Natural Ways to Stop Body Odour
Everyone has a distinctive body odour (BO) which can be subtle or unpleasant depending on their diet, gender, health and medication. Needless to say, an unpleasant smell emanating from the body can be embarrassing and quite an uncomfortable experience for everyone. What causes body odour you ask? The answer is simple — bacteria living in your underarms. Sweat, which is actually odourless creates an optimal environment for these bacteria to thrive and produces displeasing smells. Following are five natural remedies to prevent BO so you can stay fresh and smell good all day.
While baking soda might appear as an unconventional remedy, it actually helps absorb moisture or sweat from the skin and thus, reducing odour. All you need to do is mix equal parts of baking soda with lemon juice and lather it on your underarms for a couple of minutes, then wash it off thoroughly. You can also use equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch to act as a natural deodorant for those who sweat profusely.
Coconut oil is another natural remedy to neutralise BO due to its antibacterial properties, which is why many natural deodorants have incorporated this ingredient. Besides protecting your underarms against odour, coconut oil moisturises the skin and protects it from irritation such as eczema while building a barrier against more bacteria buildup. To apply, simply mix it up with baking soda and pure essential oil and gently apply the concoction onto your underarms.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar’s inherent antibacterial properties prevent bacterial growth and neutralise odour-causing bacteria. To apply, wet some cotton pads with ACV and gently swipe it across the length of your armpits. You could also leave it for a few minutes before a shower or add a cup into your bath for a soak.
Lemon, a wonder fruit that is readily available in most kitchens, acts as a great antiseptic, lowers the pH level of your skin and thus kills the bacteria that produces body odour. Cut a lemon in half and rub your underarms with the halves and let it air-dry. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice with some water before applying it onto your armpits.
Similar to with hazel, tomato juice acts as an astringent that will reduce body odour. You can either drink a glass of tomato juice everyday to help rid excess sweat on scorching hot days or you can also rub tomato juice over your underarms before or during shower to reduce the odour.