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How To Detox Your Armpits

How To Detox Your Armpits With Essential Oils

Even if you aren’t a super sweater, it can be important to give your underarms a detox from time to time. Researchers atThe University Of Oxford recently discovered that a specific protein located in the armpits is responsible for converting odorless compounds into stinky sweat. An effective armpit detox can help the body eliminate toxins in the body and keep you smelling fresh.

Regularly using OTC deodorants and antiperspirants can cause a chemical buildup on the skin over time. Along with good ole’ fashioned soap and water, essential oils can help clear away chemicals and odor-causing bacteria. Tea Tree essential oil is a natural astringent and antiseptic. Its antibacterial properties can help purify the body and cut back on underarm sweat.

Before you begin an armpit detox, rinse with our clarifying Charcoal Natural Bar Soap in the shower or bath. Naturally exfoliating, it helps draw out impurities and protect against free radicals. After you cleanse, follow our guide for the steps to make your very own Natural Armpit Detox Spray.

What you need:

1 tsp organic apple cider vinegar

1 cup of filtered water

1 tsp of Jojoba carrier oil

2 drops Tea Tree essential oil

Spray bottle

How To:

Mix all the ingredients in the spray bottle. Spray a thin layer over your arms and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Wash off with a wet cloth. Shake well before each use.

Safety:

Do a patch test before use and discontinue if any irritation occurs.

Shelf life: 1 week.

Developed by an aromatherapist

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19 Responses

Edens Garden

November 12, 2018

Hi Sherri! One week, daily is a good amount of time to detox.

Sherri Fedewa

November 12, 2018

How many days so you do the armpit detox

Kotryna

November 07, 2018

Betty & anyone else interested: I can try to elaborate on the protein thing since the research article is just a ton of jargon. Saying this protein is located in the armpits isn’t exactly correct, since it implies it’s part of our body’s cells. The transport protein exists in the bacterial cell, and the bacteria will exist on your armpits no matter what you do. A transport protein is basically just a mechanism for getting a molecule from the environment to the inside of the bacterial cell. Once there, the bacteria converts that molecule, releases it back into the environment, and we smell it. The only way to address the protein is by doing more research. It seems to be headed towards finding a way to inhibit the protein’s function in some way. But for now, it seems the only way to get rid of what the bacteria is doing, is by getting rid of as much of that bacteria as possible, which can be done with regular washing and presumably this detox spray. Definitely DO wash with soap first and foremost, because that is what helps to actually wash the bacteria away. I can’t verify the efficacy of anything else.

Edens Garden

November 05, 2018

Hi Regina! Spraying once a day, daily at night is recommended.

Edens Garden

November 05, 2018

Hi Emma! You can use a different carrier oil, it doesn’t need to be Jojoba.

Edens Garden

November 05, 2018

Hi Becky! It is not necessary, but many find it helpful to do a detox when switching from an antiperspirant to a natural deodorant.

Regina Prachyl

November 05, 2018

Ok so I see you detox for a week, but how often do you spray your armpits in a day? Thank you

Emma

November 05, 2018

Can other carrier oils be used in place of jojoba oil?

Becky Vanderlan

November 05, 2018

Is it necessary to complete this detox when switching from otc deodorant to your new natural brand?

Edens Garden

August 06, 2018

Hi Betty! Not necessarily. This detox spray is not a deodorant itself.

Edens Garden

August 06, 2018

Hi Lisa! You can use deodorant daily, though it is best that you don’t.

Betty

August 06, 2018

Does this detox address the odor causing protein mentioned at the beginning of this article?

Lisa

August 06, 2018

While using this, do you still apply deodorant each day?

Edens Garden

August 04, 2018

Amy & Lisa, this recipe should be used daily for one week.

Edens Garden

August 04, 2018

Hi Gwen! It is to be sprayed on the armpits only, and you can adjust the amount you make based on your needs.

Lisa

August 04, 2018

I see the shelf life is one week for one cup; is it to be used once a day for that week?

Amy

August 04, 2018

How often should you use this spray?

Gwen

August 04, 2018

The directions say to spray all over the arms. No mention of arm pits! This seems to be a large recipe for such a short shelf life. Comments, please. Thanks.

Susan

August 04, 2018

I make my own deodorant using arrowroot powder with cypress and spearmint essential oils. I use my mini food processor to mix it up. The cypress oil is a natural deodorant, anti-bacterial, and helps clear lymphatic congestion. Spearmint is antibacterial and anti-fungal, and also repels insects, useful when outdoors. The cypress spearmint combo has a nice mild, fresh aroma.