Body Odor
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Natural Remedies for Body Odor

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Tonya (Fl) on 08/09/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Hello I'm 52 and never had arm pit oder but I think the change in hormones has changed my chemistry. I'be tried so many natural deodorants and I just smell myself through the scent.

M.O.M (milk of magnesia) has been the savior! If you put it in a roll-on deodorant bottle you can add one drop of lavender or lemon oil or whatever antibacterial essential oil you like. it's all day odor protection.

Baking Soda
Posted by Cibitka (Here&There, EU) on 06/26/2016 6 posts
5 out of 5 stars

For those who suffer from rash and irritated arm pits after using Baking Soda as a deodorant:

Make sure that you:
- buy Baking Soda and not Baking Powder (two different things)
- buy Baking Soda that was grinded very finely - the more grainy it is the more possible irritation
- don't apply Baking Soda on freshly shaved/depilated areas (leave the areas rest at least overnight)

My protocol of applying BS:
(I depilate my armpits.)
1. I apply BS in the morning.
2. I take about half of a teaspoon of BS and put it to my palm.
3. I wet the BS with enough water drops to make thick paste.
4. From that palm I take half of the paste amount on fingers of my other hand and I spread it under one armpit.
5. Then I spread the other half of the paste amount under the other armpit, just using the 'original' palm of the hand on which I did the paste. (so I end up with both palms with BS leftovers)
6. I allow the BS to dry out completely before I put on any clothes.
7. I use a towel or cloth to buff away excess BS from my armpits. But I make sure I don't rub. I just pat one or two times under each armpit. I like to do this over a carpeted room, as 1.) BS gets odours from carpets and helps to keep them clean. and 2.) it cracks unpleasantly when walked over on bathroom tiles...
8. Only afterwards I put on clothes.

When following this protocol, I have never experienced any issues with BS and I use it daily for already more than two years.
Also in southern EU countries, which get very hot during summer.

Armpit Massage
Posted by Smiggy (Singapore) on 07/28/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I have been struggling with armpit smell for the last few years and tried some of the remedies suggested in this website and even changing diet a little.

I do see some result when I do a fruit and veggie detox and the smell is not so much. Although those natural spray like apple cider vinegar or baking soda helps but it only mask the smell and did not totally get rid of the armpit smell. (my wife ensures that I know it smells)

Recently, I am studying into meridian massage and it has come to my understanding that if a part of the body is not function properly, it is because of meridian blockage. Meridians are like rivers and streams all over the body (western medicine will not get this as they see nothing when they cut open a person) but it can be proven that it exist.

I understood also that since my armpits smell on a hot day and even after a shower or worst, on waking up, it must be blocked. (like a river, it smells if the outlet is blocked.) So each day, during showering, I start to massage the meridians under the armpit.

These 3 things I do when I shower:

1)Soap the armpit generously and find the deepest point in the armpit and massage slowly and deeply.
2) After that, clench your fist and rub down against the armpit and surrounding area.
3) Use index finder and thumb and massage or squeeze to release the tension in the muscles between the chest and armpit and between the back muscle and armpit.

This I do for one or 2 sessions and viola, all my smell is 90% gone and one week later, I could confidently go out without any armpit spray. Mind you, where I am staying is hot and humid and armpit spray is a must.

Now, I can say that its almost 100% cure. No drugs, no medicine, nothing to apply. Pure meridian massage. (if u are not sure about the meridian points, its ok, just follow the steps I shown)

Last but not least, do not get carried away and think that diet is not important. While I am not a vegetarians, I do not consume fast food and do cut down on processed food a lot.

I also believed the blockage under the arm is due to the years of doing sports and injuries on the shoulders and the injuries did not healed properly. So if u feel pain underarm when you massage it, take it easy and slow.

Like me, I am more or less having an armpit smell free live now. Hope this will help a lot of people.

Posted by Melanie (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin) on 11/11/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I was looking at Apple Cider Vinegar uses and came across post. For underarm odor. Rub underarm with lemon, cut the end off rub on, when it looks done cut off the slice and use new end. I have to tell you I was not convinced, but happened to have a lemon so thought what the heck do I have to loose. I used it and went to work, I did take my deoderant just in case. I am blown away! I had really strong body odor and persperation and had to change deoderant often as they would stop working.

This really works for me! No odor or persperation at all. I had to share and thank you to the original sharer! I love Earth Clinic!!!

