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Baking Soda

Baking Soda is Sodium bicarbonate, Sodium hydrogen carbonate, or NaHCO3. In its natural mineral form, straight from the earth, it is called nahcolite. Originally coined baking soda or cooking soda because of its most common use, baking. Although it does provide many health benefits as well.

Of course, we know it’s a leavening agent in baking. It makes foods rise by reacting with the acids in the other ingredients and releasing carbon dioxide gas. Common acids that cause this reaction include phosphates, cream of tartar, lemon juice, yogurt, buttermilk, cocoa, and vinegar. These reactions begin occurring at 80* C or about 120* F.

You’ll find Baking Soda in the all-natural products made by Mother Gaia, including her Mineral Milk BathMudd Mask, and Tooth Powder.

Here’s a tip: add a little baking soda to your fried food batter and it will prevent batter from cooking off with the steam.

Benefits of Baking Soda

Pest control: use it to kill cockroaches - once they eat it, baking soda reacts with the acids in their internal organs and causes them to fill with carbon dioxide gas, thus killing them. It is also a safe antifungal – it controls fungal growth on gardens and in bathrooms.

Paint & Rust Removal: gentle abrasive that removes paint and corrosion without scratching surfaces, excluding aluminum.

Alkalinity (pH) Increase: baking soda is a base (high pH), opposite of an acid (low pH), and thus used to increase the pH level in ponds, spas, pools, foods, and bodies.

Pyrotechnics: it is incendiary, caused by thermal decomposition of sugar, like the fun black snake firework.

Mild Disinfectant: weakly beaks cells walls of fungi, bacteria, and viruses; absorbs unfavorable smells; increases pH of acidic infectants

Fire Extinguisher: Sodium bicarbonate can be used to extinguish small grease or electrical fires by being thrown over the fire, as heating of sodium bicarbonate releases carbon dioxide. Because it can act as an alkali, the agent has a mild saponification effect on hot grease, which forms a smothering, soapy foam.

Neutralization of Acids & Bases: Sodium bicarbonate is amphoteric, reacting with acids and bases. It reacts violently with acids, releasing CO2 gas as a reaction product. It is commonly used to neutralize unwanted acid solutions or acid spills in chemical laboratories. A wide variety of applications follows from its neutralization properties, including reducing the spread of white phosphorus from incendiary bullets inside an afflicted soldier's wounds.

As An Antacid: Sodium bicarbonate mixed with water can be used as an antacid to treat acid indigestion and heartburn. Its reaction with stomach acid produces salt, water, and carbon dioxide.

• Intravenous sodium bicarbonate is an aqueous solution that is sometimes used for cases of acidosis, or when insufficient sodium or bicarbonate ions are in the blood. In cases of respiratory acidosis, the infused bicarbonate ion drives the carbonic acid/bicarbonate buffer of plasma to the left and, thus, raises the pH. It is for this reason that sodium bicarbonate is used in medically supervised cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

• It is used for treatment of hyperkalemia, as it will drive K+ back into cells during periods of acidosis. Since sodium bicarbonate can cause alkalosis, it is sometimes used to treat aspirin overdoses. Aspirin requires an acidic environment for proper absorption, and the basic environment diminishes aspirin absorption in the case of an overdose.

• Because baking soda neutralizes stomach acid, it’s the perfect remedy for ulcers. Drink a glass of water with 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda to relieve symptoms.

Healing with Baking Soda

• Sodium bicarbonate has also been used in the treatment of tricyclic antidepressant overdose.

• It can also be applied topically as a paste, with three parts baking soda to one-part water, to relieve some kinds of insect bites and stings with swelling.

• Sodium bicarbonate has been found to have no effect on the blood pressure of several types of rat models susceptible to salt-sensitive hypertension, in contrast with sodium chloride.

• Sodium bicarbonate can be used to treat an allergic reaction to plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac to relieve some of the associated itching.

• Sodium bicarbonate can be added to local anesthetics, to speed up the onset of their effects and make their injection less painful.

• Bicarbonate of soda can also be useful in removing splinters from the skin. Remove splinters by applying baking soda paste three times a day until splinter pushes out.

• Assists in preventing cancer by increasing pH of tumor or cancer cells without affecting blood pH, thus killing abnormal cells.

• Regular consumption of baking soda helps to improve kidney function by balancing body pH and reducing acids in the blood stream.

• Baking sodas alkalinity alleviates lactic acid formation that occurs with strenuous exercise, thus allowing athletes to do more in a workout.

Hygiene with Baking Soda.......


Want to know more? Read more here.


Recipe of the Week

Homemade Taco Salad Shells


1 cup whole wheat or gluten free flour

1/2 cup corn meal

2 lg eggs

1 cup water

1 Tbsp vegetable oil, butter, cocnut oil

Salt, garlic, or seasoning for taste

Non-stick frying pan

Muffin tins or taco salad shell pans


• Preheat frying pan to medium. Preheat oven to 450* F.

• Combine ingredients in a bowl, mix well. Will be very thin, you need to be able to pour it.

• Invert muffin tin and use upside down or prepare taco salad shell pan.

• Pour mixture in thin layer on frying pan, rolling around or spreading around to a thin layer.

• Cook 10-30 seconds til firm and flip to other side

• Cook 10-30 seconds, keeping the tortilla flexible.

• Remove from frying pan, CAREFUL IT'S HOT, and fold in between cups on muffin tin or into taco salad shell pan.

• Once all batter is used place muffin tin or taco salad shell pans together in oven, bake at 450*F until crunchy/crispy, they will turn golden to brown.

• Remove from oven, allow to cool, fill with your favorite taco salad ingredients and enjoy!

Makes 4-6 shells depending on their thickness.


Product of the Week

Mother Gaia's Mudd Mask

A truly all natural pore cleansing, nourishing, and skin tightening blend of bentonite clay, baking soda, powdered oatmeal and kelp. Mix with water, honey, or cold pressed nut and/or seed oils. Get yours here.


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July: BUY ONE GET ONE Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer lotion when ordering online. Shipping is always included.


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Every Saturday @ 8am, Aspen Lodge in Anthem Ranch

One Thursday a month @ Castle Country Assisted Living Homes

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for residents only. 

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Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, Saturdays @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.


Happy Hands Aromatherapy

Classes held one Sunday per month at the Castle Country Assisted Living Homes in Parker and Castle Rock. See events calendar.

Each therapy includes:

• Gentle, caring application of body oil blend of your choice.

• Expertly blended oils for your health and safety.

• Massage and manipulation of fingers, palms, and wrists.

• Deep breathing practice to help you relax and feel better.

• Fully insured and certified for your safety.


Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

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Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space.