Baking soda is part of the natural composition of the mineral natron which is packed with sodium bicarbonate and has been used since forever. It is not only used in households, you can also use it to treat different medical conditions.
Baking soda helps regulate pH—keeping a substance neither too acidic nor too alkaline. When baking soda comes in contact with either an acidic or an alkaline substance, its natural effect is to neutralize that pH. Beyond that, baking soda has the ability to retard further changes in the pH balance, known as buffering.
This dual capability of neutralizing and buffering allows the baking soda to do things such as neutralize acidic odors (like in the refrigerator) as well as maintain neutral pH (like in your laundry water, which helps boost your detergent’s power). It’s a simple reaction, but one that has far-reaching effects for a number of cleaning and deodorizing tasks,” explains Care2.com.
Here are some other ways to use baking soda as a medicine and beauty product:
- Whitening toothpaste
Use baking soda, a pinch of sea salt and water to make a paste. Use it to brush and whiten your teeth. Baking soda destroys bacteria in your mouth and protects your teeth.
- Heartburn, indigestion, ulcers
The best part about baking soda is the fact that it is all natural. It is 100 percent natural sodium bicarbonate, meaning it neutralizes stomach acids and relieves heartburn. Baking soda is also good in treating in indigestion and ulcer pain. Add half a teaspoon of baking soda to four ounces of water, and sip this every couple of hours.
Add half a cup of baking soda to your bathtub, and soak in the water for 15 minutes. Apply baking soda solution on your sunburns for instant relief.
- Foot soak and exfoliator
Add 3 tablespoons of baking soda to some warm water and soak your feet in the solution. This foot soak helps you exfoliate feet and get rid of any unpleasant odors and dirt.
- Clean hands
Use paste made from baking soda and water to scrub your hands and remove any odors from food or dirt. This will also disinfect your hands.
- Natural deodorant
Use the same paste to scrub your body gently and remove odors. This is your all-natural and effective body deodorant.
- Splinter removal
Combine water and baking soda, and apply the paste on your splinters. Secure with a bandage. Do this several times a day, and you will be able to get the splinter out after a few days.
Add some baking soda to your shampoo and wash your hair as you normally do. Rinse well. This trick is great for those who need to clean hair from styling products and make it shiny and strong.
- Insect bites
Apply baking soda paste on the bite to soothe irritations and itching.
It is always great if you have some baking soda at home, right?
Source: Healthy Food House