Posted by Hauwa (Abuja, Nigeria) on 02/03/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Use iodine under the the ampit for body odor. Onne application last for a week. This effectively takes off even a very strong body odor. I do not know of any permanent cure for body odor

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Back2nature (Washington, Dc) on 07/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I have struggled with body odor all of my life. I was always the kid that got the "outdoors" smell after playing. I was using Arrid XX-Dry as a pre-teen. Then, I was forced to rotate deodorants and soaps/body wash to tame the BO problem. Arm & Hammer's Naturals line was working for me up until recently when my BO started to rage. I stumbled upon the MOM solution. I'm not sure why it took me years to locate this type.

MOM gets the job done. Here are a few tips to making MOM cure you BO:

1. Thoroughly wash your trouble area(s) with a CLEAN and/or new cloth.

2. Either use a natural soap or home ready that will clean your arms pits (note: a loofa maybe helpful to in eliminating dead skin).

3. Clean your clothes thoroughly. I used Odoban in my rinse cycle to cut the odor and/or bacteria that may have harvested in my clothes.

4. Get a small spray bottle and add MOM. Apply to clean and dry arm pits. Allow to fully air dry before applying on clothes. For those with darker complexions, applying oils after the MOM has dried will eliminate "deodorant" stains on the arm pits.

Now go out and be BO free :-)

Flax Seed
Posted by Kathie (Houston, United States) on 05/13/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I struggled with body odor (it smelled like old lunch meat... To be so discriptive! ). I started taking flax seed for other reasons (fiber intake and hormones). The body odor receded, but I do not know why... Either because I was having more active bowel movements or it changed my hormones. I am just happy I don't stink anymore!

Now, my husband struggles from a sore back, and no, it is not related to a vitamin/ mineral or exercise issue... He stinks! Because he bathes only once a week. If he would only shower more I would not make him sleep on the sofa! Hence the back problem would be solved! LOL

Posted by Jane (Durham, Oregon, Usa) on 11/08/2010
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Fresh limes, (not lemons for some reason unknown to me) cut in half and save half in fridge and use other half under arms and pits at top of legs after shower and allow to dry (I use blow dryer) lasts 2-3 days for me. Three limes of any size a week should be enough unless you are a daily shower person. We are all individual but the salt deoderant stopped for me and I learned of this and it works amazingly for me!! Gotta love it!

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Annrae (Manassas, Virginia) on 08/30/2011
5 out of 5 stars

This is a miracle! I still sweat from my hyperhidrosis, but the smell is gone!! Even my feet no longer smell! Milk of Magnesium has saved me so much embarassment I can't believe it. As an added bonus, the skin under my arms is no longer irritated and bumpy-it is smooth just like any other part of my body. Try it-it is the ONLY thing that has worked for me!

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Roxanne (Ny, NY) on 07/12/2011
4 out of 5 stars

maxipress I was like you, I was funky since puberty, I was soooo embarassed, nothing worked, so u can imgaine being a teen then and smelling like a damn onion, omg, it was hard to work as a young adult, one time someone sprayed aerisole as I passed by, I wanted to cry but it was not my fault, all fthe soaps deorderants every damn thing did not work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I tried and tried and learned to live with the embarassment all these years, Im 42 now, so almost 31 years with this shame, I tried the MOM yesterday, this is only the second day, but no onion smell, could this be real? and it was 90 degrees today, usually I would smell by the time I got to the train, like 10 min walk, I smelled nothing, I hope Im not dreaming, I will post in a few days

Earth Clinic you are God sent, I also had some luck with another ailment too BV and I posted there too, I have to update by this sunday, Im ododr free!!! Thank god!!

Baking Soda
Posted by Maria (Bellflower, CA, USA) on 05/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Gina from Rizal. I have the same problem as yours but I started to have body odor when I was in 4th Grade. It was a rainy day and I grab someone's jacket to go outside. And after that I suffered with body odor. It is humiliating. People cover their nose when I am close to them or when they come close to me. I tried many kinds of deodorant and nothing works. I am socially isolated. I wish I can just go hide in the farm or something but I can't because of my family. I had surgery to decrease the swelling on my hands and armpits but I still stink! A month ago, I had botox done to my armpits, but I still stink!

I was frustrated. I pray to God everyday to help me. My prayer was answered when I searched the web and found this website(Thank you for having this website to people like us). I read this website two nights ago and I went to the store at 1230 am to buy the stuff I need. I was desperate, I used it the following day. IT WORKS! After having my busiest day ever at work, I did not stink. I thank God for showing me this website. My co-worker made a comment that I smell good! It's been 2 days now that I used it and I am elated for being bo free.

