Thursday, March 19, 2015

How to prevent body odor naturally- Home Remedies

Strong or offensive body odor is an embarrassing problem that affects many, and being a sensitive topic, is not openly discussed. Although commercial chemicals and artificial-scent sprays may help to temporarily control body odor, they often don't address the underlying cause. You may want a more natural remedy to manage the problem and there are several natural remedies can help treat undesirable body odor and provide a fresher and cleaner scent. Understand some of the causes of body odor and discover some natural and highly effective approaches to treat this common problem.

How to get rid of Body odor- Home Remedies

Lemon Juice

Just like vinegar and witch hazel, lemon juice lowers your skin’s pH level making it difficult for odor producing bacteria to survive. Moreover, lemon can be used by even those who have sensitive skin that can’t tolerate even vinegar. Take one half of the lemon and rub it under your arms, one by one, squeezing its juice on to your skin. Store the other half of the lemon to be used later.
Alternatively, you can squeeze the juice out of the lemon and apply this juice to your underarms with the help of a cotton ball. If you do not like the super acidic nature of lemon or you only have mild body odor, you can dilute lemon juice in water and rinse your underarms with it. Lemon juice also stings when used after shaving. So better shave the night before to give a long gap between shaving and applying lemon juice on skin.

Use Antibacterial Soap

Choose an antibacterial bath soap. Washing thoroughly with an antibacterial soap bar will reduce the bacteria count, in turn reducing the odor. Look for the words "antibacterial" on the soap's packaging.

Baking Soda

Baking soda not only helps absorb sweat but also eliminate bacteria and act as a natural deodorant. Before having bath, mix lemon juice with baking soda to make a paste. Apply this paste to your underarms. Leave for about 5-10 minutes. Wash off with water. Now have bath.

Cornstarch and Baking Soda

Baking soda absorbs sweat and also kills bacteria apart from acting as a natural deodorant. Cornstarch is even better than baking soda for those people who perspire excessively. Cornstarch is extremely absorbent ingredient, even more than baking soda. Here are some ways to use these two ingredients from your kitchen to fight your body odor. After taking bath, pat dry your underarms and apply baking soda or cornstarch directly to your underarms. For a more effective remedy, mix baking soda and cornstarch and then apply on to your dry underarms to prevent sweating as well as foul smell.

Rosemary Herb

Rosemary herb, which is widely used in Italian cooking, can also kill bacteria and fungi apart from lending its fragrance to your body. It is more beneficial when used topically. Here are some ways to use rosemary for body odor prevention. Take half a cup of dried rosemary leaves and add it to 4 cups of tap water. Steep it for some time. Then add this water to your bath. Ground the dried herb to get powder of rosemary. Use this herbal powder on your body to fight odor and to keep yourself fragrant all through the day. If you experience irritation after using rosemary, discontinue its use.

Tomato Juice

Tomato is considered to be a natural antiseptic and it can kill an extensive range of bacteria. Ancient Indian medicine, Ayurveda, has long used tomato juice as the remedy for body odor. It recommends using tomato juice in bath water. Crush the tomatoes to get their pulp. Using sieve, extract the juice out of tomato pulp. Add this tomato juice to a bucket full of water. Bathe with this water. If you need more water for bath, increase the quantity of tomatoes.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree is an antibacterial herb and tea tree oil derived from this herb is a natural antiseptic. Mix tea tree oil with water and apply this to your underarms. If you want to use it as your regular deodorant, store water mixed with tea tree oil in a spray top bottle. Maintain the proportion of water and tea tree oil while making your own deodorant. Always test your underarm area before using anything new (especially essential oils) by applying a little amount of oil to a patch of skin before using.

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