Body Odor Prevention & Cure
The human body as well as every other animals body produces an odor, this
odor cannot be avoid. It is called body odor, because it is produced by the
body. It is associated with the
feet, groin, rind in general,
armpits, genitalia, pubic hair, and lip. Body smell is mostly influenced by the
leading histocompatibility compound molecules. These are genetically determined
and beat a significant character in exemption of the organism. Some people do
not get as bad body odor, and some people get really bad body odor.
What is it exactly that causes body odor?
At the root of body odor is the perspiration secreted by apcrine glands under
the arms and in the genital region. Acted upon by bacteria, the perspiration
emits a strong body odor. In younger adults and children age 12-20 body odor
is often much stronger due to hormones.
Body odor is not always the result of poor hygiene. It could be that your
deodorant is not doing its job for you. When choosing your deodorant, be sure to
read labels. Look for the ingredient zirconium aluminum, which is more effective
than those containing aluminum chloride. You should also really like the scent
of the deodorant, or you'll be better off choosing unscented.
Bathing: The best way to control body odor is by
bathing daily. It is
caused by bacteria acting upon perspiration and body oils, primarily in the
glandular areas under the arms and near the genitals. Washing away the
bacteria gives you a fresh start, whereas perfumes and lotions merely create a
more complex body bouquet. It's a little like being in a spa but without
having to pay the cost. Plus, bathing can do such wonderful things for your
skin, your psyche, and your looks.
Bathing has been known to lift
depression and helps you
sleep. A soothing bath has been known to relieve menstrual cramps.
Apply a deodorant: The best time to apply a deodorant or antiperspirant is
after a shower or bath so that your body will not have had time to develop
sweat. Make sure that the area under your arm is completely dry before
applying your deodorant so that its strengths will not be diluted in any way.
Always be sure to wait a couple of minutes before dressing so that the
deodorant or antiperspirant doesn't rub off on your clothes. Depending on the
weather and your level of activity, it's possible to work up enough of the
sweat later in the day that you might need to reapply your products.
To make a basic deodorant powder, use ½ cup of baking soda; ½ cup of corn
starch, and a few drops of essential oils such as lavender or cinnamon. Mix
together and pat on.
For a basic liquid deodorant, use ¼ cup each witch hazel extract;
aloe vera gel;
mineral water; one teaspoon vegetable glycerin, and a few drops of antibacterial
essential oils such as lavender or tea tree. Combine the ingredients. Shake.
The difference between a deodorant and an antiperspirant is
simple. A deodorant covers up odor from any perspiration, usually with a
fragrance. An antiperspirant actually plugs the opening of armpit sweat
glands so that the perspiration never reaches the
skin's surface. Some
health experts recommend using a deodorant so that you don't stop your body
from sweating, which is natural and
healthy. Others state that it won't hurt
you to stop the action of a few sweat glands since you've got so many all
over your body.
Add some Salt- go to the grocery store and pick up some sea salt. You'll
find it in the baking aisle along with everyday salt. Each time before you
step into the bath, take two teaspoons of sea salt and add it to a teaspoon of
vinegar. Massage this mixture on dry legs before stepping into the bath. Don't
worry about the salt being in your bath. Salt will help keep your bath water
warm for a longer period of time. Why? Salt slows the transfer of heat from
the water to the air.
If you suffer from
oily skin, cut up some overripe lemons, oranges, or
grapefruits. Citrus acids kill bacteria and removes impurities. They dry up
any excess oil. You'll love the way it smells. It's the ultimate
Be sure to wear clean underwear and clothes every day, preferably garments
of natural materials (silk, wool, cotton) that allow air to circulate.
Drink Plenty of
Wash the underarm at least twice daily with germicidal soap. You need two
soaps in your bath, firstly a deodorant soap for your genitals, feet, and
underarms (areas where you perspire) and a facial soap for your face, arms,
hair in the armpits may also help control odor.
Daily elimination helps your body to remove harmful waste substances.
Avoid drinking caffeine or alcohol because both these liquids are
Here's a secret to toweling off. Put some body lotion on a washcloth and pat
yourself dry, starting at your feet and working your way up. This
seals in the moisture from your bath and leaves your skin silky smooth.
Body odor can disgust people easily, what smells not so bad to you, may be
the worst thing someone else has smelled, it is important to keep your body odor