Natural deodorant THAT WORKS is hard to find. I really don't want to have to make all my own stuff. I'm busy. I work full time. But some things are just better & less expensive homemade. This recipe saves me money, will make great gifts, AND works FAR better than even my favorite natural deodorant, PiperWai. I did some research & prayed, and the Lord downloaded another winning recipe!!! Enjoy :)
5 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder: Amazon (bulk)
3 Tbsp Baking Soda (Aluminum-free): Trader Joe's
3 Tbsp Organic (raw) Coconut Oil (more if you live in a dry climate)
3 tsp 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
1-2 tsp jojoba oil: Amazon or Nature's Sunshine
1 capsule Nature's Sunshine Activated Charcoal (opened)
1 capsule Nature's Sunshine Magnesium Complex (opened)
12 drops Nature's Sunshine Peppermint Essential Oil
12 drops Nature's Sunshine Lavendar Essential Oil
Mix all ingredients thoroughly until you have a smooth, silky, light grey consistency. Store in an old Piperwai jar or small, wide mouth 2oz glass jar. This recipe makes 2 jars.
Scoop a small piece out and massage into your underarms. It won't stain your skin ;) This has been tested through multiple spin classes, full days of work, and even 2 days without a shower (don't judge me!). It works. Every ingredient matters, serves a specific purpose in balancing pH, absorbing moisture, and killing bacteria/fungus (odor), and was chosen prayerfully ;)
If you find your mixture to be too dry, simply add a little more coconut or jojoba oil either to the whole mixture or with each application, or take your finger with your small "dallop of deo" on it and run it under a small stream of water before applying. Climate & humidity levels matter. The consistency of my deodorant changed and dried out some after taking it to Colorado for 1 week.
Both Magensium Complex & Activated Charcoal are great to have on hand and will not go to waste.
Activated Charcoal is an essential in your natural medicine cabinet. It can be used to stop diarrhea, for food poisoning, to remove heavy metals, to take right before or following vaccines or amalgam filling removal to help remove the heavy metals (will need to take for 1-3 months usually) and chemicals from your body. You can mix a capsule with your toothpaste to make homemade whitening toothpaste (I know it's black...it won't stain...it will WHITEN!) or to a face mask recipe to do a good skin detox. It is safe to use on kids, pets or adults for any time you need to "absorb" something out of the body (toxins) that doesn't belong. Take as directed with a glass of water.
Magnesium is the #1 mineral deficiency so most people need this. If you are getting leg cramps, muscle spasms, anxiety, are on prescription medications or have constipation (to name a few), Magnesium Complex could be beneficial for you. If you are taking too much you will know because it will give you loose stools. Therefore, it makes a great natural laxative. It relaxes our muscles (good for sprains/strains/spasms) AND our smooth muscle (colon), to aid in healthy bowel movements. It is NOT a cure-all, however. Constipation, headaches, etc will usually have other layers involved that need to be addressed (ie: Candida overgrowth, low stomach acid or enzymes, liver congestion, IC valve problems, etc).
SUGAR, BODY ODOR AND HYPERHYDROSIS
Body odor, excessive sweating, or clammy hands and feet (aka: hyperhydrosis) are symptoms that our bodies are toxic. Body odor is caused by toxins and hormone and microbiome imbalances. Hyperhydrosis is caused by adrenal fatigue, excessive stress, neurological toxicity, and overstimulation, all of which keep the body in fight or flight mode.
Traditional antiperspirants contain aluminum, a neurotoxin that “shuts down” the nervous/lymphatic system in our underarms to “prevent sweating”. However, sweating is natural and essential for daily detoxification and overall health. Sweating via the underarms is especially essential to breast health since those are the lymph nodes that drain/cleanse toxins from that region of the body. In the same respect, toxins applied to the underarms are contributing to increases in breast cancer and diseases.
Anything that we apply, ingest, or inject anywhere onto or into our bodies that contain neurotoxins or other poisons will affect the many other systems in our body since we are ONE body with MANY systems, which are all connected. The lump sum of toxicity is one major layer of “stress” which can lead to other more serious symptoms and diseases.
In “fight or flight” mode, our sympathetic nervous system is working overtime and the PARAsympathetic (rest and digest) nervous system is under-functioning, causing any combination of excessive sweating, body odor, anxiety, mood swings, digestive problems, skin problems, thyroid disorders, brain fog, fatigue, weakened or overactive immune system, body aches, other neurological symptoms, hormone imbalances, mental/emotional disorders, ADHD, insomnia, etc.
If you’ve made it this far in the challenge, you now know sugar feeds both bacteria and yeast, which means it feeds both dis-ease and disease. Things we can do to begin addressing some of these issues are:
NOTE: If you are breastfeeding, you may want to choose another essential oil to use in place of peppermint (tea tree, etc) as it could possibly dry up breast milk and/or slow milk production (especially when applied directly to the underarms).
NOTE: Some people are sensitive to baking soda & thus may not be able to use this product.