BODY ODOR

ESSENTIAL OILS

Tea Tree. Has properties that destroy odor-causing bacteria on skin.

Lemongrass. Acts as a safe, natural deodorizer.

Patchouli. Can be used to naturally mask body odor.

Bergamot. Prevents the growth of germs that cause body odor.

Research
A 2006 report stated that tea tree oil contains active ingredients that significantly reduce harmful bacteria that grow on skin.

Home Remedy
DIY Deodorant. Mix 1⁄2 cup of coconut oil and 1⁄2 cup of baking soda in a bowl. Add in 40 to 60 drops of essential oils and store in a deodorant container. Recommendations for women: lavender, jasmine, lemon and sage. Recommendations for men: sandalwood, cypress, bergamot and rosemary.

Background
Although sweat itself is fairly odorless when skin is clean, once the bacteria that live on skin mixes with sweat, they multiply and begin to leave an unpleasant odor. The sweatiest areas are usually the smelliest, including armpits, back, chest, feet and between the legs. That’s because these areas tend to have more sweat-producing follicles and are also dark, warm, moist environments that nurture bacteria. Human body odors change throughout the life cycle, as does someone’s ability to detoxify through their pores. So, unless you are part of the lucky 2 percent of people who carry an unusual form of a specific gene that means their underarms never smell, you need the help of natural remedies to keep odor at bay.

Suggested Supplements

» Super Greens. Take one scoop of an organic greens formula with sea vegetables, grass juices, vegetables and herbs, all of which help alkalize the body.

» Soil-Based Probiotics. Good bacteria such as bacillus subtilis may help clear the digestive tract of odor-causing yeasts (candida) and pathogenic bacteria from the body.