Looking for a safer way to destink your pits?
Many of of these days are concerned about the ingredients in antiperspirants (Check out what TIME has to say about ingredients we should be concerned about) Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be sweaty and stinky either. So what’s a girl to do?
I tried several other natural options to no avail (many of which may work great for you – we all have different body chemistry) when I stumbled upon an article that mentioned the effectiveness of magnesium as a natural deodorant. Magnesium oil isn’t really an oil – it’s just magnesium flakes dissolved in water, but it has a slightly oily feel to it. It’s also important because it helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, is important for heart health, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps regulate blood glucose levels and aids in the production of energy and protein. Pretty sweet, right?
I added some essential oils that not only smell great but add their own therapeutic benefits. I chose Bergamot and Cedarwood, but there are many other effective options. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may want to dilute your oils with a carrier like fractionated coconut oil before adding to the magnesium oil.
How to make it?
DIY Magnesium Spray Deodorant
1/2 cup hot water (distilled is best)
1/4 cup Magnesium Flakes
10-15 drops of doTERRA essential oils of your choice
4oz spray bottle (or large size roller bottle)
Dissolve the magnesium flakes in the hot water, let cool, add essential oils and poor into spray bottle.
The longest part of this project is waiting for the magnesium oil to cool……
NOTE: Some people experience a tingling sensation when they first start using magnesium oil. This is generally a normal reaction, especially for those who are low on magnesium and it should fade in a couple of days. If it is too uncomfortable or persists more than a few days, you may need to discontinue use)
Keep in mind if you are new to natural deodorants, you may be a little extra sweaty while your body acclimates to a more natural way and your body rids itself of the toxic ingredients in antiperspirant. Some find an armpit detox helpful. Using a tablespoon or two of bentonite clay plus enough water to make a paste can be effective. Let sit in your pits for 10-20 minutes and then rinse (doing this before showering is simplest)
For me this as seriously been the best. Even though it’s not an antiperspirant, I’ve noticed a decrease in sweat and I appreciate getting the additional health benefits from the magnesium. There is some indication that low magnesium can add to the chronic inflammatory stress that people with chronic illnesses deal with. So I hope you’ll hop on the magnesium bandwagon with me.
If you use magnesium oil for deodorant, I’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.