Have you ever thought about using baking soda in things other than baking? If not, you should definitely try using it to clean around the house, neutralize indigestion, freshen breath, heal canker sores, whiten teeth and deodorize. Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, has antimicrobial properties which makes it a wonderful ingredient for baths as well.
Using baking soda in the bath is one of its most common uses. Whether you are looking forward to soften your feet after a long tiring day or a relaxing baking soda bath soak, baking soda has to be your number one choice. Adding this wonderful beauty ingredient to your bath regime can help reduce itching and irritation, apart from providing detoxifying benefits.
To make a baking soda bath soak, you will need baking soda, Epsom salt and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to dissolve in the water you are going to soak your body into and then you are going to enjoy some wonderful benefits it is going to bring to your health.
Many women suffer for yeast infections which affect their life a great deal. A baking soda bath can help relieve yeast infections symptoms like itching and swelling and helps women to recover from the infections faster. Studies have found that baking soda helped kill Candida cells, which are fungal cells responsible for causing yeast infections.
Fungal skin and nail infections
According to researches, baking soda may be a powerful ingredient in acting as an antifungal agent against many fungal strains that infect human skin and nails.
People suffering from onychomycosis, which causes nails to become thick, discolored or crumbly, can find relief from taking a baking soda bath. However, a doctor should be consulted prior to the use of baking soda for people with fungal infections.
Eczema is a skin disease where dry, itchy and inflamed patches appear on the skin. These areas can sometimes so itchy that the person suffering from it can scratch and break and skin, leaving it prone to infections and making symptoms worse.
Baking soda may help to soothe and heal eczema and some of its benefits to people who have eczema include reduced inflammation, having a cleansing effect on the skin, balancing the pH, detoxifying the skin, decreasing bacterial growth and natural antiseptic properties.
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
people suffering from urinary tract infection often complain about feeling a burning sensation while urinating which could be a result of extra acidity in the urinary tract. Although baking soda does not help in reducing that extra acidity, it does help in relieving the pain and discomfort while urinating alongside the use of doctor-prescribed antibiotics.
Babies are often prone to diaper rashes as the damp conditions under the diaper make it a perfect place for the germs to multiply. As a result, the babies skin becomes irritated due to constant friction from the diaper. Giving a baking soda bath to babies can help gently remove the irritating germs, soothing the skin at the same time.
It is important to add only a small amount of baking soda to a baby’s bath as it gets absorbed through the skin. Using 1 to 2 tablespoons of baking soda in a small lukewarm bath and giving a soaked bath for 10 minutes will be enough for relief in most cases.
Chickenpox brings with it enough irritation and discomfort in children who are suffering from it. A baking soda bath may provide relief from the itch caused by chickenpox and leave a soothing effect on the skin.
Even without any underlying cause, baking soda baths can provide detoxifying results for people who wish to use natural ingredients for their skin.