Any strenuous activity in hot summers can result in sweating and strong body odor. The culprit is not sweat itself, but the bacteria that use sweaty skin as a breeding ground. You can fight the bacteria by showering regularly with soap and using natural antiperspirant. Also be sure to wash workout clothes often. If body odor persists, try avoiding smelly foods like garlic and onions and try our natural remedies to get rid of body odor.
Caution: Antiperspirants may clog your sweat glands and contain aluminium chlorohydrate, which may lead to future health problems.
Factors contributing to strong body odor
While bacteria are the primary cause, there may be other underlying causes like; excessive sweating, low blood sugar, metabolic dysfunction, menopause, or even emotional stress (anger, fear, excitement) that can aggravate the condition. Any imbalances in metabolism or diet, resulting in constipation may also result in stronger odors.
Some individuals cannot metabolize foods containing large amounts of choline, such as eggs, fish, liver and legumes. This results in a “fishy” smell. Certain foods and drinks, such as onions, garlic, coffee, and alcohol, are also prime causes of body odor.
Natural remedies to get rid of strong body odor
Follow these simple yet effective remedies to fight strong body odor
Take regular shower
Bath daily, twice a day to remove the bacteria from your skin, specially after any strenuous activity or sports .
Scrub with washcloth
Scrub the armpits with a soapy washcloth, as that will work better to remove the bacteria than soap.
Lemon olive homemade bath scrubs
Use homemade bath powders. You can quickly make a homemade bath scrub with 2 cups of fine sea salt, one table spoon lemon zest and half cup of olive oil. Mix them all in a jar and leave for an hour and then use it to wash off the bacteria, it is preferable as it helps fight bacteria better than regular soaps. This simple scrub comes with rave reviews. Using natural ingredients found in your kitchen you will be able to refresh your skin this summer and beyond
Try rosemary bath salts
Rosemary Bath Salts Ingredients 3 parts sea salt (I used 3/4 cup) 1 part Epsom salt (I used 1/4 cup) 2 tbsp baking soda 10-15 drops Rosemary essential oil Directions Combine all ingredients together, making sure that no water comes into contact with any of the ingredients. To use, place a tbsp or two of salts in a warm bath. This refreshing bath salts help fight body odors as backing soda kills the bacteria that feed on perspiration to produce the funky smell. You can also add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your bath three times a week to see results in a week time.
Tomato juice soak
It you have a severe body odor problem, soak yourself for 15 minutes in a tub of water after adding about three cups of tomato juice
Wear loose fitting clothes
Clothing is an often overlooked area. Loose-fitting clothes allow the body to breathe better than tight clothes, so wear loose clothes.
Avoid synthetic fabric use cotton
Synthetic fabrics for shoes and clothes do not allow the body to breathe, so use cotton fabrics. Wash your clothes often!
Avoid these foods to reduce body odor
Certain foods, such as meat, onions, garlic, exotic spices, and drinks such as coffee and alcohol can lead to body odor. Try to avoid or reduce intake of these foods from your diet and see the difference.
Tobacco use is also a major cause for body odor. Not only does it come back through your lungs, but also through the skin.
Extreme stress can also lead to temper tantrums, aggression and irritability, which leads to an increased production of sweat, and body odor. Therefore, tone down that temper and adopt relaxation techniques to fight stress.
Use tea tree oil
Tea tree oil can be used as an essential oil by putting it in your bath water. Not only does it have relaxing properties, but it also helps to banish offensive body odor.
The juice of a turnip is very effective in eliminating body odor. Mix some turnip juice in your bath water and have a bath with this water to get rid of body odor. Turnip juice reduces underarm odour for up to 10 hours. Grate a turnip; squeeze the juice through cheesecloth, so that you have two teaspoons full of juice. Wash your armpits with it.
Triphala an herbal astringent
An excellent astringent, that tightens the skin and closes open pores is made by soaking one tablespoonful of triphala powder in a small glass of water for six to eight hours. Filter and use externally, preferably cold.
Radish and glycerin
Alternately, juice about two-dozen radishes, and 1/4 teaspoonful of glycerin, and store in a squirt or spray-top bottle. Use as an under-arm deodorant. It will also help in reducing the foot odor.
Take 500 mg of wheat grass on an empty stomach and wash down with a glass of water.
Apple cider vinegar as deodorant
Sounds weird, but its true that apple cider vinegar eliminates underarm body odor when used in place of deodorant.
Alum a natural antiperspirant
Try using Alum, made from the sulphate of aluminium and potash. It will not keep you dry as an antiperspirant will, but antiperspirants may clog your sweat glands and contain aluminium chlorohydrate, which may lead to future health problems.
Rose water as a deodorant
Put a few drops of rose water into the bath tub before taking bath. You will not require a deodorant after the bath. Rose water is an effective home remedy for body odor. For severe body odor, you may need to increase the number of drops of rose water you put in the bath tub.
Lime a natural deodorant
Slice a lime and apply it to under arms. Its a natural deodorant. You can use it for one week. Just label it and keep it in a refrigerator.
Witch Hazel and Essential Oil Spray
Simply adding some drops of essential oil to a spray bottle filled with witch hazel is a simple and easy deodorant. Most essential oils are also antimicrobial, which also helps to improve smells wafting on an especially hot summer day. Some of my favorites are pine, lavender, citrus and sage.