How to use baking soda for health and beauty?

Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is an antifungal and an antiseptic which can form an n important place in the beauty routine. It helps in exfoliating the skin, softens the toughest callouses and cleans the hair. It has several medicinal uses as well. It is helpful in treating cancer, kidney problems and several skin problems.

Health benefits of  baking soda

Antacid

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Baking soda is one of the safest and effective antacid to give relief from heartburn, sour stomach and indigestion problems.

Itchy skin

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To cool down the skin from severe itchiness dab the powder to the irritating area, it will decrease the redness and itches. In addition to it baking soda can also be used to treat the insect bites. Keep the baking soda paste made with powder and water to the infected area and allow it for a few minutes.

Prevention of skin from infections

To eliminate the infections that are present in the body, add some amount of baking and a few drops of olive oil to the warm water.

Nail treatment

To remove the dead skin present around the nails, dip a smooth brush in the baking powder and scrub it gently.

Removes bacteria

Baking soda is alkaline in nature, hence it has the qualities of removing dirt and bacteria from the skin. It removes bacteria and fights the acne resulting agents.

Kidney disease

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Bicarbonate is an alkaline substance that is naturally produced in the body which helps to keep the pH in check. In cases of diabetes and hypertension when kidneys do not function properly it becomes difficult to remove the acids from the body. Studies have shown that such cases are cured with oral sodium carbonate which helps to slow down the decline rate of the kidneys.

Cancer

It has been found that bicarbonate can increase the pH of tumours without disturbing the pH of the blood. Sodium therapy has also been adopted to provide support tothe immune system for cancer patients.

Occasional heartburn and indigestion

Baking soda is an effective way to relieve occasional heartburn and indigestion.  Mix one spoon baking soda in a cup of water and take it an hour after meals.

Dermatological conditions

Baking soda helps to soothe itchiness and irritation in patients suffering from psoriasis. The discomfort of sunburn, insect bites, allergic rashes, and skin exposed to poisonous plants can be reduced by applying a paste of baking soda and water.

Oral health

Baking soda is used in making many toothpastes and mouthwashes as it has the property to increase the removal of plague.

Beauty benefits of baking soda

Mouthwash

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Mix one tablespoon of baking soda to the water and shake well. Swish it and spit. It will take away the mouth odors and decreases the plague, bacteria present in the mouth.

Skin care

To make the skin clear and non-oily, add up half tablespoon of baking soda to the water while you are taking a bath. It also neutralizes the acids present in the body.

Feet care

To clean the feet and nourish it, dissolve two tablespoons of baking soda in warm water and keep your feet in the water for 15 minutes.

Natural deodorant

Applying baking soda to the underarms will neutralize the body odor and works as a natural deodorant.

Shampoo

To remove the oiliness from the scalp add baking soda powder to your regular shampoo and use it. It sweeps the oiliness.

An all-over scrub

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Baking soda makes an excellent over all scrub for nourishing, refreshing and exfoliating the skin gently. Make a paste using oatmeal, soda and water and rub it on the skin gently to remove the dead skin cells. Wash with warm water and clean the skin.

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Hair care with baking soda

Baking soda helps to get rid of the build-up product in the hair. Sprinkle some baking soda on the hair before shampooing the hair. The baking soda will clear the residue and clean the hair.

Manicure

Baking soda can be rubbed on the cuticles of the nails before doing manicure to clean them.. Rinse the fingers and nails with warm water

Soften tough calluses

The calluses on the feet can be softened by soaking the feet in a basin of warm water to which baking soda has been added. Then scrub the calluses with a paste of baking soda, brown sugar and water. Apply a rich moisturiser and wear warm socks.

Bath soak

Baking soda added in the bath tub helps to neutralise the acids on the skin and clear away the oil and perspiration. It softens and soothes the skin by calming the irritants caused by bites, skin irritation and sun burn.

A deodorant

Baking soda can be used as a deodorant by mixing it with any essential oil and applying it under the arms with a brush.

An acne spot-treatment

A paste of baking soda and water can be applied on the pimples.

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