Posted by Coregon (Medford, Or) on 08/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

This is in response to your great idea for using iodine for deodorant. Using iodine in armpits has other benefits as well. Iodine is known for discouraging breast cysts and is also thought to be a deterrent to breast cancer. Since you use it under the arms.. It will get into lymph glands.. Very beneficial as deodorant and in getting iodine into glands near breasts! (Note: I suggest using the decolorized iodine to avoid "orange armpits" :) If you can't find decolorized iodine.. put some vitamin C powder in a small amount of filtered water and put on over the iodine.. It decolorizes the iodine AND Vitamin C is also a great natural deodorant! I also take Lugol's iodine orally as a deodorizing benefit, as well as the many other benefits of iodine. Have I mentioned.. I LOVE THIS SITE! All these people sharing resources and spreading knowledge.. Wish the world operated this way.. Sharing knowledge and caring for one another in this way!

Golden Raisins
Posted by Brian (NV) on 10/30/2022
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I've found golden raisins to be a miraculous remedy for bad body odor and strong smelling stools. I find the jumbo golden raisins to be moist and taste very good. I find them at Sprouts in the bins. (Whole Foods might have them also, but I haven't checked.) The black raisins work also, but not quite as well.

Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 07/19/2020 36 posts
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Lemon for body odor works great. I use bottled lemon juice because I don't normally have fresh lemons on hand. I put some in a small spray bottle and keep it in the refrigerator.

Severe Body Odor
Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn) on 04/13/2017

HI U OLE PATOOTS DOIN,,,,,,,,,, this is not original with me, but I read a Sports Illustrated article on the subject many years ago and decided to resurrect it based on a recent EC post. You have two kinds of is thermal and the other is emotional. The thermal kind comes from all your body, but the emotional comes from a different set of glands that are located on your feet, palms and armpits. If you are afraid of dogs then your scent glands tell the dog that and it causes it grief and it will bite you. Whereas, you nearby friend is not afraid of dogs and does not put out this scent so the dog is not alarmed by them. He wags his tail at them.

I have been in many a meeting where the room was cool, but some were sweating profusely under their arms. Dear hearts, they were in nervous city. Thermal sweat has no odor unless you don't bath and it turns putrid. Emotional sweat always has a foul odor, and if you let your armpit hair go, only makes it worse. Our dad always made us trim our under arm hair. He was ahead of his time. I had several friends who were clean, but stunk to high heaven. My regret is that I never told them. Guess I was not a good friend after all. Here is the article from yesteryear.

I know dang well that this will send 99% of you to school on sweat.


Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia) on 06/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Body/underarm odour. Yeah.

Milk of magnesia has long been used to get rid of body odour. Alas it is no longer available for sale in Australia, but there are aluminum-free deodorants online made with milk of magnesia. It worked a treat for my smelly pits - finally, something that worked!

Posted by Tom (Bristol, Uk) on 12/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Have detox baths 3 times per week with a cup of himalayan salts. Everyday when you shower soak a washcloth in hot water with himalayan salt dissolved in it and hold the warm washcloth under each armpit for a number of minutes. The salt will draw out any impurities and kill and bacteria. Dont use soap underarms just scrub lightly with this cloth after holding it there for a while. Thats it. No more smell.

Milk of Magnesia
Posted by Leesa (El Cerrito, Ca, Usa) on 11/14/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Milk of Magnesia is AWESOME! I have had an odor problem and tried so many things that did not work. I would start to smell after taking a shower? All I know is the MOM works like a charm for me. I emptied one of my old roll-ons and added MOM and ready to go. Must dry before you put your clothes on. Good Luck. Thanks!

Baking Soda
Posted by Naturalgirl (Lansing, Mi) on 10/31/2012
5 out of 5 stars

A simple, but effective answer for armpit odor is a dusting of baking soda every morning... A miracle solution! And some people choose one other answer... Rubbing virgin coconut oil on their armpits. I believe the baking soda is best.

Coriander Oil
Posted by Cendriyon (Springs, Gauteng, South-africa) on 09/20/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I would like to post this my daughter had a very strong body odour that I tried everything and land on essential oil.

I add few drop of coriander essential oil on her roll-on (men roll-on) and you can't imagine how the smell disapeared like magic its been 3 days now and no more smell.

I can tell you, I know what I am talking about your child jumping on you and that body odour but you have to live with it, it's your child you can not reject her.

Coriander essential oil, give it a try!

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