Body odor medicinal plant remedies

Natural deodorants with medicinal herbs


Causes of excessive sweating?

  • Excess of heat: Sweating is a natural mechanism of the body to release heat. When the outdoor temperature increases, the body produces more sweat, consisting mainly of water and salt. The evaporation of the water picks up heat and reduces body temperature. At the same time, the body eliminates toxins through the sweat glands of the skin, so that sweating is a healthy process for the proper functioning of the body.
  • Stress: A situation of corporal alarm before a real or imaginary danger or an emotional restlessness state produces a unloading of adrenalin and noradrenaline that is pronounced, among others many effects, in a remarkable increase of perspiration.
  • Fever: Fever is a symptom of many diseases and a resource to combat them. Increasing heat reactivates the immune system to stop the invasion of pathogenic microorganisms and kill them or make them less virulent.

How to use antitranspirants

It is better to use antitranspirants without alcohol and consider whether they can be allergic, reason why you must try on a small amount before rubbing the armpits well. Hypoallergic deodorants (those that do not produce allergy) are more recommended, because they do not contain alcohol nor perfume.

Antiperspirants that are industrially manufactured should not be abused. The maximum should be a couple of times a day. They are well suited for those who have excessive sweating.

  • Only use antiperspirants after a good personal hygiene, having bathed or showered, or thoroughly cleaned after the area where you have to apply it.

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PHYTOTHERAPY: Herbal remedies for excessive sweating

The primary role of phytotherapy in the preparation of antiperspirants is to use those plants which purpose will result in:

  • Use plants with bacterial and fungicide properties that eliminate the microorganisms.
  • Use those plants that diminish perspiration.

Internal use preparations to treat sweating

  • Oak: (Quercus ilex) Infusion of 20 gr. of leaves of oak and 20 gr. of birch in a liter of water during 8 minutes. Take two glasses per day.
  • Sage: (Salvia officinalis) It has antisudorific properties, ie reducing the excessive sweating, including excessive night sweating (Infusion of a spoonful of dried plant per cup of water. Take a couple of glasses a day)

External remedies for excessive sweating

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  • Thyme: (Thymus vulgaris) can be used to combat excessive sweating of hands or feet. (Decoction of 100 gr. of dried plant for one quarter of an hour per liter of water. Wash your hands and feet) (Ground the dry plant and sprinkle hands or feet and keep the dust on them for 3 hours)
  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) To combat excessive sweating, especially affecting the feet, foot baths can be made with the liquid from the decoction for ten minutes of three tablespoons of crushed twigs per liter of water.

Precautions: A profuse sweating, after a good exercise, involves a considerable loss of water and minerals such as potassium and sodium. Be repaid to avoid problems such as physical cramps or lowering blood pressure (hypotension). At this time, in addition to drinking water, is very appropriate to take fruit juices or vegetable broths.

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This article was endorsed by Elisenda Carballido - Dietitian nutritionist. Postgraduate in Phytotherapy and master in Nutrition and Metabolism.
Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

5 April, 2022

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