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Kitchen Medicine: 9 Amazing Uses for Baking Soda in Your Home

There are many uses for baking soda: baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) is not only used as a raising agent in baking or as a household cleaner. 

It can also be used as a kitchen medicine to relieve stings and burns, simple and effective deodorant and even as a performance enhancer in sports.

Here are 9 uses for baking soda as a kitchen medicine. They are inexpensive, easy to make and effective:

Isotonic drink
Make this mixture for rehydration, for example after diarrhea or endurance sports. The baking soda delays the lactic acid, which is the body’s waste product of tired muscles from physical effort. 

In a large cup mix 1 tablespoon of castor sugar (dissolves better), 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Add to the mixture 1/4 glass of water, mix and top up with lemonade.
Cold and Flu Treatment 

Tooth powder
This tooth powder is good for routine oral hygiene, refreshing breath and whiten teeth. Mix equal parts of sea salt and baking soda and store in a jar. When you want to use it apply a small amount into your hand and dip a damp toothbrush into it. Brush your teeth as usual. 

Baking soda bath
This bath is good for itchy skin, chickenpox blisters, shingles, sunburn and rashes. Baking soda has fantastic cleansing ability and its alkalinity in warm bath helps to sooth these skin irritations. 

Dissolve 1/2 – 1 cup of baking soda in the bath and soak for 20 minutes. Alternatively to reduce itchiness mix 1 1/2 cups baking soda into 3 gallons water and apply to your itchy patches with a washcloth soaked in the solution. Repeat it several times.

Bath bombs
These are good for itchy skin. Mix in a bowl 500g baking soda, 250g citric acid and few drops of essential oil of your choice. Add water just enough to make it hold together. Shape into a ball or press into a mold. Leave to dry before using it. 

Baking soda kills the bacteria that cause body odors, so it can be effectively used to your underarm or foot. Place about a teaspoonful of baking soda in your hand, and add enough water to make a soft paste. 

Then rub on your underarm. 

Baking soda paste
This application is good for chickenpox blisters, shingles, blisters, rashes and insect bites. It’s also good to neutralize the venom of bee stings. Mix a little bit of baking soda with enough water to make a paste. 

Apply to chickenpox, shingles, blisters or rashes. Repeat as needed to relieve pain and itching.

Treating cold and flu
In 1924, Dr. Volney S. Cheney published a book called Arm & Hammer Baking Soda Medical Uses, in which he recorded his experience with treating flu. 

He observed that people who were treated with baking soda either remained healthy or they developed a milder version of the disease. 

Removing stains from nails
Natural nails get discolored from one of two reasons – a problem with the nail or staining from nail polish pigments. 

Assuming your nails are healthy, most staining is from prolonged exposure to nail polish, and can range from a slight discoloration to a really dark yellow. The bleaching and exfoliating properties of baking soda can help remove stains from the nails. - Online Sources 

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