Why Baking Soda, ACV And Honey Are The Healthiest Things You Could Use Around The House
In this world overstocked with pharmaceutical drugs for everything from dandruff to toenail fungus, and chemical laden cleansers it’s good to have do-it-yourself home cures and trusted old remedies. Baking Soda, Apple Cider vinegar and natural Honey top the list of home remedies.
We can find baking soda in almost every home and it is used for cooking, cleaning and in many home cures. Even though it’s safe when used as directed, baking soda can cause some side effects. Before using baking soda as a home remedies read the warning section below and check with your doctor.
Old wives cures
- Baking soda is the solution for whitening teeth. Put a little on your toothbrush; brush and rinse your mouth as usual.
- If you want a fresh breath than make gargle with baking soda and water.
- Stop acne; remove extra facial oil and dead skin with scrub of baking soda. Mix 1 tbs. baking soda and 1 tsp. water and gently rub the mixture on your face.
- Make a foot soak to remove itching, pain and odor. Mix 3 tbs. baking soda, 1 tbs. peppermint essential oil, and 1 tbs. salt and warm water and soak your feet for 20 minutes.
- Get rid of bee stings, insect bites, itching from poison ivy, oak and sumac with applying baking soda. Mix water and baking soda into a thick paste for bites, or make a thin wash to use with a bandage.
- Rub a paste of water and baking soda to canker and herpes scratches to dry them up faster.
- You can relieve muscle pain after strenuous exercise with drinking a mixture of water and baking soda.
- If you want to remove grime and kill nail fungus sprinkle some baking soda on a damp nail brush and scrub nails.
Home remedies for acidity
- To relieve heartburn, acid reflux and GERD symptoms Mix 1/2 tsp. baking soda in 16 oz. water and drink.
- To relieve acid reflux and create an alkaline-forming environment in your body Mix 1/4 – 1/2 tsp. baking soda with 2 tbs. fresh lemon juice or organic apple cider vinegar. It will fizz and foam, so use a tall glass and wait for all bubbling to gone. Then add 8 oz. water and drink it all at once. This mixture reduces acidosis, neutralizes the pH and buffers stomach acid.
More baking soda home remedies
- Make a douche with a 1 tbs. baking soda and warm water to kill candida yeast and stop itching.
- Remove oral thrush with a gargle from mixture of baking soda and water
- Heal a urinary tract infection with drinking an mixture of 8 oz. glass of water and 1/2 tsp. baking soda once or twice a day.
- Relieve a thrombosis by drinking a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.
- Prevent systemic fungal infections and protect against diabetes and cancer with a mixture of baking soda and molasses. In his book, Sodium Bicarbonate, Dr. Mark Sircus discusses the findings of Dr. Tullio Simoncini with regards to cancer being a yeast overgrowth and explores treatment protocols with baking soda.
Home remedies from baking soda may exhaust your assemblage of crucial minerals and vitamins. It shouldn’t be utilized on a low sodium diet unless under supervision. In a few examples, it may interact with doctor prescribed medications, so check first with your drug specialist. Only use baking soda after it’s been disintegrated in fluid and never devour it in dry powder structure. Try not to use baking soda as a home solution for more than a two week period without checking with your doctor. Baking soda should not be used by pregnant or nursing women or by children under the age of 5.
Just a few more uses:
In the Home
- Clean fruits and vegetables. Sprinkle some on a sponge, wipe fruits and vegetables clean, and rinse them off.
- Wash dishes, pots and pans. Adding a couple tablespoons to your dishwater can help remove grease and food from your dishes. If the food is cooked on, let it soak first then use some dry baking soda on a cloth to scrub it away.
- Clean your oven. Sprinkle it in your oven and spray with water, then let it sit overnight. The next day, scrub the oven and scoop out the baking soda.
- Clean tubs, tiles, and sinks. Pour some on a damp cloth or sponge and scrub away. Rinse and dry. You’ll be surprised how well this works.
- Mop floors. Just add a half cup to a bucket of warm water and mop away. You might still need a cloth or sponge to get up scuff marks.
- Clean grease and oil stains. Pour some on the spot and scrub it with a wet brush.
