You probably know that baking soda can be used for lots of things, but I wanted to share a couple things I've been using it for this past month or two. Thanks to my friend Michelle (my partner in everything natural and cheap!), she introduced me to two things I can't live without: my tooth powder and a great facial mask.
My teeth have never felt cleaner or looked whiter! (Just click on the photo of me in a previous post and enlarge... yes, my teeth are shiny!) Michelle made this tooth powder and gave me some and now I make it too!:
1 teaspoon of baking soda (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt (fine ground)
1 teaspoon of Calm (a Calcium/Magnesium powder)
You could just use baking soda by itself. If you google "tooth powder" you'll find lots of different recipes depending on what your particular needs are. I can't use paste anymore--it leaves a film on my teeth. And the sugar that is in toothpaste isn't good for them. If you are using homeopathy, then you know you have to avoid mint so this is a perfect way to do that. I can't wait to go to the dentist next month so that they can tell me how fabulous my teeth and gums look! (I also supplement with Homeopathic Calc Phos and Calc Flour Cell Salts or Bioplasma.)
Take a tablespoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of water and mix in a bowl (1 = 1). Apply to a clean face. Leave on for 10 to 20 minutes (depending on how long you can handle it! It will dry). Wash your face thoroughly. Your skin will feel very soft from the exfoliation. This is like a gentle microdermobrasion. It shouldn't be used more than 2 or 3 times a week. I've seen it on the internet as an acne mask. There are a couple diy recipes here by an esthetician/mommy. Baking soda affects the pH balance of your skin... and it's so cheap compared to going to see a professional!
I hope you try out one or both of these. Even if you just brush your teeth with baking soda once (grab some from the cupboard), you'll see what I mean. Have fun and keep looking beautiful! ;)