Body odor • Natural home remedies

Body odor is generally caused by the increase in bacteria in the presence of sweat; bacteria transform sweat into acids. Your unique body odor can be affected by your diet, gender, health and any medication you take.

Image of a glass of peppermint tea can help body odor

It is the apocrine glands found in breasts, the genital area, armpits ear and groin (and elsewhere) that break protein down and are the source of most of our body odor.  If you sweat a great deal, it may be more difficult for you to control your body odor.  Some conditions, such as hyperthyroidism or menopause, might increase your sweat production and other conditions (like diabetes and kidney disease) might change the odor of the sweat.   If your odor changes, consult a doctor.

There is a theory that an imbalance of the nervous system can lead to excessive sweating. It may have to do with our DNA, or our age. Some foods can change our odor, if only temporarily.

ALLOPATHIC TREATMENT

Extreme treatment could be with expensive injections of small doses of botulinum (a toxin), repeated every several months, or surgeries, which can damage arteries or nerves. Be sure to ask about all side effects for these procedures.

SELF TREATMENT

Others have made claims of efficacy for the following suggestions and treatments, but this information is provided as anecdotal information for your further research.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disorders. To promote a healthy immune system, and balanced hormones, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, and quality protein. Don’t forget healthy sources of monounsaturated fat. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS THAT MAY PROMOTE HEALING

  • Bone Broth
  • Citrus fruit
  • Cucumber juice, topically
  • Parsley
  • Raw vegetables
  • Whole, fresh foods

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES TO AVOID

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Fish
  • Processed foods
  • Processed sugars
  • Red meat
  • Smoking
  • Too few carbs in your diet

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Chamomile
  • Dandelion
  • Green juices
  • Lavender
  • Parsley tea
  • Peppermint
  • Sage tea

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Bay leaf
  • Cinnamon
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Licorice root
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Turmeric

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered topically in a carrier oil like coconut or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath. You can even make your own deodorant from essential oils

  • Cypress
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Tea tree diluted and used topically
  • Ylang ylang

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

Some supplements may actually be the cause of an unpleasant body odor; hopefully, the following may help. Do a blood test for deficiencies first; it will cost less in the long run than taking unneeded supplements.

  • Magnesium
  • Rose water, topically
  • Sandalwood, topically
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Vitamin C
  • Zinc

HYDRATION

Water is important for flushing toxins from the body to make you clean on the inside. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½ ounce to 1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

Exercise may be important for detoxification in a general sense, along with a good diet and hydration. That exercise is beneficial is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stay calm. Anxiety undermines health and may cause you to sweat more. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to keep mellow.  If you cannot figure out how to relax, try some of the following:

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Diatomaceous earth for detoxification
  • Bathe with herbs from the herb list.
  • Bathe every day with warm water.
  • Avoid, or at least experiment with, spicy foods.
  • Drionic Sweat Shop
  • Eat less red meat.
  • If your feet smell, read the entry on athlete’s foot to maintain healthy feet.
  • Lose weight if you are overweight.
  • Put some tomato juice in your bath water and soak.
  • Shave armpits.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback
  • Chinese Medicine (http://best-acupuncture.com/2011/12/fretting-about-your-sweating/)
  • Homeopathy (https://www.drhomeo.com/odour/homeopathic-remedies-for-body-odour/)
  • Massage helps release toxins; follow by drinking plenty of water

PREVENTION

  • Eat a wholesome diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get quality sleep.
  • Hydrate adequately.
  • Use a natural deodorant.
  • Use natural household products and cleansers.
  • Wear breathable, natural fabrics.
  • Wear clean clothes.
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