The Miracle of Baking Soda — There is one ingredient in nearly every kitchen cupboard that can do wonders for your hair, skin and body. This inexpensive, multitasking item is nothing but baking soda! In fact, baking soda can help you look your best from head to toe.
Baking soda is a popular mean of teeth bleaching, so you can use it to brighten your teeth and eliminate plaque and yellow stains. One alternative is to use it by simply mixing it with your toothpaste on your toothbrush and brush your teeth in the regular way for two minutes.
Baking soda successfully removes the dead skin cells and balances the skin’s pH level, which is imperative for clearer and healthier skin, so it is more than welcome for your skin complexion. One effective treatment can be made by preparing a face paste.
Mix filtered rose water and 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda. Apply this paste on the face and let it sit for a minute. Then rub it off using your fingertips and then wash your face thoroughly with lukewarm water. The treatment can be done once or twice weekly.
Alleviate Skin Rashes or Irritations
If you are suffering from a skin disorder, rashes, itchy or irritated skin, you can reduce the inflammation using baking soda. It also possesses anti- inflammatory properties, so it can alleviate swellings and itching as well. If you have itching all over your body, try a bathtub soak instead. Use 1 cup of baking soda in a cool water tub and let yourself soak it up for 10 minutes a day.
Baking soda can help relieve burning and itching by calming the irritated skin, so use it when you have sunburns or blisters from a really bad sunburn. It has drying and antiseptic properties, so it can be used to dry up the blisters fast.
One way to use baking soda in these cases is to fill a bathtub with water, add a half of a cup of baking soda to the bath, and mix it well. Next, sit in the baking soda bath for 10-15 minutes. Pat your body dry or even air dry. You can do this once a day for a few days until the sunburn disappears or you find relief.
This treatment is also quick and easy to make: mix 1-2 tablespoons of baking soda with cold water, then dip a washcloth into the mixture and wring it out so the excess isn’t sopping. The washcloth is applied to the affected area, and left for 5 or 10 minutes. The procedure can be repeated a few times during the day, until you feel the relieving effect.
Not only for the face and skin, baking soda has also its positive effects in the treatment of acne. Simply mix a little baking soda with a teaspoon of water and make a paste. Apply the paste and let it sit on the affected area for 1 or 2 minutes. Next, wash your face with cold water to remove the paste. The treatment can be done 2 or 3 days. Then, continue doing it once or twice a week for maintenance.