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Kitchen Medicine: 6 Wonder Uses for Baking Soda

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

Isotonic drink
Make this mixture which contains baking soda and water 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.
Baking Soda Treats Cold and Flu 

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. 

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.

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.
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.

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