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Surprising benefits of baking soda for purposes other than baking

By Andrew Alpin, 3 March

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Among all home remedies providing health benefits, baking soda or sodium bicarbonate could well be the most cost effective as it is a common ingredient, used in every home. Your kitchen is a virtual pharmacy where ingredients such as spices and the like; all contain varying medicinal properties, beneficial for ailments and health conditions.

 Similarly baking soda can be used for a number of common ailments. Read on to find out the many health benefits of baking soda.

1Indigestion and Ulcer Pain

There are quite a number of OTC antacids that contain bicarbonate. Baking soda effectively neutralizes acid buildup, thus relieving heartburn and indigestion. It’s also a great remedy for peptic ulcers too. Just half a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water every two to three hours will provide immediate relief form ulcer pain and cure your indigestion. However the limit is 7.5 teaspoonfuls for adults or 3 teaspoonfuls for those over 60.

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2Natural Deodorant

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Commercial deodorants are full of aluminum and parabens. Did you know baking soda can be used as a natural deodorant without fear of exposing your skin to harmful chemicals? Just make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to your underarms. If you prefer a dry approach then just brush on same dry baking soda at frequent intervals.

You can also make a homemade deodorant through this recipe for great summers.

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3Insect Bites, Stings and Poison Ivy

If you get stung by stinging nettle, poison ivy or are suffering from an insect bite, baking soda with water makes a great remedy to reduce the inflammation and intensity of the sting. The same application can be used for irritable and itchy skin rashes as well, because its chemical properties have the ability to remove toxins from the infected area.

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4Removing Splinters from Skin

Among the unique benefits of baking soda, it can easily remove splinters. You can do this by soaking the area in a solution of baking soda and water at least twice a day. Splinters will be eased out naturally.

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5Sunburn

Sunburn can get nasty and make you feel extremely uncomfortable. Just ½ a cup of baking soda added to your bath water is an effective remedy to get instant relief from sunburn. The water needs to be lukewarm for it to work best. Alternately you can also soak a soft towel in the same solution and apply to the affected areas.

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6Baking Soda Is A Good Teeth Whitening Agent

Baking soda is one of the best natural remedies to whiten your teeth. Make a paste of ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one strawberry and spread the mixture on to your teeth. Allow the paste to remain for just 5 minutes, after which you should brush your teeth and rinse thoroughly. Do not do this more than just once every week as baking soda is a bit abrasive and can wear away enamel.

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7Foot Soak and Exfoliator

If you really want to give yourself a great foot spa then baking soda will fit the bill just perfectly. To a bowl of lukewarm water add three tablespoons of baking soda and soak your feet in the solution. This not only invigorates your feet, it’s a great way to exfoliate where you can make an additional paste of baking soda and warm water and scrub your feet with it. In fact a similar solution made into a paste can be used as a great facial scrub too. Baking soda removes acne, facial grime, and is good for oily skin.

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8Extra Benefits of Baking Soda

In the 19th century, baking soda was used as an herbal remedy for common cold and its health properties made it a remedy for ailments such as diarrhea. Its properties are also known to help reduce kidney stones, fight drug overdose and reduce bladder infections. Thrombosis symptoms can also be reduced by a mixture of apple cider vinegar and baking soda. Baking soda makes an effective mouth wash which reduces the inflammation of canker sores and initiates the healing process. It is an effective remedy for oral thrush too. All you need to do is gargle with a solution of baking soda and water. The amazing benefits of baking soda are extensive and the biggest advantage is the fact that it’s one of the most pocket friendly remedies in your kitchen.

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