There are countless articles about the healing powers and uses of sodium bicarbonate - commonly known as baking soda or bicarbonate of soda, ( a chemical compound with the formula NaHCO₃. It is a salt composed of a sodium cation and a bicarbonate anion. Sodium bicarbonate is a white solid that is crystalline, but often appears as a fine powder. ) Sodium bicarbonate can be be used as a raising agent for doughs, muffins, waffles, bread or pasta, and what is more, it has healing proprieties. We proudly use it for our bath bombs from our Spa sets and in all other bath bombs.
The bicarbonate of soda is one of the fastest antacid substances. It helps relieve itching caused by insect bites and stings. Sodium bicarbonate is good for removal of dental plaque and neutralization of acids that destroy tooth enamel. Relieves the symptoms of bladder infections, and even the doctors use it for the reduction of blood acidity during the dialysis process for kidney disease, so it's always a great idea to have, in your kitchen, a small jar of sodium bicarbonate.
Chemicals are classified according to their pH which is a measure of their acidic or alkaline character, the water has a pH of 7 and it is a neutral substance. All values above 7.0 are alkaline and those with a pH less than 7.0 are acidic. With a pH of 8.4, sodium bicarbonate is slightly alkaline and neutralizes the action of acids.
For example, retrosternal burns ( heartburn ) - they usually occur when the gastric hydrochloric acid, a substance very corrosive - comes out of the stomach and goes into esophagus, causing a burning sensation. You can improve the heartburn either with a pill that you can buy from a pharmacy, or with a tsp of bicarbonate of soda mixed with some lemon juice in a glass of water. This mixture neutralizes hydrochloric acid turning it into harmless sodium chloride and carbon dioxide. ( Be careful! Do not use this remedy too often because sodium bicarbonate is rich in sodium and it can lead to a increase in blood pressure).
The are a lot of other uses of sodium bicarbonate, such as:
neutralization of acids that destroy tooth enamel. The acids produced by the bacteria in the oral cavity act on the tooth enamel, destroying it. You can neutralize it by rinsing your mouth with sodium bicarbonate few times a day or wetting the toothbrush with water and then adding bicarbonate of soda on it. Sodium bicarbonate ( it is currently found in many types of toothpaste) is slightly abrasive, it cleans the teeth without destroying the enamel.
to remove the unpleasant smell of the feet. Baking soda added to the water in which you wash your feet neutralizes the bacterial acids that produce the unpleasant smell of the feet. Also, you can use it to remove the smell of perspiration from the armpits and a paste made with sodium bicarbonate and water can help can help solve the athlete's foot.
to relieve itching caused by insect bites and stings. Don't scratch if you are bitten by mosquitoes or other insects - instead, you should mix some water with baking soda and apply on the area. This can also relieve the itching caused by chicken pox.
nappy rash. The babies with nappy rash will feel better if you add some baking soda in the water before washing the affected area. It helps relieve the itch and helps the skin to heal faster.
relieves the symptoms of bladder infections. Bacteria grows in the slightly acidic environment inside the bladder, when you are dealing with an urinary infection, a mix made out of water and baking soda, after your meal is the perfect treatment against urinary infection.
Other uses: calms the sunburn, relieves sore throat, gastric burns, splinters, heat rash, pharyngo, dry mouth, indigestion, itches, gum problems, ulcerations of the oral cavity, hives.
Potential Health Hazards from Sodium Bicarbonate
While sodium bicarbonate is generally not considered to be among the most harmful of chemicals, exposure to large amounts may result in some adverse health effects, such as:
Coughing and sneezing if a high concentration of dust has been inhaled
Gastrointestinal irritation can occur if large amounts have been ingested
Mild irritation, such as redness and slight pain, may result from eye contact
In dry form, it’s typically non-irritating to intact skin; however, it can cause irritation to damaged skin when moisture is present
Safety Precautions When Handling Sodium Bicarbonate
If sodium bicarbonate dust in the worker’s breathing zone can’t be controlled with ventilation or other engineering means, workers should wear respirators or dust masks approved by a certification organization, such as The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), for protection against this chemical.
Protective gloves and clothing should be worn.
Since sodium bicarbonate is most-often seen in a powder-like state, chemical safety goggles should be worn and an area to wash eyes and skin should be located in the work area. If this chemical gets into a worker’s eyes, it can cause mild to moderate irritation.
Managing Exposure to Sodium Bicarbonate
Even though sodium bicarbonate is relatively safe compared to other chemicals in the workplace, as with any chemical, all unnecessary exposure should be avoided. In the event exposure occurs, the following steps should be taken:
1) Eye Contact Flush eyes with plenty of water and seek medical attention if irritation occurs.
2) Skin Contact Wash skin with plenty of soap and water and seek medical attention if irritation occurs.
3) Inhalation Individual should be removed from exposure and immediately moved to an area with fresh air. Seek medical attention immediately if any breathing difficulty occurs.
4) Ingestion Drink plenty of water and seek medical attention if discomfort persists.
Handling Sodium Bicarbonate Spills
If sodium bicarbonate spills, it can be recovered and re-used if contamination hasn’t occurred. Vacuuming or wet sweeping are recommended to avoid dispersing dust.
Proper Sodium Bicarbonate Storage
Sodium bicarbonate should be stored in a tightly closed container and placed in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area. Keep away from acids, excessive heat and moisture.
*This article has no intention in advising to treat or cure any illness nor has any intention to persuade readers into taking any action following the facts in the article.