Almost every household has at least one package of baking soda because it is one of the most versatile ingredients; it is often used in cooking, particularly as a leavening agent in baked goods that makes the dough rise.
By the 20s, people learned more and about its medicinal properties as well. Nowadays, baking soda is one of the most popular and cheapest natural remedies. It can treat and prevent different health problems. With this in mind, we decided to share a list with the 11 best properties of this powder.
The Medicinal Properties of Baking Soda
Treats indigestion, ulcers, and heartburn
Sodium bicarbonate can neutralize the stomach acid and alleviates heartburn, ulcer ache, and indigestion. You just need to drink ½ tsp mixed with ½ glass of water every 2 hours. But, do not exaggerate with the consumption.
Baking soda makes the ideal natural toothpaste because it is a mild abrasive. Use it as you would use regular toothpaste to clean the teeth, remove plaque, and fight off halitosis. As it has antibacterial characteristics, it can avert tooth decay. To make your own toothpaste, mix baking soda and sea salt in 6:1 ratio.
Whitens the teeth
To whiten your teeth, rub them with ½ tsp of baking soda and a mashed strawberry. Wait for 5 minutes before brushing them with regular toothpaste. Your teeth will be whiter than ever before!
Eases the removal of splinters
Soak the area in a blend of a tbsp of baking soda and ½ cup of water twice per day. After several days, they will be gone.
Cleans the hands
To eliminate dirt and unpleasant odor from your hands, wash them with a mixture of baking soda and water in a 3:1 ratio.
Alleviates insect bites and poison ivy
Mix water and baking soda and rub it gently onto the affected area to reduce the irritation and ache.
Enhance the performance
Baking soda is believed to have similar impact as carbs, so it is commonly used by runners and swimmers to better their performance.
Exfoliates the feet
Scrub your feet with baking soda to keep them soft and nourished.
Add baking soda and ACV to your bath water to soften the skin and to relax.
Soak in bath water mixed with half a cup of baking soda.
Use it as a natural deodorant
Apply a pinch of baking soda and water onto the armpits to deodorize them and stay away from parabens and aluminum present in store-bought deodorants.