Every household needs baking soda due to its versatility. It can be used as an odor-absorber for the fridge or in cleaning and baking. What most people aren’t familiar with is the fact that baking soda can be used for medical purposes too. 

So, now you know that you can use it even as a remedy.

Here is what you have to know about baking soda

It is 100% composed of sodium bicarbonate and it is usually added to baking goods for leavening. If you mix baking soda with an acid, it will react by discharging carbon dioxide and making bubbles, causing dough to ferment and rise.

It is believed that ancient civilizations used baking soda for preparing foods too.

Baking soda is nahcolite – (natural mineral natron-constituent). Natron has been used for centuries and it contains a great deal of sodium bicarbonate. It was mostly used by the Egyptians as a kind of soap.

However, Dr. John Dwight and Austin Church started to manufacture natron in 1846, selling it in the form of baking soda. By 1860 it was known as a cooking additive and was featured in the cookbooks. By 1920 baking soda had multiple purposes and by 1930 people were familiar with its ″medicinal properties″.

You should also know that baking soda is an aluminum-free ingredient, unlike the baking powder.

These are the health benefits of this mighty ingredient

There is a box of baking soda for less than $1 in the stores and it’s the least expensive natural remedy. Besides its application in treating minor injuries and accidents, you can use it for hygienic purposes too.

1. Natural Deodorant

Mix baking soda with water and use the paste as a substitute for deodorant. In this way, you won’t be exposed to the aluminum and parabens found in many antiperspirants and deodorants. Baking soda acts like a natural deodorant, so you can also try brushing it under your arms.

2. Poison ivy and insect bites

Prepare a paste of water and baking soda and apply it to insect bites in order to relieve itching, or try rubbing dry baking soda powder onto the affected place. In case you suffer from poison ivy and itchy rashes, this paste can also help. Baking soda relieves itching and skin irritation by neutralizing the irritants and toxins.

3. Ulcer pain, heartburn and indigestion

Most antacid medicines contain bicarbonate. Therefore, in order to alleviate the ulcer pain, heartburn and indigestion take some baking soda. It will neutralize your stomach pain immediately.

Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a half-filled glass of water and drink this mixture every 2 hours. Note that you mustn’t take more than 7 teaspoons in 24 hours, and if you are over sixty, do not take more than 3 teaspoons.

Do this treatment occasionally and in moderate amounts. If you use it too often and in excessive amounts it may cause serious acid-base and electrolyte imbalances.

4. Exfoliator and foot soak

To prepare a foot soak, add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to warm water. For additional exfoliation rub your feet with baking soda paste. If you want to prepare an exfoliator for your body and face, then make sure the ratio between baking soda and water is 3:1. It is cheap, gentle and natural, so you can use it on a daily basis.

5. Relaxing soak

Mix apple cider vinegar with baking soda to make a relaxing bath soaking. As a bonus, it can be used for cleaning the drain and the tub too.

6. Hand cleanser

Make a natural cleanser for hands by mixing one part of water and three parts of baking soda. It will neutralize odors and remove the dirt.

7. Splinter removal

Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a small amount of water and soak the affected area two times a day. Practice this treatment for couple of days and soon the splinter will come out on its own.

8. Sunburn remedy

Put ½ glass of baking soda into a tub filled with lukewarm water and soak in it. This will give you a natural relief. Don’t use a towel after you get out instead let the skin air dry. You can also mix water with baking soda and put this paste on a cool compress. Then, apply it on the affected skin.

9. Better sports performance

Many long-distance runners practice ″soda doping″ (taking capsules based on baking soda) before their races. This enhances their performance and it has similar effects to carbohydrate loading. Moreover, it can improve the swimming speed.

According to the researchers, sodium bicarbonate increases the blood pH level due to its alkaline qualities. In other words, it reduces the acidity that is normally produced in the muscles as a result of anaerobic and intense exercise (swimming or fast running), as well as the production of lactic acid.

10. Gum and tooth paste

Owing to its mild abrasive effects, baking soda effectively removes plaque. It also cleans, polishes and deodorizes your teeth. According to some clinical studies, toothpastes that contain baking soda encourage the plaque removal more efficiently than the ordinary ones.

Additionally, baking soda acts as a mighty antibacterial agent and it can destroy the most common cause of tooth decay – Streptococcus mutans bacteria. Use a blender to mix sea salt and baking soda (in ratio 1:6) for thirty seconds, to get the most efficacious gum and tooth paste. Apply small amount of it on your gums.

Start with your upper-outside gums and go towards the inside. Then, repeat the same with the lower-outside gums. Rub the paste gently on your gums and teeth and spit the excess paste out. Let it act for 15 minutes and then rinse your mouth. This paste will kill all bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

However, you should be extra cautious while applying the paste on this area. Dr. Curtola states that baking soda may be too abrasive on your tooth enamel, since by killing the pathogen bacteria it may also affect the oral microbiome and thus be counterproductive.

11. Teeth whitener

Prepare a mixture of ½ teaspoon of baking soda and a ripe strawberry. Apply it on your teeth and let it act for 5 minutes. Then, rinse your mouth and brush your teeth. Use this method once in a week, since otherwise it may damage your enamel.

Tips on how to use baking soda for cleansing purposes:

During the restoration of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, baking soda was used for cleaning and restoring its copper walls. It removed the dirt effectively without affecting the copper. If you think this can work in your home too, follow these tips:

• Baking soda is ideal for scrubbing both your kitchen and bath. Put baking soda into a grated glass container with holes on the stainless steel top. Then, sprinkle it on the surfaces and scrub. You can also add a few drops of an essential oil, for instance tea tree or lavender essential oil since they have mighty anti-bacterial effects.

• Mix apple cider vinegar with baking soda and you will get a versatile and bubbly combination. To avoid the dangerous drain cleaners, sprinkle baking soda down a drain and add some apple cider vinegar. Let the mixture bubble for fifteen minutes and then rinse it off with hot water.

• Use baking soda for scrubbing the barbecue grill and for wiping away the baked-on foods from your pans and pots. Soak them into hot water mixed with baking soda for fifteen minutes.

• Mix one quart of water with four tablespoons of baking soda and clean baby toys with this mixture.

• Baking soda can be used as a fabric softener too. Add a pinch of it to your laundry and it will make your clothes brighter and whiter.

• Use baking soda as a carpet cleaner. Sprinkle it onto your carpets, let it stay for fifteen minutes and vacuum up.

• Fill the kitchen sank with hot water, add some baking soda and a sheet of aluminum and soak your silver pieces there. This is the easiest way to clean them without using the harmful silver polish.

• Baking soda acts as a natural deodorizer, so you can sprinkle it in your shoes.

• Use baking soda to smother out the flames of the minor grease fire that may occur in your kitchen.

• To remove the residue from veggies and fruits, sprinkle baking soda and use a vegetable brush to remove it.

• To clean the grime from your bath and shower, make a paste of water and baking soda and scrub the dirt away.

References: Mercola   The Hearty Soul