Is it important to consider what you put on the skin of your armpits?
If you consider that your skin is your body’s largest absorptive organ, and that we often apply personal care products following a bath or shower when our pores are especially open and ready to receive whatever we give them whether it’s harmful or helpful, then the answer is YES!
Look for a safe natural alternative to the toxic mix of chemicals outlined below, or make your own with a D.I.Y. recipe like this one, which includes pure therapeutic grade essential oils / plant life force – safe, and naturally antibacterial for the win!
Conventional deodorants may contain undesirable and even toxic ingredients which are associated with untoward and cumulative damaging effects on the body…
Heavy metals like aluminum, used to prevent sweat from escaping pores, are bioaccumulative. This means they accumulate and are stored in fat cells. Off-loading heavy metals from the body is extremely difficult, which is concerning as they are linked to an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as to breast cancer and prostate cancer.
Other undesirable ingredients you may find in commercial deodorants include Propylene Glycol (the main ingredient found in antifreeze, common in deodorants, implicated in dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities), Parabens (preservatives derived from toxic petrochemicals), Phthalates in synthetic Fragrance or “parfum” (Phthalates interfere with the body’s proteins, are hormone disruptors classified as xenoestrogens, found in personal care products and plastics, and are linked to disease processes), and Triclosan or tricolcarban (a chemical found in “antibacterial” products like hand sanitizers, now thought to contribute to antibiotic-resistant infection (MSRA), also linked with thyroid function disruption, and liver toxicity. Researchers have found Triclosan impairs muscle function, and is also toxic if inhaled.)
Try two or three different ‘recipes’ until you find your favourite. Some include corn starch, however, we’ve chosen recipes without it, simply because we were unable to find a non-GMO version. You may also wish to add your own favourite essential oils in lieu of, or in addition to the ones you see here.
D.I.Y. DEODORANT ‘RECIPE’ ~ Whipped Version #1
Melt together in a glass jar or measuring cup in a double boiler (as shown):
~ 1/3 cup Shea Butter
~ 1/3 cup organic Coconut oil (the kind that is solid at room temp)
Once completely melted pour the liquid ingredients into a glass bowl or large glass measuring cup. Stick it in the freezer for about 15 minutes to begin ‘setting up’ – don’t leave it too long – you want a cool liquid – to be able to beat in the other ingredients with a hand mixer.
Using an electric hand mixer, carefully blend the following dry ingredients into your melted mixture:
• 2 Tablespoons Baking Soda (Sodium bicoarbonate – is alkalinizing, odour absorbing, as well as being mildly anti-fungal and disinfectant).
• Optional: Reduce amount of baking soda and use Bentonite Clay instead, for a smoother texture in your finished product. I personally don’t mind the texture with the baking soda, but have been really pleased with the result when using half & half; 1 Tablespoon each Baking Soda and Bentonite Clay, available at health stores or online. NOTE: If you add Bentonite Clay your finished product will appear slightly grey / darker in colour than pictured.
• 2 1/2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder (synonymous with ‘Arrowroot Flour‘ – readily available from favourite local bulk foods store). Arrowroot is recognized as an ‘herbal treatment’ to make your skin softer and smoother, and for it’s absorbent, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic properties.
BEAT IN YOUR Essential Oils…
Blend in the following 100.00% pure therapeutic grade essential oils (we choose only Young Living essential oils known for quality & purity from seed grown to sealed oil you receive):
~ 10 to 20 drops Tea Tree essential oil (antibacterial / odour preventing / and healing to skin)
+ 3 to 5 drops each, any of the following Young Living essential oils: Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Melrose, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, or Copaiba essential oils.
(Go ahead and customize! Switch any of these for your own favourites – we chose these specific essential oils not only for their gentle aroma but also for their antimicrobial and skin soothing benefits.)
Recipe fills 2 – 4oz glass jars or one ‘body butter’-sized container.
Place jars in refrigerator for 1/2 hour to “set up” and Label your jars if desired.
D.I.Y. DEODORANT ‘RECIPE’ ~ Solid Version #2
If you prefer a more solid natural deodorant:
~ melt 1/4 cup Cocoa butter + 1 teaspoon Bees wax along with the Shea butter & Coconut oil. Once it ‘sets up’ it will be much firmer and suitable for twist-up deodorant tubes.
Diana E. Natalie
RECOMMENDED REFERENCE MATERIAL: Vibrational Cleaning: Real-Green clean… Sabina M. DeVita, Ed.D., D.N.M., NNCP, IASP, CPB, DCSJ ©2013. Wellness Institute of Living and Learning.
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IMPORTANT: THE INFORMATION WITHIN THIS DOCUMENT WAS OBTAINED FROM REPUTABLE RESOURCES (REFERENCED), LECTURES, AND BIOCHEMISTRY EDUCATION WHICH THE AUTHOR HAS RECEIVED OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PRESCRIBE OR RECOMMEND A PARTICULAR TREATMENT OR PROTOCOL, BUT RATHER, TO EMPOWER THE READER WITH KNOWLEDGE THAT MIGHT HELP THEM TO HELP THEMSELVES TO BETTER HEALTH NATURALLY.