What Is Baking Soda Bath?
Baking soda bath is nothing but immersing ourself in water in which baking soda is added. Usually herbs and other ingredients like Epsom salt are also added along with baking soda to the bath water. Baking bath is also one of the best ways to relax and after a long day if you don’t have the patience to make your bath salts just add little bit of baking soda from the kitchen shelf to the bath water.
Throw in a few herbs either dried or freshand you have made a wonderful, cheap relaxing bath at home. Another wonderful thing about baking soda bath is you don’t have to worry about cleaning the tub after the bath, it will leave it squeaky clean by itself. Many naturalists recommend detox baths because it draws out toxins from the body and greatly relaxes us. Baking soda bath tops that list as it is one of the cheapest and most effective detox baths.
How To Make Baking Soda Bath?
Making baking soda bath is simplicity itself, if you are pressed for time just mix only 1/4 cup baking soda into the water. But I would strongly advice adding your favorite essential oils and herbs. You can also add Epsom salt and rock salt along with baking soda in the bath if you have them at home.
First start the bath with dry brushing your skin using an appropriate brush. After dry brushing immerse yourself in baking soda bath for 10 to 15 minutes. The water should neither be too hot or too cold. If it is too hot, it will make the person perspire more and some might experience dizziness. After the soak take a bath, preferably using a homemade bath powder.
6 Top Benefits & Uses Of Baking Soda Bath:
1. Baking Soda Bath For Diaper Rash:
Diaper rash is a common problem in babies and things could get really worse if it is not treated properly. Usually the main reason for diaper rash is not changing the soiled diaper sooner. If you find your child is suffering from diaper rash, I would suggest using pure cotton cloth diapers for a few days till the inflammation subsides.
Give them a baking soda bath by mixing 2 tbsp of baking soda in a liter of water. To use, wash their bottom with this liquid each time you change the diaper and try to change the diaper immediately once they soil it. Try to use homemade Vaseline instead of chemical laden creams and they will be better in no time.
2. Baking Soda Bath For Yeast Infection:
Yeast infection is caused by candida fungus and can be very problematic. If left untreated for a long time, it can lead to blood poisoning. Yeast infections can occur anywhere but the most common is vaginal yeast infection. It causes white discharge, itching and burning sensation when passing urine.
When you find the first symptoms of yeast infection try this baking soda bath. Mix 1/2 cup baking soda along with few drops of tea tree oil in warm water and sit in the bath till the water turns cold, this is a very good home remedy for treating yeast infection. Also try wearing cotton inwear and try to include yogurt in the diet daily.
3. Baking Soda Bath For Sunburn:
Sunburn is very common during peak summers and especially if the person is light skinned the chances of getting sunburn is very high. Children mainly get sunburns during summer and especially it is very common during their summer holidays. Sunburn causes redness of the skin and depending on the severity of the burn it can be from light reddish tinge to dark red accompanied by a burning sensation.
Severe sunburn can also be accompanied by fever and pain. Fill a tub with tepid water and add 1/2 cup baking soda and herbs that soothe like dried lavender or chamomile and soak in it for 10 to 15 minutes. This will greatly soothe inflamed skin.
4. Baking Soda Bath For Eczema & Itching:
Eczema is a skin condition where you get dry red patches on the skin which is accompanied by itching. It affects young and old and it is worse in children as they usually scratch uncontrollably which leads to even more inflammation. Since eczema is caused due to damage of the skin barrier, any treatment that helps in retaining moisture will work well.
The best way to do that is by taking healing baths and baking soda bath will work well to stop the itching and treat the inflammation. Immerse in baking soda bath for 10 to 15 minutes and you can also tie oatmeal in a cheese cloth and tie it in the mouth of the tap. This also will soothe irritated skin along with baking soda. Baking soda bath also can be used for psoriasis and for easing the itching when we touch poison ivy.
5. Baking Soda Bath For Hives:
Hives is a condition where the skin erupts into small bumps mostly due to some allergies and sometimes the cause is unknown. It causes burning and stinging sensation accompanied by itching. Baking soda bath will give good relief for hives as it is very good in easing the inflammation.
Especially if the itching is unbearable, draw a baking soda bath and immerse in it for 10 to 15 minutes. This will give good relief from itching, if you can get fresh neem leaves, you can add that into the bath water too. Neem leaves have the ability to treat all kinds of infections so add them to the bath to make it more effective. This same bath can be used for easing the itching during chicken pox.
6. Baking Soda Bath For Constipation & UTI :
Hemorrhoids occur when people strain to pass stools and it can be very very painful. Baking soda eases the inflammation caused due to hemorrhoids very effetively. If you are suffering from hemorrhoids sit in baking soda bath for a few minutes, it will greatly ease the pain. Baking soda bath also can be used for babies who suffer from constipation, making them sit in baking soda bath relaxes the rectal muscles and help them pass stools without pain.
Along with this treatment try to include lot of natural foods that are rich in fiber and give them plenty of fluids. Baking soda bath also can be used for treating urinary tract infections. Baking soda bath reduces the acid content and make passing urine pain free when a person is suffering from UTI.