Remedies for Body Odor

Remedies for Body Odor (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)

Body odor is something that can be very distressing as well as embarrassing. Imagine going for a date with your loved one or to a family gathering or party with a sweaty and unpleasant body odor. Even the thought of it will make you cringe! It’s a myth that sweat leads to bad body odor as sweat itself is virtually odorless. Body odor takes place when the bacteria living on our skin break down sweat into acids and usually occurs behind the ears, anus, belly button, pubic hair, genitals, armpits, groin, and feet. Anyone who has reached puberty can produce body odor.

There are several reasons that contribute to bad body odor such as- Eating spicy food, consumption of certain medicines, intake of caffeinated beverages, dehydration, wearing tight clothes, stress, puberty, poor diet, alcohol consumption, hormonal changes, strenuous exercise, hot weather etc. There are a number of options available in the market to combat bad body odor- deodorants, perfumes etc.- but these solutions are temporary. As soon as they lose their effect, you start smelling like a fish again. Thus, you need permanent solutions that help you get rid of the issue. So here are some easy home remedies to treat bad body odor and smell fresh and pleasant!

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has properties to fight against bacteria that causes bad odor. It helps get rid of body odor by balancing pH levels of the skin.

How to use

• Add a few drops of raw and undiluted apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball.

• Apply this on underarms and other areas of the body.

• Let it sit for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off with water.

• Repeat it regularly.

Note- Use raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar for best results.

2. Lemon

Lemon contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties that help kill smell-causing bacteria. Lemon is also well-known in lowering the pH levels of the skin, making it difficult for odor producing bacteria to thrive.

How to use. 1.-

• Slice a lemon.

• Rub it gently on your armpits.

How to use. 2.-

• Take some lemon juice and add it in a cup of water. • Put it in an empty spray bottle and use it as a natural spray or deodorant under your arms.

You may need to try how much lemon juice you can apply on your skin as lemon juice is very acidic and can irritate your skin.

3. Sandalwood Powder

Popularly known for its soothing aroma, Sandalwood powder is helpful in removing odor-creating germs. It makes your skin dry and reduces sweat secretion of glands.

How to use. 1.-

• Take some sandalwood powder and add sufficient water.

• Blend well to make a paste.

• Apply this paste on your armpits and leave until it gets dry.

• Rinse it off with clean water.

How to use. 2.-

• Prepare a mixture of Sandalwood powder and white vinegar.

• Apply this mixture on your armpits right after taking shower.

• The mixture will act as a natural deodorant and will help you eliminate the irksome body odor.

4. Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel helps to bring down the pH level which makes it difficult for the bacteria that cause body odor to survive in your body. This ingredient also has astringent properties that shrink skin pores and reduce the sweat production in the body.

How to use-

• Take a cotton ball and dip it in hazel.

• Apply the cotton ball to your underarms and leave it to dry.

• Repeat this process whenever your body starts to smell. The remedy acts as an antiperspirant and helps get rid of the sweating and odor.

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil comprises natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help eliminate the bacteria and fungi inhabiting the skin's surface. The astringent agents in it control the sweating.

How to use-

• Take 2 tbsp of water and add 2 drops of tea tree oil. Stir well.

• Apply this to armpits and leave.

• Use this as a replacement to your regular deodorant.

Note- Test before use to avoid irritation.

6. Rosemary

Rosemary hinders the growth of odor-causing bacteria. It contains menthol and chlorophyll that have deodorant properties and helps balance out body odor and also provides a nice fragrance to the body. It also prevents zinc deficiency that is another cause of body odor.

How to use-

• Take 4 cups of water and add 11/2 cup of dried rosemary leaves to it.

• Cover the mix and let it steep for 10-12 minutes.

• Add the mixture to your bathtub filled with water.

• Soak in it for 15-20 minutes and then pat dry your skin.

• Repeat this process daily to keep smelling fresh all day.

7. Turnip Juice

Turnip juice has antibacterial properties that combat odor-causing bacteria. Turnips are also rich in Vitamin C and other nutrients that help fighting body odor. It is effective for as long as 10 hours.

How to use-

• Take a turnip and cut it into pieces.

• Now crush it into fine paste and sieve to extract its juice.

• Apply this juice to your armpits and groin area and let it dry completely.

• Once dried, wash it off using lukewarm water.

• Repeat this process every morning.

8. Holy Basil

Holy basil leaves have antiseptic properties which are helpful in eliminating body odor.

How to use-

• Take some holy basil leaves and crush them.

• Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the crushed leaves and mix well.

• Apply this mixture to your underarms and let it dry.

• Rinse off with water.

Note- Make sure to avoid soap after using this mixture.

9. Baking Soda

Baking soda reduces body odor by absorbing moisture and sweat and also helps in killing the bacteria that cause body odor. It also acts as a natural deodorant.

How to use-

• Mix 1 tbsp each of baking soda and lemon juice.

• Apply the mixture on the underarms and other body parts that sweat the most.

• Let the paste rest for a few minutes. Rinse with water.

• Repeat the process daily for a few weeks to see results.

10. Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll, which makes it a really effective remedy for combating body odor.

How to use-

• Take 1 cup of water and add 2 tbsp of wheatgrass juice to it.

• Mix well and consume it on an empty stomach every morning.

Note - Wheatgrass has a strong taste thus it sometimes gives nauseating feeling to those using it for the first time. So begin with small amounts and have it on an empty stomach.

See your doctor immediately if your sweating is disrupting your daily routine or you start sweating much more than you normally do.

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