When it comes to the healing benefits of baking soda, there is a major controversy surrounding this white powder that many people only know from using a bit of it when they have heartburn.
Baking soda is known under several different names. As a child I knew it under the name bicarbonate of soda. It is also known under sodium bicarbonate, cooking soda, or simply bicarb, and it is often confused with baking powder. However the two things are completely different: while baking soda is safe to take up to a certain amount internally, baking powder should never be consumed in any shape or form because it includes not only baking soda, but also cream of tartar and some other acids that are toxic for the body.
I’ve been using baking soda from a young age, mostly as given a quarter of a teaspoon to swallow with water for acid relief. It usually took only a minute or two to burp up the CO2 that formed between the baking soda and the acid in my esophagus and I felt relief almost instantly.
Taking soda bicarbonate for acid relief is one of the oldest home remedies for this purposes. My mom learned it from my grandmother and she learned it from her mom. It was the remedy of choice back when there were no pills to help with acid reflux, GERD or gastritis (which I both have).
However aside for this very common way of using it , there are over a dozen other uses for it, mostly for health benefits (but also for the home), which I’ve been successfully applying in my own life as well.
Bicarbonate Of Soda Health Benefits And Uses
I use baking soda for cough relief. For this I mix a half teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of ACV (apple cider vinegar – try to get an organic brand with ‘the mother’ if you can) and a teaspoon of raw honey in a glass.
Add just a bit of water for the soda bicarbonate to interact with the ACV (it forms carbon dioxide CO2 and neutralizes the acid in the apple cider vinegar) which creates those bubbles forming on the surface.
Let these bubbles completely disappear and then either eat the thick cream with a spoon or fill the glass with water and sip it bit by bit until it’s all gone.
This remedy greatly helps with coughing not only from a congested chest, but also from coughing due to GERD and acid reflux. I’ve been using it for quite some time now, with great results. And honestly, it tastes nice too.
Another way I use baking soda is to add a cup of it in my bath water along with two cups of epsom salt (magnesium sulphate). Now epsom salt has many health benefits of its own, which I’ll go into in a next post, but personally I use this bath in my quest to detox my body from harmful chemicals and also to increase my magnesium intake. While the epsom salt does flush out the toxins from the body, the baking soda keeps them from reentering through the skin.
I also add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender, frankincense and whatever else I feel the need to at the time, and this makes for a wonderful healthy and detoxing bath. Make sure you stay in the water for at least half an hour.
Some people are also adding unrefined salt such as Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt in the water, however I haven’t tried this yet.
I mentioned a while back that I use baking soda to make my own natural deodorant with the help of coconut oil and corn starch (or arrowroot for those who don’t care for gluten). This homemade deodorant is healthy and it doesn’t contain chemicals and harmful minerals (like aluminum) that commercial deodorants include. I love it and I wouldn’t back to a commercial deodorant for anything in the world.
Something I’ve started doing relatively recently is brush my teeth with baking soda. While I haven’t been using fluoridated toothpaste in several years, commercial toothpastes still have enough harmful chemicals in them that are not good for anyone who is on a conscious quest to live a healthier life. So while I do use my toothpaste now and then, most of the times I add a bit of baking soda on my wet toothbrush and gently brush my teeth with it.
First of all the toothbrush should be soft or extra-soft, and not medium or hard. If possible try to find aluminum free baking soda if you are looking into getting rid of aluminum from your body.
Some people are under the impression that baking soda damages the tooth enamel. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It actually neutralizes any acid that was consumed before (like coffee, lemonade, etc) because it is alkaline in nature.
Finally, I also use baking soda to make my own sodium ascorbate, by adding it to ascorbic acid, aka vitamin C. This is how I do it.
Basically I add a 2:1 ratio vitamin C powder to baking soda in a glass, which for me comes to roughly one teaspoon of ascorbic acid to half teaspoon baking soda. Add just a bit of water (about 2 teaspoons worth) and wait for the CO2 to form and bubbled itself out. This should take up to a minute or so. Once the water no longer sizzles and fizzles, add a bit more water (again one or two teaspoons of water) and mix it in the glass. If there still a separation from baking soda and vitamin C in the glass, the water will form CO2 bubbles again. Wait until the bubbles have stopped forming.
Many people at this point fill the glass with water and start drinking it, however I found that if I kept adding just a hint of baking soda in the glass, it would still form the CO2,so I do this a few more times, until the next bit of baking soda powder added to the glass no longer interact with the acid in the vitamin C. This is when all the baking powder is gone and it has created instead sodium ascorbate. Now I fill the glass with water and sip it throughout the day.
As for using the bicarbonate of soda at home, here are a few fun and healthy ways you can use it:
- Add a cup of baking soda to your washing machine along with the washing powder (you need less washing powder this way). Also add vinegar in the water softener place, to which I add a few drops of lavender essential oil. My clothes smell really fresh and nice, and the baking soda and ACV take care of any germs that might still be on the clothes or in the washing machine.
- Fill a pot with water and a few tablespoons of baking soda to wash out any pesticides from your fruits and vegetables.
- Baking soda is great for removing bad smells from the home. Add a bit to your vacuum bag, sprinkle it on the carpets at home before hoovering and clean your smelly mops by placing them in a mix of baking soda and water. Add a bit of baking soda into the cat litter to remove the bad odor.
- I make handcrafted silver jewelry and before I got my rock tumbler, I regularly used baking soda with water to clean my jewelry from tarnish and oxidation.
Once I’ve learned that baking soda has so many health benefits, I talked with friends on a Facebook group who recommended I read dr. Mark Sircus’ book on baking soda called Sodium Bicarbonate – Full Medical Review.
It’s available on Kindle so I bought it (even though it’s not the cheapest book around). I’ve already heard of dr. Sircus in relation to using magnesium transdermally and I’ve also read his book on iodine, so I know he is not a crook, but a figure of authority.
Well, let me just say that this book opened my eyes to a whole new world regarding baking soda. It’s amazing how many health benefits it has in areas that I never even suspected. Worth a read if you’re on a quest for healing your body.
How are you using it in your every day life and what healing benefits of baking soda have you come across so far?
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