Discover the Benefits of Baking Soda Mixed with Honey

Baking soda is a natural remedy with myriad benefits and applications, from personal health and beauty, to housecleaning, to cooking.
Discover the Benefits of Baking Soda Mixed with Honey

Last update: 07 May, 2022

On their own, both baking soda and honey can be natural remedies with various benefits and applications. They can be used both for personal health and beauty and even for household cleaning and in cooking recipes.

However, in addition, if we combine baking soda with honey, we can get a powerful natural dermatological treatment that’s ideal for cleaning, helping the skin to heal, and even treating acne. In this article, we’ll tell you how to prepare and use it.

The benefits of baking soda

Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a white powder that we all have, or have had, in our cupboards because its uses are endless. Moms also have it on hand in the kitchen for cooking and even for cleaning.

This compound occurs naturally in a mineral called natron. It can also be easily produced artificially. We should also mention that it doesn’t contain additives.

Before you start using baking soda, it’s important to notify your doctor that you’re taking it and in what quantities, to make sure that your health isn’t negatively impacted.

People make all kinds of claims about the properties of baking soda. Some are real, and others not so much.

1. A natural digestive

Many people believe that you can use baking soda for problems related to indigestion because it helps relieve gas and can aid in digesting heavy foods more quickly. However, numerous studies, including this one from the University of California, warn against taking it especially if you have heart problems or diabetes.

Another study from the University of Washington found that taking too much baking soda could cause serious health problems such as hemorrhagic encephalopathy.

2. A natural anti-acid

While baking soda can be effective in small doses as an anti-acid, it’s best to talk to your doctor before taking it.

3. A purifier

There isn’t enough evidence to back up the claim that baking soda has any purifying or cleansing properties.

4. Antiseptic properties

Baking soda also works to whiten teeth. That being said, it can be abrasive for your teeth, so talk to your dentist before using it.

5. Fighting cystitis

According to a study from Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, baking soda can help the kidneys create a protective barrier against bacteria. 

However, talk to your doctor before starting any kind of treatment, because there’s not a lot of information available about how much you can take before it becomes harmful. Consuming baking soda could also increase your sodium levels, which could be dangerous.

Baking soda and honey treatment

The combination of baking soda mixed with honey is perfect for treating dermatological problems, especially those that appear on the face. Here are some of the benefits:

  • This study from University Malaysia Kelantan found that honey has valuable antiseptic and healing properties, which are very useful in cosmetics.
  • Meanwhile, baking soda can help eliminate and prevent pimples in addition to exfoliating the skin and removing dead cells.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of baking soda (120 g)
  • 1 cup of honey (preferably natural) (250 g)

Preparation

  • Mix the baking soda with the honey in a bowl.
  • Then, stir until the mixture thickens and is homogeneous.
  • Cook the mixture, preferably in a double boiler, for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Take off the heat and store.

How to use it

Use it to exfoliate by applying and rubbing. Once finished, wash with plenty of water.

A mask for acne

Another use that people have found for baking soda mixed with honey is using it as a remedy for acne or pimples. This type of mask is cheap and easy to make, but keep in mind that some studies suggest it can be risky for your skin.

One such study comes from Europe PMC. The researchers found that the risk of irritation and skin inflammation can potentially outweigh the benefits. Before starting any treatment, talk to your doctor or dermatologist.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz) of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon (0.5 oz) of honey
  • Lemon juice

Preparation

  • Make a paste by mixing the baking soda in with the honey and lemon juice.
  • Spread the mixture all over your face, using circular motions.
  • Leave it on for 10 minutes.
  • Remove mask with warm water.
  • Dry face by dabbing gently with a clean towel.

Precautions for using of baking soda and honey

It’s not a good idea to apply these remedies excess or very frequently, nor is this a remedy to apply on any type of skin. And if you notice any unfavorable reaction, you should stop using it. It’s even advisable to go to a dermatologist before using it.

On the other hand, when it comes to consuming baking soda and honey, it’s crucial that you only consume them in moderation. In the case of baking soda, a dose greater than a teaspoon can cause gastric rupture.

You should know that people with colon problems or gastritis should avoid baking soda. Similarly, our honey consumption should also be regulated, since it’s important to avoid excess sugar.

Finally, as we’ve pointed out before, both products should be used with caution. Therefore, consult your doctor before starting any of these treatments.

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