Correct Proportion of Bicarbonate to Lemon Juice

Posted by Kathleen on 03/31/2007

Dear Ted I was given intravenous fluids post-operatively in January and have had what my gp called phlebitis in the vein used for IV. It was ropey and lumpy and tender. The doctor did not offer me any cure but said it would get better in several weeks. It is now a week away from three months and while not particularly painful, there is still a noticeable lump in the vein on the back of my right hand like a clot. I was interested in trying your lemon bicarbonate recipe to see if it would help get rid of it and bought lemons and bicarbonate today. I was unsure about when to stop putting the bicarbonate in as it seemed to keep fizzing continuously and then a froth rose and overflowed from the glass. I used the juice of one whole lemon and added approx two thirds of a teaspoon of bicarbonate gradually. I had to remove some of the froth in order to be able to add some water. It didn't taste too acidic but now I have heartburn which is something I have not had since pregnancy twenty two years ago! I obviously did something wrong when making the mixture. Could you possibly advise me regarding correct proportion of bicarbonate to lemon juice. Thank you so much

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

Since lemons throughout the world have no standard size, I decided to reformulate something that people can use with some more consistency. In Thailand lemon is nonexistent, and lime is very small, compared to UK, U.S., and Europe for example. Apparently the farmers here can't sell the small ones, only the larger sizes are sent abroad. However the small size lime made an ideal remedy in the long run.

If the frothing is too much, add water first, then the lemon and baking soda. Do not remove the frothing, that was the mistake. Here is a more specific way of doing it to minimize the frothing:

1. Add water to 1/2 glass 2. Add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda 3. Stir the solution well until baking soda dissolves itself. 4. Add 8 teaspoon of lime juice (has more vitamin C and works better for the phlebitis than the lemon one). However add slowly one teaspoon at a time and stir. Lemon is still o.k. and you can use it too.

Wait 5 minutes so the reaction can be completed. If not, the lime/lemon acid may cause a heartburn. Do not remove the frothing.

If it is not working for you, the body has lack of bicarbonates in which case sodium ascorbate vitamin C 500-1000 mg taken once a day and 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda twice a day is another remedy that has the same effect for the problems of phlebitis.


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