Treat Bad Body Odor with Natural Remedies
Many people suffer from bad body odor. The good news is that there are natural remedies for this which you do not want to miss!
The heat, excessive sweating, running here and there all day long, using non-cotton socks… All this (and much more) can cause you to have bad body odor. The good news is that there are natural remedies to treat it, which you don’t want to miss. Find out what they are in this article.
Body odor: where, how and why?
Although bad odor can happen in any part of the body, there are certain critical areas where it’s more concentrated: the underarms, feet and genitals.
This is due to the reaction of certain microorganisms that love to live in humid places (such as those just mentioned). When their chosen location is sweating, the temperature rises and they can reproduce. That’s when the bad odor is produced, because these microorganisms emit certain gases.
In addition, it’s in these areas (mostly in the underarms and feet) where there’s a greater amount of sweat glands situated together.
When it’s hot or you’re exercising, the job of these glands is to release water (sweat) in order to reduce your body temperature and avoid other problems. For this reason when we have a fever we usually sweat a lot.
But, be advised, sweating also has another function: eliminating toxins from the body. This natural process, where small drops of salty water exit your body via your pores, transports everything “bad” that’s accumulated in the body. You could say this the way your body and skin can “breathe.”
Sweat and bad odor
When we sweat, we have a bad odor. There’s no other possible solution, as we have already explained. We mostly sweat when it’s hot or due to hormonal changes (in women, for example, during menopause or in certain stages of the menstrual cycle and in both boys and girls during puberty).
We may also sweat when we’re under a lot of stress, pressure, worries, fear, anxiety or nervousness. Being overweight is another cause of excessive sweating.
Using shoes that are not of good quality, that don’t have good ventilation or are made with synthetic materials doesn’t help the situation, since they don’t allow the sweat to evaporate and instead become a perfect environment for the proliferation of fungus and bacteria.
And if we add to this situation non-cotton socks (for example, the ones made of Lycra or spandex) which don’t absorb the sweat, bad feet odor could become even stronger.
This same situation that happens with socks can also happen with other types of clothing. If it’s made with synthetic materials, it can increase sweating in the underarms and genitals. Therefore, always try to choose clothing made from cotton or another type of natural fiber.
Bad body odor and your diet
Did you know that your diet also has an influence in your body odor? It sure does. If we consume a lot of refined sugar, fried foods, animal fats and processed products, the body must try to eliminate a much greater quantity of accumulated toxins.
The best way to avoid this is to maintain a healthy diet with lots of vegetables, raw fruits, whole grain cereals, nuts and legumes or beans. Also drink at least two liters (64 ounces) of water every day.
Hygiene and deodorants
A natural solution to prevent or reduce bad body odor is to increase your personal hygiene. If you bathe once a day, try doing it twice during the summertime, for example. Also, you can wash the problematic areas with soap and water; first with a neutral soap and with a perfumed one after (if this doesn’t cause any skin irritation).
Try not to use aerosol or cream antiperspirants in the armpits. These have the ability to close the pores in this area and cause worse odor. This way, a vicious cycle is created; each time you use deodorant you clog the pores and the bad odor increases, so you add more deodorant.
Choose natural or homemade deodorant options. Here’s a recipe that never fails.
- 5 mint leaves
- 5 rosemary leaves
- 1 cup of boiled water (250 ml – 8.5 ounces)
Mix everything together and then let it cool, strain it and place it in a jar. Each day soak a cotton swab in the liquid and rub it on your underarms and your feet.
You can also take extra clothing with you to change if you are going to be out of the house all day long. Essential oils (for example, lavender) can also help you prevent bad body odor.
Other effective remedies
Two remedies that never fail to eliminate bad body odor are chlorophyll and green tea. The first one, chlorophyll, helps to detox the body and eliminate toxins. You can find it in capsule form at a health food store. A more natural option is to plant wheat on a tray, let it grow, cut the grass and then blend it into a smoothie.
The second option, green tea, is an excellent detoxing agent that will not only help increase your body temperature to burn stored fat, but will also eliminate any excess toxins. Drink one or two cups of green tea every day.
If the odor from your underarms is from using too much deodorant, you can exfoliate with a mixture of sodium bicarbonate and lemon. Be careful not to go out of the house immediately because sunlight can cause the acid from the lemon to stain your skin.
You can also mix baking soda with water to form a paste and use it as a natural and effective antiperspirant. This also works for the feet.