Baking Soda
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Baking Soda Health Benefits

| Modified on Aug 16, 2023
Alkalizing pH
Posted by Kelly (The Netherlands) on 02/21/2023

Baking soda is making my pH go down?? It was at 6,2-6,5 before. After taking baking soda (5-7,5ml 3-5 times per day) it's 5,5-5,9. How is this possible? I've had this experience multiple times. My diet didn't change. I always measure first thing in the morning. I'm taking so much I should easily be reaching pH 7 which is my goal.

Baking Soda Poultice
Posted by EB (England) on 01/22/2023

I am interested if anyone can educate me why baking soda burns when you make a paste and put on a sensitive area? I would have thought it is bland.

Nausea, Indigestion
Posted by Brenda H. (Scotland, UK) on 08/28/2022

Cure for indigestion, nausea

After reading all the cures for flu! Using bicarbonate of soda, I wanted to add, that whenever I have bad indigestion or feeling nauseous, I take 1/4tspn bicarbonate soda dry on tongue, and swallow with cold water....cures these things within 20 dad told me of this years ago! Great cure!

Posted by Arlene (Lehigh Acres Fl) on 07/19/2022

Yikes. Never use hydrogen peroxide unless you have to clean a wound. HP will make your skin thinner. Not good. Also might I add that coconut oil on some people with acne gets worse. That's what happened to me and it clogged my pores. Took weeks to clear up. People swear by it but just be careful. Maybe because I live in a hot and humid environment contributed to problem

Red, Irritated Eyes
Posted by Rob (Cape Hatteraas, NC) on 03/20/2022

I have redness in the corner of my left eye. I have had it over a year. My eye also produces and lot of sand and grit. My left eye always feels tired even after just waking up I read about adding 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda to an 4 ounce glass of water and splashing it in my eye and drinking it. After doing this, almost immediately, my eye felt better! Can't recommend it enough:)

Cyanide Poisoning Antidote
Posted by Natural Healing (New York) on 03/17/2022

Baking soda is the antidote for Cyanide poisoning.

Severe Indigestion and Acid Reflux
Posted by Rhonda (TX) on 03/05/2022 34 posts

My husband had bad acid reflux and peptic ulcers later joined, a natural cure/ well what helps is Yogurt, bananas they actually help heal the lining of the stomach and the acid reflux is gone. Also decaffeinated green tea and chamomile tea.

Severe Indigestion and Acid Reflux
Posted by Mark ( Queensland) on 03/05/2022

I have been using Bi-Carb regularly for about 20 years with good to great results, I get severe indigestion and Re-flux. Drinking alcohol, water, eating basically anything whether it is meat, wheat products, sugar products, if it enters my mouth it gives me indigestion and Re-flux. I'm not a glutton, in fact I eat very little, I am a T2 diabetic so I shy away from the sweets, and I mean anything sweet, no soft drinks, I eat a little fruit and probably 1 slice of bread per month, I do eat 1 biscuit per day with coffee for lunch, but that is my lunch.

I would say my worst "habit" is potato but even that isn't as much as it used to be. 3 glasses of beer per week is usual, 1 Friday night, 1 Saturday and the same Sunday, an extra one if I'm cooking a BBQ. My problems started with a dose of "Hydrogen Cyanide" poisoning while working as a plastic fabricator. Many Doctors and Nutritionists have tried to help over the last 30 years and all have given up.

I could go on forever on things that have gone wrong with my health, 5 years ago I had a fairly severe stroke which I'm still having problems with including Dysphagia which only added to my stomach problems, BUT where here to report on the side effects of what you Americans call Baking Soda, We in Australia call Bicarbonate of Soda or Bi-Carb. To me Baking Soda is a mix of Bicarbonate of Soda and cream of Tartar, a different product, so that may need checking out. I love Bi-Carb, I have 1 teaspoon in water (since 2008 we have used distilled water) I use that 3-4 times per day (mix a 250 ml glass and drink 1/3 - 1/2 and leave the rest to have if and when I need it next.) and as I said that happens multiple times every day and sometimes at night also. I carry a small container with me at all times as the indigestion can be uncomfortable up to debilitating. I used to have a heaped teaspoon in a glass and drink the lot... I'm not sure if my stomach is improving or it's just my effort to use less, but honestly, I have never ever had a problem taking it internally or using it externally. (That's another story.)

