Did you know that baking soda and water alone make an excellent shampoo? It helps remove build-up caused by hard water or styling products. Mix about 1 teaspoon of it to one cup of warm water. Add a drop of essential oil if you like. Pour over your head, work with your fingertips, and then rinse well. There is no need for conditioner; the baking soda in hair mixes with your hair oil to make a gentle, conditioning soap.
You can also add 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of it per tablespoon of your regular shampoo.
If you don’t have time to wash, just sprinkle dry baking soda onto hair and brush it through. Or, put it on your comb or brush and work the baking soda through the hair, taking care to get it down to your scalp. It actually mixes with your hair oil to form a cleanser, which gives the impression that it is “absorbing” the oil.
You don’t need expensive exfoliates to give your skin a healthy glow. If you have thick, dry skin on your heels, knees, or elbows, mix the soda with water in a 3-to-1 ratio to make a thick paste. Rub this paste into the dry skin areas after your bath (when the skin is softened). After rubbing it in thoroughly, rinse well and apply a moisturizing lotion. It also helps slough off calluses and tough, dry skin.
Mix about a teaspoon of this beneficial powder per one cup of warm water to make a facial wash. Swirl it around or shake it well, as it tends to sink to the bottom of such mixtures quickly. You might want to put the solution into a bowl and scoop it up with your hands. Gently rub it into your skin and rinse.
Nowadays, toothpastes boast the presence of this substance because it is so well-known as a good tooth polish. Why not skip the commercial toothpaste and go right for the good stuff? Here are some suggestions for home-made tooth powder or paste using this great product.
1. To a tablespoon of the soda, add one drop each of neem oil, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil. Mix with water to make a paste-like consistency and use for several brushings (using a dime-sized portion each time).
2. Just mix a tablespoon of the soda with a few drops of peppermint oil, stir or shake well to combine, and use as a tooth powder. To do this, pour about a teaspoon of the powder into your palm and dip your toothbrush into it. You can also use plain baking soda as a tooth powder.
3. Mix a teaspoon of the soda with 1/4 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1 drop of peppermint oil to make a thin paste.
It can also do wonders for the skin. Pour half a cup into your bath water to soften dry skin and soothe rashes and skin irritations, including sunburn. We hope that the many baking soda health benefits can help you benefit from this wonderful, natural and green household item.