Nontoxic and Stink Free: Homemade Deodorant

I often say to my patients and friends, if you wouldn’t put it in your body you shouldn’t put it on your body.

We live in an ever more toxic environment; much of our exposure to environmental toxins can not be completely controlled.

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However, we can control what we choose to put in and on our body.

Hygiene products, like body washes, shampoo, conditioner, and deodorant can be a huge source of endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

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Of course, most people want to feel and smell clean and are afraid that stepping away from their favorite store brand may leave them sticky and stinky. Unfortunately, many “natural or organic” deodorants leave you smelling worse than you did without them. Since I work in close proximity with my patients, I needed to find a way to smell good (at least not bad) and honor my mantra of “only put on your body what you would put in your body.”

Fortunately there are many helpful resources to find ways to make really good products to use in your daily body and household maintenance with substances you probably have in your kitchen pantry.

Following are a few that I have found helpful:

http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/

http://www.healthextremist.com/

http://www.crunchybetty.com

The last batch of homemade deodorant I made has received rave reviews:

I followed the recipe from http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2013/01/homemade-all-natural-deodorant.html and added some delicious essential oils for their therapeutic benefits as well as divine scents. With just three basic ingredients this recipe is quick and easy.

Ingredients:

6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred over cornstarch, but cornstarch can be substituted if that is what you have)

I added about 10 drops of frankincense and lime essential oils to this and everyone who has tried it has loved it.

You can also add a bit of vanilla from your cupboard or any other yummy scents that come from pure essential oils.

For more information about safe body and household products, and to see if your products withstand the test of reducing your toxic load check out:

The Environmental Working Group: http://www.ewg.org/

Skin Deep: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Washington Toxics Coalition: http://watoxics.org/

Be the change you want to see. Yes we should have policies that protect us from corporations dumping toxins into our food, body products and our environment. We can work towards that, while taking care of ourselves.

Pox Naturally-Another Family’s Experience

Following is another family’s experience with chickenpox. They attended a pox playtime at our house within the first three days of our children’s outbreak. Names have been changed to protect identity.

Nancy D. a mother of 4-year-old Claudia and 11-month-old Cullen (who is still nursing) writes:

“Overall, our chicken pox experience was manageable.  Claudia got the worst of it, with 200 or so spots.  She had about 30 on her scalp!  But, she did not scratch or pick at them.  She had one really rough night, because they were so itchy.  She had four oatmeal baths between 7:00 p.m. Tuesday and 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.  It looks like she will come out scar-free.  Most of her scabs are gone at this point, and she will be re-joining Preschool this afternoon.

Cullen, on the other hand, didn’t have any pox appear until Thursday (four days after Claudia).  His case was very mild, with 50 or 60 spots total.  He seemed completely unaffected by it and didn’t seem to be itching.  His worst day was Sunday, and it really wasn’t too bad.   He was just kind of tired and whiny.  The last of his chicken pox scabbed over yesterday, so he will not be contagious tomorrow.  Yeah!  We are so proud of our kids’ immune systems!  If you ask Claudia, she will tell you a lot about white blood cells.”