Old baking soda home remedy for colds and flu


The Arm & Hammer Co. published an article in 1925 about using sodium bicarbonate as a remedy for colds and flu. They recommended the following dosage:

*Day 1 -- Take six doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at about two hour intervals.

*Day 2 -- Take four doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water, at the same intervals.

*Day 3 -- Take two doses of ½ teaspoon of baking soda in glass of cool water morning and evening, and thereafter ½ teaspoon in glass of cool water each morning until cold symptoms are gone.

According to Arm & Hammer’s dosing instructions, do not exceed seven doses of ½ teaspoon per day, or three doses of ½ teaspoon daily if you’re over the age of 60. In addition, do not use the maximum dosage for more than two weeks.

I found this interesting because it make sense! Having your bodies ph balanced has many benefits and since baking soda is alkaline it would neutralize any acidity. Has anyone tried this?

PS: This is not for people on a salt restricted diet!

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by: Anonymous

hi, I havent used baking soda for colds but I have used it for a back ache I get after eating sugary foods. Sugar is a no no to my body. I take half a teasponn of baking soda and the back ache leaves. I try to eat healthy but sometimes donuts and cookies get to tempting and that is when I use the b. s. Phyllis

Baking Soda for colds.
by: Anonymous

I have been using this for about two years now and have yet to get sick. I use 1/2 tsp baking soda in 8 oz. of water as soon as I begin to feel the onset of a cold. I do this up to 3 times a day for about two days and never get sick. Baking soda can cause headaches and diarrhea and sometimes dizziness. I have experienced these side effects but they have always been either very mild or absent.
You can test your ph. through out the day. Urine ph and saliva will be different. But we are supposed to be at about 7.3-7.8 I think(somewhere slightly above 7). I am not an expert. This is just what I have read and it works for me.

Works for me
by: Anonymous

I haven't gotten sick in 7 years. I take 1/2 teaspoon 3 times a day for two days when I feel like a cold is coming on. Making sure that I take a dose before going to sleep. I wake up without any cold symptoms.

The cold and flu germs thrive in an acidic environment. Your body naturally has a ph of 7.4. When you are acidic, you are out of balance, and the cold will get you. Taking baking soda helps you restore that balance. Avoid sugar and alcohol, that makes you acidic.

Seemed to work for me.
by: Sharon Cousins

I beat off a flu bug in about 18 hours that some of my friends had for two weeks or even more. My two top 'weapons' were Grapefruit Seed Extract (also alkalizing, and usually mixed with 'green drink' stuff) and baking soda solution with a little molasses in it. I also do the baking soda and molasses protocol for cancer for a couple weeks every January in hopes of warding it off. I have noticed positive changes in my body both times I have done this.

It works....
by: Anonymous

Three years ago I got a flu shot and it made me so sick. I discovered the use of baking soda on line and have been using it for two years and have not had the flu or major cold symtoms. I would just ask you to try it. Thank you.

Works for my boys and me!
by: lis

I use this remedy at any hint of a cold or flu; works beautifully every time, for myself and for my two teenage boys, for years

Be well.

Baking Soda Works for Me
by: Anonymous

I too believe in Baking Soda, I always get sick when ever one of my kids bring home a cold or flu, and though they shrug it off, I get extremely sick. But the last two years I have Mixed 1 part baking soda to two parts maple syrup at the first hint of a cold or flu and have had very mild symtoms or non at all. So simple but works!

The baking soda remedy really works
by: Mia C

I recently found out about this remedy in December 2015 and it's been a God send. It really works!

IIt really works
by: Anonymous

Read about this online about the 1/2 tsp every 2 hours for 6 doses 1st day and so on.....Didn't think it would work because
I'd always heard "baking soda for sore throats" and when I tried it I would just do a gargle and spit it out just one time and when it was still sore afterwards I figured it didn't work....Then I ran across the ofificial arm and hammer recommendations online and I was like "OH, you're supposed to actually DRINK it several times a day"!
Well, first time the kids get a bad cold not too long after I start feeling that dryness and scratchiness at the top of throat and something is coming on for sure....I start the baking soda and I within about a day it's gone...Usually I'd be in bed barlely able to move for 3 days.....But with the baking soda the symptoms are very mild and it's gone quickly....Did it several other times since then and it works every time....Its almost hard to believe that something like this really works but it does.

Baking Soda info...important.
by: Anonymous

Hi, well, just want to share with both you and your readers...that baking soda is indeed a valuable, natural health tool, but...it is best to use "aluminum free" baking soda not Arm & Hammer. Sorry to say. You can get aluminum free baking soda at any whole foods for a little over $3.00!! It's by "Bob's red Mill".

Take care.

Baking Soda and Aluminum
by: Betty

To the person who said do not uses Arm and Hammer because it contains aluminum. Do your research. No baking soda contains aluminum.

No aluminum
by: Anonymous

Baking soda does not contain aluminum. Reliable Arm and Hammer is safe to ingest. Baking POWDER is what contains aluminum. HappyHealing😄

This worked for me!
by: Anonymous

I was skeptical at first when my mom told me about this...not anymore!! At the first sign of my sore throat I followed the instructions exactly and by the end of the second day my sore throat was gone. I did the full treatment even though my sore throat was gone, just to be on the safe side. I just mixed it in water. I also stayed away from sugar and dairy for about 5 days. I was shocked at how well this worked and now I tell everyone about this!

Save the Day for Me!
by: Marie Glasheen

I have used this BS protocol for the last 3 years. Somehow I have a habit of getting chills and cold or flue symptoms just before teaching seminars. This protocol has helped me getting on track fast without lingering effects. The symptoms are usually all gone on the 3rd day, and I am not carrying residual cough or anything like that. This is so simple and so effective. My mom who is now 85 told me she used it in her youth when she was sick and wanted to go out. :-)

Of course the established medical institution wouldn't spread such a news as a lot of money would be lost on all the cold and flu remedies and vaccine that they continually sale.

Definitely works
by: Anonymous

I had a bad cold and I heard about how these pathogens cannot thrive in an alkaline environment and I was tired of getting sick, so I started consuming lots of raw carrots and cruciferous vegetables with every meal, swapped coffee out for green tea sweetened with stevia and lemon/lime, and of course took baking soda. I actually took less than what is recommended above. I just took a teaspoon in a glass of water in the morning and at night. The cold was completely gone in two days. Now I keep the baking soda around just in case, but my dietary changes alone have seemingly been enough to ward off illness.

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