Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) is a fine crystalline powder that is white in color. This substance is widely used in traditional and alternative medicine. The effectiveness of baking soda is due to its ability to destroy microbes and neutralize the action of acids.
What diseases are treated with baking soda
The most famous use of baking soda in folk and classical medicine is as an antacid. This substance can neutralize hydrochloric acid in the stomach, so soda is taken orally for heartburn, dissolving 1 tsp. powder in 1/3 cup of water. Soda is used for sore throats, colds, as an expectorant, for the treatment of infectious diseases of the oral cavity. To soften a severe cough, dilute one teaspoon of baking soda in 200 ml of boiling milk. The tool needs to be cooled a little and drink before going to bed. Do not use baking soda inside too often, as in this case, its excess combines with the blood. This leads to a violation of the acid-base balance in the body, and alkalization of the blood occurs.
For sore throat, a soda solution is prepared, 1/2 teaspoon of the powder is diluted with 200 ml of water. This solution is used for rinsing, which is done every three hours. For a cold, a soda solution is used as follows: in 2 teaspoons of boiled water, you need to dissolve the powder (at the tip of a knife) and drip into the nose three times a day. For the treatment of colds, inhalation with soda is effective. It is necessary to pour a glass of boiling water into a teapot and add a teaspoon of powder there. Then you need to make a tube of thick paper, put it with its wide part on the spout of the teapot, and the other must be inserted in turn into the nose and inhale the steam.
Duration of inhalation with soda is 15 minutes.
Topical application of baking soda
Baking soda is indispensable in the treatment of burns. You need to mix 1 teaspoon of powder with a small amount of vegetable oil, apply the resulting mixture on a cotton swab and apply to the burn. Baking soda is used in acne recipes: 1 tsp. Dissolve sugar and soda in one glass of boiling water, moisten a cotton swab and thoroughly wipe the problem areas. Then you need to wash yourself with warm water and laundry soap, then anoint pimples with butter. An hour later, you need to wash again, but without soap. Soda is also used as a remedy for swelling of the legs. In this case, make baths: dissolve 5 tbsp. l. baking soda in 5 liters of warm water, add 200 ml of sage and mint. Foot baths should be done within 20 minutes.
Soda will be effective for relieving itching after insect bites, in this case, you need to attach a piece of gauze with a gruel of powder to the bite site.
For rheumatism, baths with baking soda and herbs are used. To prepare a bath, you need to take 1 liter of boiling water, one tablespoon of chamomile, sage, oregano, insist for an hour. After that, strain the infusion, add 400 g of soda. Pour the resulting solution into water at a temperature not higher than 40 ° C, add a few drops of lavender and rosemary essential oils. The bath should be taken before bed, no longer than 20 minutes. After that, you should wrap the painful areas of the body with a warm woolen scarf and go to bed.