If you’re health-conscious like me, you may be on the hunt for an effective natural deodorant. Unfortunately, most of the commercial deodorant sticks, sprays, and roll-on’s are not only deodorizers, they are antiperspirants. This means that they prevent a person from sweating, and usually this function is performed by the active ingredient, aluminum.
There is debate over whether aluminum in deodorant causes breast cancer, as some studies have not shown a direct correlation. However, it HAS been proven that aluminum is a neurotoxin and can negatively affect the functioning of the blood-brain barrier. Also, sweating under the arms, while perhaps taboo in our culture, is natural and helps expel toxins.
I personally know that I have had (and probably still have) high levels of heavy metals in my body. When I was 16, I had a hair analysis performed, and it showed that aluminum was high. For most of my life, I have used natural deodorants from the store, but none of them did a very good job at preventing me from stinking. If they did work, they would only work for awhile. Finally, in my early 20’s, I succumbed to using regular, aluminum-containing deodorant.
However, my thinking was revolutionized last September when I began using high-quality, therapeutic-grade essential oils. I knew that I needed to get my body on a path to healing, and that included ditching the traditional deodorant. So I began experimenting with making my own.
Guess what? IT WORKED! I have been using this homemade deodorant for almost a year now, and I will never need to purchase a brand-name again. I found the original recipe in a little booklet called “Using Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide” from ShareOils.com, and I modified it to fit my individual needs.
1) Purchase or find a small glass jar. I use a half-pint Mason jar.
2) Use extra-virgin or virgin unrefined coconut oil. Fill the jar 3/4 of the way. If you need to, soften it a little bit by heating.
3) Add enough baking soda and arrowroot powder (or cornstarch) until the mixture is creamy but not too abrasive. If there is too much baking soda, it irritates my underarms.
4) Add 25-30 drops of therapeutic-grade essential oils. I always use 15-20 drops of melaleuca, and then usually use lavender and maybe one other oil.
5) Keep the jar out of the sun and heat if you can, since regular coconut oil will liquefy in warmer temperatures. To apply, just dip a finger into the jar and gently spread onto the armpits.
In good health,
Are you interested in taking care of your family’s health using essential oils in your own home? Great! I would love to help you get started! Simply email me at malori.mayor(at)gmail.com
Disclosure: The information given here is for educational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for professional medical advice. Seek the counsel of your doctor.