Sweat stinks! But it is an essential part of the body’s toxin elimination routine. Commercial deodorants, such as those found at your local drug store, work by suppressing or stopping the body’s sweat, thus keeping all those toxins inside. In addition, they all contain chemicals like artificial fragrances, aluminum and parabens – the latter two have been shown in studies to cause cancer, neurological problems and Alzheimer’s. These toxins are absorbed into the body through the tiny pores in the skin (remember, the skin acts like a permeable membrane on the body). In other words, these chemicals may not be something you want to put onto your body!
Make Your Own Deodorant
- Bottle Organic Lemon Juice – moisten a tissue or cotton ball and apply liberally to armpits. Avoid using directly after shaving as it may sting a little! Lemon’s natural antiseptic and antioxidant properties are a perfect fit to fight pit odors! The nice thing about lemon juice is that if your pits have gotten a bit odoriferous, the addition of more juice GREATLY reduces the stench, leaving you fresh for the next round of chores!
- Baking soda & starch mixture -Mix 50% aluminum-free baking soda and 50% either organic cornstarch or organic tapioca starch.
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate absorbs and deodorizes, while the starch absorbs, cools and buffers the sometimes harsh feeling of the baking soda. Wanna learn more about how Sodium bicarbonate works to deodorize? Click here. Apply liberally to the underarms. Just put a pinch or so on your fingertips to powder each underarm. Whatever falls to the floor, just rub your feet into it before you put on your shoes to help keep your shoes and feet fresher, too. On hot days, you may find a need to reapply by lunchtime. As with the lemon juice, if your pits have gotten a bit odoriferous, the addition of more powder also GREATLY reduces the stench, leaving you fresh for the next round of chores!