Baking soda has been a staple in cleaning and baking for years. However, this basic product has a place in medicinal practices as well.
It is often applied in simple powder form or as a paste with the addition of water. So if any of the following ailments are giving you grief, you may want to dig around your pantry and take advantage of baking soda’s healing properties.
Canker Sores – Make a rinse by dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in a half glass of water. Swish this solution around in your mouth and rinse. If needed, repeat every few hours until the sore has healed.
Perspiration – Whenever you start to break a sweat or feel clammy, simply pat some baking soda under your arm. This will absorb moisture while neutralizing odors.
Insect Bites – In one cup of water dissolve a teaspoon of baking powder. Next, immerse a clean cloth into the solution. Let is soak a moment and then hold the cloth on the bites for at least 20 minutes.
Bee Stings – Using lukewarm water and baking soda, make a thick paste and apply directly to the site. Be sure to remove the stinger beforehand.
Sore Muscles – If you suffer from tired, achy muscles, start adding 1/2 cup of baking soda to your tub as you draw a bath. This will sooth tender spots and keep skin smooth.
Quit Smoking – Along with willpower and a motivation to quit, baking soda can help curb your urge to smoke. To do so, mix two tablespoons of baking soda in a glass of water until dissolved. Drink this solution with each meal, not just when you feel an urge. Be warned, this solution has a high amount of sodium and is not advised for those who must use salt sparingly.
Supermarket Super Gardens, Jerry Baker, copyright 2008 by Jerry Baker, published by American Master Products Inc. / Jerry Baker
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