written by: Diana Cooper
• edited by: BStone
• updated: 5/9/2011
Baking soda can help soothe an upset stomach, relieve itching and freshen bad breath. Learn other medicinal uses of baking soda and know how to use it to treat these health problems.
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Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is an all-natural product with multiple purposes. It can be used to absorb strong odors in refrigerators, freezers, closets, garbage cans, diaper pails and litter boxes. You can use it to scrub stubborn oil and grease stains from your hands and garage floor. It can be used to wipe marks off the wall and clean pots, kitchen appliances and BBQ grills. It is also effective in rinsing impurities from fruits and vegetables and putting out grease and electrical fires.
These are just some of the many benefits of baking soda for the home but did you know it also makes a great addition to your medicine cabinet? Below we will discuss different ways to how you can use it medicinally for internal and external problems.
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Heartburn & Upset Stomach
Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 4 ounces of water, stir thoroughly until the powder is completely dissolved and drink the entire amount. Take every two hours as needed or as directed by your doctor.
Note: Baking soda is high in sodium (1/2 teaspoon contains 616 milligrams) so you should avoid this remedy if you are on a low-sodium diet. Do not give to children under age 5. If taking prescription medications, consult with your health care provider before taking. Do not exceed seven 1/2 teaspoons in 24 hours. Individuals over 60 years should not exceed three 1/2 teaspoons in 24 hours. Do not use maximum doses for more than 2 weeks.
To freshen bad breath, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to 1 cup of warm water, mix well, swish a gulp of the mixture in your mouth, spit it out and repeat until you finish the whole cup. This will neutralize the odor and not just cover up the smell.
Mix equal parts of baking soda and sea salt then add lemon juice to form a paste. Brush your teeth using gentle downward strokes, avoiding the gums. Do this once a day.
After removing the stinger, mix a little water with baking soda to form a paste and apply over the affected area. This will help relieve pain and itching as well as decrease redness and swelling.
The following remedies can help relieve itching from a number of problems, including dry skin, sunburn, hives, poison ivy, chickenpox, impetigo, psoriasis, shingles and rectal itching:
Add 1 cup of baking soda to lukewarm bath water, stir and soak for 20 minutes.
Dissolve 1/3 cup of baking soda in 1 gallon of water, soak a washcloth in it, wring it out and apply over the affected area.
Form a paste by adding a little water and apply.
Corns and Calluses
Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to a basin of lukewarm water and soak your foot for 15 minutes. Afterwards, file the corn or callus with a pumice stone.
Athlete's Foot and Foot Odor
Besides soaking your foot in a basin (see corns and calluses), you can also sprinkle baking soda in your socks and shoes. This will help eliminate foot odor and, if you have athlete's foot, prevent the fungus from spreading.
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The medicinal uses of baking soda are plenty and most people can benefit from it by keeping a fresh box in their medicine cabinet. If it is not needed for a health problem, you can always find a need for it around the house. This wonderful product has been around for more than 150 years. It is safe when used correctly, environmentally friendly and economical.
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Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda - http://armhammer.com/index.asp
Joan Wilen and Lydia Wilen, Bottom Line's Healing Remedies (2006)
Uncommon Cures for Everyday Ailments (from the editors of Bottom Line/Health) 2006