11 Marvelous Health Uses of Baking Soda You Probably Didn’t Know
Even though you’ve certainly already heard of the numerous benefits which baking soda can offer you, many are still puzzled by its wondrous health benefits. In other words, its use goes far beyond the kitchen or bathroom.
It’s most important role by far is what benefits it offers your body. And there is certainly no shortage of those.
How Does One Define It?
Baking soda’s official name is sodium bicarbonate. This is also the compound you can thank for helping your dough rise. It is also useful in other cooking aspects such as helping enrich certain types of food.
This technique of baking bread with the help of baking soda is a centuries old tradition.
Baking soda also goes by another name: nahcolite. This is a derivative of a mineral called natron.
Did you know that the Ancient Egyptians used natron to clean their homes? Even they were aware of baking soda’s usefulness!
Flash forward from ancient times to the year 1846, when John Dwight and Dr. Austin Church created the baking soda we all know and use to this very day!
Still, it wasn’t until the 20th century (1920 to be more precise) that baking soda began being used for medicinal purposes. We shall be concentrating on those this time around. Here are 11 uses of baking soda for naturally improving your health.
The best part about it is that it is infinitely cheaper than many other medicines, natural or otherwise, and has even been used in cosmetics! Here are the many uses for it, other than treating accidents and injuries. We shall now start the countdown.
1. A Natural Deodorant
The deodorants you are used to buying in supermarkets and stores contain unhealthy chemicals such as aluminum and parabens. You can easily avoid such heavy compounds by opting for baking soda instead.
Nothing is simpler than simply brushing baking soda on your feet, underarms or any other problematic area you might have for getting rid of the sweat or any unpleasant smell.
2. Poison Ivy and Insect Bites
A simple mixture of baking soda and some water makes an excellent paste which efficiently reduces any itching caused by insect bites. All you have to do is apply this homemade paste on the affected area.
Other than itches, it is also useful for soothing and naturally treating rashes caused by poison ivy – or other similar poisonous plants.
3. Ulcer Pain, Heartburn and Indigestion
Baking soda is #1 when it comes to treating heartburn, stomach acid, ulcer pain and indigestion.
What you need to do is mix half a teaspoon of baking soda in ½ glass of water. Drink this healthy mixture every 2 hours, but in case you are over 60, this may be too large of a dose for you, so tone it down a bit.
4. Exfoliator and Foot Soak
We already mentioned you should apply some baking soda on your feet to get rid of any foul smells, but that is not the only use they can benefit from. Just mix 3 tablespoons of baking soda with some warm water and soak your feet in the solution.
Another method you can try that is just as effective is making a paste and rubbing it directly on your feet. Whichever works best for you. Using the second one as a foot scrub gives you all the benefits without any side effects, so don’t hesitate to give it a shot.
It cleanses your skin like a charm.
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