Baking soda, in its natural form, is known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral natron. Natron, which contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate, has been used since ancient times.
While many are aware of its versatile qualities for cooking and household use, few people realize that baking soda also has potent medicinal properties.
You will be surprised to know the helpful uses we can use it for, besides for baking.
Here is just a short list of things you can do by using baking soda:
1. Relieve heartburn, indigestion, and ulcer pain
Most antacids contain some form of bicarbonate. Baking soda is made of 100 percent natural sodium bicarbonate and works by neutralizing stomach acid immediately. It is beneficial for relieving heartburn, indigestion and even ulcer pain. You will be surprised to find out how remarkably quick-relieving and effective it is!
Add half a teaspoon of baking soda in about four ounces of water, dissolve it and drink every two hours, but no more than seven times in 24 hours.
This should only be used as an emergency treatment and not for chronic treatment. For permanent healing of acid reflux, you will require some diet modifications and include regular juicing in your lifestyle.
2. Use as toothpaste and teeth whitener
You can use baking soda to make your own toothpaste that whitens your teeth naturally, and it’s easy to do.
Make a paste of baking soda with a little water, add a pinch of sea salt. Use it as you would your regular toothpaste and brush your teeth lightly.
Baking soda contains antibacterial elements that have been found to kill Streptococcus mutant bacteria which is mainly responsible for cavities.
Related Article: Make Your Own Fluoride-Free Toothpaste With Natural Ingredients.
To whiten teeth, use your finger to spread this paste on your teeth. Leave 2-3 minutes then rinse. Do this every other day till you get your teeth to shine!
3. Use as a hand cleanser
Why should use soaps or other artificial chemicals when you can use natural baking soda as a hand cleanser that is cleans really well, and effective in neutralizing odors?
Take some baking soda and mix some water with it, and scrub away dirt from your hands!
4. Sunburn remedy
A totally natural sunburn remedy that will cost you nothing, but work rather effectively!
Add half cup of fine baking soda to lukewarm water in your bath tub. Soak for 10-15 minutes for a natural relief from sunburn. When you get out, let your skin air dry instead of wiping off, for extra relief.
You can also apply a cold mixture of baking soda and water to the place of sunburn directly. That may also help.
5. Splinter removal
When you have splinters under your skin that just won’t be removed, do this. Make a little baking soda paste with water, apply to the affected area and put a band-aid over it. Change the band-aid two or three times a day and the splinter will come out on its own after two days, without a tweezer.
6. Foot soak and exfoliator
Baking soda is an amazing foot soak and exfoliator.
Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to warm water in a foot bath pail to make an invigorating foot soak.
Soak for 10-15 minutes and scrub gently afterwards to get rid of dirt.
7. Relief insect and bug bites
Mix a bit baking soda with a little water and apply it gently to the sore. This will help relieve the itching and minor skin irritation as the baking soda neutralizes the toxins from the bites.
8. Natural deodorant
Instead of using an aluminum-based deodorant, use baking soda instead. Mix a pinch of baking soda with water and pat it on your body. You could also use dry baking soda under your arms and it does remove bad odors.
This super ingredient baking soda is capable of many other uses that is absolutely inexpensive, natural and hygienic. So, keep a box of baking soda in your kitchen and start trying these uses.