Natural Alternatives to Underarm Deodorant
© 2012 Katina Davenport
Sweating or perspiring is the body's natural response to cooling down when overheated. It is also one of the ways that the body can eliminate toxins. We know when a child reaches puberty by the noticeable “musty” smell under their arms. Then the child is given the right of passage into puberty when mom and dad hand them their first deodorant/antiperspirant. I remember the age when I received my right of passage at age 9. I had been using deodorant/antiperspirant since that time. I am 32 now and am beginning to notice the effects of using this product.
In one of my articles Healing for the Soul: How my Physical Wounds Healed When I Released the Past, I explained how a physical open wound caused by a boil began to heal when I forgave and let go of my past hurts. It is true that I have experienced an inner healing of my soul and an outer physical healing, yet I didn't know that I would discover something important about my own body that could help maintain my healing.
Once I figured that I was healed and felt ready to return to my previous personal hygiene habits I was in for a surprise. I began using my regular antiperspirant and new painful lumps began to form under both armpits. I was shocked and worried. How could this be happening again , I thought. I quickly got online researched my symptoms and found that the antiperspirant I was using could be causing the lumps. So I stopped using it and within a week the lumps went away on their own.
When using an antiperspirant you can stop or reduce the amount of sweat from under your arms. When you stop the natural process of sweating it is possible to cause the sweat gland under your arm to become inflamed and infected. I really needed to sweat at this time to rid myself of the toxins consumed through medicines and Pitocin given to me after I delivered my son via c-section in September 2011.
Natural Underarm Deodorant Recipe
I have purchased natural underarm deodorants from a health food store in the past. It worked quite well, but for some odd reason I decided to return to commercial deodorants. Maybe I missed the perfumed smells of commercial deodorants. There is a way to make a natural deodorant that kills the bacteria that causes under arm odor and diminishes sweating.
6-8 teaspoons of solid coconut oil
1/4 cup of arrowroot power
1/4 cup of baking soda
Mix all ingredients together. Make sure it is as firm as commercial deodorant. Add more arrowroot powder or baking soda if necessary to achieve desired firmness. Use an old deodorant dispenser to help you put it on.
Other Natural Ways to Eliminate Underarm Odor
- You can use a mixture of water and baking soda to eliminate under arm odor.
- Take witch hazel or alcohol and put some on a cotton ball and wipe under your arms.
- Apple cider vinegar and white vinegar will work with the body’s pH to eliminate underarm odor. The smell only lasts for a few minutes.