put them in a tube. You can use your index finger for massaging your gums.
Leave the paste for 15 minutes before thoroughly washing it.
- Teeth Whitening
So, apart from the previously mentioned health benefits, baking soda also whitens the teeth. What you need to do is mix ½ teaspoon of baking soda and ripe strawberry and apply it on your teeth directly. Leave it work for 5 minutes, and then wash it thoroughly. However, do this once a week so as not to damage the teeth enamel.
A fun fact that you probably didn’t know is that baking soda was used to clean the Statue of Liberty in 1986, during its restoration.
A mixture of apple cider vinegar and baking soda is an ideal cleaning agent for the bathroom.
Also, clean your silver with baking soda.
Make sure that you always have baking soda at your home.