When I found out that my infra red sauna was helping me, and that the sauna’s main function was helping the body to detox I realised that I should do my best to reduce the toxins entering my body.
As well as eating well I started to think about what I put on my body – shower gel, shampoo, deodorant and moisturiser etc.. I don’t wear make up very often, so that wasn’t a big issue for me.
A bit of googling led me to the Wellness Mama website and a recipe for natural deodorant. I made up a batch and was surprised by how effective it was. The only odour was a bit of coconut. I was happy to have found an effective way to remain odour free without my usual spray on deodorant. Sadly after a couple of weeks I developed a rash on my armpits, and had to stop using the recipe. I read that some people react to the Bicarbonate of Soda in the mixture, so after my rash subsided I tried again with pure coconut oil. Again this was surprisingly effective, but I soon developed another rash.
Finally I tried another recommended option – magnesium oil. This worked well for me and I used it with reasonable success for several months. As well as acting as a deodorant the magnesium oil was absorbed through the skin and helped me with other symptoms, as I explained in this post. However, it’s not 100% effective as a deodorant and with my cycle training I wanted to experiment and see if I could find a better solution.
A newer post on the Wellness Mama website led me to the idea of detoxing my armpits. Yes, it’s a bit weird, but no more weird than a face mask. I did that a few times and then re-tried the original natural deodorant recipe. I’ve been tolerating the natural deodorant for several months now and I’m amazed at how effective it is – I rate this recipe as more effective than conventional deodorant.
If you think detoxing is an issue for you I encourage you to try some more natural products on your skin. You too may be surprised by how effective they can be.