- Clean walls and furniture. Any painted surface can be cleaned with some baking soda on a damp cloth or sponge. Rub lightly and dry with a clean cloth.
- Clean your car. A half cup mixed with a half gallon of warm water is the perfect solution for cleaning tires, windows, floor mats and vinyl seats.
- Keep your refrigerator smelling good. This is the most common usage. Just place an open box in the door. Bad smells are neutralized.
- Deodorize sinks and trash cans. For the sink, pour half a cup down the drain while running warm water. For the trash, sprinkle some on the bottom of your trash can and in your trash occasionally.
- Deodorize carpet. Most of those powder carpet deodorizers you see in the store are a rip-off. Just sprinkle some baking soda and let it sit overnight before sweeping/vacuuming it up.
- Deodorize the litter box. If you have a cat, you understand what a nuisance the smell of the litter box is. Sprinkle baking soda in the box before and after you add the litter.
- Keep clothes and shoes smelling fresh. Keep an open box with your clothes and sprinkle some into your shoes when you’re not wearing them.
- Deodorize yourself. A little bit patted onto your underarms can go a long way toward cutting down on body odor.
- Brush your teeth, freshen your breath. Toothpaste can be made with baking soda and a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. For fresh breath, put a teaspoon in some water, swish it in your mouth and spit it out.
- Make soap. The formula is three parts baking soda to one part water. Rub it on your face and body, then rinse off.
- Use it as an antacid. It’s great for indigestion, heartburn and sour stomach. Add half a teaspoon to half a glass of water and drink it. Make sure it is completely dissolved before swallowing.
- Rinse your hair. Add a little bit of baking soda to your shampoo then wash and rinse as usual. This helps remove residue from shampoo and styling products so your hair is cleaner.
- Relieve itchy skin and insect bites. Mix water and baking soda into a paste and apply to the affected area.
- Put out fires. If you don’t already have a fire extinguisher, then you should keep an open box of baking soda in every room. It works for normal fires, electrical fires and grease fires. Smother the base of the flame.
With a tip of the hat to the bees that provide us with this incredible ingredient, here are just a few of the ways in which honey can be used as a potent natural remedy.
Many studies have found honey to be effective in treating wounds. In one study, a therapeutic honey and Norwegian forest honey were found to kill all strains of bacteria in wounds. And other studies confirm that honey promotes healing and in some cases, gets rid of and prevents infection when other treatments fail. WebMD advises applying honey directly to the wound or to the dressing. When used directly, apply 15 to 30 milliliters (3 to 6 teaspoons) to the wound, then cover with sterile gauze and bandages or a polyurethane dressing; change the dressing every 12 to 48 hours. (Note: In general, the darker the honey, the stronger its antibacterial and antioxidant power.)
Honey to fix dandruff? At least one study agrees. Patients with chronic seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff were given topical treatments of honey; for all of the patients, itching was relieved and scaling disappeared within one week. Skin lesions were completely healed within two weeks, and patients showed subjective improvement in hair loss as well.
Try this at home: Mix 90 percent honey with 10 percent warm water and rub into the scalp for a few minutes. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for three hours, then rinse. Do this every other day for four weeks, after which the treatment can be done once a week to prevent relapse.
There’s a reason so many cough medicines are flavored with honey — it’s a great natural cough tamer. One study found that buckwheat honey outperformed the cough suppressant dextromethorphan (DM) in combating nighttime coughs in kids. In another study, researchers gave children with colds 2 teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before bed – they coughed less frequently and less severely when compared to those who didn't get honey. You can take honey straight to treat a cough, using between 1/2 teaspoon and 2 teaspoons, or you can make a cough syrup like this one, created by Nurse Barb for the National Honey Board:
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
1/4 cup sliced ginger
1 cup water
1 cup honey
1/2 cup lemon juice
Add all ingredients except honey to a small pan, bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain into a heat-proof vessel. Heat honey on low, making sure it doesn't boil, and then stir it into the other mixture. Pour into a clean jar and seal. This mixture can be refrigerated for up to two months.
For children 1 to 5 years: 1/2 to 1 teaspoon every two hours
For children 5 to 12 years: 1-2 teaspoon every two hours
For children 12 and older and adults: 1 to 2 tablespoons every 4 hours
A honey-based makeup remover is a treat for eyelashes.
