Baking soda is perhaps the one inexpensive ingredient that seems to have never-ending benefits you’re your body, skin and hair. Believe it or not, it can help you look astonishing from head to toes.
Also known as Sodium Bicarbonate, baking soda is a natural crystalline substance that can be usually found as a fine powder. It is an alkaline substance with tons of antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-septic properties that help combat everything from skin issues to colds.
Although excessive usage of baking soda might damage your hair and skin, using it in moderate amounts will provide you with numerous health benefits.
Down below we have a list of the 10 most famous baking soda benefits for your body, hair and skin, check them out:
It combats pimples and acne
You don’t need some expensive and harsh side-effect causing commercial products to get rid of pimples and acne. Baking soda works far more efficient than most commercial products thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help reduce the acne breakouts and symptoms.
Just mix 1 tsp. of baking soda with some water in order to get a homogenous mixture. Apply the paste on your face and let it sit for 2 minutes. Rinse your face with cold water afterwards. Repeat this procedure 2-3 times a day than gradually reduce it to 1 or 2 times per week.
Baking soda is absolutely amazing when it comes to making your teeth shiny bright. It efficiently removes yellow stanes and neutralizes acids produced by bacteria.
Just put a small amount of baking soda on your toothbrush followed by your regular toothpaste and brush your teeth with it for 2 minutes. Do this once a day, few times a week.
You can also make a homemade teeth-whitener. You’ll need 4 tbsp. of turmeric root powder along with 2 tsp. of baking soda and 3 tbsp. of extra-virgin coconut oil. The ingredients should be mixed well and the paste applied and used to brush your teeth once a day, few times a week.
Note: Using excess baking soda for teeth cleaning can eliminate and damage the natural protective enamel of your teeth.
Relieves sunburn caused issues
Keeping a box of baking soda during the long hot summer is highly recommended. Baking soda has a natural soothing effect thanks to its alkaline nature, therefore making it extremely efficient in soothing sunburn pain and relieving burning and itching sensation of the skin. It also helps sunburn blisters heal quicker.
Just mix 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda in a glass of cold water. Take a clean washcloth and soak it in the solution, squeeze out the excess water and apply the cloth on the affected area for around 10 minutes. Repeat this procedure 2-3 times a day and you will immediately notice a relief.
You can also add ½ a cup of baking soda into your bathtub. Make sure you stir it well so it is evenly spread and soak yourself in the water for around 15 minutes. After you’re done, pat dry yourself and repeat this procedure for a few days.
Improves skin complexion
Different and uneven skin tone is a common problem for many people. However if you want an even and brighter skin tone, then baking soda can do miracles for you.
What makes baking soda so efficient is that it removes dead skin cells while balancing the pH levels of the kin and keeping it clear and healthy.
Just mix 2 teaspoons of baking soda with filtered water to prepare a paste. Once done, apply the paste on your face and let it sit for exactly 1 minute, then rub it off gently using your fingers. Once you’re done, rinse your face with warm water and you will immediately notice your skin is brightened.
Alternatively, mix 1 tablespoon each of baking soda and fresh lemon juice along with 4 or 5 drops of extra-virgin olive oil. Apply this paste on your face. Leave it on for 5 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water. Repeat 2 or 3 times a week.
Treats stained nails
Ladies truly know how uncomfortable stained nails can be. But that nightmare is about to end right now. Baking soda can whiten your nails and remove any stains thanks to its exfoliating and bleaching properties.
All you have to do is put 1 tablespoon of baking soda, a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and ½ cup of water in a small bowl and stir it well until the ingredients are mixed. Dip your nails into this mixture for about 3 minutes and you will notice results immediately. Repeat this procedure once in two weeks.
Treats body odor
Believe it or not baking soda is one of the most recommended natural deodorizers that treat both sever and mild body odor. It absorbs the sweat and moisture from the skin and reduces the body odor while eliminating the bacteria thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Mix 1 tbsp. of water, few drops of essential oil and 1/3 tsp. of baking soda. Make sure the ingredients are mixed well and using a cotton ball, rub it on your armpits and other areas where you sweat. Use this mixture regularly to eliminate body odor.
Treats oily and smelly hair
Oily and smell hair can be an embarrassing problem, but it isn’t anything that baking soda can’t fix. Baking soda is known to reduce oiliness and neutralize bad odors while balancing the pH levels of the scalp.
Just mix 1 part of baking soda with 3 parts of water and apply the mixture on damp hair, wait for 5 minutes, then rinse your hair. Repeat this procedure 2 times every month.
You can also add a tablespoon of baking soda to your shampoo bottle and wash your hair with it 2 times a week.
Dandruff can be very difficult to remove, especially during the cold winter months. However baking soda can provide some ease with eliminating dandruff. It removes the dead skin cells, clarifies the scalp and therefore removes flakes. It also balances the pH levels of the scalp.
Just rub a tablespoon of baking soda on damp hair and scalp. Wait for 1-2 minutes and rinse your hair with water. Do it once a week.
Heals skin rashes and prevents itchiness
Skin itching and rashes are the definition of discomfort. Luckily for us, these problems can be treated with baking soda thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties that despite reducing inflammation, they also reduce swelling and itching.
Mix 3 parts of baking soda with 1 part of water for localized itching and apply the paste on the affected area. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse it with cool water afterwards. Repeat the procedure every day and you will notice some great improvement.
If your whole body feels itchy, add 1 cup of baking soda to your bathtub of cool water and soak in it for around 10-15 minutes every day.
Keep in mind that if your skin is damaged or irritated by itching, you need to avoid using baking soda.
Treats nail fungus
Nail fungus is simply an uncomfortable and unpleasant condition that makes your nails look ugly and diseased. However baking soda thanks to its alkaline nature can prevent the growth of fungi and help the nails heal completely.
All you need to do is mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. Afterwards you need to soak your fingernails and toenails in the mixture for around 5 minutes, and once you’re done, pat dry your nails. Do this procedure 2 times every day.
You can also prepare a paste out of 2 tablespoons of baking soda with warm water. The paste can be applied the affected nails and washed off with warm water after a few minutes. Repeat this procedure once a day.