Get rid of your smelly underarms and feet with these natural remedies
- Body odour is caused by sweat and bacteria.
- Feet and underarms release embarrassing odour.
- You can use deodorants to fight off the odour.
- You can also try natural remedies to get rid of body odour.
None of us enjoy bad odour whether it comes from your own underarms or feet or from the person sitting next to you. Although mild body odour is normal however excessive or unpleased body odour may leave your feeling embarrassed.
Certain body parts such as feet and underarms release strong and unpleasant odour when the sweat glands are overactive. However, your sweat is only partially responsible for the bad odour because unpleasant odour occurs when your body sweat mixes with bacteria. As you may know bacteria is known to flourish quickly in an environment which is warm and moist, so your sweaty underarms and feet provide them the perfect breading grounds.
Apart from the bacteria mixed sweat, your poor hygiene, deficiencies of nutrients, gastrointestinal problems such as chronic constipation and underlying medical conditions like liver or diabetes can also result in unbearable smell.
You can always buy deodorants, roll-ons and perfumes to tackle the problem of body odour, but these products can only solve the problem temporarily. However, there are several natural remedies that are not only easily available in every household but are also very effective in getting rid of smelly underarms and feet.
Below are some effective natural remedies that you can make use of to shun the bad odour.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Known for its anti-bacterial properties, apple cider vinegar is one of the most effective remedies to get rid of underarms smell as it fights off against the bacterial growth, thus, preventing your sweat from mixing with bacteria. Take few drops of apple cider in a bowl and dip a cotton ball in it. Now use this cotton ball to wipe your underarms. Doing so, will reduce the pH of the skin and thereby reducing the armpit odour.
Another effective remedy for curing underarm and foot odour is baking soda. It neutralizes the pH of the sweat and helps reduce growth of bacteria. Take a tablespoon of baking soda along with a tablespoon of lemon juice and mix them well. Now apply this mixture on your armpits. Leave it for some time and later wash off with clean water. To get rid of foot odour, take a tablespoon of baking soda in one litre of water and use it to soak your feet for 15-20 minutes every night for every week.
The acidic nature of lemon juice works wonders when it comes to eliminating bacteria. It also helps reduce the pH of the skin. Cut open a fresh lemon into two halves. Rub one half of the lemon on your underarms. Let the juice dry for some time then wash it off with cold water. Try this remedy regularly for best results.
Tea tree oil
Full of antibacterial and antiseptic properties, tea tree oil is excellent in killing bacteria present on the skin thereby eliminating body odour. Besides, being an astringent, it helps control sweating. Add two drops of tea tree oil in two tablespoon of water. Transfer the solution to a spray bottle and use it in place of store bought deodorant.
You can also seek help of epsom salt, that has numerous health benefits for skin and health, to get rid of body odour problem. Epsom salt fights against microbial infection and neutralizes foot odour. Take two teaspoons of Epsom salt in a half a bucket of warm water and soak your feet in it for about 10-15 minutes every night.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Nov 15, 2016
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