Because eyelashes need love too! But this formula (also from the National Honey Board) plays double-duty as an effective (not to mention affordable and natural) eye makeup remover as well.
1 teaspoon honey
3 teaspoons castor oil
Mix honey and castor oil in a sterilized, small bowl or jar and cover. Let it sit in a cool place for a week, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a smooth, homogenous consistency. Use nightly to remove makeup and make your lashes lush.
In a number of studies, scientists have found that honey’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties may promote healing of small burns; and in fact, nonserious burns healed faster when treated with gauze and honey, on average, than those treated with antibiotic creams and other dressings. A paper published by the National Institutes of Health notes why honey is so effective for this – namely, because of its antibacterial action, low pH, high viscosity, hygroscopic effect, and hydrogen peroxide content. For treatment, you can follow the same instructions as those listed for wound healing above. (And of course, serious burns should be seen by a medical professional.)
Applying honey straight to sunburned skin to promote cooling, soothing and faster healing. To hasten rehydration, try this formula:
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon lemon juice
Combine the ingredients and apply to sunburned skin; leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing with tepid water.
According to the Mayo Clinic, honey may hold promise as way to prevent low white blood cell count caused by chemotherapy. In one trial, 40 percent of cancer patients who were at risk of neutropenia (very low levels of a specific white blood cell) had no further episodes of the condition after taking 2 teaspoons of honey daily during chemotherapy.
Honey and aloe are the perfect allies for your skin.
Honey’s properties make it especially agreeable for the skin; this method will feed your face with a one-two punch of soothing aloe and healing honey. Take an aloe vera leaf and slice it open, then spread honey on the surface. Gently rub the honey side on your face for a few minutes, spreading the aloe-honey mixture evenly. Leave on for 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water.
Dry hair treatment
Honey’s humectant qualities make it a great match for treating dry hair. This formula from Sue Bee Honey will condition even the driest of locks.
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup olive oil (for normal to oily hair, use only 2 tablespoons oil)
Mix together oil and honey and gently work through hair. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse, shampoo and style as usual.
The scientific jury is still out on this one, but the premise is that by consuming local honey (which naturally includes small amounts of local pollen) you can build up your immunity to seasonal allergens. A few studies have concluded that this claim has little merit, but many holistic enthusiasts heartily disagree. Either way, dosage recommendations include consuming 2 teaspoons of honey daily – and to do so with patience, proponents say it can take up to six weeks to start working.
Apple Cider Vinegar
5 Reasons You Need Apple Cider Vinegar
If we had a dollar for every time a “folk remedy” has been proven—scientifically—to work? Well, let’s just say a lot more people would have probably heard of the Institute for Natural Healing by now. Take apple cider vinegar—or ACV—for example. People have been using it for medicinal purposes for literally thousands of years. Your grandmother probably swore by it. Yet you may not even realize just how potent a weapon it could be in keeping you young and healthy.
But take a look at just a few of its important benefits…
- It lowers cholesterol: Iranian researchers tested apple cider vinegar on rats with normal and diabetic lipid levels. After just four weeks, both groups were healthier. The rats with normal lipid levels showed a reduction in LDL cholesterol. And as LDL levels decreased, HDL—good cholesterol—levels increased. In the diabetic rats, researchers found lower fat levels in the blood. That leads to a decreased risk of heart disease. ACV also increased HDL cholesterol levels in the diabetic rats. Turkish researchers also studied the effects of this folk remedy. This time, they gave the rats oral supplements. Once again triglyceride levels decreased. And the rats on a high-cholesterol diet also had a decrease in LDL levels. Apple cider vinegar is simple, cost-effective, and safe. You can’t say the same about Lipitor.
