How to use Baking Soda

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How to use Baking Soda

"Baking soda" (sodium bicarbonate, also called baking soda or baking soda) is always in stock in many households for cleaning purposes or for baking.

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“Baking soda” (sodium bicarbonate, also called baking soda or baking soda) is always in stock in many households for cleaning purposes or for baking.

But chances are that you do not take full advantage of all the benefits that baking soda has to offer.

For example, did you know that there is a whole range of medicinal uses for baking soda, such as safely removing a splinter from your finger, or just for brushing your teeth?

Together with hydrogen peroxide, it is one of the cheapest and safest health products available (you can buy a box of baking soda for less than two euros). So it is smart to find out as much as possible about the many, many uses of baking soda.

The history of baking soda
In its natural form, baking soda is known as nahcolite, which is part of the natural mineral sodium. Natron, which contains large amounts of sodium bicarbonate, has been used for a long time. The ancient Egyptians, for example, used natron as soap for cleaning purposes. There are many anecdotal accounts showing that baking soda has since been used by many civilizations to make bread or other food that had to rise.

However, it was not until 1846 that Dr. Austin Church and John Dwight began manufacturing and selling the ingredient we now know as baking soda. Around 1860, baking soda appeared in cookbooks published at the time, and in the 1930s it was widely promoted as a “proven medical agent.” In 1972 the idea arose to put a box of baking soda in the fridge to keep your food fresh and that caught on… raise your hand if you currently have a box in your fridge!

Baking soda was made popular by Arm & Hammer more than 150 years ago, and while many people are aware of the versatile uses in the kitchen and household, few people know that baking soda also has powerful medicinal properties.

Baking soda can help fight colds and flu
Some people believe that baking soda, if you take it, can contribute to a healthy pH balance in your circulation. This is probably the basic assumption behind the recommended application against both colds and flu symptoms. In the booklet “Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Uses” (1924), Dr. Volney S. Cheney lists his clinical successes with sodium bicarbonate in the treatment of flu:

“While employed by the US Public Health Service in 1918 and 1919 to combat influenza, I discovered that people who were thoroughly ‘alkaline’ through the use of sodium bicarbonate rarely contracted the disease, and that those who got the flu experienced a mild attack if they were previously alkalized.

Since then I have treated all cases of colds and flu by first giving hefty doses of sodium bicarbonate and in many, many of the cases the symptoms had subsided within 36 hours.

In addition, both within my own family and during the Woman’s Clubs and parent-teacher discussions, I have advocated the preventive use of sodium bicarbonate in connection with colds, with the result that I now receive many statements from people who indicate that those taking soda “used to not be affected, while almost everyone around them had the flu.”

I am not too convinced of how valid the pH optimization is when it comes to baking soda, as I have used dilute hydrochloric acid (hydrochloric acid) intravenously more than once in practice to also help people recover almost immediately acute infections. This clearly pushes the pH in the opposite direction, but both seem to work, indicating that a mechanism other than that of the pH may be at work.

The administration is easy and if it does not provide relief from your cold, it is a relatively harmless agent. Simply dissolve the recommended amount of baking soda in a glass of cold water and drink it. The dosages that Arm & Hammer recommended for colds and flu in 1925 were as follows:

Day 1 – Take six doses of ½ teaspoon baking soda in a glass of cold water, about two hours apart

Day 2 – Take four doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of cold water, also spaced two hours apart

Day 3 – Take a dose of ½ teaspoon baking soda in a glass of cold water in the morning and in the evening and then ½ teaspoon each morning until the symptoms have disappeared.

11 other medicinal uses of baking soda
You will be amazed at the range of remedies available if you always have a box of baking soda at home. These are just a few:

11 other medicinal uses of baking soda
You will be amazed at the range of remedies available if you always have a box of baking soda at home. These are just a few:

Heartburn: I have personally recommended this to many people, including family members, and was amazed at how effective it is. This makes sense when you consider that the baking soda immediately neutralizes stomach acid. The dosage is 1-2 teaspoons in a full glass of water.
Splint removal: dissolve a tablespoon of baking soda in a small glass of water and soak the conscious finger in it twice a day. Many splinters will come out automatically if you apply this treatment for a few days.

