Have you sat close to someone with an unpleasant body odour that you could not withstand it? Body odour could be annoying and can even lead to low self esteem. Well as humans we all have a smell because our body carries out metabolic processes that tend to produce sweat, you could be favored not to be aware of this. Body odour is the perceived unpleasant smell our bodies produces when bacteria that live on the surface of the skin break down sweat into acids. Poor hygiene could lead to body odour because it gives room for the bacterial that break down sweat to breed, hot and humid weather, recent exercise or eating of certain foods like garlic.
Body odour is not limited to the armpits alone, as it is the popular belief of some people. It can occur on any point of the body, but particularly at junctures of joints (such as waist, behind the knees, elbows, underneath the chest), belly button, genitals, anus, behind the ear and our feet.
Are you struggling with body odour or you want to improve your body smell ? Why not try these amazing home remedies for body odour and banish yours to the darkness!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
A home remedy, apple cider vinegar works by changing the pH of your skin surface, so that it becomes inhabitable to bacteria living there. However, due to the fact that apple cider vinegar have an highly offensive smell, it may be unbearable to have it on your body all day long. Try applying to body just before your bath, or dilute in a bit of water to reduce the intensity of the smell.
2. Use A Mild Hydrogen Peroxide Solution
Hydrogen peroxide have been used for years due to its many uses. Hydrogen peroxide is also very effective in combating body odour due to the anti-bacterial properties it possesses. 5 ml of a 3% solution diluted in a cup of water and applied with a washcloth over the body helps to reduce bacterial colonies and can be a cure to excessive body odor. Be careful not to apply it to the mouth and eyes.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is a very useful component of the household, it acts primarily to neutralize odours and suppress bacterial growth by altering skin pH. Baking soda can be applied as powder, but may be better suited when made into a “cake” by combining with a little water and lemon juice. This can then be applied to the armpit and left for a while before being washed off. Most deodorants actually contain baking soda as an ingredient thanks to its proven utility in managing body odour.
4. Drinking Green Tea Daily
Green tea is well establish for its benefits on health, but it can also reduce the severity of body odour thanks to its anti-oxidant and detoxifying properties. Regular green tea consumption helps promote removal of toxins via the kidneys and liver, reducing the likelihood of the metabolites being secreted in sweat. The tannins found in green tea also improve skin health and reduce excessive sebum production.
5. Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol is an excellent solution to cool you down when applied to the skin on hot days, but more so it kills bacteria and slows their reproduction. Alcohol also acts as an astringent to close the pores and reduce active sweating. Alcohol also usually overpowers body odours scent, and is safe for regular usage making it an excellent home remedy.
6. Lemon Juice
Freshly squeezed lemon juice can also help treat excessive body odour and leave you smelling fresh for hours. Lemon, while acidic, is base forming, meaning that it can alter pH and make it difficult for bacteria to grow. Lemon extract may be effective for reducing odour, but won’t necessarily address the issue of bacterial overgrowth. Apply half of a cut lemon to problem areas of the body a few minutes before your bath for a powerful neutralizing action.
Alum crystals have multiple uses ranging from the treatment of mouth ulcers, to preserving foods and to also reducing body odor. Alum based deodorants are already available in many parts of the world as it has been established as an anti-perspirant and anti-bacterial remedy when applied to the body.
8. Eat More Yogurt
While yogurt may come packaged, it is still considered a home remedy as it is natural and should not have preservatives. Yogurt can be both consumed and applied to the skin, where it encourages the growth of helpful bacteria in the intestines. Applied to the skin, it can also alter the pH and kill bacterial living on the surface, or at least reduce their density.