Put sodium bicarbonate in your backpack

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When packing for a trip do not forget to put sodium bicarbonate in your backpack!

Sodium bicarbonate reduces stomach acid. If you step barefoot on glass or sprain an ankle or a bee plants its stinger in your skin you will be glad to have sodium bicarbonate with you.

If it's a bee sting, prepare a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the area because bee stings contain formic acid and sodium bicarbonate will help to neutralize them.

If you burned yourself somehow, mix bicarbonate of soda with a little water and applied directly to the affected area. Powder forms a paste which holds water in place for a while, allowing it to take heat away from the skin. Other uses for baking soda in the first aid kit are to treat rashes, bee stings, poison ivy, minor burns, diarrhea and fevers.

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Last modified on Thursday, 08 May 2014 22:48


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