Skip to main content - I have been a long time user of baking soda in my natural home remedies. Perhaps being best exposed to it in France, where it is a time old proven remedy bonne femme.

Bonne Femme in French might literally translate into "good wife" but when associated with a remedy or recipe, it's meaning comes from its Latin roots, bone feme, meaning, "bonified", or proven. And in France, the health benefits of baking soda have truly been proven.

Here are some health benefits and ways of using baking soda:

Aids in Digestion

If you have any type of indigestion, take some baking soda for fast relief. It does the job quickly. Within 15-20 minutes you'll either belch or vomit. One way or the other, you've just gotten over the worst of it. Even just to settle your upset stomach, mix an 1/8 teaspoon in warm water; stir to dissolve and drink.

Better Dental Hygiene

Whitens stained teeth. This is a well-known healthy benefit of baking soda. Use it to brush your teeth (with or without toothpaste) for stain removal. You'll have healthier, shinier teeth and gums. The overall feeling of cleanliness in your mouth is recognizable right away. Brush regularly to ward off coffee and wine stains. Also, it's good for rinsing the mouth out when you have a mouth sore and for gargling when you feel the onset of a sore throat. Use a cup of the warmest water you can manage and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda. Swish or gargle as long as possible, spit out and repeat. 

The use of baking soda also is not just limited to skin and infections, it is also beneficial for teeth. A study suggests that use of baking soda dentifrices (agents to clean and polish teeth) is very effective in removing plaque from the teeth.

Removes Bad Odors

Use it to remove bad odors. It's well-known that placing some baking soda in your refrigerator will keep the bad smells at bay. Place several tablespoons in an open receiver and let stand in fridge. Change every month or so. It's also good at removing pesky odors from around the sink and drains. Place several tablespoons of baking soda in hot water, stir to dissolve and pour down the drain.

General Household Cleanser

Use when needing to cleanse countertops, baths, and sinks. It's non-toxic and odorless. You don't breathe in bad fumes and it removes any stains and odors that linger in nooks and crannies. It removes surface stains as well. Try scrubbing it immediately on fresh wet carpet stains to absorb the worst of the stain right away.

Reduces Acidity

Baking soda has antacid properties and is beneficial to relieve indigestion, severe acidity, and heartburn. It helps in relieving symptoms of peptic ulcer disease. Due to its alkaline properties, it is also recommended for reducing acidity in urine and blood.

Minimizes Metabolic Acidosis

Sodium bicarbonate is beneficial in minimizing the risk of metabolic acidosis in various health disorders such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders etc. It also provides relief in case of renal tubular acidosis 

Decreases Diarrhea

Nutrition comprising of sodium bicarbonate is indicated in case of diarrhea wherein there is a significant loss of the bicarbonate from the body.

Treats Intoxications

Sodium bicarbonate is also useful in treating various intoxications such as poisoning caused by methyl alcohol, salicylates etc.

Anti-itch Properties

Sodium bicarbonate has anti-itch or antipruritic properties which also help in treating various skin conditions. A solution or paste made from baking soda can be applied to the skin.

Reduces Swellings

Bees and wasp stings are usually painful and they are automatically followed with swellings on the affected parts. Use a solution that consists of baking soda and water to relieve the pain and reduce the swelling caused by insect stings. The solution should contain a high ratio of baking soda as compared to water, preferably 3:1.

Improves Sprint Performance

A research study suggests that intake of sodium bicarbonate may be beneficial in improving the sprint performance during prolonged intermitted exercise such as cycling.

Relieves Cold & Flu

Common cold and flu are very common across all age groups across the world. A healthy diet and good health care prevent and protect the human body from these ailments. Baking soda is beneficial in providing relief from cold and flu. A nasal wash done with a solution made by mixing lukewarm water, salt and baking soda helps to clean the mucus from the nose.  This may be repeated two to three times in a day.

Antibacterial Activity

Bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans are associated with tooth decay and poor teeth health. Use of sodium bicarbonate based oral products may help in decreasing the levels of this bacterium and protect the teeth from decay.

Treats Hyperkalemia

Hyperkalemia is ailment caused due [9] to high levels of potassium in the blood. This may be caused due to surgery, injury, burns, acidosis etc. Sodium bicarbonate may be used for treating hyperkalemia that is caused primarily due to acidosis or increased levels of acidity.

Rich in Sodium

Sodium is one of the essential minerals required for good health. Sodium bicarbonate is a good source of sodium and thus may help in blood pressure management and proper functioning of muscles and nerves

Decreases Kidney Stones

Health benefits of baking soda include providing relief from kidney stones. Kidney stones are common amongst people and may run in families. There are different types of stones such as calcium stones, cystine stones, uric acid stones etc. usually smaller stones pass but sometimes if the stones are big they may cause severe pain. Sodium bicarbonate helps in decreasing stone formation and removing of material that causes the kidney stones.

Maintains Fresh Breath

There are different reasons why a person may not have a fresh breath. Among all the reasons the presence of bacteria in the mouth is the main reason for having an unpleasant breath. Baking soda provides an instant solution to this kind of problem. Mixing a teaspoon of salt with sodium bicarbonate in water is a home remedy that has been proved to work effectively in restoration and maintenance of fresh breath. Gargle this solution every morning to ensure that the bacteria working on the food particles in the mouth are completely eliminated

Reduces Bladder Infections

Baking soda may also help in reducing the risk of bladder infections. Bladder infection cases are common and caused by bacteria that breed well in the bladder. This is because these microorganisms thrive in environments which are dump and acidic. Prevent this kind of infection or treat it as it strikes by taking a solution that consists of baking soda and a cup of water.

Feet Care

Use of baking soda along with essential oils may help in protecting feet from microbial infections and bad odor. A research study suggests that aromatic powder oil compound containing baking soda, arrowroot, and essential oils inhibit the yeast, fungal and bacterial growth on the feet.

Baking soda is a "bonified" cleanser, stain and order remover. It's easy to incorporate baking soda and its health benefits into your everyday life. It's worth its salt for cleanliness, health, and hygiene. Always keep a box on hand and use as needed.

Uses Of Baking Soda

Apart from various health benefits baking soda has other uses. It can be kept in refrigerator and closets as that absorbs the bad odor. It can also be kept in shoe-boxes as a freshener. Soda sachets can be kept in shoes as well.

Baking soda can be used for cleaning blenders, pans and removing burned food from a pan. Soak the utensils, pans etc. in baking soda solution and then clean it. Fish odor can also be removed from dishes and pans by soaking them in water mixed with baking soda. It cleans enamel and china cookware and also removes coffee stains.

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