Remedies for Body Odor

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