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Natural Remedies for Body Odor

Coriander Oil

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Posted by Cendriyon (Springs, Gauteng, South-africa) on 09/20/2012

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!

Corn Starch

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Posted by Pat (Ballwin, MO) on 08/23/2008

Another good deodorant is CORN STARCH baby powder. Do not use powders with TALC! If you stop using soap and begin using shower gels that are clear, the Corn Starch Baby Powder does the trick.


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Posted by Taylor M. (Florida ) on 01/23/2018

I am so excited to be sharing with the natural community and contributing to the body of knowledge. I had been doing research for many years focusing on body odor and have tried several remedies and prescription deodorants until I did more research about the the organs and their individual connection to the human body. I realized that being healthy begins with the gut and having a healthy gut flora helps you to rid any disease. I began upping my probiotic intake as well as focusing on the urinary tract and I decided to try Cranberries.

I made fresh cranberry juice and drank a half of glass and noticed that my pungent body odor had vanished. In order to rid yourself of body odor you have to treat the underlying issue. So not only is FRESH cranberry juice good for the urinary tract, but it eliminates body odor as well!

Deodorant Recipe

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Posted by Tx Kel (Frisco, Tx, USA) on 04/12/2013

I didn't find this recipe for deodorant antiperspirant on the site. So I thought I would share. A friend of mine shared this recipe. I love it! It is easy and works as well as aluminum ones!! I should also add that I live in Texas and it gets hot here!!


  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup corn starch or arrow root powder
  • 6-8 tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
  • (lots of people add a fragrance. I like the coconut smell and it goes away)

Note: I had a reaction (hives) to cornstarch after shaving. So I tried arrow root. It seems to work as well, but no reaction.

Note: Melt the coconut oil by putting the tub in a bowl of hot water. Use all 8 Tb if you want more moisture, more smell, or have problems like a reaction / hives.

Sift both powders to remove lumps. With an electric beater (or by hand) beat in the oil until there are no lumps and its fluffy. (Run your fingers through it)

Spoon it into any small jar. It will turn hard if you refrigerate it for about 15 minutes. You may have to do this twice, but after 2 weeks of sitting in my bathroom drawer mine is very firm and doesn't get soft. ( Maybe it takes time to really firm up? ). It makes about 2 baby food jars. Apply a pea size amount. I do reapply at night if its hot. Some people put it into an old deodorant tube after making it. I have not tried this. Enjoy!!


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Posted by Caleb (Calgary, Ab, Canada) on 06/21/2012

This is first hand experience. I used to have very strong under arm odor. I was working in the office as an IT personnel so no sweating and during the day I had to visit the washroom sometimes more than once and use the commercial hand soap to work up a lather on my underarm then use some wet paper towels to wipe so it wouldn't be so smelly and embarassing. I used to smell myself so I know that others could smell me too. I tried so many things including ACV which worked great - for days on end but it'll come back. One day I decided to do a liver cleanse using epsom salts, grapefruit juice etc as I read that it's a great way to detox the liver. I did about 6 of these. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least that my smelly under arm odor vanished. Not only that but my stool used to smell (very bad) and that too disappeared. What happened was my colon needed a cleanse and the liver cleanse with the salts did that. The odor has not returned and that was about 4 years ago. I have gone for 3 days without taking a shower just to test it and there's none. I work all day doing whatever and exercise and even if I sweat there's no odor. It's wonderful! The body has to find a way to get rid of what is decomposing in the colon otherwise it'll poison the entire body so the odor comes out thru the sweat glands, breath and stool. Now I'm odor-free! Hallelujah!! If I'm contipated for a couple days then there would be a slight smell in the stool but other than that everything is fresh. So do colon cleanses! It'll take the smell away

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)

Can you please give info on how you used the epsom salts for a liver cleanse? Many thanks.

Replied by Mary
(Minneapolis, Mn)

hi Caleb from Calgary, Ab, Canada: I too work in an office setting with no strenuous work. Other than walking to the copier I hardly move but not less than 2-3hr after I get to work the strong under arm odor begins. We are in very tight quarters so hard for any one not to smell me. Can you tell me how you do the colon cleanse because we share some of the same habits such as going to the bathroon lathering up and doing this several times a day to no avail. I now think that people are avoiding walking by me area just so they don't get slapped in the face by the funk! .. Help! I am going to try the liver cleanse because that is the only thing I have not done so far. Everything else that I tried seemed to work for a little while but the odor always comes back. Do you use 100% grapefruit juice or can you use the pink grapefruit juice?? please respond because I think you may have hit upon something here. How many times a day do you do it?? how much do you take?? I'm praying that you have the answer.

Replied by Tamara
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

I can corroborate that a clean liver can mean no body odor, although I haven't done a colon cleanse. I've been doing some of the liver cleansing supplements recommended by Bill. These include magnesium, vitamin C, N-acetyl cysteine, alpha lipoic acid, Co-Q10, B vitamin complex, and milk thistle. I'm not very consistent with taking them, but when I do take them at least twice a day, I notice that I have no underarm odor and I don't use conventional deordorant.

