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Natural Alternatives to Underarm Deodorant

Updated on May 17, 2012

© 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.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Great hub! I've tried the stone and didn't think it worked that well. These are great alternatives you've mentioned! Voted up

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Thanks!

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      Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

      I was looking for a natural alternative. Thanks.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Very interesting. Thanks. Voted you up.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Glad I could help!

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      Thanks !

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      Jewels 5 years ago from Australia

      What happens to the mixture when the coconut oil melts, which it will in summer? Is it still effective?

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I would refrigerated it. I personally just use baking soda and water on a cotton ball with a little peroxide (sometimes) to remove bacteria that causes a smell.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      It is still effective.

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      sathya10 5 years ago

      Thank you so much..its really useful to younger generation.also very much effective to future problems.

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      Shrikanth G Kashyap 5 years ago

      Hi,

      This is quite interesting and helping one to make use of natural resources instead of using chemicals to present gentle in front of others.

      Naturalism makes one beautiful rather than chemicals.

      You have given a great helpful information to one and all.

      Look forward for much more uses natural resources.

      Thanks a Lot

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      Jewels 4 years ago from Australia

      I've been using this natural deodorant recipe for 12 months now. I don't refrigerate it. I've decanted it into an old moisturizer jar. In summer the mixture is fluid and in winter it's more solid. Either way I apply it using my finger tip. I am sooooooooo pleased I did this. I've noticed a difference in my health. It's subtle but an improvement. And it's a downer if I go back to the commercial brand - it clogs up the glands and you can feel it. Glad I found this hub and changed my deodorant habits.

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      Katina Davenport 4 years ago

      Regular deodorant clogged up my pours so using this natural way of odor protection has made me a believer.

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      titi6601 3 years ago

      I have bought natural deodarents that do not work and have heard that making your own deodarent is the way to go. Thank you for sharing.

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