Baking Soda -Sodium bicarbonate- N
Oral; mouthwash, toothpaste, antacid, UTI relief.
Topical; bites, stings, rashes, splinter removal.
Home; deodorizing, kill cockroaches, cleaning.
Do not get in eyes, abrasiveness can damage the eye. Excessive oral intake can cause the body to become too alkaline.
If gotten in the eye call emergency services and rinse eye with clean running water for 15 minutes.
About the Remedy
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Sodium bicarbonate is a salt, often found in mineral springs, the natural form is known as nahcolite. A fine, white, crystalline powder, it is often used in baking and frequently in home remedies. Two New York bakers, John Dwight and Austin Church, set up a factory to produce sodium bicarbonate using sodium carbonate and carbon dioxide in 1846. It was referred to as saleratus and was used extensively in the 1800’s.
Being mildly alkaline it has a wide variety of applications in the home.
For natural pest control it can be used to kill cockroaches. It can also be used for odor control. Throwing baking soda onto small grease fires (not deep fryers) will put the fire out. In a glass of water it is an antacid and helps with heartburn and indigestion. Hospitals use it for specific types of medication overdoses. Topically it can relieve itch and burning from bites, stings, and rashes. In the case of an UTI it can relieve discomfort but it will NOT cure the UTI.
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