Baking soda is chemically known as Sodium Bicarbonate. This is the one very versatile, an expensive and even I can say humble ingredient tucked in every kitchen corner.
Baking Soda, not only used for adding fluff to cakes and Muffins. But this miracle ingredient is fabulous than any others Indeed!
It has a variety of beneficial uses doing everything from whitening teeth to glowing skin.
Here I put some surprising benefits of Baking soda altogether in terms of Health and Beauty.
Working as Natural Antacid
Acid reflux is the irritating condition where stomach acid flows from stomach to esophagus. Therefore esophagus gets burned and this burning effect anywhere between abdomen and throat.
Thus here baking soda helps to neutralize the effect of acid and give relief in burning sensations.
Alleviate Urinary Tract Infections
UTI is the most common infection in women than in men. Affecting any part of the urinary tract including kidney, bladder, ureter, and urethra.
The condition could be more serious if affecting the kidney.
Here the baking soda an inexpensive remedy comes handy to you. Soda with water mixture act as the protective barrier against the UTI and neutralizing the effect of acid in the urine.
Also, baking soda detoxifies the kidney and prevent it from getting damaged.
Treating Gout and other Joint Problems
Joint problems occur generally because of the excess amount of uric acid in urine and blood as well.
As I previously discussed, baking soda has the ability to neutralise acid effects.
Therefore it can also be called a Neutralising agent.
Known as Exercise Enhancer
During the rigorous workout, lactic acid release and accumulated in muscles and joints creating more stiffness.
So it may affect your physical performance. Therefore Drinking baking soda diluted with water helps in controlling the condition.
Whiten your teeth
Discoloration of the tooth is very annoying and gives a bad impression in front of others. There are various tooth whitening kits are available in pharmacy with much of hazardous chemicals.
The chemicals cause gum aching and tooth sensitivity problem in the long term.
Baking soda, a natural ingredient with no side effects is the most convenient option. Helps in removing the plaque on the teeth because of its alkalinity.
To get a pearl white teeth, dip a toothbrush into baking soda and gently brush the teeth for 2-3 mins in a circular motion.
Rinse the mouth and follow the process with normal toothpaste.
For noticeable result, repeat the process twice a week.
Prevents acne and Pimples
Baking soda has the antibacterial properties which reduce the chance of inflammation on the skin.
Mainly it helps to dry out the pimples and excess oil.
Make a paste of baking soda with water and apply it on the pimples. Leave it for 15 mins and then rinse it off.
Perfect for Dark Lips
This is the one popular cleansing agent for dark lips.
Make a paste of baking soda with Honey and apply it on lips for 2-3 mins before washing.
Baking soda is abrasive in nature thus it helps in removing skin dead cells. Make skin glowing and improve the skin tone as well.
Its antimicrobial properties also prevent further skin infections.
We can mal\ke this handy paste a home very easily. Just mix a tablespoon of baking soda with few drops of water and optional vitamin E oil. Then massage it in a circular motion and leave I for 2-3 mins.
Rinse it off with warm water followed by cold water to close the pores and pet dry.
Dust buildup on the scalp leaves your hair looking dull, greasy and sticky.
Baking soda is the right way solution for getting clean and healthy hair strands.
For this, mix one teaspoon of baking soda with your usual shampoo and massage it into your hair.
Allow the soda to work its magic for 2 mins before rising. Then shampoo the hair as usual.
You will notice your hair squeaky clean.
But also one thing to remember to limit its use only once a month because more its usage makes your hair dull and brittle.
Baking soda is used for whitening the nails and exfoliate the cuticles.
For healthy cuticles, dip a nailbrush into the paste of soda and water mixture. Rub this in a circular motion over the hands and rinse it off.
Also for yellow nails due to bright nail polish, lend a soda with lemon juice and apply to the nails.
Lemon serves as the lighten and nourish the nails.
To control Bad breath
Soda kills the bad breath-causing bacteria and reduces the risk of canker sores as well.
To prevent bad breath, stir a teaspoon of baking soda with a half a cup of water till it dissolves and gargles with it. Make sure not to swallow.
Repeat this daily for healthy teeth and gums.
Calluses are hard, lumpy comprising of dead skin cells. Make the skin rough, ugly and sometimes painful.
It can be treated by simple baking soda treatment. Before bed, soak the feet in water having soda and essential oil including eucalyptus/rosemary oil which boost relaxation and freshens the feet.
After rising it off, apply some rich moisturiser for getting baby soft skin.
Repeat the process till callus disappears.