There is one ingredient that all of us have it in the kitchen and makes miracles to the hair, skin, and body. It’s cheap and have many uses.
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a crystalline but it can be also found in a powder. It is rich in powerful antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal features that are extremely effective for treatment of oral problems, colds, and skin issues.
However, be careful since the excessive use of baking soda might damage your skin and hair.
Take a look at the following 10 health benefits of baking soda:
Fights acne and pimples
Thanks to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, baking soda reduce acne and remaining breakouts. It balances the pH level of the skin, too. Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda with water and apply the paste of the face skin. Let it stay for a minute and wash it off with cold water. Repeat the procedure once daily for 3 days.
Brightens Yellow Teeth
Baking soda removes yellow stains from your teeth because it works as a mild abrasive. It removes plaque and neutralizes bacterial acids. Next time when you brush your teeth, add some baking soda alongside with the toothpaste and brush for 2 minutes. Repeat the procedure once daily for several days. Or, make your own teeth whitener: mix 3 tbsp. of coconut oil, 4 tbsp. of turmeric root powder, and 2 tbsp. of baking soda and brush your teeth with this paste once daily for a couple of days.
Baking soda sooths the sunburned skin and relieves burning sensation. Mix 1 cup of water with 2 tbsp. of baking soda and apply the mixture on the affected body part. Let it stay for 5 minutes, then rinse it off with some water. Repeat the procedure 3 times per day.
Being an amazing exfoliating agent, baking soda brighten your skin by removing the dead cells. In addition, it balances the pH skin levels and cleanses it. Mix 1 tsp. of baking soda with rose water and apply the paste on your face. Let it stay for a minute and after that, rub it off gently with your finger tips. Then, wash your face with warm water and dry it. Repeat it twice in a week. Or, mix 4 drops of olive oil, 1 tbsp. of lemon juice, and baking soda and put the paste on your face. After 5 minutes, wash it off with water. Repeat 3 times in a week.
Treats Stained or Yellow Nails
Thanks to its powerful bleaching features, baking soda whiten your nails and you won’t have to hide them in your pockets. Mix 1 tsp. of hydrogen, ½ cup of water, and 1 tbsp. of baking soda in a bowl and stir well until the soda dissolves. Then, dip your nails in it for 2 minutes and repeat the procedure every second week.
Treats Body Odor
Baking soda absorbs the sweat and moisture from the skin and neutralizes the body odor. Thanks to its antibacterial features, it destroys bacteria that cause the body odor. Mix 1 tbsp. of water, ¼ tsp. of baking soda, and few drops of and essential oil. Take a cotton ball, dip it in the mixture and rub it on the underarms. This will eliminate bad odor and prevent sweating.
Treats Smelly and Oily Hair
Baking soda neutralize the smell of the oily hair which had received it form strong environmental pollutants and smells. Mix 1/3 parts baking soda with 3 water and put the mixture on damp hair. After 5 minutes rinse your hair. Repeat this once a moth. Or, add 1 tbsp. of baking soda in your shampoo.
Baking soda eliminates dandruff, especially during winter months. It cleanses the scalp and diminishes the white flakes. Rub 1 tbsp. of baking soda on wet scalp and hair and let it stay for 1 minute. Then, wash it off with water. Repeat once a week.
Heals Skin Rashes and Itchiness
Baking soda treats skin rashes and itching effectively thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory features. Mix baking soda and water in 3:1 ratio and apply on the affected area. After a couple of minutes, rinse it off with water. Repeat once daily, until you see improvements.
Treats Nail Fungus
Baking soda treats nail fungus, an infection that creates fungi under the nails and makes them look ugly, discolored, crusty, and distorted. The alkaline nature of sodium bicarbonate, prevents fungi growth and development. Mix 1 cup of ACV and 2 tbsp. of baking soda. Soak the affected nails in this mixture for 5 minutes and dry them with towel. Repeat two times daily.
Baking soda helps you to relax and at the same time, it removes the dead skin cells. Mix water and 3 tbsp. of baking soda and soak your feet in it. The solution will protect your skin and soothe your feet.