Anti-sunburn: Add ½ cup of baking soda to lukewarm bath water and then take a bath for natural pain relief. When you get out of the bath, let your skin air dry for extra relief rather than removing the excess baking soda with a towel. You can also put a mixture of baking soda and water on a cool compress and apply it directly to the painful areas.
Deodorant: If you prefer to avoid the parabens and the aluminum found in many deodorants, try a pinch of baking soda mixed with water instead. This simple lubricant is an effective and simple natural deodorant.

Improved athletic performance: Long-distance runners have long been practicing a practice known as “soda doping” – or taking baking soda capsules – before a race to improve their performance. The idea is that this has the same effect as eating extra carbohydrates. While I don’t recommend trying this at home, this is yet another example of the benefits of baking soda.
Sticky Repellent Toothpaste: If you’re looking for an incredibly effective dental cleaner, mix six parts baking soda with one part sea salt. Do this in the blender and mix for thirty seconds and store in a sealed container or jar. Wet your index finger and apply a small amount of the mixture to your gums. Start with the outside of your upper jaw, then the inside, then the outside of your lower jaw, then the inside. Rub the mixture over your gums and teeth. Spit out the leftovers. Rinse your mouth after fifteen minutes. This mixture is extremely effective when it comes to killing bacteria.
Insect Bites: Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to insect bites to combat the itching. You can also try rubbing the dry powder on your skin. This also works for itchy rashes and reactions to poison ivy, a shrub found in Canada and the United States.

Whiter teeth: If you want whiter teeth in a natural way, mash a ripe strawberry and mix it with half a teaspoon of baking soda. Spread this mixture on your teeth and leave for five minutes. Then brush your teeth and rinse your mouth. Do not use this method more than once a week, otherwise you may damage the enamel of your teeth.
Footbath: Add three tablespoons of baking soda to a basin of warm water for a refreshing foot bath.
Scrub: a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water can be used as a facial and body scrub. This method is natural, inexpensive, and mild enough to use on a daily basis.
Detox Bath: Baking soda and apple cider vinegar combine to provide a great spa-like bathing experience that soothes aches and detoxifies. Nice thing: your bathtub and the drain are also clean!
Baking soda is also an excellent cleaning agent

Once you have put a box of baking soda in your medicine cabinet, you better put one in the cabinet under your kitchen counter, in your bathroom and with your cleaning products …

Baking soda is great for scrubbing your bath and kitchen. Put it in a glass jar that has grated cheese in it with a stainless steel cap with holes, sprinkle the soda over the surface to be cleaned and scrub! If you want you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Lavender and tea tree oil have powerful antibacterial properties.

Baking soda mixed with apple cider vinegar is a multifunctional sparkling combination. If you want to use this mix to clean your drain, sprinkle baking soda in it, add apple cider vinegar, let it bubble for 15 minutes and then rinse with hot water. This is a safer option than the dangerous commercial sink cleaners.

Soak pots and pans in hot water with baking soda for 15 minutes, then remove any baked-on food residue with ease.

Use baking soda to scrub the grill on your barbecue.

Clean baby toys with a mixture of four tablespoons of baking soda and a gallon of water.

You can also use baking soda as a fabric softener and to make your clothes whiter and brighter (add a cup to the washing machine).

Baking soda is a natural carpet cleaner. Sprinkle it over your carpet, leave it on for 15 minutes and then vacuum it up with a vacuum cleaner.

To polish silver without a toxic silver polish, you can fill your sink with hot water, add a piece of aluminum foil and baking soda and leave the silverware in it until it glows again. An easy and fun way to polish your silver!

How to use Baking Soda

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