You probably have at least one can of baking soda in your house right now, probably for cooking, cleaning, or even removing bad odors.
What you may not have taken into account is that baking soda can be used medicinally too, so you might consider putting another box in your medicine cabinet.
What is baking soda?
In its natural form, baking soda is known as nahcolite, which is part of the naturally occurring mineral natron. It can be used as a sourdough in baked goods.
When baking soda is mixed with an acid, it reacts by creating bubbles and giving off carbon dioxide gas, which causes the paste to increase.
Anecdotal reports throughout history suggest that many civilizations used forms of baking soda to make bread and other foods that needed to be leavened.
But nowadays, its use has taken on other propensities, and baking soda can even be used for medical reasons.
5 medical uses of baking soda:
1. Insect bites and poison ivy:
Apply a paste made from baking soda and water to the insect bite areas to help relieve the itching. You can also try rubbing the dry powder on your skin.
This is also effective for itchy rashes and poison ivy. Baking soda helps relieve infections and minor skin irritations by neutralizing toxins and irritants on the skin’s surface.
2. Heartburn, indigestion and ulcers:
Most over-the-counter antacids contain some form of bicarbonate. Baking soda works by immediately neutralizing stomach acid, helping to relieve heartburn, indigestion and even ulcers.
The dosage is usually ½ teaspoon fully dissolved in half a glass of water, taken every two hours (take no more than seven ½ teaspoons in 24 hours, or three ½ teaspoons if you have more than 60 years).
3. Remedy for sunburn:
Add ½ cup of baking soda to lukewarm bath water, then soak in the tub for natural relief. For added relief, when you get out of the bath, allow your skin to air dry, rather than blotting up the excess baking soda.
You can also add a mixture of baking soda and water to a cool compress and apply it directly to the affected areas.
4. Teeth whitening:
For a natural way to whiten your teeth, crush a ripe strawberry and mix with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture on your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse off. This method should not be used more than once a week, as excessive use may damage your tooth enamel.
5. Foot bath and exfoliant:
Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a tub of lukewarm water to soak invigorating feet. You can rub your feet with a paste of baking soda for extra exfoliation.
A paste made from three parts baking soda combined with one part water can be used as an exfoliant for your face and body. It’s natural, inexpensive, and gentle enough to use every day.