Lemons & Limes – Natures Deodorant

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Even Brad Pitt is doing it, and here’s why!

There are many harmful ingredients used in deodorants, this is critical because what you put on your skin can be absorbed directly into your bloodstream. Harmful ingredients in your blood can have potentially deadly effects on your body!

Aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly or any aluminum compounds. Aluminum is absorbed through the skin and accumulates in the body. It has been suggested that there is an association between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease.

Parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl, benzyl and butyl), are all derived from toluene, a toxic petrochemical derivative. Toluene is toxic if swallowed or inhaled. It is also harmful in contact with the skin. There is some evidence that repeated exposure to toluene may cause reproductive harm. Since 2000, 13 research studies have shown that various types of parabens act like estrogen in animals and in tissue culture. Estrogen is known to drive the growth of cancerous cells.

Triclosan is a skin irritant and may cause contact dermatitis. It may kill healthy bacteria as well as harmful bacteria. It may contain carcinogenic contaminants. It is stored in body fat and is classified as a pesticide by the FDA.

Talc is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer if it contains asbestiform fibers. The quantity of asbestiform fibers in cosmetic grade talc is unregulated. If talc is listed on the label, there is no way of knowing whether or not it contains asbestiform fibers.

Propylene glycol absorbs quickly through the skin and is a penetration enhancer. It may cause delayed allergic reactions. NIOSH says propylene glycol is a neurotoxin and may cause kidney or liver damage. The EPA says it’s not fully investigated for carcinogenic potential.

Steareth-n (n may be any number like say 100), may be vegetable derived but is reacted with ethylene oxide (ethoxylated), a known human carcinogen.

Plant extracts listed on labels can already contain parabens and propylene glycol. These do not have to be listed on the label. Very few herbs supplied to manufacturers are free of parabens or other synthetic preservatives unless they are extracted in vegetable glycerine.

It’s no secret that limes and lemons are acidic. That’s exactly why they act as a great deodorant!

It’s all about your Apocrine glands and bacteria. Apocrine glands release secretions from inside the body. Bacteria, which make the bad odor, are naturally attracted to these secretions before they leave your body.

When you use lime or lemon as deodorant, you are saturating your underarm Apocrine Glands with the acidic juices neutralizing the bacteria in the secretions with the citric acid.

The best part is that using “produce” like this for deodorant daily “conditions” your underarms to stop smelling bad!

 

HOW TO USE

When you get out of the shower, or wash your underarms, make sure you dry them completely.

Cut a not too ripe lime or lemon in half.

Gently rub the lime or lemon into your armpits.

Let your underarms air dry afterwards as you want the citric acid to soak into your underarm pores to stop the bacteria from forming, which creates underarm odor.

Save in the fridge in a marked glass container as you can reuse the same slice for a couple days!

Obviously, don’t put lime or lemon juice on freshly shaved armpits!

Lemon or lime juice can bleach your clothes, so, again, make sure they are dry before you get dressed.

 

Jade Small – The Open Mind

Sources

http://bodyunburdened.com/lime-experiment-natural-deodorant/

http://www.plantpoweredliving.com/blogs/2011/10/05/use-a-lemon-or-lime-as-a-deodorant?ai_sid=4714&ai_sid_key=1zsf46frm1

http://www.dyingtolookgood.com/deodorant_top7.html

http://thyroidu.com/2545/avoid-toxic-deodorants-by-switching-to-limes-and-lemons/

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