Bladder Infection
Posted by Joyce (Ontario ) on 02/24/2022

Bladder infection:

Do this for 1 day. 1 in the morning and 1 before bed …half teaspoon baking soda in half glass lukewarm water

infection will be gone.

Gout, Fibromyalgia Pain
Posted by WindingDown (CA) on 01/16/2022

I had gout in 2005 lasted 6 weeks before I went to the Dr. he said it was gout. Wrote me a script. NOT MUCH was on the internet back then about home remedies. On a DEEP DIVE I saw someone charging for a cure. I kept searching and found it FREE!

Backing soda and water. YES!! FOR ME in 3 days of twice a day, 1 level teaspoon in water morning and late afternoon fixed 6 weeks of horrible pain in 3 days!!

Another time few years ago pre KETO way of life I was suffering from horrible Fibro pain, worse EVER! Finally went to the Dr she said its my new normal. I said NO WAY, I will surely die!! SO going home defeated, I remembered the gout pain years before. I realize after searching you can get gout everywhere. SO I tried my home remedy. THIS TIME it took a little over a week of 2 a day baking soda and water. IT WORKED THANK GOD!!

I then started Keto way of life, I don't care what anyone says, for me gout is from lots of carbs, like starches and sugars and grains. Since being KETO I do fall off the wagon sometimes but over all my body fibro and CFS issues are WAY BETTER FOR ME! GODSPEED everyone.

Baking Soda Cleaning Tips
Posted by Brenda D. (California ) on 02/10/2019

Use baking soda to clean your stove top. I had bought a new stove, white and was told to keep it new in appearance and clean without scratching to clean with baking soda. Worked wonderfully, just sprinkle on and clean with water and rag. My stove looked new even years later when I sold it.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Ferlito (Davao City) on 04/30/2018

My wife have a breast cancer and presently having ome wound around her breast, how can baking soda can help her situation?

Stomach Ache
Posted by Ali (Wales) on 12/11/2017

One Tablespoon...?!! Who recommended that? It's usually just half to one TEASPOONful that is suggested......

Posted by Sandra (Washington State) on 12/08/2017

I agree Lisa. And, the ACV, honey and water works well without the baking soda.

Posted by Byron (Maryland ) on 11/26/2017

I just saw your post and wanted tell you that you may have HS. It's a skin condition. You should see a dermatologist.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Mario (Romania) on 07/25/2017

Do you know if he had chemo or surgery? I had stomach cancer too.

Posted by Tina (Princeton, N J) on 07/22/2017

Hi JP, I mix the baking soda with a small amount of coconut oil and smooth that mixture on my face. It exfoliates without making the skin dry.

Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 07/22/2017

Some castor oil on the irritated skin may help. In fact, it may help the blackheads, too, crazy as that may sound! :)

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Jp (Sydney) on 07/22/2017

I used a mix of baking soda and water on my face for blackheads. Two days later I now have dry rash marks on my skin. So warning. I'm not sure when my skin will restore itself.

Posted by Luce (Irvine, Ca) on 06/05/2017

I used baking soda as deodorant and had a scary looking purple rash, no itching or pain, I had breast cancer so you can imagine how I felt when I saw this, stopped using it and after a few days I was back to normal.

Acid Reflux
Posted by Idot 13 (Ireland) on 05/02/2017

It's fine to keep going. I know of a man that had stomach cancer about five years ago and he takes a tea spoon full every day and he is still perfect t g

Posted by Valerie (Iowa) on 02/15/2017

Have you ever tried oatmeal baths?

Athletic Performance
Posted by Aunt Bea (Ny City) on 01/31/2017

Definitely will have some stiffness and aches but be mindful of your minerals, especially magnesium, and plenty of water to reduce these. Stay limber by foam rolling and stretching everyday too!

Baking Soda Teeth Abrasivity
Posted by Suzi (Missoula, Mt) on 12/14/2016

Yes I agree about brushing. I make a paste of coconut oil, baking soda and oil of peppermint. It is absolutely the best for body and mind. Very cost effective too. My mouth is so clean. Wish I would have known way back. Unfortunately have lost many teeth that I would give just about anything to have back.

Baking Soda Vs Baking Powder
Posted by Ramnath (Uk) on 12/12/2016

Baking powder is NOT baking soda.

Baking powder contains baking soda.

Baking soda does not contain baking powder.

