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
than once a day in summer if possible) especially in the
underarms which is more likely to smell because sweat from the underarms
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
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
or mix it with the baking soda to form an effective
vii) Bauxite crystals work very well in controlling
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
of the chlorophyll
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
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
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
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!