Baking soda is useful far beyond the kitchen. You probably know that you can clean your house with baking soda, but did you know it can also come in handy as part of your beauty regimen?
Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which helps to regulate pH, and that makes it great for beauty recipes.
How does it work? Baking soda helps items maintain the perfect acidity level and can also buffer substances from further pH changes. These dual capabilities allow it to neutralize odors, such as in your refrigerator, and maintain a pH level, such as in laundry water. Enough with the science, let’s throw open the garage door and show you how you can use baking soda in your personal care.
Why Baking Soda is so Beneficial for Health?
Antacid: Baking soda has antacid properties and is beneficial to relieve acid indigestion, severe acidity and heartburn. It helps in relieving from symptoms of peptic ulcer disease. Due its alkaline properties it is also recommended for reducing acidity in urine and blood.
Metabolic acidosis: Sodium bicarbonate is beneficial in minimizing risk of metabolic acidosis in various health disorders such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders etc. It also provides relief in case of renal tubular acidosis.
Diarrhea: Nutrition comprising of sodium bicarbonate is indicated in case of diarrhea wherein there is a significant loss of the bicarbonate from the body.
Insect bites and swellings: Bees and wasp stings are usually painful and they are automatically followed with swellings on the affected parts. Use a solution that consists of baking soda and water to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling caused by insect stings. The solution should contain high ratio of baking soda as compared to water; preferably 3:1.
Feet care: Use of baking soda along with essential oils may help in protecting feet from microbial infections and bad odor. Research study suggests that aromatic powder oil compound containing baking soda, arrowroot and essential oils inhibit the yeast, fungal and bacterial growth on the feet.
Amazing Uses of Baking Soda
Facial Scrub with Baking Soda: You can give yourself an inexpensive and invigorating body scrub and facial. Start by creating a paste with three parts baking soda per each part water. Exfoliate your skin by rubbing it in a circular motion. It is gentle enough to use every day. Also there is another good solution – add some honey to baking soda and use it as body scrub.
DIY Toothpaste: Paste made with a three percent hydrogen peroxide solution and baking soda is a great replacement for commercially-sold non-fluoride paste. Simply dipping your brush with toothpaste already on it in baking soda is another way to get a sodium bicarbonate boost.
Mouthwash: Take four ounces of water and add a teaspoon of baking soda. You instantly have an odor-neutralizing rinse.
Hair Conditioner: We all know the benefits of vinegar to your hair, but baking soda has a place as well. Sprinkle a little baking soda into your hand along with your favorite organic shampoo and wash and rinse as you normally would. Baking soda helps to remove any residue that would normally be left behind by your styling products. Heck, you can even straight up wash your hair with baking soda as the “shampoo” and apple cider vinegar as the “conditioner!”
Natural Deodorant with Baking Soda: Avoid harsh deodorants. You can neutralize body odors by dusting baking soda directly on your underarms.
DIY Hand Cleanser: Avoid harsh soaps by using a paste made of one part water to three parts baking soda. You could also substitute the water for gentle hand soap.
Clean Combs and Brushes with Baking Soda: Want luxurious and shiny hair? Keep your combs and brushes clean. You can remove the residue from hair products and natural oils that have built up by using a solution of warm water and a teaspoon of baking soda.