Therefore, pure baking soda is safe to prescribed

Baking Soda and Benzene
Posted by Merlyn (Palawan) on 12/06/2016

For cholesterol try 1tsp apple cider vinegar 1tsp honey with 8oz of warm water morning stomach empty.

Body Odor
Posted by Denise (Massachusetts) on 11/22/2016 23 posts

I recently tried baking soda under arm as a deodorant and I gotta tell you, it is fantastic. If I knew about this years ago oh life would have been so much better as I had struggled with commercial deodorants that didn't contain aluminum, which were hard to find in the past and they don't work ANYWHERE as good as baking soda. Just one point - I apply the tiniest amount to dry underarms. I don't use water. It lasts for days I tell you! An absolute god send!

Posted by Caprice (Philadelphia Pa) on 11/10/2016

Thank you do much, I have been searching for a long time for a foot soak that didn't have any harsh chemicals in it.

Posted by Caprice (Philadelphia Pa) on 11/10/2016

Thank you do much, I have been searching for a long time for a foot soak that didn't have any harsh chemicals in it.

Baking Soda Details
Posted by Concerned (Manila) on 09/25/2016

Have you tried rubbing baking soda onto your nails, directly after a shower when your feet are still wet? Do this twice a day for a month.

Posted by Dontworrybhappy (Los Angeles, Ca) on 07/29/2016

I heard egg whites help with burn, your skin will regenerate faster. The sooner you apply the egg white the better the healing would be.

Posted by Marian Brown (Ibiza) on 07/08/2016

Add the juice of half a lemon and the taste is fine...and its still more beneficial... Good luck..

Posted by Alilamos (New Orleans) on 06/21/2016

Just a note on using oils as a face moisturizer. I started using organic cold-pressed (all oils you use should be) coconut oil as a moisturizer. I have used sesame oil in the past. I have oily skin, so need to be light-handed. The best way to apply oil is wet. If your face is wet and your hands are wet (sometimes I just wet my hands under the sink if I've already dried off and forgot to apply) the oil won't go on so heavy. I pat my oiled, wet hands on my neck and chest first which can handle more oil, then pat my face with my now only very lightly oiled hands. Then I pat my face with a towel to dry and absorb any extra oil. This has always worked well for me and I don't get any breakouts.

High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure
Posted by Mary (Georgia) on 06/20/2016

How would one take potash for HBP?

High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure
Posted by Miggy (Alberta) on 06/19/2016

For those with hypertension, you must only take potassium chloride, or pot ash, found or ordered in by some pharmacies. That will not give you hypertension, and will be safer to take if you do have HBP.

General Feedback
Posted by Jean C. (New York) on 05/02/2016

I investigated and found that oregano oil will help asthma.

Posted by Rhonda (Ny) on 04/25/2016

I started suffering from allergies as an adult.

This season, allergies hit me about six weeks ago. Every year I go to the doctor. Every year she says the same thing: "This year is going to be the worst year when it comes to allergies." I get prescribed the same medicine, which doesn't relieve me of the the symptoms.

This year, I suffered the normal symptoms. Stuffing noise, tearing eyes, excessive coughing and a lot of phlegm.

Last week I started drinking about 4 ounces of luke warm water with a tablespoon of baking soda (sodium bicarb). All of the above systems have stopped. I haven't felt this good in weeks.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Rsw (Oh) on 03/14/2016

Hi Barbara,

In the FWIW category, I saw a woman on another site who had diagnosed BCC, had it removed and it reoccurred. A Dr. friend of hers told her to take 250 mg. of Niacinimide every day. She did and it slowly went away. She now takes it everyday to keep any further BCC away, and she says it works. It might be something simple to try. Best wishes.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Barbara (New Zealand) on 03/14/2016

I was recently found to have BASAL CELL CARCINOMA on my nose. The day before Christmas 2015 had a biopsy which showed cancer cells. I treated it 50-50 with baking soda and coconut oil daily, covered with a small plaster.

Each evening, I cleansed it with APPLE CIDER vinegar and applied an antibiotic cream to promote healing.

Febuary 15th 2016 had a piece removed for testing and there was no CANCER there. Unfortunately, the hole left in the side of my nose is now being reconstructed, Hopefully worth the pain to prove it worked.

Alkalizing pH
Posted by Terrin (Castaic, Ca) on 02/15/2016

I make baking powder from baking soda, that takes care of the problem.

