Up until recently, I thought Baking Soda’s primary function was to just to be thrown into various cake mixes, but let me tell you firsthand, was I ever wrong. Thanks to all my friends on Pinterest, and the invention of DIY projects (Do-It-Yourself) , I’ve found a slew of ways to get the most out of it, other than cooking recipes. For starters, I never knew that baking soda could go so well in the bath, with or without other salts added to it first. Fast forward a few months of using it daily, my skin has never felt so vibrant and calming after sitting in the tub with it on me for a half hour or so:)
One of my favorite combo packs is throwing the ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda I use in the bath with a sprinkling of my favorite Epsom Salts to top it off; nothing makes me feel more relaxed and amazing afterwards. Also, I started mixing it with this all natural hemp soap I use to clean everything in my path: anywhere from tidying up the bathroom, as a deodorant, or even as a way of alkalizing my water levels, baking soda is the route to take! What ways do you use this amazing product? I’d love to keep adding it to my daily life in any which way:)
Here are some reasons from Dr. Mercola on why you might want to add baking soda to your life, if you’re not already:
- Splinter removal: Add a tablespoon of baking soda to a small glass of water, then soak the affected area twice a day. Many splinters will come out on their own after a couple of days using this treatment.
- Sunburn remedy: Add ½ cup of baking soda to lukewarm bathwater, then soak in the tub for natural relief. When you get out, let your skin air dry, rather than toweling off the excess baking soda, for extra relief. You can also add a mixture of baking soda and water to a cool compress and apply it to the sunburn directly.
- Deodorant: If you want to avoid the parabens and aluminum found in many deodorants and antiperspirants, try a pinch of baking soda mixed with water instead. This simple paste makes an effective and simple natural deodorant.
- Enhanced sports performance: Distance runners have long engaged in a practice known as “soda doping” – or taking baking soda capsules — before races to enhance performance,3 a measure that’s thought to work similarly to carbohydrate loading. While I don’t suggest you try this at home, it’s another example of baking soda benefits.
- Plaque-busting tooth and gum paste: For an incredibly effective tooth and gum paste, use a mixture of six parts of baking soda to one part of sea salt. Place them in a blender and mix for 30 seconds, then place in a container to use. Wet the tip of your index finger and place a small amount of the salt and soda mixture on your gums. Starting with the upper outside gums and then the inside of the upper, followed by the lower outside of the gums then the lower inside, rub the mixture onto your teeth and gums. Spit out the excess. After 15 minutes rinse your mouth. This mixture is incredibly effective at killing bacteria.
- Insect bites: Apply a paste made of baking soda and water to insect bites to help relieve itching. You can also try rubbing the dry powder onto your skin. This is also effective for itchy rashes and poison ivy.
- Teeth whitener: For a natural way to whiten your teeth, crush one ripe strawberry and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and leave on for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse. This method should be used no more than once a week, as excessive use could potentially damage your tooth enamel.
- Detox bath: Baking soda and apple cider make a wonderful spa-like bath for soaking away aches and pains and detoxing. It also cleans the tub and the drain, as a bonus!
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