Everyone who has ever used public transport, especially in summer, knows all too well what body odor is. Many people are blissfully unaware of their BO, much to the dismay of those around them. But if you have body odor and are self-conscious about it, there are a few ways to reduce the smell.
In some cases, BO is caused by a medical problem. For example, people who have hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) may benefit from a prescription-strength deodorant. Body odor caused by a more serious problem, such as liver disease, can be reduced by treating the underlying cause. The odor that isn't caused by anything serious can be reduced with home remedies.
6 home remedies for body odor
If you're struggling with body odor, try one or more of the following remedies:
Sandalwood itself smells quite pleasantly, and it can also help reduce body odor and sweating. Here's how to use it:
- combine a few tablespoons of sandalwood powder with enough water to make a paste;
- apply the paste on your armpits;
- leave it on for several minutes, allowing it to dry;
- rinse the paste off with water.
Apply the remedy every day.
2. Apple cider vinegar
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Apple cider vinegar seems to be a remedy for everything, doesn't it? Apple cider vinegar has an antibacterial effect and helps fight odor-causing bacteria. Here's how to use it:
- wipe your underarms with a cotton ball soaked in apple cider vinegar;
- alternatively, add a glass of apple cider vinegar to your bath and soak in it for 10 minutes.
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Antibacterial properties of lemon juice can lessen BO. Use lemon the following way:
- squeeze the juice from one or two lemons;
- soak a cotton ball in the juice and wipe your underarms with it;
- allow the juice to dry and sit on your skin for several minutes, then rinse it off.
If you have sensitive skin, dilute the juice with water or opt for other remedies on this list.
4. Witch hazel
Witch hazel acts both as natural deodorant and antiperspirant. Use it this way:
- soak a cotton ball in a witch hazel preparation;
- wipe your armpits with the cotton ball.
Apply this remedy whenever you feel the need to use it.
5. Baking soda
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Baking soda has many various uses thanks to its antibacterial properties. Here's how to use this white powder to reduce BO:
- combine a tablespoon of baking soda with enough fresh lemon juice to make a paste;
- apply the paste on your armpits and leave it on for several minutes;
- rinse the mixture off with lukewarm water.
Alternatively, you can simply wet your armpits with water, cover them in baking soda, leave it on for several minutes, then rinse the baking soda off. Use this remedy every day to see the effect.
6. Peppermint or lavender essential oil
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These oils have antibacterial properties, and they smell nice. Here's how to apply them:
- add 5 drops of peppermint or lavender essential oil to 1/4 glass of water;
- soak a cotton ball in this liquid;
- wipe your underarms with the cotton ball.
To lessen body odor, also follow these tips along with remedies listed above:
- shower or take a bath daily;
- drink plenty of water;
- don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row, or if you do, make sure they are dry before you put them on;
- wear cotton socks instead of synthetic ones;
- stress less, as stress can make you sweat more.
This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.