Baking soda has many uses including providing relief to a sting from a bee. The baking soda counteracts the acids and venom of many insect bites. Baking soda can draw excess pus from a wound and other contaminants in the skin.
It helps maintain pH balance of the body and getting rid of odor as well as cleaning the skin. By combining baking soda, Epsom and sea salt (a detoxifying cleansing ingredient), it can be made into a baking soda detox bath. Use this baking soda detox bath every week.[youtube url=”http://youtu.be/sA7reGn0xDs” width=”200″ height=”200″]
Aside from these uses, baking soda must always be present in any first aid kit. You can learn more on how to use baking soda during first aidclass.
The detox bath
A detox bath is based on the principles of hydrotherapy (use of water in the treatment of a disease). A hot water soak is only applied to a specific area in the body while a detox bath focuses on the groin area of the body and boosts other functions of the body like elimination, digestion and circulation which are very important to be detoxified.
If your groin is submerged in a hot water, it increases circulation in that area and draws the toxins out of the body into the surface of the skin where they are eliminated. By adding Epson salt or sea salt and baking soda to the bath, it will aid in the detoxification of the body. The salts and the baking soda can make you sweat and eliminate more poisons out of your system. A fiber brush can be used in the skin to remove toxins and dead skin cells off the body. Chamomile and lavender are herbs than can also be added to the bath to give a relaxing touch to the body.
Fill water into a bathtub and make it hot as you can take it. When you are in the tub, sit up and keep your feet up and out of the tub. For a first detox bath, you have to stay in the water for 20 minutes. After that, 10 minutes and a few times a week will help pull out toxins from the body. Do not take detox baths if you have diabetes or heart irregularities and high blood pressure since the bath can cause changes in the circulation and affect the conditions.
Baking soda can also be used for eliminating odors, household cleaning and for skin exfoliation. Baking soda can be made into paste by mixing 2 tablespoon water and ½ cup baking soda. It can remove stains from surfaces without using some chemical-based scouring powders and cleaning products.
Baking soda can also be made into a skin exfoliator. Sprinkle baking soda in your hand, about 1 tablespoon is enough to exfoliate your skin. Add small amount of water to the baking soda. Mix them together by adding water until you have formed a paste which is less thick than the toothpaste. Using your fingertips, rub the paste onto your skin, and moving the paste over small areas of the skin in circular pattern. Wash off the paste by using a washrag or under running water until there is no more baking soda on your face.