Body odor is embarrassing and sometimes inescapable. Most of the time there is no serious physical concern associated with it, but there are occasions where it can be caused as a result of some hidden illness. For persistent body odor, please see your licensed health professional.
But why do we even have body odor?
"Body odor usually occurs when skin bacteria combine with sweat. However, it can occur after the ingestion of pungent foods such as onions and garlic" (Aletha 87).
You may also wish to take a look at our post on Candida as that can be, and often is, a root cause of body odor. There is a more detailed layout of dietary improvements in that post.
And how do I get rid of it?
When looking for oils to help with this sensitive subject, there can be quite a list of possibilities. Patricia Davis suggests that the most effective deodorizing essential oil is Bergamot, though Lavender, Neroli, Juniper, Cypress, Thyme, and Sage can be used (97). When applying oils to the skin, always check the cautions for those oils before use.
Other potential deodorant oils include: Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, and Patchouli (Purchon 25).
Essential Oil List for Body Odor:
To use, select oils and blend together as in the recipe below.
Fresh Field Deodorant
1 pint spring water or hydrosol
*Tip: the longer you wait to add the oils-vinegar-glycerin mix to the water/hydrosol, the stronger fragrance you will get.
30 drops geranium essential oil
In an 8 oz dark glass spray bottle, combine witch hazel, aloe vera juice, zinc oxide powder, and geranium essential oil. Shake vigorously to mix well.
To use, apply to clean, dry armpits. Allow to dry completely before dressing, to avoid white marks on clothing (Purchon 417).
Cooling Lavender-Mint Powder
Mix ingredients in a a glass bowl. Stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a glass or ceramic sugar shaker, and apply to problem areas (Aletha 88). You can also sprinkle this in shoes to help with foot odor.
Aletha Press. Essential Oils, Natural Remedies: The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing. (2015). p. 87-8
Davis, Patricia. Aromatherapy An A-Z. (2000). p. 97
Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook For Everyday Wellness. (2014) p. 25, 417