A pocket guide to harnessing the power of bicarbonate of soda to use as a home remedy, beauty aid and household resource.
Not just for cakes, bicarbonate of soda has long been recognised as a hero ingredient for anyone looking to make their own eco-friendly cleaners and beauty products. Made up of tiny crystals, bicarb’s natural structure makes it the perfect gentle abrasive for home cleaning, and its natural antacid properties are ideal for tackling heartburn or creating antibacterial cosmetics at home.
With our increasing awareness of reducing exposure to chemicals and the importance of keeping things natural, as well as the ever-growing realization of the environmental impact of disposable plastic packaging, there has never been a better time to go back to basics, embrace natural ingredients and regain control of what we are putting in our homes and on our bodies. The Natural Apothecary: Bicarbonate of Soda opens by exploring what bicarbonate of soda is made up of, and how it can be both naturally occurring and manufactured. The following pages are broken into sections on home, health and beauty, containing over 40 simple recipes for all-natural, home-made products that allow you to utilize the power of bicarbonate of soda with ease; make a soothing drink to ease indigestion, an all-natural exfoliating scrub to smooth your skin, or a simple but effective stain remover to leave your clothes looking like new.
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I was really interested to read this book, which is part of a set of three. I have been hearing a lot about the many benefits of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) but really wanted to see all the benefits in one place. The book certainly delivers with loads of information about how baking soda can help with health, beauty and cleaning.
I love the fact that baking soda is natural and just by implementing a few of Dr Penny Stanway’s tips you are using less harmful chemicals around the house.
I chose to try using baking soda on a dry toothbrush for a few days to remove plaque. I did think the method was effective and my teeth felt clean, but it tasted awful.
I also used it as a deodoriser which was very effective and my dog beds and rugs smell much fresher.
There is a recipe for a cleaning solution in the book which enables you to clean almost anything at very little cost.
I must say that the health section was a little too scientific for me but I was extremely impressed by quantity of information in a small book.
A really useful reference book.
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Dr Penny Stanway practised for several years as a GP and child-health doctor before becoming increasingly fascinated by researching and writing about healthy diets and other natural approaches to health and wellbeing. Penny has written more than 20 books on health, food and the connections between the two. She lives with her husband on a houseboat in the Thames.
Many thanks to NetGalley for a copy of the book, which i have reviewed honestly.