Why the interest in natural deodorants? Just like every other part of the body, the underarm area has a purpose. It allows the body to cleanse and detoxify itself along with helping to regulate the body’s temperature. The sweat glands under the arm and the lymph nodes are part of the “excretory system” of the body which helps the body “excrete” the toxins.
Almost every antiperspirant on the market contains aluminum. Aluminum is a heavy metal and can stress the body natural deodorant. The body doesn’t have a mechanism to easily rid itself of metals.
Why burden part of the excretory system with a heavy metal when there are natural alternatives that are often less expensive?
Here are some:
–Baking soda Keep a box at your bathroom sink and sprinkle on your palm and apply it under your arm like a powder
–Corn Starch Keep a box at your bathroom sink and apply under your arm
–Vinegar Dilute white vinegar with water and splash under arm
–Essential Oils Lavender, melaleuca (tea-tree), rosemary, thyme. Use only therapeutic-grade. Splash a few drops under your arm.
–Combine baking soda, cornstarch, and your favorite essential oil in a container and use under your arm
–Natural Toothpaste Most natural toothpastes have baking soda, salts, and essential oils. (Don’t use Tom’s, it has propylene glycol). Put a dab on your finger and rub under your armpit. Just know the toothpastes with mint will be a bit more refreshing! The mint sensation will last just a few minutes.
It’s best that you don’t apply anything immediately after shaving. Commercially, a good alternative is crystal stone deodorants. It you are feeling industrious and want to make your own solid deodorant at home, here’s a recipe:
1 1/2 tbs beeswax (yellow is best) 1/2 tbs cocoa butter1 tablespoon coconut oil15 drops thyme essential oil15 drops rosemary essential oil25 drops lavender essential oil3 drops castor oil
Melt beeswax in a glass jar standing in hot water, add the cocoa butter, and when it has melted, add the oils. Stir to mix thoroughly, then pour into a clean, empty deodorant stick case and leave to cool and set.