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12 Ways to Use Every Day Baking Soda as Medicine
If you thought baking soda was only to top indigestion, as a raising agent in baked goods, or as a household cleaner, you have a so much to learn! Baking soda is a terrific home remedy that can do everything from relieving the sting of bugs to being a super detox agent. Baking soda rates right up there with hydrogen peroxide as one of the safest, most effective, and most inexpensive health tools around.
So don’t just leave that little box in the fridge! Buy a fresh box so that you can take advantage of all the different ways that it can help out in almost every area of your life! Here are the top 12 ways you can use baking soda outside the kitchen.
1. Delightful Detox Bath
Adding a cup of baking soda and a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath results in a delightful spa-like experience that will soak away aches and pains while detoxing the body at the same time. A nice side note here is that it will also clean the tub and drain when you are done.
2. Isotonic Drink
For a super rehydrating drink after a hard game of sports, working out, or even a bout with diarrhea, we have a mixture better than anything you can buy at the store. The baking soda in this drink will delay lactic acid, which is a waste product of extremely tired muscles after intense physical effort. Mix 1 tablespoon of castor sugar, ½ a teaspoon of salt, ¾ teaspoon of baking soda. Add this mixture in ¼ of a glass of water. When it has dissolved, mix the water in ¾ cup of lemonade.
3. Excellent Exfoliator
Make a paste from three parts baking soda and one part water. You can use this paste on your face or body as a natural and gentle exfoliator that is inexpensive enough to use every day if you like. You can add a few drops of any essential oil scent that you like to give it a pleasing scent.
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4. Terrific Tooth Powder
For everyday good hygiene, whitening your teeth, and refreshing the breath naturally, mix equal parts of baking soda and sea salt. Store this mixture in a jar with a tight fitting lid. Dampen your toothbrush and dip just half of your toothbrush into this mixture and brush your teeth as you normally would. Find out homemade toothpaste recipe.
5. Fantastic Foot Soak
Mix three tablespoons of baking soda in a large bowl or other container of very warm water. This makes an invigorating foot soak that will help ease sore or achy feet.
6. Dry Skin Treatment
To stop itchy skin, whether it is from sunburn, rashes, shingles, dry skin, or chickenpox blisters, baking sodas alkalinity will help ease these minor skin irritations,. You can dissolve 1 cup of baking soda in a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes, or mix 1 cup of baking soda in three gallons of water and soak a washcloth in this solution, then apply it directly to the affected areas.
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7. Super Easy Splinter Removal
Add one tablespoon of baking soda to a half a glass of water and soak the area where the splinter is twice each day. After two or three days, most splinters simply come out on their own, no pain, no tears, and no infections!
8. Baking Soda Bath Bombs
These turn an ordinary bath into something extraordinary. Simply mix 500 grams of baking soda with 250 grams of citric acid and 15 drops of the essential oil of your choice in a glass mixing bowl. Add just enough water so that this mixture will form a shape. You can make simple balls or place them in silicone molds. Allow to dry overnight before using. Drop one or two in your bath and watch them fizz and fill your bath with their delightful scent! Find out how to make lavender bath bombs.
9. Ultimate Ulcer Pain Reliever
Since baking soda will immediately neutralize stomach acid, it makes sense that consuming some of this simple remedy will stop ulcer pain almost immediately. It works great at stopping heartburn and indigestion as well. Simply mix 1 to 2 teaspoons in a full glass of water and drink.
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10. Dependable Deodorant
Baking soda naturally kills the bacteria that cause terrible body odor. Have you ever noticed how many of those natural deodorants sold in stores contain baking soda? You can make your own deodorant using baking soda; there are dozens of recipes online, however, the most basic method is to simply pour about a teaspoon of baking soda into your palm, mix it with just enough water to make a paste, and then rub the paste on your pits.
11. Conquer the Common Cold
In 1924, there was actually a small book published by a Dr. Volney Cheney who described his efforts with using baking soda to cure colds and flu viruses. He says that the subjects who were treated with baking soda either did not come down with the virus, or that they had a much milder case. There is really nothing special to his method so if you would like to try it yourself, here is Dr. Cheney’s method. If you think you have been exposed to a cold or flu, or at the very first signs of either, use this:
Day One – Mix ½ a teaspoon of baking soda in one glass of water and drink this every two hours until you have consumed 6 glasses.
Day Two – Make the same mixture and drink 4 glasses.
Day Three- Make the same mixture and drink two glasses, one in the morning and one just before bed.
After that, just one glass of this mixture each day until all symptoms have disappeared. Read more how to fight colds and flu with baking soda.
12. Best Bee Sting Stopper
For those painful, itchy bee stings, bug bites, flea bites, mosquito bites, poison ivy or itchy poison oak rashes, this works wonders. Mix just enough baking soda and water to make a paste and apply a thick layer to the affected area. Allow to dry, and then just brush off. Reapply as needed.