How to Fight Allergies with Baking Soda
Baking soda isn't just for baking anymore. Purchased in bulk quantities, it is used in many households for cleaning, pool maintenance, and odor elimination. Baking soda is also a safe and natural way to neutralize annoying or painful allergic reactions.
Baking soda is the main ingredient in nasal irrigation which is growing in popularity as a means of fighting seasonal allergies and colds. Add a quarter-teaspoon of baking soda and a quarter-teaspoon of salt to a squirt bottle or neti pot full of warm water. A neti pot looks like a miniature teapot, and it is designed to open and drain the sinuses of excess mucus. A squeeze bottle aimed up one nostril works just as well, though. Cleaning out your nasal passages once per day will help keep the doctor away.
Adding two tablespoons of baking soda to baby's bath will help heal and soothe a raw diaper rash. Sitting in a tub of warm water and baking soda is commonly knows as a "sits bath." Adults with pain or discomfort "down there" can benefit just as much as babies. Relax in the water for 10 minutes, two or three times per day. After each bathing, gently pat the area dry and expose it to air for as long as possible.
The raised red bump that results from insect bites, animal or plant stings, or sometimes just a small scrape is an inflammatory part of the body's allergic response. A thick paste of baking soda and water will often neutralize this response and reduce discomfort. Combine a few teaspoons of baking soda in a small bowl with just a little bit of water, and mix it until it's thick but smooth. Dab it carefully on the sore area and let it dry. An ice pack may also be used to reduce pain and swelling. Please note that if the swelling worsens, if the redness continues to spread, or if the area becomes hot to the touch, it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Using baking soda as a natural cleaner around the home can reduce allergies in general. Those who are susceptible to allergies, such as those suffering from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) are very sensitive to toxic cleaners. Going back to the good old days and using basic products like baking soda, vinegar, soap, and water will reduce allergic reactions while keep the home free of dust, dander, bacteria and pollen.
Making an eyewash with baking soda is an old folk remedy for itchy, dry eyes. Because baking soda neutralizes acid, and you eyes have natural acids, there is some concern about upsetting the balance within the eye. However, if your eyes are already red and swollen from allergies or conjunctivitis (pink eye), the neutral balance in your eye has already been upset. According to www.natural-homeremedies.com a good way to wash your eyes is in a solution of one teaspoon of baking soda and two cups of water. Submerge your eye completely in the solution, doing your best to hold it open and roll it around for one full minute.
Use caution in experimenting with home remedies. If you aren't getting the results you expected, or if your condition worsens, please consult with a doctor right away.
My Personal Experiences
One hot summer day, I made the mistake of laying out back in the grass and I fell asleep. I woke up and realized I had numerous spider bites on my arms and back. I made the past with Arm and Hammer backing soda and water, a thick paste and put it on all of the spider bites.
Within an hour the itching and pain had stopped. In a couple of hours, the swelling and bug bites had diminished. I was very relieved of course, but also amazed at just how well the baking soda mixture had worked. This is something to keep in mind for all types of bug bites.
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