You certainly have at least one box of baking soda at home. You might have one for baking, one in your fridge to absorb odors, and another under your kitchen sink for cleaning. But you might not know that baking soda can also be used for therapeutic purposes, so maybe you could slip a pack of it into your medicine cabinet too.
10 ways to use baking soda
A box of baking soda costs less than a Euro, making it the one of the most economical home remedies to have on hand. In addition to using it to treat small wounds, you can include baking soda in your regular hygiene routine.
1 As a natural deodorant
If you want to avoid the parabens and aluminum found in many deodorants and antiperspirants, try a mixture of water with a pinch of baking soda. This simple paste is a natural and effective deodorant. You can also simply rub a little dry baking soda on your armpits.
2 Insect and nettle bites
Apply a paste made of baking soda and water to insect bites to soothe the itch. You can also simply rub the dry powder directly onto the skin. This mixture is also effective in relieving itching caused by eczema and nettles. Baking soda helps relieve minor skin irritations and itching by neutralizing toxins and irritating substances on the surface of your skin.
3 stomach, indigestion and sore ulcers
Most over-the-counter antacids contain some form of bicarbonate. Baking soda works by instantly neutralizing stomach acid, helping to relieve heartburn, indigestion, and even sore ulcers. The dosage is usually 1/2 teaspoon to be dissolved completely in half a glass of water, to be drunk every two hours (do not take more than seven 1/2 teaspoons in 30 hours, or three 1/2 scoops if you have more than 60 years).This remedy can only be used on an occasional basis (not as a chronic treatment) and be careful not to consume it excessive amounts, which can lead to serious electrolyte and acid-base imbalances.
4 Foot bath and exfoliant
Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a basin of hot water for an invigorating foot bath. You can rub your feet with a paste made from baking soda to add an exfoliating effect. You can also make a face and body scrub by mixing three parts baking soda with one part water. It is a natural product, inexpensive and gentle enough to be used every day.
5 Relaxing bath
Lounging in a mixture of baking soda and apple cider is as pleasant as a bath in a real jacuzzi. And it cleans the tub and drains as a bonus!
6 Hand Cleaning Solution
Mix three parts of baking soda to one measure of water and you will get a natural detergent solution to wash your hands and neutralize odors.
7 Method for extracting splinters
Pour a tablespoon of baking soda in a small glass of water, then soak the part to be treated twice a day. Most splinters will come out on their own after a few days of this treatment.
8 Sunburn Remedy
Plunging into a lukewarm bath to which you have added half a cup of baking soda will bring you natural relief. For even more relief, let your skin air-dry when you step outside, rather than wiping off excess baking soda. You can also soak a cool compress in a mixture of baking soda and water and apply it directly to the sunburn.
9 Improved athletic performance
Distance runners have long practiced what’s known as “bicarbonate doping” — or taking sodium bicarbonate capsules — before races to improve their performance. Baking soda has also been proven to increase the speed of swimmers. Sodium bicarbonate is an alkaline substance that increases the pH of the blood. It appears to reduce and compensate for the acidity produced in the muscles during intense anaerobic exercise that produces lactic acid very quickly, such as sprinting or swimming.
10 Toothpaste for the care of teeth and gums
Baking soda has a gentle abrasive action that helps remove plaque, polish and clean your teeth, and freshen your breath. A review of data from five controlled clinical studies found that toothpaste containing baking soda “significantly improves the effectiveness of toothbrushing in removing plaque” compared to brushing with toothpaste without baking soda.
Baking soda also has antibacterial action and has been shown to kill streptococcus mutans bacteria – which contribute significantly to dental caries. For an incredibly effective paste for the care of teeth and gums, mix six parts baking soda to one part sea salt. Mix this mixture in a blender for 48 seconds, then pour it into a container, ready to use. Wet the end of your index finger and place a small amount of salt/bicarbonate mixture on your gums.
Rub the preparation on your teeth and gums, starting with the outer upper gum, then the inner one, followed by the outer lower gum and then the inner lower gum. Spit out the excess. After 10 minutes, rinse your mouth. This blend is incredibly effective at killing bacteria.
11 Teeth whitening
To whiten your teeth naturally, crush a very ripe strawberry and mix it to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread this mixture on your teeth and leave on for 5 minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse. This method should not be used more than once a week, as excessive use could damage your tooth enamel.
Presse Santé strives to transmit health knowledge in a language accessible to all. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES can the information given replace the advice of a health professional.
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