You may have heard that Baking Soda Bath provide valuable benefits and are curious to know more. This article covers the benefits of baking soda baths plus 4 different recipes and how to use them!
What is a Baking Soda Bath?
You’ve likely used baking soda before and have a container (or two) in your kitchen. But what is baking soda and what is a baking soda bath?
Baking soda is a mixture of bicarbonate and sodium ions that dissolve in water. It’s frequently used in cooking and cleaning products, but it can be used for much more – take for instance, baking soda baths!
A baking soda bath is exactly what it sounds like! A warm bath with baking soda added in to provide the user with multiple benefits.
Baking Soda Bath Benefits
There are many benefits of taking baking soda baths:
- Stress Relief/Relax Muscles – Adding baking soda to your bath can help relieve pain and tension, help boost circulation, and promote healing.
- Detox – Baking soda has detoxifying and cleansing properties, which are great when you’re trying to detox the body and boost immunity.
- Eczema – Adding baking soda to your bath could help prevent eczema from happening, and reduce symptoms once they start. It also helps sooth itchy skin.
- Yeast Infections – Baking soda may help kill Candida cells, which are responsible for yeast infections.
- Skin and Nail Fungus – Just as baking soda may help kill Candida cells, it may also be effective at killing other types of fungus on the skin and nails.
- Diaper Rash – Baking soda can help provide relief from diaper rash by soothing raw skin and promoting healing.
- Constipation – Baking soda may provide pain relief caused by constipation, while relaxing the sphincter to help get things moving.
- Chicken Pox – With the introduction of the Varicella vaccine, most kids will not experience the intense itching that comes with Chicken Pox. If you’re unlucky enough to get them, baking soda may provide relief from the pain, irritation, and itching.
Baking Soda Bath
Now that you know the benefits of baking soda baths, here is how to take a baking soda bath, and some different recipes to try!
How to Take a Baking Soda Bath
- 1/4 to 2 cups of baking soda
- Warm Bath
Draw a warm bath of water and add between 1/4 – 2 cups of baking soda. Allow to dissolve.
Soak in baking soda bath for up to 40 minutes to reap the full benefits of the baking soda.
You can also add in a few drops of essential oils for a relaxing, fragrant bath.
Baking Soda Detox Bath
A bath with only baking soda can help provide some detox benefits, but if you want to take it to the next level, here is how to make a baking soda detox bath.
Combine baking soda, Epsom salt, sea salt, and essential oils (if using) in a container and stir well. Fill up tub with warm water, then add the mixture. Allow to dissolve, then soak for up to 45 minutes, once a week.
Epsom Salt Baking Soda Bath for Sore or Achy Muscles
The combination of Epsom salt with baking soda can help alleviate sore muscles while giving your body a boost of magnesium and sulfate.
This mixture also provides soothing relief from sunburns.
Combine baking soda, Epsom salt, and essential oils (if using).
Draw a warm bath and add the mixture, allowing to dissolve. Soak for 20 – 40 minutes, up to two times per week.
Baking Soda Bath for Baby
As mentioned earlier, baking soda baths are great for babies with diaper rash, or constipation, but there are even more benefits.
Baking soda baths can also help provide relief from itchy, dry skin, relieve eczema, balance pH levels, and help relieve baby acne.
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- Warm bath
Draw a shallow warm bath and add in 1/4 cup baking soda. Allow to dissolve. Allow baby to soak up to 20 minutes. Repeat up to two times per week.
This goes without saying, but never leave a baby in the bath unattended.
Here are some other uses of baking soda for babies.
Are there any Risks to Baking Soda Baths?
Baking soda baths may not be suitable for all individuals. If you have any of the following conditions, please check with your doctor to see if baking soda baths are safe for you:
- Have high blood pressure
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Have a serious infection
- Have open wounds
- Are allergic to baking soda
Other Uses for Baking Soda
There are many other uses for baking soda! Here are some of my favorite:
- Remove Red Wine Stains from Carpet
- Make Rosehip Oil Bath Bombs
- Make a Foot Soak with Rosemary & Lemon
- Treat pimples
- Eliminate shoe odors naturally