What is Sodium Bicarbonate-Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate-Baking Soda (I.P.-Food Grade): Its’ Chemical formula is NaHCO3. It is a part of the naturally occurring mineral ‘Nahcolite’, which is found dissolved in many ‘Natural Springs’. Now, I can’t say for sure, but the divine-curing action of many ponds-rivers may just be due their alkalising action on the body! A food for thought & research indeed! pH value of concentrated Baking Soda Solution would be as high as 10-11! Whereas pH Value of 5% Solution of NaHCO3 would be from 7 to 8.5. As such only pinches are used for health-medicinal purposes, as a Body-Blood alkaliser. 5% or dilute solutions of NaHCO3 is usually well tolerated though if taken indiscriminately, may cause Side Effects (Covered Below…). Baking Soda is Drying, has Hot Potency and is best stored at room temperature of about 20-25 Degree C.
Baking Soda has been used for cooking purposes since ancient times. It is frequently used in Making Many Dishes (Especially Indian: Cakes, Pastries, Bhaturas…). Being alkaline, when added to even mild acidic solutions (Vinegar, Acetic Acid, Butter-Milk, Yogurt…), exothermic reaction results giving off Carbon Dioxide. This release of CO2 is what makes it a leavening agent. But remember! A bit more of Baking Soda and your final dish would be Bitter-Metallic-Soapy.
Indications-Medicinal Benefits: It is Anti-Microbial (Anti-Bacterial, Anti-Fungal-Candida Fungus-Yeast Infection-on Genitals…), Metabolic-Immune System Booster (Anti-Inflammatory, Alkalises Blood, Good for Acidosis), and is great for Digestive System-Abdominal Related Disorders (Indigestion, Upset Stomach-Food Poisoning, Hyperacidity, GERD, Diarrhoea (Severe)…), Skin Health (Sun Burn, Skin Tan, Blackheads, Warts), Kidney Stimulant (Restricts-Slows Progression of Chronic Renal Failure)…
Acidosis: It is Excess Acid in the Blood and may happen due ‘Improper Functioning of Kidneys [Not being able to properly filter out uric acid from the blood]’, and/or Improper Functioning of Heart [Not being Able to Pump Good quality Blood to All Parts of The Body] and so on…
Few Specific Medicinal Remedies of Sodium Bicarbonate-Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate-Baking Soda (I.P.-Food Grade):
- Metabolic-Immune System Booster:
- Cancers: It is Highly Alkaline, Highly Deterrent to The Acidic Environment & Cancer Cells Survive & Strive only in Acidic Environment. Dosage would be as detailed in Point 4 below (Baking Soda + Carom Seeds + Black Seeds + Fresh Lemon Juice + Hot Water),
- Skin & Hair Health-Wound healing:
- Acne: Make a fine-dilute paste of Baking Soda with water. Wash your face-hands etc. with clean water and apply this paste on Acne-Pimples-Blackheads etc. Wait for few minutes & as it dries, wash it off with lukewarm water. Pat it dry & apply some coconut oil (Cooling Potency) as Baking Soda is mild exfoliant & has Drying & Heating properties (Max. 2-3 Times/Week),
- Dark Blemishes (Dark Underarms) (Baking Soda reduces production of Melamine, absorbs excess oil & unclogs skin pores; These properties should make it useful for Wrinkles treatment also!): Make a fine-dilute paste of Baking Soda & Fresh Lemon Juice. Apply on affected areas, as it dries wash it off with warm & cool water alternatively, mild wipe it dry and apply some coconut oil (Max. 2-3 Times/Week) and/or Make a thick paste of Baking Soda and Rose Water (Honey may also be added), apply on affected areas, as it dries, wash it off, apply some coconut oil and/or Make a paste of Baking Soda, Gram Flour, Fresh Curd & Fresh Lemon Juice (A Pinch of Turmeric may also be added), Apply & as it dries, wash it off followed by a bit of coconut oil and/or Fine-dilute solution of Baking Soda, Hydrogen Peroxide & a Tsp. of Fresh Lemon Juice to be applied on affected areas & rinsed off after few minutes and/or Applying & washing off a mixture of Baking Soda, Cucumber Paste, Fresh Lemon Juice & Olive (or Coconut) Oil and/or a similar process with a mixture of Baking Soda & ACV
- Glowing Skin: Same above procedure, just that use “Fresh Orange (or Grape) Juice [High Vitamin-C Content]” this time and/or The Process (Applying-Letting it dry-washing it off-applying some Coconut or Olive Oil) repeated with ½ Tsp. Baking Soda added to a cup of Fresh Tomato Juice,
- Skin rashes-Itching: Same-above procedure, just that add Pinches of baking Soda to liberal amount of Coconut Oil, and as it dries, wash it off with lukewarm-cool water,
- Dark Lips: Apply mixture of Honey & pinches of Baking Soda. This helps exfoliates dead lip skin & mildly bleaches the skin. Add some water and the mixture may also be used as a face mask,
- Unwanted (Underarm) Hair: Make a Dilute mixture of Baking Soda & H2O2, apply it on desired areas, cover it up with a bandage overnight, wash it off with lukewarm water next morning,
- Insect Bites: Apply Paste of Baking Soda and Water. This helps relieve Itching-Inflammation by neutralising toxins-acids released by insect/s into the Skin,
- Removing External Objects-Splinters from Skin: Make a Concentrated Solution of Baking Soda (Say 4-6 Tsp. in a Glass of Water) & Soak affected areas 2-3 Times/Day. This should dilate the skin considerably and assist in extraction of splinter/s. Do Share Your Experiences in the Comments!
- Respiratory System-Oral health:
- Teeth Whitener: It is Mild Abrasive & Has Shown Anti-Bacterial Properties in Lab Studies. Make a fine-dilute paste of few pinches of baking Soda & water & apply-mild massage teeth-gums. Let it be for few minutes and rinse it off. This is done maximum 2-3 Times/Week, and/or Sprinkle few pinches of baking soda on the Reverse of banana Peels and gently massage your teeth-gums and/or Simply sprinkle 1-3 pinches of baking Soda on your daily herbal toothpaste Twice-Thrice/Week…
- A Strenuous Outing ahead: Do keep few tabs of Sodium Bicarbonate. It is strongly alkaline and offsets production of Lactic Acid in Muscles during Strenuous Workouts (Due Non availability of Enough Oxygen)…
Few Other Daily Life Uses of Sodium Bicarbonate:
- Vegetable-Fruit Cleaner: Mix ½ a Tsp. of Baking Soda to a litre of water & use it to wash-clean vegetables-fruits cooking-using them,
- Drain Cleaner: Pour some Baking Soda into the drains. After few minutes pour equal amount of Apple Cider Vinegar. Flush with boiling-hot water after 15-30 minutes,
- Cleaning Baking Utensils: Soak the utensils in a mixture of hot-boiling water & Baking Soda for 10-15 minutes and wipe-rinse-wash them,
- Silver Cleanser: Take a large utensil (such as to be able to contain silver utensils desired to be cleaned), Cover the base of this large utensil with Aluminium Foil, Fill it up with hot-boiling water-such as to soak all silver utensils-articles, Add 2-5 Tsp Baking Soda to the water, stir it & put all silver utensils desired to be cleaned into this. After 15-30 minutes wipe-rinse-wash the silver utensils with warm-hot water…
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