Know what the main ingredient is in your deodorant/ antiperspirant? Aluminum. Not only does it plug your sweat ducts, preventing you from sweating (an important detox mechanism), but metals play a huge factor in cellular health, which, when impaired, can cause many symptoms and diseases.
Now, you may have heard that deodorant alone isn’t enough to cause any serious issues, but how about when added to all the other ways we are exposed to heavy metals? Mercury fillings, contaminated water sources (prevalent in Utah), immunizations, etc. Using a natural deodorant will limit your exposure to aluminum as well as other chemicals that are usually added, and help your body detox. There are many brands and methods, and you may have to try several to find what works for your body, but here are a few suggestions:
Lemon: rub a fresh lemon slice on your armpits and let dry. Works better as you go along, so it may take a few days, but once it works it is extremely effective!
Apple Cider Vinegar: put some vinegar on a cotton ball, dab onto armpits and let dry. I promise the vinegar smell goes away as soon as it’s dry!
Essential Oils: some people have great success using just essential oils. The best ones for reducing smell are tea tree and lemongrass.
Now for a deodorant recipe that works beautifully!
Kelli’s Homemade Deodorant
6-8 Tbsp coconut oil (solid) 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred) Several drops of essential oil- (lavender & tea tree are a must. Some other good ones are frankincense, any citrus oil and peppermint)
- Combine the equal portions of baking soda & arrowroot powder.
- Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or fork until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be a similar texture to commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken.
- You can either scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispenser or place in a small glass container with lid and apply with fingers each use. Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.
*If irritation starts to occur (from the baking soda), mix 1 Tbsp. distilled water with 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar. Dab it on your pits and allow to dry before putting on the deodorant.
*Try replacing 1/3 of the coconut oil for Shea butter to keep the consistency more stable (helpful during the summer).
Any of the above suggestions can also work for sweaty hands and feet!
Also, you are invited to our FREE class about Chronic Fatigue! We will be discussing cell function and health.