Eliminate Underarm Odor - Naturally!

When we suffer from underarm odor most of us become desperate to find ways to eliminate it completely. And there are a number of ways to eliminate underarm odor. One of the simplest ways to get rid of it is to wash your body with both soap and water daily (more than once a day in summer if possible) especially in the underarms which is more likely to smell because sweat from the underarms does not evaporate as readily as sweat from more exposed surfaces of the body.

When bathing it is always better to use a medicated deodorant soap which prevents the return of bacteria for several hours. Showering as well as washing your clothes regularly also help prevent underarm odor. Regarding the use of fabrics it is always preferable to wear natural fabrics like cotton and silk which helps in the absorption of perspiration better than the synthetic materials like polyester rayon and nylon.

A lot of people also use deodorants which help in masking underarm odor. Antiperspirants both the over-the-counter and prescription varieties also help in reducing the amount of localized perspiration. If all the artificial deodorants fail to help you solve your problem then you can take the help of ‘Le Crystal Nature’ which is a chunk of mineral salts which when applied helps to keep odor-causing bacteria under control without causing any skin problems. Another traditional approach to fighting underarm odor is to take the help of Drionic which is an electronic device that plugs overactive sweat ducts and keeps them blocked for up to six weeks.

However what we have discussed so far are mainly temporary measures. In order to achieve long-term freedom from underarm odor we recommend the following natural antiperspirants:

i) Alcohol/witch hazel: If you wipe your underarms with alcohol white vinegar or witch hazel instead of a deodorant it can help you in eliminating underarm odor

ii) Use a crystal rock made from the mineral salt potassium alum instead of a deodorant. It might not keep you dry as prescription antiperspirants will but it effectively clogs your sweat glands and is free of the chemical called aluminum chlorohydrate that is present in the strongest antiperspirants which may lead to future health problems

iii) Apple cider vinegar is also helpful in eliminating underarm odor when used in place of a deodorant because it reduces the pH of the skin and odor-causing bacteria can’t survive in areas of the skin with low pH

iv) White vinegar is another helpful tool in eliminating underarm odor. You can soak some cotton ball in it and apply to the underarms instead of a deodorant. The vinegary smell will be gone within minutes and you will be odor-free all day

v) Baby powder and baby wipes if used daily in areas that display heavy perspiration also work but the results may be temporary

vi) You can also use baking soda for its ‘odor-eating’ capability. Just apply the powder to your dry underarms. It will kill bacteria and help absorb perspiration. You can also use cornstarch instead or mix it with the baking soda to form an effective combination

vii) Bauxite crystals work very well in controlling underarm odor.

viii) Parsley alfalfa and other leafy greens should be included in the diet because they can actually help in neutralizing body odor owing to the deodorizing effect of the chlorophyll present in these leaves

ix) Extract the juice of about two dozen radishes mix this with ¼ teaspoon of glycerin and use as an underarm deodorant

x) If you dilute 8-10 drops of rosemary oil in an ounce of water you can use the resulting mixture as a wonderful natural deodorant

xi) Drinking a cup of sage herb tea daily helps in reducing sweat gland activity. This is especially true if you perspire excessively owing to tension. You can mix 1½ teaspoons of dried sage or two tea bags in one cup of water steep for 10 minutes and drink in small doses throughout the day

xii) You can make yet another natural deodorant by diluting two drops of essential oil in an ounce of water and apply to the underarms

xiii) Turnip juice is another effective way to reduce underarm odor sometimes for as long as 10 hours. You can grate a turnip and squeeze the juice through cheesecloth so that you have two teaspoonfuls. Wash your underarms first and vigorously rub one teaspoonful of turnip juice under each one

xiv) Take 500 mg of wheat grass daily on an empty stomach and wash it down with a glass of water. The chlorophyll will dramatically reduce underarm odor.

If you still want to use branded deodorants and antiperspirants to cover up your underarm odor and reduce underarm perspiration make sure you know clearly about the ingredients that these products contain. Since most chemical deodorants and prescription antiperspirants are made using artificial fragrances they react differently with different types of skin.

Most commonly however they cause skin irritations like contact dermatitis which causes your skin to redden swell and itch madly. However though some newspaper and Internet articles have in the past charged deodorants and antiperspirants with causing such serious afflictions as cancer hormonal imbalances and liver diseases medical research is yet to establish a link.

What is certain is that chemical substances do affect your body in different ways so it is always wisest to try and use natural antiperspirants and deodorants such as the ones we have described above. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Nobody has as yet reported harmful side effects from natural antiperspirants whereas complaints have often poured in from people using chemical deodorants and medications.

It is best that you follow a healthy daily regimen and work on controlling your diet because diet has a lot to do with underarm odor. In short what we eat is what we smell. In addition make sure your physician conducts regular check-ups to monitor your general health and that you keep your liver functioning blood sugar levels kidney functioning and yeast levels under control.

Finally listen to your body. Too often we tend to ignore the initial symptoms of an underarm sweat problem because we think it is a temporary manifestation. Do not make this mistake. With time not only will the problem not disappear on its own but you will find yourself falling a victim to underarm odor which will cause you untold social embarrassment and financial burdens in the form of repeated purchases of antiperspirants and deodorants and even more extreme forma of treatment like surgery and Botox injections.

So the moment you think your underarm odor is reaching unmanageable proportions take steps now!