Posted by Sita (Ar) on 02/02/2016

Hi Ed - Thanks for your great reply about how sodium ascorbate is actually a combo of ascorbic acid & baking soda (sodium bicarb). I make my own liposomal Vitamin C using sodium ascorbate (instead of ascorbic acid) & lecithin. Anyway, I wonder if I can make my own sodium ascorbate, as I have good quality baking soda & ascorbic acid. Do you know the proportions?

Thanks :)

Baking Soda Teeth Abrasivity
Posted by Myway (Usa) on 01/31/2016

In an effort to stop the misinformation about the abrasive nature of baking sodanon teeth, I found the research data on the RDA (relative dental Abrasivity) for common dental toothpastes and baking soda. From this chart, it can be assumed that baking soda is greatly LESS abrasive then everyday commercial toothpastes with a rating of "7." Here is the link.... sheet.pdf

Some person on this site had stated that baking soda was abrasive to teeth......grrrrrrr. The studies are has low abrasivity!

Let me go brush my teeth.....with my baking soda, coconut oil, frankincense tooth polish - diy of course!!!!!

MyWay :D

Baking Soda Vs Baking Powder
Posted by Mmsg (Somewhere, Europe) on 01/23/2016

Hannelore, the stuff that's recommended here on EC is baking SODA not baking powder.

Baking Soda Vs Baking Powder
Posted by Hannelore (South Australia) on 01/22/2016

You can now buy baking powder that is aluminium free here in Coles, Australia.

Multiple Ailments
Posted by Dina (Jerusalem) on 01/15/2016

hi, maybe there is no instant gratification, and I don't think that she has to study for ten years, that sounds kind of mean and harsh and a little arrogant.

Alkalizing pH
Posted by Petey (Random Lake, Wi, Usa) on 12/02/2015

Be advised that baking soda, no matter what kind, does NOT have aluminum in it. However, baking POWDER does.

Posted by Angie (Amelia Island) on 11/08/2015

Hi Carrie,

I was wondering if your skin condition healed completely, and if so, do you still use the same application and would you recommend it to others? I have the same problem and baking soda with plain water only works minimally. Thank you for your advice. Angieb

Multiple Cures
Posted by Om (Hope, Bc Canada) on 10/04/2015

Hi, Robin (North Carolina @usa)---

Yes, baking soda will improve the general condition. One half tsp. plus one tsp. ACV to fizz and half a small glass of water.

For your skin condition use colloidal silver on a cotton ball for half an hour at a time. It has cured mine. The doctors are right; they cannot cure it but other systems can.

Namaste, Om

Multiple Cures
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 10/04/2015

Hello Robin,

You might consider Colloidal Silver. Silver kills viruses. You can get CS at health food stores or on line.

CS is merely ions of silver atoms. It is water with silver atoms in it. Ideally one cannot even taste the silver because it is in such very low concentration. I used it topically and orally. I take a few tablespoons three times daily. And if needed I apply topically. I also use the herb Echinacea for topical used and use drops in water orally to boost the immune system.

Multiple Cures
Posted by Robin (North Carolina - @usa) on 10/04/2015 1 posts

Hi, Thank you for this very encouraging post. I recently was diagnosed with Pityriasis Rosea which I have learned is a viral infection for which there is no immediate cure. I've been told by doctors of medicine and dermatologist alike that I simply have to let it run its course. I am horrified as it continues to ravage my skin with angry, itchy red bumps and lesions. I have begun using coconut oil and castor and showering with Zinc soap to hasten my recovery and of course and paying better attention to my diet to support my immune systems ability to fight this horrible infection. I'm wondering if adding Baking Soda to my natural remedy regime will support and hasten my recovery. Would love the community's thoughts. Thank you so much.

High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure
Posted by Connie (Or) on 09/25/2015

Thank you Miles from (Canada) I have very high Cholesterol, so how much Apple Cider Vineger and how much Baking Soda per day?

This information would be greatly appreciated.

Baking Soda Details
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 08/22/2015

Wow, Bill, we might should be asking you that question! Are you taking it to help something in particular? Have you noticed anything good or bad?

~Mama to Many~

Baking Soda Details
Posted by Bill (Australia) on 08/19/2015

Hi there, just wondering I have been adding one teaspoon of bicarb into a 15L water dispenser for the past two years. Is there any adverse affects in ingesting this amount over the long term?

