For women, the proximity of our armpits to our breasts makes it especially important to choose deodorants that are as natural as possible. Creating your own natural homemade deodorant is a wonderful, and economically way to take care of your pits, your detox pathways, your breasts and smell good too!
Your underarms are full of lymphatic channels and node that help detoxify your body; sweat glands and natural bacteria that eat up your sweat! Sorry if TMI! It’s the waste created from these sweat eating bacteria that causes odour.
Deodorants are designed to eliminate BO by changing the acidity levels of your skin which make it less attractive a place for bacteria to live.
Some bacteria in your armpits, and indeed everywhere on your skin are beneficial and help support good digestion and Vit. D production. Too much bacteria is not so good!
As well as urination and defecation, sweating is a major toxin excretion pathway in the body. You want to keep these channels open and clear to help remove waste and toxins!
Different to deodorants, Antiperspirants include aluminium-based salts which plug up (aka block!) your sweat glands. Antiperspirants are considered a drug rather than a cosmetic, because they change the body’s natural process of sweating.
This creates a lack of moisture so bacteria die off and odours are reduced, but it also means any toxins can’t get out and are reabsorbed into your lymph and blood stream, thus staying longer in your body and creating more inflammation and irritation.
Your liver must, again, deal with them and hopefully send them out via other channels.
The aluminium compounds in antiperspirants may also affect estrogen receptors in breast tissue… not good!
Using deodorants that have aluminium or chemically made perfumes (phthalates), can lead to an increase of artificially created estrogens (xenoestrogens) in the body.
These xenoestrogens are hard for the liver to break down and flush from the body. They mimic estrogen and can contribute to the growths of breast cancer, cysts, fibroids and endometriosis.
Creating your own natural deodorant will help keep your lymphatic channels and breast tissue clean and clear of nasties.
Create Your Own Easy Homemade Natural Deodorant
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup aluminium free baking soda – Check your health food shop to find this. I use the Red Mill Brand.
1/4 cup arrowroot starch or tapioca flour
6 to 10 drops of essential oils – I like to use Lavendar 10 drops, Cedarwood 2 drops and a very little bit of Bergamot 2 drops.
**Please note – most citrus essential oils are too strong for the delicate underarm skin. Avoid using lemon, orange, bergamot (may be ok for some), grapefruit or mandarin oils.
Melt your coconut oil until it is soft and slightly liquid.
Mix together the baking soda and arrowroot or tapioca flour.
The stir in the coconut oil until it is all blended.
Add essential oils, if desired.
Place the mixture in a clean glass jar or small flat tin.
The coconut oil will solidify in cold temperatures and be liquid when it is warm.
To use, scoop out a small pea sized amount. If it is solid, warm between your fingers until it turns soft and apply to one armpit. Repeat for the other!
If liquid, simply dip your finger in, stir to make sure the powder is mixed with the oil and apply.
Enjoy your natural and effective deodorant!
Let me know if you give this a go in the comments below! Or share if you have found another great natural deodorant recipe!