Home Remedies For Body Odor!
What is Body Odor?
Many of us face the problem of body odor in our day to day lives. Generally, it is not considered good socially as well as hygienically. Body odor is an offensive and unpleasant smell caused by different types of bacteria from our sweat. Interestingly, sweat is an odorless secretion. The body produces two kinds of sweats, i.e., eccrine sweat and apocrine sweat. Out of these, the eccrine sweat is a clear sweat that does not smell and helps in regulating the body temperature. The apocrine sweat, on the other hand, is thick and is located near hair follicles on the armpits, the scalp and groin areas. The bacteria present in our sweat, mix with the apocrine sweat and produce certain unpleasant smelling natural chemicals which have peculiar smell patterns. The most common areas prone to body odor are armpits and groin areas. Hence, it is necessary to keep these areas clean. Body odor arises due to a number of factors like poor personal hygiene, excessive perspiration, diet, stress, certain diseases, medication etc. It is said that the male population is more prone to the problem of body odor as compared to the female population.
The most common method to deal with body odor is the usage of deodorants and antiperspirants. One should be aware that there is a difference between deodorants and antiperspirants. The former simply covers up the unpleasant smell of body odor whereas the latter tries to stop or dries the perspiration.
One should be careful not use these excessively as they contain toxic chemicals which can intensify the problems and have side effects in the long run. So, opting for natural home remedies for body odor is a much safer option.
Natural Home Remedies for Body Odor
Bathing daily with a proper soap, body wash or shower gel, wearing clean clothes, maintaining personal hygiene are the obvious steps to reduce body odor. If it still persists, the following natural home remedies for body odor can be adopted.
Preparing homemade natural deodorants:
• Extract the juice of about two dozen radishes and mix it well with about a quarter teaspoonful of glycerin. Pour the resultant liquid in a spray-top bottle and use it as a deodorant. Store it in a cool dry place (fridge).
• Take two drops of tea tree oil and mix it with about one ounce of water. Pour the solution in a spray-top bottle and use it as a deodorant. Tea tree is an anti bacterial herb which helps curb the problem of body odor.
• Apple cider vinegar can be used as a deodorant in case the body odor is due to a high pH of the skin. While bathing, rinse the armpits with apple cider vinegar in a mug of water.
• Diluted lemon juice can also be used. But one needs to check its concentration otherwise the skin can have a burning sensation and develop redness.
Other natural home remedies for body odor are:
• Applying baby powder or talc on armpits instead of deodorants.
• If the body odor is due to hot weather, one can bathe three times a day to get rid of the unpleasant odor.
• Before taking a bath, put a few drops of rose water in the bath tub. This simple procedure helps maintain long lasting freshness.
• Drink a glass of water along with about 500 mg wheat grass. Have this on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. One can also use chlorophyll gel tabs available in the market which act as internal deodorizers.
• White vinegar is also helpful in overcoming the problem of body odor. Wet a cotton ball with white vinegar and wipe the underarms with it. The vinegar smell will automatically fade away in some time leaving you odor-free.
• Applying baking soda to the armpits and feet.
• Applying a mixture of 10 drops of essential oil in 30 ml water on the affected area.
• Applying virgin coconut oil on skin (it contains lauric acid which kills bacteria causing bad odor).
• Applying turnip juice on the affected area. To extract turnip juice, first grate the turnip and then squeeze its juice.
• Prepare a mixture of alcohol or white vinegar and water. Rinse the armpits with this mixture while bathing.