Multiple Cures
Posted by Lovey Dovey (Cebu City) on 07/02/2015

How to use it if I'm a cervical cancer stage 3b, and if my menstruation come do I have to continue using it? If I take some herbal and other drugs that is safe? Please help thanks, more power.

Baking Soda Mouthwash
Posted by Wendy (Mona Ut) on 06/02/2015

I use Baking Ssoda first to brush then Apple Cider Vinegar to rinse. I put some drops of peppermint essential oil in them and my mouth stays fresh for a full day! :)

Alkalizing pH
Posted by Anna (London) on 05/11/2015

Dear Anna, Just read your reply. I'm sorry, I didn't understand your reply. Would that be yes good for you or no, not good. Thank you. Kind regards Anna London

High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure
Posted by Carmel (Canada) on 05/03/2015

Thank you for your useful email. Can you tell me how much baking soda you used daily and how often to lower high cholesterol?

Baking Soda Bath for Sickness
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, US) on 03/07/2015

My six year old had a stomach virus this week. He is normally a high energy guy and was down for days. None of our usual "go-to's" for stomach viruses were seemed to knock it out. (Turmeric, charcoal, peppermint, black tea, Apple Cider Vinegar, essential oils.) Perhaps he would have been worse without these things, but I was surprised he was down for so long. I offered him a baking soda bath a couple of times, knowing it helps one of his siblings to feel better for at least a while whenever she is sick. Finally, yesterday, I told him (kindly) that he really needed to try a bath. I made him a comfortably warm bath with a cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of Epsom salt. (With the diarrhea, I didn't want to give him to much magnesium (Epsom Salt), but thought he probably needed some! ) He played in the bath for 20-30 minutes. He was perkier when he got out. He ate dinner. Today he is back to himself and even wanted to take a little hike with me.

Baking soda or epsom salt baths seem to always give at least temporary relief to acute sicknesses. Sometimes they seem to be what is needed for the patient to turn the corner. I will make a bigger effort to try that earlier in the game next time around!

~Mama to Many~

Baking Soda Details
Posted by Anne (Utah, US) on 02/15/2015

I took 6 T of colloidal silver a day for three and a half months hoping it would get rid of a virus I had but a week after I stopped it came back with a much for that!

Aluminum in Baking Soda
Posted by Krystall (Norway) on 02/11/2015

No, baking soda does not contain aluminum: Http://

Restless Leg Syndrome
Posted by Diane (Hope Valley, England) on 02/11/2015

I have suffered from rls for 10 years. I got tired of taking more and more prescription drugs and was getting rls even with the drugs.

I was amazed when I found, after looking at this helpful site, that 1/4 Tea spoon of bicarbonate of soda made into a paste and rubbed onto my legs took the rls away immediately.

I wondered if anyone knows whether this, by changing the ph of my skin, might be harmful.

Restless Leg Syndrome
Posted by Jacqui (New Zealand) on 12/27/2014

Mum always used Baking Soda, it is a very old remedy for sickly tummies etc.

High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure
Posted by Miles (Canada) on 12/24/2014

All Baking Powder now is aluminum free. Baking soda is also a remedy for high blood pressure and cholesterol. Cholesterol is caused by inflammation which causes all our problems like arthritis, Gout, fibromyalgia, Cancer and on and on. The inflammation gets into the wall of the artery and starts to wear it thin so the Cholesterol does as it is supposed to by rushing in to repair it by building it up again. If the inflammation stays in there, then the cholesterol over compensates and then can become a blockage but it is all about inflammation.

High blood pressure is the same, raised by having too much inflammation in the body. No B.S. will not raise the blood pressure because it says sodium on it. Your body (kidneys) already makes the (sodium bicarbonate) Baking Soda but as we age or some bodies in general quit making enough of it to keep us healthy with a good PH level in our blood. I used to be on all the meds. and after taking this and apple Cider vinegar (organic) I went back to my Doctor and he could not believe I was the same person. He took me off high blood pressue and the Cholesterol pills. I have never felt better. These products are amazing God given. Your body was meant to heal itself if you give it the right things. As you start this check your blood pressure daily and see your Doctor before quiting your medication as I am NOT a Doctor but this has worked wonders for me.

Aluminum in Baking Soda
Posted by Dan (Seattle) on 12/20/2014

Ginger, Baking Soda does not contain anything but sodium bicarbonate. Baking Powder, on the other hand, can include aluminum but not all of them do. Hope this helps.