Baking soda provides a healthy way to cleanse your body without the added chemicals used in some skincare or bath products. Baking soda not only works effectively to rid your body of substances that harm the skin, but it also restores balance to your skin in a natural bath or foot soak.
The natural substances in baking soda neutralize odors while helping to detoxify the body. Bathing with baking soda cleanses the body while relieving aches, pains, and soreness.
The natural ingredients in baking soda can relieve irritation and soreness while its odor-absorbing properties help get rid of foot odor through a foot soak.
JB Bardot, an herbalist and classical homeopath, recommends
mixing three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of peppermint essential oil, one tablespoon salt, and warm water, then soaking in it for about 20 minutes. The foot soak also relieves itching.
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You can also just add three tablespoons of baking soda to warm water in a tub for a foot soak, says Dr. Joseph Mercola, an alternative medicine specialist
. Combining baking soda and apple cider vinegar is not just for science fair volcanoes, the effervescent mixture becomes a detox bath that can relieve aches and pains.
Baking soda also works to remove splinters by adding a tablespoon to a small glass of water. Soak the affected area twice a day for an easy way to make splinters come out on their own.
There are different ways to use baking soda in a natural bath or foot soak. You could add a half-cup of baking soda to a warm bath to wash away oil and perspiration and keep the skin soft, according to Melissa Breyer at Care2.com
For a foot soak, she recommends dissolving three tablespoons of baking soda in a tub of warm water to soak your feet and gently scrub them.
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