Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) is found in many home remedies for soothing and easing plenty of minor complaints. If in doubt please seek your doctors advice before using any of these uses.
- For sore throats mix equal parts bicarbonate of soda with salt and brown sugar in a glass of warm water and then use it to gargle.
- If you have a stuffy nose try mixing 1/ 4 teaspoon of bicarb and 1 tablespoon of water and then placing a drop or two into each nostril, after a short time you should feel relief. Adults only.
- To get instant relief from bee stings and bug bites make a bicarbonate of soda paste and pat it on to the infected area, leave it on to dry and repeat if necessary using fresh paste.
- To treat burns apply a cloth dipped in icy cold water with bicarb added, keep on the burn until it has no more heat, if you use this treatment on the burn it is less likely to blister.
- Soothe rashes from chicken pox or poison ivy by soaking in a warm bath with 1/2 cup of bicarbonate of soda added, alternatively apply bicarb with a wet compress.
- Sun burn can be eased by mixing 1/4 cup of bicarbonate of soda with 1/2 cup of cornstarch into a tepid bath and soak in it as long as you can manage. Repeat if necessary.
- To deal with an upset stomach dissolve 1 teaspoon of bicarb in a cup of water and drink, be warned it does taste a little salty.
- To remove a splinter get a small glass of water and add 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda the soak the affected area twice a day. Your splinters should come after a couple of days treatment.
- As a invigorating foot soak you can add 3 tablespoons of bicarb to a bowl of warm water and and place your aching feet into it.