09 May 2012

Big Boxes of Baking Soda! Detox Value

Large boxes of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
now available in Cairo, Egypt.
Every now and then, I peruse the mega-markets around Cairo to see what interesting things have been imported. A few weeks ago, whilst shopping at Carrefour in Maadi, I was astonished to see a shelf dedicated to Arm and Hammer Baking Soda. Not just a few small boxes, but big big sizes too.

Sodium bicarbonate, MY DETOX FRIEND

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is an inexpensive detoxification ingredient that is safe to use and very effective. I use baking soda for detox baths, brushing my teeth, and deodorizing the refrigerator.


Now that I have ample supply with my new found Arm & Hammer baking soda, I can return to regular detox soda bathing. A detoxification bath requires soaking in the bath for 10 to 20 minutes twice a week, with at least two days between each bath.

Dry brush your body starting with the feet and working up towards the heart with a body brush or loofah sponge to remove dead skin cells before your detoxification bath. 

Showering after a detox bath helps to complete the cleansing process. Try to take a cool or cold shower, don't use any soaps, just wipe your entire body with a washcloth to remove any residue from the skin. After you towel dry, put on clean clothes.

Baking soda softens the bath water and helps to soften and smooth the skin. It also has an alkalinizing and deodorizing effect. Essential oils can be added. Essential oils will add a lovely smell and increase the soda’s therapeutic action. A baking soda bath in tepid water can be especially refreshing in hot, sticky weather. 

Basic Baking Soda Bath
For all skin types 
Use 1/2 cup baking soda per bath. 

Basic Aromatherapy Soda Bath 
Add essential oils to baking soda to increase the bath’s therapeutic action while producing an array of delightful fragrances.

20 drops essential oil
1 cup (8 oz.) baking soda 

Place baking soda in a glass jar, and add the essential oils, drop by drop, stirring them in well. Cap the jar tightly and shake to continue mixing.  Pour the mixture into the bathwater.

If you have irritated or inflamed skin, try lavender or sandalwood essential oils.
Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 9 drops of lavender essential oil and 11 drops of sandalwood essential oil. 
Other oil options: Add 3 drops chamomile essential oil for soothing inflamed or irritated skin. Replace the lavender with peppermint oil and the sandalwood with tea tree oil for a cooling, energizing and cleansing bath.

Cleans and deodorizes the mouth and teeth. 
Sprinkle baking soda onto moistened toothbrush and proceed to brush.
Optional: Add 1 drop of tea tree oil to powdered toothbrush for added cleansing, or other oil for taste. Makes enough for 1 brushing.

Find more great uses at this article 51 Fantastic Uses for Baking Soda, A Care2.com favorite by Melissa Breyer Read the entire article here.

Good luck. Not sure how long Carrefour will sell this product, but hopefully it will be around for awhile.

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