The uses and health benefits of Baking Soda are practically endless! Baking soda or Bicarbonate is naturally produced in the body to help buffer against acids. Bicarbonate is used to treat kidney disease and metabolic acidosis, indigestion and heartburn. It can be made into a paste and applied to the skin to alleviate psoriasis, sunburns, bites from insects, or rashes from poison ivy/oak. Baking soda is a natural deodorant and can be sprinkled on your carpets before you vacuum (this is great for people with pets!) or put in your refrigerator to reduce odors.
My favorite uses for baking soda currently are toothpaste (check out my home-made recipe) and as an exfoliator. Baking soda in toothpaste is great for keeping teeth white and you avoid all the chemicals that are added to store bought toothpaste. Baking soda is great for exfoliating your face and body; you can either make a paste of pure baking soda or water, or I like to add it to my current cream cleanser. Be careful not scrub too hard and avoid the skin right around yours eyes.
If you have any other health, home or beauty tips for using baking soda, I’d love to hear them!