- It could help keep blood pressure down: Acetic acid is a main component of vinegar. And a recent study found that acetic acid helped lower the blood pressure of lab rats significantly. There’s also an antioxidant in apple cider vinegar called quercetin. In one study, this compound successfully lowered blood pressure. We hope to see more research on blood pressure and ACV. But evidence shows that it’s made up of nutrients that can help keep your BP levels healthy. Plus it has so many other benefits to boot…
- It’s a natural diabetes fighter: A 2007 study found that taking two tablespoons before going to sleep helped lower glucose levels the next morning by as much as 6% in type 2 diabetics. Another study showed that drinking this vinegar before you eat actually slows down a blood sugar spike after a high carb meal. The study’s author said, “Vinegar appears to have effects similar to some of the most popular medications for diabetes... The acetic acid in vinegar may inhibit enzymes that digest starch so that carbohydrate molecules aren't available for absorption…And it’s because of this carb-blocking power that there’s yet another benefit to this remedy you might like even better…"
- It helps you lose weight: According to legend, ancient Egyptians used apple cider vinegar as a weight loss solution. They were really onto something. You see, there was an unexpected side effect in the study we just mentioned. In addition to lowering their glucose, the participants lost between two and four pounds in a four—week period. Obviously, that’s not a huge amount. So ACV is by no means a magic bullet when it comes to weight loss. But it can help and should be part of your overall weight loss plan. Need more proof? Yet another study found that eating vinegar along with your food could help you feel fuller. Plus Japanese scientists found that acetic acid lowered BMI, body fat mass, and triglyceride levels in obese patients.
- It makes you look better too! Beside the fact that it can help you lose weight, apple cider vinegar has many uses that can help you look your best. If you want shiny, healthy hair do an ACV rinse. Mix equal parts vinegar and water. Fighting eczema or acne? Dilute it with water and use it as a toner. It even helps to remove stains on your teeth. Just rub some on your teeth then rinse. Or you can gargle with it. Be sure to brush afterward though.
And these are just a handful of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. It could help soothe your sore throat, combat allergies, ease arthritis, help with digestive issues…and so much more. But if you want real results from this folk remedy, there’s one important thing to keep in mind…
You must buy the raw, organic, unfiltered kind. Be sure to include the “mother” (that’s the cobwebby looking stuff at the bottom of the bottle) in any mixture you use. And, since it is highly acidic, make sure you always dilute ACV—especially if you are ingesting it. It could be harsh on your esophagus.
And it works in the house too
- General cleaning: For clean toilets and a fresh-smelling bathroom, pour some ACV into your toilet and allow it to sit overnight. You can also use it in your dishwasher instead of detergent. Clean microwaves, windows, glasses, wood and tile floors and mirrors with a mixture of 1⁄2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1 cup water.
- Unclog Drains: Commercial drain cleaners are dangerous and can cause stinging of the eyes, rashes, respiratory damage and other medical conditions. To avoid this, use a mixture of ACV and baking soda. This solution is not only better for your health, but also better for your pipes. To unclog drains, funnel 1⁄2 cup of baking soda into your drain and follow it with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar. After the foaming stops, flush the drain with hot water and wait five minutes. After this, flush with cold water. If you have a slow drain, you can pour in 1⁄2 cup of salt followed by 2 cups of boiling apple cider vinegar, then flush with hot water, followed by cold water. Do this monthly to keep your drains running smoothly.
- Remove fridge odors: If you are hit with a knock-down odor every time you open your fridge, you may want to consider a good cleaning with an ACV and water mixture. Simply place equal amounts of each in a spray bottle and clean away. When you are finished, set a small, shallow cup of ACV in the fridge in a location where it won’t get knocked over. It will continue to freshen your fridge for up to a month.
- To remove the white rings: left by wet glasses, mix equal parts of ACV and olive oil, and apply the mixture to your furniture with a soft cloth. Use another clean cloth for shining - being sure to go with the wood grain.
- Fleas & Ticks: ACV is useful for treating fleas and ticks on pets. Adding one part apple cider vinegar to one part water and spraying the mixture on your pet will help keep the pesky critters at bay. Be sure to saturate the entire coat, and repeat a few times a week during heavy flea season.
- Steer clear of commercial weed killers, as they contain dangerous chemicals. Try spraying undiluted ACV directly onto weeds to keep them under control. This works great between patio stones or along edging.
- Mildew remover: For mildew in and around the home, fill a 5 gallon bucket with warm water and add 2 cups of ACV. Mix the solution well and use a sponge to clean the area.