Another observation though, is sometimes when I experiment with taking magnesium and I can get the level just right, I will also not have body odor. I don't know if it's connected at all. However, this is trickier because I've noticed that my body's needs for magnesium change from day to day, depending on diet, stress, sleep, and activity. It is very easy to overdo the Mag and get looser bowels the next day. I haven't experimented much with topical application for therapeutic levels, but I have used body sprays that have Mag oil as a base for the function of deodorant that have worked very well. I also use Milk of Magnesia as a very effective, and cheap, deodorant, which is another form of topical magnesium.

Replied by Caleb

Sorry all, I didn't visit this particular page for a while as you can see. Here's my response to your questions. I'm still happy to say that I don't have underarm odors anymore and I don't use any deodorant. Sometimes I put 2-3 drops of oil (lavender etc just for the accented good smelling oil). I go to work without any deodorant, gone 3 or4 days without taking a shower just to prove that it's not there, shower every 2 or 3 days when I want and I don't smell. Of course there'll be a little body smell but I have to dig my nose in. I did the liver cleanse and it was with grapefruits I bought at the supermarket and squeezed the juice. Do a search for "grapefruit Epsom salts olive oil liver cleanse" and you'll get the formula. However I haven't done that since I did that first post so this is what I do now if I want a colon cleanse. You can google for "sea salt flush". It has to be sea salt – totally unrefined and no additives. Use 2 level teaspoons of sea salt to 1 litre of water (I use filtered water) and drink it on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning before breakfast. Weekends work best for me as I don't have to go to work. It's not the most pleasant but it works and all of the water comes right back out in about an hour taking all of the smelly remains with it so make sure you stay at home and have unrestricted access to the washroom. You'll be going there several times in quick succession.

Mary, in response to your question of how many times I do it – I do it now maybe every couple of months if I notice that there's odor when I go to the washroom. When I did the liver cleanse the odor elimination was a wonderful side effect. I wasn't expecting that. So you don't have to do the liver cleanse if you don't want to, you can just do the colon flush. You do it till you notice no more odor and that might 1, 2 or 3 times, it all depends. I also take psyllium husks in between to add more fibre and does a good job of cleaning the colon so I don't do the flush often, only when my body tells me and it has its way. Be odor free like free and I wish you all the best.

Replied by Krystle
(Elk Grove, Ca Usa)

I was wondering exactly how you did your cleanse! Thanks!

Replied by Man
(Sojourning America)

I have been using baking soda for under arm deodorant for several years now. In fact I use baking soda for body wash. It seems when I use store bought soaps that I have body odour no matter how good the soap smells. It only takes a tiny amount of baking soda for the underarm deodorant.

I have a suspicion also that home made sauerkraut in the diet once in a while may help the body to fight the bad bacteria in the gut which may help with reducing body odour. Home made sauerkraut is raw and unheated and therefore still alive with beneficial microbes. That store bought stuff has been cooked or pasteurised.

Diaper Rash Ointment

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Posted by Jay (Altoona, FL) on 06/22/2008

I finally found a cure for the bacteria that causes really strong and offensive armpit odor. Desitin cream applied liberally and left on for at least 24 hours has completely eliminated bad armpit odor. This is the same product that many use to help with diaper rash on babies.

Replied by JB
(Somewhere, Maryland)

I read about using diaper rash ointment for under arm protection in the newspaper last week. I tried it that very day-- it's the best antiperspirant/deodorant I have ever used. It's a wonderful alternative to the usual stuff.

Replied by Tiyanna Jones
(Phenix City, Alabama)

Hey, does this really work for underarm odor?

Replied by Meka
(St.paul, Mn)

Can it only be that one brand that u mentioned? Thanks Meka


Posted by Marcaq999 (Ca, US) on 07/29/2014

Check website. It talks about body odor relating to eating animal protein and dairy products as well as cooking/salad oil... Our bodies are not suited for processing these things. We are suited for plant based diet which causes less offensive body odor....

Replied by Misty

I eat a high fat diet with plenty of oil, dairy, and animal protein, and I smell just fine. Actually, I used to require high-strength deodorant as a teenage vegan, but I was also eating a lot of carbs and junk food back then. My diet is now mostly organic and very similar to primal/paleo.

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Teena (Melbourne, Australia) on 01/01/2018 233 posts

Experience with homemade deodorant and clean diet for Body Odor

I had bad body odor. I started to experiment with making my own deodorant not to save money or due to the toxins they contain, (I was unaware at that time) but because I couldn't get one that I didn't have to reapply repeatedly thought the day.

I found a recipe online, there are many, added coconut oil, beeswax (had to purchase) baking soda, cornflour, and the only essential oils I had, eucalyptus and tea tree. Since then I have added bentonite clay, shea, cocoa butter, and subbed the gmo cornflour for arrowroot and tapioca starch, and bought more feminine but still antibacterial essential oils, orange blossom and rosewood is a favorite.

