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The body perspires to cool the skin and to release wastes and toxins from the blood. Perspiration is also a natural reaction when one is under nervous stress and emotional frenzy. When perspiration and skin oils react with the bacteria that are always present on the skin, the result is a rancid or acrid odor.

Body odor is also caused by irregularities in digestion, absorption, and organ functions, as well as by infections and metabolic disorders.

Research has shown that each person has a unique smell, and that various sweat-causing emotions can cause a myriad of smells, from the skin and the prominent scent-generating areas of the body, namely the armpits, and pubic and rectal areas.

Fortunately, natural solutions to body odor are available, ranging from prevention of heavy sweating to reduction of unpleasant smell.

High Fiber Diet

Bad odors emanating from the skin and the breath are often due to intestinal problems that hinder the proper elimination of wastes and toxins. A high-fiber diet helps cleanse the intestines and promote its digestive and absorptive efficiency. Examples of high-fiber foods are cereals, grain, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

Water

Drinking plenty of water helps the body cool down without having to perspire heavily. Water also helps eliminate wastes and toxins that influence body odor.

Herbal Tea

Sage tea is a recommended drink because the drying effect of sage helps minimize sweating. Add 1 tablespoon of dried sage leaves in a cup of boiling water, steep for 10 minutes, strain, and drink up to three cups a day.

Essential Oils

Sage, lavender, and cypress have essential oils that help minimize undue sweating. Add a few drops of the essential oils to a bath water.

Floral Remedies

Solutions known as floral remedies have become popular and are available in many natural-food stores. Floral solutions include gentian for insecurity, crab apple for despondency, and cherry apple for anxiety. A few drops of the solution under the tongue twice a day can help reduce the odors that develop when under emotional distress.

Proper Hygiene

The basic odor-prevention solution is still proper personal hygiene. Use ph-balanced soaps in daily baths. Apply an underarm deodorant immediately after a cleansing bath. Foot baths mixed with medicinal plants such as tree-tea oil, oak bark, and horsetail, are effective in eliminating bacteria that cause infections and bad odor.