An occasional body odor, especially mild ones, are considered normal. But having unpleasant or even excessive body odor is something that should be addressed, since this can cause discomfort to others, which in turn is embarrassing to you.
How does body odor become that way? The unpleasant and strong odor that comes from the body is due to the overactive sweat glands. The sweat produced by the body is not the source of the body odor. There are bacteria living on the skin. When these bacteria comes into contact with sweat, it causes odor to develop. This is highly to happen when the person is living in a moist and warm environment. Other causes of the offensive odor from the body include nutrient deficiencies, poor hygiene, underlying problems like diabetes, liver disease, genetic disorders, etc., and those associated with gastrointestinal problems.
The first symptom of foul body odor is that atypical and pungent smell that arises out of the body. Other symptoms are weight loss, cold hands, night sweats and excessive sweating. There are OTC medicines that can treat foul body odor, and a good hygiene will do the trick. You can also try some of the home remedies that are claimed to reduce excessive sweating and the growth of bacteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar comes with a very powerful component that fight against odor-causing bacteria. It will also aid in eliminating the foul odor of the body through balancing the skin’s pH levels.
Use a cotton ball to soak the vinegar in it then rub the wet surface onto your underarms. Wait for at least three minutes then take the shower. Follow this process twice per day, one in the morning and another before you go to bed. This should last up until you notice any improvement.
As an alternative, add a cup apple cider vinegar to bath water. Soak in this mixture for around ten minutes. Do this once per day.
You can also make use of 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar together with a sufficient amount of honey onto one glass water. Drink this mixture 3 times each day prior to eating meals.
Baking soda is proven to absorb the moisture from your skin. This also means that it can absorb sweat and the result with this is reducing the body odor. It will also kill bacteria and even acts as a deodorant.
Mix 1 tablespoon of each: lemon juice and baking soda. Apply the mixture onto the parts of your body that producing sweat or body odor, especially on the areas that sweat excessively. Leave the mixture on for a few minutes, then rinse it with warm water. Avoid scrubbing the mixture. Make sure that you also take a bath after rinsing off the mixture. Do this process for at least once per day for a couple of weeks.
An alternative way is to prepare equal parts of cornstarch and baking soda. Mix them well and apply it onto your dry underarms. Its purpose is to prevent it from sweating and creating bad odor. Use this particular method when you are in need of several hours of protection.
Rosemary is said to prevent the growth of bacteria that causes odor. It also has chlorophyll and menthol; both components are natural deodorants that neutralizes the body’s strong odor and also gives that nice fragrance to the body. Another component is the zinc, in which lacking this particular mineral in the body can cause that foul odor.
What you need is 1/2 cup dried leaves of rosemary and mix it with 4 cups hot water. Allow the dried rosemary leaves to steep onto the hot water for ten minutes then add the solution onto the bathwater. Soak in the bathwater for twenty minutes. Pat your skin dry. Follow this procedure once per day to give you that nice smell.
An alternative to this is by mixing 8 to 10 drops rosemary essential oils in an ounce water. Apply this mixture onto your underarms as a natural deodorant.
Keep in mind that rosemary is also known to have some irritation on the skin. If this happens to you, discontinue using it.