The first day I used my product was a work day, I was very nervous. But with one application it lasted all day. And I found I have been using too much also, you just need a smidge. I make manly scented ones for my boys, the 11 year old has suddenly started needing it, and I can definitely tell when he has forgotten to use it!

Well the last few days I have forgotten to apply after showering (3am shift starts, don't judge) and I can tell you before I would have noticed a smell by the time I got to work. So no problem, there is some in my work bag and I'd just apply at work. But then I thought I'll just see. So I went all day without deodorant. And at the end of the day there was a slight smell IF I sniffed. Not at all possible before. No way.

I realised today when reading an EC onion post that since then I have learned so much about my health, toxins in every day foods, chemicals, additives, phytates, etc, the importance of alkalising and replacing vitamins and minerals, that my diet is so much cleaner, and that is what has got rid of the body odor. I consider what I eat, eating less wheat unless soaked or genuine sourdough, avoid sugar, avoid meds, added pure salts, added ferments, enjoy kombucha, my dairy is now cultured with kefir grains for easy digestion, and I simply cook and eat more natural. Before if someone had told me I could get rid of my b.o. from changing my diet, I would have laughed and kept on eating my junk.

Blessings of health to you all in this new year.

Distilled Water, Probiotics, Diet

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Posted by Jessica (Chico, USA) on 03/12/2007

What cures body odor is drinking distilled water, eating lots of cultured milk and cultured yogurt, eliminate or minimize all processed foods and meats ie. subway, and also wash up with Dr. Bronners soap any type is fine, it has special ingredients that kill the dirt and bacteria it really works!! Also change your diet to a more natural plant based diet, dont forget the buffalo meat, it is the healthiest meat that you can consume. And last but not least, pray sincerely and ask God Almighty for wisdom and to put the right people in your path, and guess what...He will. Green Tea and a good multi vitamin will also help. Contact me with any furthur questions

Replied by Dude14
(Las Vegas, United States)

I'm 15 and its really embarrasing to deal with this odor that I have. I used all kinds of soaps and perfume and deorderant. Kids say I smell like a horse sometimes, or smoke. I dont know how to get it off of me. PLEASE help. ADVICE?!

Eliminate Onions From Your Diet!

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Posted by Janet (NYC) on 07/04/2006

I think onions are without a doubt the main cause of bad underarm body odor. I made this discovery years ago when working in an office. Every few days, the receptionist would start reeking by mid-day. It was so bad you didn't want to stand anywhere near her. I decided I had to say something (no one dared too). She was completely mortified, but identified the onions on hamburgers that she ate as the culprit. She stopped eating onions and never had a problem again. I also start to reek if I eat onions 2 days in a row. I think this is the issue for people with bad BO... get rid of the onions!

Replied by Ted
(Bangkok, Thailand)
391 posts

When you have putrid underarm odors it is caused by other conditions, and onions just make the smell worse. The body's ability to oxygenate the body is severely depressed. Try alkalizing the body with sodium bicarbonate and take magnesium chloride as a supplements. Usually people with putrid odor is a sign of magnesium and zinc deficiency and onions sometimes get the bad rap. Also eating fried foods and vegetable oils also leads to putrid odors as well. Hydrogen peroxide therapy and silver colloids do help a lot with the putrid odors."

Eliminate Preservatives

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Posted by Nadine (NY) on 09/01/2006

Preservatives in your foods can give you body odor if you are allergic to them. They will also give you gas and diarrhea. Get rid of the preservatives and white flour, store bought bread, boxed food and most canned foods. A lot of work to make your own but worth it. You will be healthier and smell better. When you eat the preservatives and your body has a reaction, those fumes etc have to go somewhere.


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Posted by Freaky (Washington, Dc, Usa) on 11/08/2012

After doing a whole body cleanse, I was left with body odor in one arm pit that persisted without mercy, regardless of deodorant, extra shower scrubbing, etc. I even tried witch hazel to no effect. Finally, I engaged in a vigorous exercise routine that caused profuse sweating, and suddenly it cleared up and has been gone for days.

Flax Seed

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Posted by Kathie (Houston, United States) on 05/13/2011

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

General Feedback

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Posted by Hopeful29 (Bronx, Ny) on 08/19/2012

There is this product on the market from Arizona called for p*** s***, a natural strong deo. Has anyone tried it? Im stinking, I mean thinking about it, along with some sage soap, aloe vera daily detox juice, vitamin containing cal, Zinc, and mag(calcium is important so I get a vitamin with all 3) Hoping I get results, my son starts kindergarden and I dont want to embarass him. I deal with people(all different races/ages and family included being offended by me) the thing is that no one has the heart to say hey you should try this(Family)because I do bathe properly its something internal. But whatever, my main focus is to combat the issue and start going to college and work and eventually move away.

I have tried all the well known remedies(not for long because the smell came right back) but I have faith because I was able to get my bv under control, so strong underarm odor smell you later(will smith voice)

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Posted by Yvette (Manchester, Uk ) on 08/27/2010


I just heard that calamine lotion contains mercury and I checked the ingredients and there it was so beware!