Sodium bicarbonate also known as baking soda has many health benefits. Some are more amazing than the others. This substance regulates the pH. This substance also helps the body to solve many problems and health issues.
The baking soda or as it is officially known sodium bicarbonate has another name – nahcolite. This is a compound that is used for preparing food and it helps the enrichment of some kinds of nutriments. One of the most famous and oldest uses of this compound is to make bread.
Actually, this compound is a derivate of a particular type of mineral that was known as natron. This mineral was used by Egyptians to clean their houses.
The baking soda, which we know today, was later made by two Americans – Doctor Austin Church and the manufacturer John Dwight. This happened in 1846 and we use it till today.
Firstly, this compound was not used in the medicine and all that changed in 1920 or that is in the 20th century.
There are many advantages of the baking soda and the most important one is that is very cheap and everyone can afford it. Another interesting fact is that it is used in cosmetics.
Did you know that baking soda was used to remove dirt from the Statue of Liberty? Yes, it was. That happened in 1986 when the statue was restored. As you can see, you can use the baking soda to clean your house. You can also clean your bathroom by using baking soda mixed with apple cider vinegar. This is an excellent means that does not contain chemicals.
You have had a barbecue in your back yard, now you do not know how to clean your greasy grill. Don’t worry, baking soda can help you do that. What is more, you can wash the toys of your children using baking soda and you can be certain that they are clean and chemical-free.
Another advice is to splash it on your rugs and then you can use your vacuum cleaner so you can improve the cleaning. You can also clean the silverware with baking soda and they will shine as the day that you bought them.
Here are some uses of the baking soda that you may not know:
- You can use baking soda to get rid of bad smell on your feet. How do you do that? You should make a solution, add tree tablespoons of baking soda in warm water and put your feet in this and that is all.
Another way to do that is to make a paste and to put it on your feet. Both ways are effective so you can choose whichever you like.
There should not be side effects, so do not think twice try one of this ways to clean your feet on a fast and cheap way.
- You can also make a paste for your gums and teeth. Watch out and be careful, do not use it excessively. Even though baking soda is real healthy, if you overuse it, a bigger amount can cause damage to your teeth. However, do not be afraid, be careful and brush your teeth with baking soda just once a week and you will be fine.
- It is helpful to remove dental plague ad bacteria that can be found in your mouth and it is unhealthy to have it. All in all, if you use it once a week this tooth paste is more efficient than any other that you buy in the shops.
The recipe to make such a paste is: six parts of baking soda plus one part of salt. You put them in a blender just for half a minute and then you put them in a tin.
You do not have a need to use a toothbrush for this paste, you can use your fingers (of course after you have washed your hands) and you should rub your gums for a short period of time.
After that you should wait for fifteen minutes and then you should wash your mouth very thoroughly. Be sure not to overuse it!
However, if you use it rationally and in a combination with ripe strawberry, it will whiten your teeth. All you need to do is to mix half a teaspoon of baking soda and ripe strawberry. You should put the mixture on your teeth and remove it after five minutes and wash your mouth thoroughly.
Again, we should mention that you should do that just once a week in order to prevent damaging the teeth enamel.
- Insect’s bites are very common especially during the summer. Once again you can turn to baking soda. Mixed with water, the baking soda should be put on the affected place as a paste and it will decrease the level of itching. This paste can be also used for rashes caused by poisonous plants such as poison ivy.
- Did you know that baking soda capsules improve the sports performance? Actually, a lot of professional sportsmen and sportswomen use it to improve their energy levels. Check this out with your doctor if you want to do it.
- Are you fed up from using deodorants full of harmful chemicals that you buy in the supermarket? Why don’t you use baking soda instead? Baking soda is a natural deodorant. You can simply brush baking soda on your underarms and other places where you sweat and you will avoid the bad smell and you will get rid of the sweat.
- Why don’t you make a natural soap using this ingredient? This do-it-yourself soap can be made by combining three parts of baking soda and one part of water and you can use it to wash your hands with it.
- It is summer and you are on the beach and you got sunburns from being all day at the beach. What to do? Don’t worry, the cure is cheap and easily available. Just make a mixture of lukewarm water and half a cup of our magical baking soda. Prepare a bath for you and put the solution in the bathtub. Get inside and relax.
If you do not want to soak into the bathtub, you can do something else. Use a cloth soaked in the mixture and put it directly on the sunburns.
- If you have problems with ulcer, heartburn or indigestion, baking soda will definitely help you. If you are less than sixty years old you should drink every two hours a mixture of half a teaspoon of baking soda put in a ½ glass of water. If you are more than sixty years old, you show reduce the dose for a bit because it will be probably too strong for you.
- How can you nourish and relieve your skin? Treat yourself with a bath made of mixture of baking soda and apple cider vinegar. This is a great way to get rid of skin problems or maybe even hives. After you get out of the bathtub leave the solution there for a while and you do not to clean the tub, it will be completely cleaned.
- Another thing that baking soda can do for you is to remove a splinter. All that you need is one tablespoon of baking soda put in a small glass of water. You should apply the mix on the affected place two times per day. After a few days, the splinter will come off itself. This is the best way to remove a splinter without causing complications.
All in all, you should always have baking soda at home. At one moment or another, you will definitely need it for the house or for you personally.