Don't Sweat It - There's A Natural Solution
Do you perspire, sweat or glow? However you choose to describe it, sweating is a totally natural process that we all experience every day. And it happens for a very good reason.
Like it or not, sweating is good for your health. For starters, it's how we regulate our temperature, so that our bodies don't overheat. It also allows our bodies to eliminate toxins, to better support our immune systems.
Yet we have been doing everything we possibly can to fight sweat and body odour since around the time of the ancient Egyptians. Obsessed with smelling sweet, they tried using perfume, incense, even carob and porridge as deodorants! The Romans doused everything in perfume, including their pets and their horses.
By the time we hit the Middle Ages - and the Church said getting naked was a sin - even in the bath, personal hygiene went out the window.
The first official deodorant was launched in 1888, and was a paste called 'Mum'. The first antiperspirant quickly followed, and that was Everdry. And that was pretty much pure aluminium chloride! And therein we have the problem.
Reasons To Make The Switch To Natural
- Standard antiperspirants work like this. Aluminium ions are absorbed into the cells that line our sweat ducts. This causes the cells to swell, thus blocking the ducts and stopping the sweat. Sounds good in theory, right? Trouble is, aluminium is a neurotoxin. And we have several lymph nodes just under our armpit skin. Put the two together and you're looking at all sorts of health risks.
- Most people use something on their armpits every day, which can lead to long-term exposure to aluminium if you go down that path. Imagine how much healthier your immune system would be if you used a natural alternative.
- Natural deodorants don't stop you from sweating, but prevent the odour from the bacteria in sweat from developing. Result: your body gets to function properly, while you still smell sweet!
Your Natural Choices
- Himalayan Salt: We eat it, we put it in the bath, we make lamps from it - and now you can use it as a deodorant! Apply to clean, wet skin for an invisible layer of protection that helps prevent that odour-causing bacteria. It won't block or clog your pores, and comes in a handy deodorant bar.
- Crystal Deodorant: Crystal deodorant stones actually contain a natural form of aluminium. However, the molecules are too large to be absorbed by your skin, thus reducing the risks. Again, this product works by neutralising the odour-causing bacteria.
- Citronella Oil: One of the many uses of this amazing essential oil is that it can help reduce excessive perspiration. Pure citronella oil should never be applied directly to your skin. Instead, mix a few drops with a carrier oil and rub into your armpits.
- Witch Hazel: This natural astringent is excellent for controlling facial sweating. Apply a thin layer using cotton wool.
- Other essential oils that work well as natural deodorants are lemongrass, lavender, tea tree, and rosemary.