| Randall Agee
Body odor usually occurs when skin bacteria combine with sweat. However, it can occur after the ingestion of pungent foods such as onions and garlic. In most cases, body odor is a benign condition that's more embarrassing and annoying than it is dangerous. In some cases, though, body odor can be indicative of an underlying disease such as cancer, liver or kidney failure, or the spread of infection. If body odor is persistent and fails to respond to improved hygiene and natural treatments, see your doctor for diagnosis.
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Eucalyptus essential oil fights body odor by thwarting the bacteria that cause it. In addition, it leaves a pleasant fragrance behind. Use this salve on the underarms, feet and other problem areas.
- In a dark-colored glass bottle fitted with an orifice reducer, add the carrier oil and eucalyptus essential oil, and shake well to blend.
- Using your fingertips or a cotton ball, apply a small amount of the blend, to the problem areas.
- Repeat this treatment up to 3 times a day. Store the bottle in a cool, dark place between uses.
Cooling Lavender-Mint Powder:
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Lavender essential oil fights the bacteria that contribute to body odor, while both lavender and mint essential oils leave a pleasant, refreshing fragrance behind. Use this powder all over your body or apply it to problem areas. You may also sprinkle it in to your shoes between uses, but be sure to shake it out before the next wearing.
- In a medium glass bowl, add the baking soda along with the lavender and mint essential oils, and stir to combine.
- Pour the mixture into a glass or ceramic sugar shaker and apply it to problem areas.
- Repeat this treatment as needed.