How to Beat Body Odour Naturally

When our sweat meets bacteria on the skin, it results in an unpleasant smell called body odour. Worry not, there are ways on how to beat body odour naturally.

While our sweat is odourless, the bacteria on our body uses it as a breeding ground to multiply and creates this smell. 

Body Odour Begins At Puberty

Body odour isn’t a problem until we hit puberty as the hormones androgens aren’t active until then. Once these hormones are active, they along with other things can worsen body odour.

  • Heavy exercise
  • Warm weather
  • Being overweight
  • Changes in hormones
  • Certain health conditions
  • Some medications
  • Diet: Fatty foods, oils, strong-smelling foods 

Body Odour Is Usually Associated With

  • Armpits
  • Groin
  • Anus area
  • Upper thighs
  • Palms
  • Feet
  • Behind the ears
  • Belly button

Body odour is a specific smell to the individual and each person’s body odour can be influenced by diet, gender, health, medication but as we mentioned earlier, body odour can be prevented naturally.

Preventing Body Odour Naturally

The following steps may help control armpit odour:

  1. Keep the armpits clean by washing them regularly using anti-bacterial soap
  2. The armpit hair slows down the evaporation of sweat, giving the bacteria more time to break down. Shaving the armpits regularly has been found to help body odour control in that area. 
  3. Use deodorant or antiperspirant with natural ingredients.

The following steps may help control foot odour:

  1. Wash your feet at least once a day with warm water.
  2. Wear socks that allow the sweat to evaporate. Wear a clean pair of socks each day.
  3. If you wear trainers or shoes with plastic linings make sure it is not for long. A leather lining is better for sweat evaporation. 
  4. If the soles of your feet have patches of dead skin remove them with a pumice stone.
  5. Walk around barefoot whenever you can or at least slip out of your shoes regularly.

The following steps may help prevent body odour naturally and for expert advice consult with our holistic health practitioner:

  1. Have a shower or bath at least once a day. If the weather is exceptionally hot, consider bathing more often than once a day.
  2. Natural fibers allow your skin to breathe, resulting in better evaporation of sweat. 
  3. Avoid spicy foods including curry, garlic, and other spicy foods have the potential to make some people’s sweat more pungent. 
  4. Essential oils such as lavender, pine and peppermint fight bacteria. They also smell nice. 
  5. Eat the right foods to counteract body odour- green, leafy vegetables are rich in chlorophyll, which has a powerful deodorizing effect in your body.

It’s natural and healthy to sweat, but no one wants to smell that way all day. Learn about how to Beat Body Odour Naturally and consult a holistic health practitioner to address your needs.