Do we really need deodorants? 16 ways to “control” our sweat
Why do we need deodorants? The usual answer: to cover the “unpleasant” natural smell of our body when sweating. Sweat is a body fluid secreted by the sweat glands and expelled through the skin. It is composed of water, salt, minerals, organic substances, lactate and urea. It is a natural mechanism to regulate body temperature and eliminate toxins. But the sweat itself does not smell, what it smells is fermentation of the mixture of bacteria living on the skin and sweat.
The most frequent is that sweat occurs preferentially in the armpits, feet and hands, although it can extend to the entire surface of the skin, especially at high environmental temperatures or the practice of intense exercise, which produces an increase of body temperature.
Other factors that can trigger perspiration or the “bad” smell are anxiety, fear, excitement, meat, spicy foods, alcohol and caffeine consumption or some drugs.
Despite this, sweating or perspiration can also be a symptom of some diseases with fever, or those that are accompanied by other symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, tachycardia, chest pain, etc. In these cases you should consult with the doctor to establish the diagnosis and treatment corresponding to each condition.
Recipes of internal natural deodorants:
- Reduce or eliminate the intake of meat and sausages, spicy, dairy products, cheeses
- Increase the intake of vegetables, organic fruits, and natural or warm or luke water
- Reduce or eliminate the intake of industrial and / or carbonated beverages, including bottled fruit or vegetable juices
- Reduce or eliminate the amount of alcohol, tabacco, coffee and drugs
RECIPES of homemade external natural deodorants:
General Skin care:
- Stop using creams and body cleansers with parabens or that are not organic
- Use natural, organic oils for hydration and cleansing of skin such as coconut, flax, sesame, grape seed oil
- Shower only with water most days, use soaps once in a while. Our body is wise. The daily use of soaps irritates the skin and leaves it without its natural protective fat.
- Use alum stone
- Stop using poliester clothes and change to natural vegetable materials like cotton, ramie, linen, and hemp.
If you want to prepare your natural ecological deodorant at home, here are some options:
- Bicarbonate or baking soda: After washing the armpit area with soap and water, apply a pinch of sodium bicarbonate mixed with water as an effective deodorant for the whole day.
- Flower Water: choose organic dried flowers you like (lavender, jasmine, rose, camomille would be the best). In a coffee machine, which we will only use for this use, place the dried flowers in the coffee part, let the water boil and once cold, put it in a glas container with spray, and use as a deodorant.
- Cream: 3 tablespoons of baking soda + 2 tablespoons of magnesium carbonate + 1 tablespoon of organic corn flour. Mix these ingredients and add vegetable glycerin or coconut oil to achieve the desired creamy texture (the thicker, the more concentrated the deodorant will be). Add organic essential oils to taste. For cases of high perspiration, the best essential oil is that of palmarrosa, it is also very effective combined with lemon essential oil. It can be applied on dry or wet armpits.
- Coconut oil: 3 tablespoons of coconut oil + ⅓ cup of corn starch + ⅓ cup of baking soda + 10 drops of antibacterial essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus or tea tree) + 10 drops of antifungal essential oils (mint or sandalwood) (for men deodorants use 20 drops) + 2 tablespoons of wheat germ oil (vitamin E) (optional). Mix all the ingredients well in a container to form a thick paste. Put the paste in an container similar to a bar deodorant and use a small amount daily.
- Rose water and tea tree essential oil: Mix a tablespoon (or what fits in your hand) of rose water with 4-5 drops of tea tree essential oil and apply it in the desired areas. If you want to have it ready, you can add the tea tree essential oil to a rose water pot.
- Citrus bath: 3 orange peels + 3 lemon peels + 1 liter of water + 1 kg of sea salt + 3 tablespoons of baking soda (30 g). Cut or grate the skins of the two citrus fruits and put them to boil in a liter of water. When ready, filter the preparation and reserve it for the time of bathing. Then, throw the liquid in the bath water and add the sea salt and baking soda. Immerse your body and relax for 15 minutes. This bath will not only neutralize odors in the body.
- Rosemary: ½ glass of water (100 ml) + 4 tablespoons of dried rosemary leaves (40 g) + 2 tablespoons of 90º alcohol (20 ml) + 10 drops of lemon essence. Bring water to a boil and add dried rosemary leaves. Let it simer for 10 minutes and strain it. Add 20 ml of 90º alcohol and 10 drops of lemon essence. Mix until well incorporated and store it in a glass bottle. Stir it before use and apply it with a spray bottle. This mixture can be used daily and can last up to a month in a cool, dark place.
All these options are a great alternative to commercial products because they do not contain aggressive chemicals; however, as all skins are not the same, it is always advisable to make a small test before using the product to verify that there are no allergic reactions.
If you want more information you can look at pages such as:
La dolça revolució by Josep Pàmies https://dolcarevolucio.cat/language/en/portada/
Better with health: https://mejorconsalud.com/4-desodorantes-naturales-para-deshacerse-del-mal-olor-de-las-axilas/
Eco things: https://ecocosas.com/eco-ideas/desodorante-en-barra/
Natural cosmetics: https://www.cosmeticanaturalecochic.com/desodorantes-naturales-ecologicos/
Eco farmer: https://www.ecoagricultor.com/cosmetica-natural-como-hacer-un-desodorante-casero/
Or go to the nearest library.
Remember that it is good for you and for the planet to reduce the use of single-use plastic containers. Reuse and recycle.
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