That's So RAW

Raw Vegan and Vegan Wellness Catering based in Little Rock, AR.

Smell Well

Do you suffer from strong body odor? I have since I was in middle school. I've always been the smelliest girl! It was very embarrassing, but in high school, I found that Old Spice for men worked very well to keep my pits smelling ok. Soon, that solution no longer worked, and My cousin in-law taught me the rubbing alcohol trick. Rub it under your arms before you apply your deodorant. That worked for a long time and it still does. But there are some more things I've learned along the way that I will share with you below.
Body odor depends largely on what you eat because it influences hormone levels, bowel movements regularity, and gut health. Everything begins in the gut. I also must add that eating one salad in the midst of a bunch of crappy meals won't do the trick. You have to commit yourself to eating well at least 85% of the time. It is not true that your body odor will completely vanish after following the few tips I provide below, but it will be better, and you will be able to transition to natural products if you haven't already. Some people just naturally have better body odor than others.
Transitioning to natural products was the hardest thing for me to do when taking on the holistic lifestyle. I would like to help others reach their natural state. If it's something you don't feel like you can do, this ones for you. You can do it! You may be asking, why is it important? 
1. Chemicals 2. It's Healthier 3. If you can't/wouldn't eat it, it should not go on your body. 
THE PITS
If you read the ingredients on your deodorant (if it is not natural or organic), you will probably find a lot of words you can't pronounce and you have no idea what they are. A few of the most common and are found in several other lab-made products are Propylene glycol, parabens, and aluminum. 
Aluminum is used as an antiperspirant and is also the cause of Alzheimer's. There are foods you can eat to pull aluminum out of your body. Cilantro and chlorella are two of them amongst many others.
Propylene glycol is used as a smoothing agent making deodorant more applicable to the skin. It can disrupt the function of the heart and liver. 
Parabens are synthetic preservatives. They can be found in most people's urine because the skin has absorbed them from skin care products (parabens are found in shampoos, conditioners, face creams, etc). The skin is the largest organ--it is full of holes. 

Natural deodorant Choices:
Rubbing Alcohol/paired with essential oil--I usually pair it with patchouli, cedar wood, or lemon. Watch out with the oils seeing as how if they're not diluted, they can burn your skin. Some sting more than others.

Witch hazel is a milder alternative to rubbing alcohol. It works in the same way. 

If you are a body misting kind of person, opt for water and essential oil put in a spray bottle. There are so many wonderful fragranced oils out there. People will love you for the great smells. I usually purchase my oils from Drug Emporium. Whole Foods is another good option. 

Main st. Apothecary--located in Little Rock, Arkansas. This place is great. They make plant based cosmetics such as lip balm and perfumes as well as terrific tea blends. I recently asked Liz if she had plans on making any deodorant. She said she was actually working on some different recipes and she wanted me to try them. One of the recipes was a definite success. It smells great, not too strong, and really keeps me fresh. I love it!

I believe Tom's deodorant is a natural choice but I have never used it. You can find natural pre-made deodorants in most health stores. Always check the ingredients label! If there are more than 8 ingredients and have words you can't pronounce, it's probably a no-go. 

What you can eat:
Chlorophyll (spinach, kale, chard, and other dark leafy greens)
Probiotics ( supplements, probiotic vegan cheese, kombucha). Stay away from antibiotics.
Herbs (parsley, cilantro, lavender, Rosemary)
Prebiotic foods (Raw fruits and vegetables)
Water (filtered room temperature water with lemon, lime, or organic apple cider vinegar with the mother can help your body remove toxins)
Tea (drinking warm tea can encourage a bowel movement-- a tea detox can help with body odor and halitosis (bad breath)
Diatomaceous earth (food grade shell flour)Can be purchased online from earthworkshealth.com. Taken 1-2 times/day (1tbs with 12 oz water). Will give energy and clean out digestive tract

Oil pulling:
I like to oil pull with coconut oil, though there are other options for oils. If you have never tried it, you must! Just put 1-2 tbs of coconut oil in your mouth. It will melt. Once it melts, swish it around in your mouth like mouth wash. You can also gargle.  Do this for 15-20 minutes. Yes, it seems like a long time but it is truly worth it. When you are done, just spit the oil out in the trash (to avoid a clogged sink). It will be cloudy white by the time you're done. This will brighten teeth, freshen mouth, freshen underarms and feet. 

Detox:
There are several detox methods you can do. Smoothie detox. Juice detox. Raw detox. Tea detox. Go for it!

Colon cleanse:
This is something I have yet to do, but hope to do soon. A colon cleanse can be expensive but worth it, so I hear. You may even look different (younger and brighter) after having one! They will help with body odor as well.


Here are a couple detoxifying recipes for you to incorporate into your diet!

RAW DETOX TACOS
Shells: romaine leaves
Filling:
1/2 c sunflower seeds
2 jalapeƱos diced
1 tomato seeded and diced (save seeds)
1 c. Finely chopped kale or chard
1 cucumber seeded and diced. (Save seeds)
1/2 red onion diced
1 tbs cumin
1tsp chili powder
Sauce:
Juice of one lemon
1 bunch cilantro
1/4 c sesame seeds
1/2 tbs sea salt
2 cloves garlic
Tomato seeds
Cucumber seeds
Blend well. combine sauce and filling in a bowl, stir. Fill your romaine shells and enjoy!

CHOCOLATE CHERRY CHIA SMOOTHIE
20 pitted dark tart cherries
2 tbs cacao powder
1-2 tbs molasses
2 c water
Blend. Stir in 1 tbs chia seeds. Let stand 15 minutes. Enjoy!