Many of the products we use on a daily basis are actually harming our health. Fortunately, most of these products can be made in the comfort of your own home with natural ingredients that will leave more cash in your pocket and help you maintain a healthy body.
For the next however-many weeks, I’m going to roll out one product a week that will be a healthier and more cost-effective alternative to products you’re already using…and on today’s menu….
Product #1: DEODORANT
Deodorant is a basic essential for most people in a civilized culture. Somewhere around puberty, one of our friends says, “Ew! You Stink!” And we enter a never-ending battle with the stink that is our underarm. If you could deal with the stink, lets not forget the giant ring of sweat that formed around each pit after walking up a half flight of stairs. Somewhere along the line, we decided it would be a good idea to create a paste to block our body’s natural secretions in order to offend the senses of our comrades less often.
Thus, enter deodorants and antiperspirants.
If we break down the word antiperspirant, we’re left with anti- (against) -perspirant (sweat). The active sweat-blocking element of your antiperspirant deodorant is Aluminum….as in, the heavy metal aluminum. When you rub the cream on your underarm, the deodorant is meant to flavor your pits with creamy perfume and the aluminum clogs your pours to prevent sweating.
Now, if you’re the type of person that needs to change your deodorants every couple of weeks because you stink so bad, I have a theory. Your body secretes sweat, along with a yellowish oily sebum through the pours of your pits. I think that continuous use of antiperspirants causes a buildup of stink in the holes of your pits and increases your overall stinky…after all, it’s not normal to smell like a pig after 8 hours of being awake!
Here is why you should switch:
1. The product is expensive
- my previous favorite deodorant (old spice) cost an average of $4 per 3 oz stick…that’s $1.25 an ounce. The recipe I”m about to show you cost about $0.20 an ounce
2. Aluminum is hurting your health
- Heavy metal toxicity is the number one result I see coming back from naturopaths. We believe it’s linked to issues with losing weight, thyroid disease, problems with forming muscle and performance.
- According to the NYU Langone medical center, symptoms and complications of aluminum toxicity can include:
- Muscle weakness
- Bone pain, deformities, and fractures
- Speech problems
- Slow growth—in children
Complications may include:
- Lung problems
- Nervous system problems causing difficulty with voluntary and involuntary actions
- Bone diseases
- Brain diseases and disorders
- Impaired iron absorption
3. You’ll stink less
- Take my word for it, you’ll smell awful for a week, but after that, roses will pop out of your underarms
The solution to sweat and stink, should NOT be to shove aluminum in to one of the most porous areas of your body.
I was introduced to this recipe by a great friend of mine, it’s not our original but it works GREAT.
1/3 cup baking soda
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup coconut oil
10-15 drops of essential oils (I like Tea Tree, Lavender and Pachouli together)
- Mix powdered baking soda and corn starch together
- warm the coconut oil in a bowl, pour it in the powder and stir
- add drops of essential oils and stir together
- allow to solidify and keep in a cool place
NOTE: The coconut oil should be warmed, not heated. if you heat it up too much, the mixture will become liquid and separate upon cooling.
The baking soda stops the stink, corn starch gives solidness to the mixture, coconut oil makes it creamy and moisturizes, essential oils fragrance but I have found the Tea Tree oil to be essential because of its antibacterial/antifungal properties at getting rid of stink.
Stay tuned next week for the next natural replacement product!!
NYU Langone Medical Center