Wait – what??? Why on earth do you need an armpit detox? Are armpits really that high-maintenance? It turns out they are and detoxing and cleansing them is a very good idea. This is why …
What happens in the armpits?
“There are two types of glands in our underarms, apocrine and eccrine. The eccrine glands are by far the most numerous sweat glands and are responsible for producing most of the sweat in our underarms, as well as in our entire body.” source Sweat is an exit route your body uses to get rid of toxins and body odor is the junk it’s cleaning out. These toxins come from what we eat, breathe, inhale (think artificial fragrances, room fresheners, candles, etc) and use on our body. It is important these toxins are flushed out via sweat.
There are also a large number of lymph nodes near the armpits. The lymphatic system your lymph nodes are a part of are another crucial piece to your body’s natural detox pathways. The last thing we want to do is clog them up with chemicals (hence the need for the Armpit Detox) because this may be a contributing factor to cancer.
Why you should avoid regular deodorants and antiperspirants:
- We sweat for a reason. Sweating is one (powerful) way our body flushes out toxins. When we use an antiperspirant we are blocking those toxins in our body and that is a VERY bad thing, especially considering they are then being stored near major lymph nodes and our breasts. We need to sweat! For this reason you should avoid antiperspirants completely.
- All antiperspirants have an aluminum-based compound as their main ingredient.
- These aluminum salts have been linked with breast cancer:
“Clinical studies showing a disproportionately high incidence of breast cancer in the upper outer quadrant of the breast together with reports of genomic instability in outer quadrants of the breast provide supporting evidence for a role for locally applied cosmetic chemicals in the development of breast cancer.” (source)
- Traditional deodorants contain long lists of chemicals such as:
- Aluminum – some link it to breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Parabens – disrupt hormones; traces have been found in breast cancer tissue.
- Formaldehyde – acts as a carcinogenic substance.
- Phthalates – another hormone disruptor; linked to infertility.
- Antibacterial substances – taxing to the immune system function and affects hormonal balance.
- Propylene glycol
Why cleanse your armpits?
In the natural world I’m part of natural deodorants is a regular topic of discussion. Many people find that their armpits get red, irritated or they develop a rash from using natural deodorants. Sometimes baking soda is named as the culprit but I have even had issues with natural deodorants without baking soda. Making the switch from regular deodorants to a natural version can cause armpit detox issues and so helping your body with this process will help you avoid these uncomfortable symptoms. By detoxing any built up and trapped toxins from previously using traditional deodorants and antiperspirants we can use our natural deodorants without irritation
What are our natural and safe deodorant options?
- Choose a natural, aluminum-free deodorant that is NOT an antiperspirant and has no artificial fragrances added. DoTERRA makes one and there are many recipes online as well.
- Make your own using simple ingredients like Arrowroot powder, coconut oil and essential oils such as Melaleuca, Frankincense, Balance, Clary Calm blend, HD clear blend, etc. There are many recipes online.
How to do an armpit detox:
- Wash armpits well.
- Apply doTERRA’s Mud mask or a homemade clay mask recipe (see below) generously.
- Leave on 10-20 minutes and then rinse off. Start with less time and work your way up. Remove immediately if you feel any discomfort.
- Repeat daily until less body odor and to stop reacting to natural deodorants.* Redness immediately following a mud mask is 100% normal. Use mask less frequently if skin stays red or is irritated, raw or sore. Discontinue use, try a homemade recipe or different oil combo if you suspect you’ve reacted.
Homemade Mud Mask Recipe to detox your armpits:
Mix well with a NON-METAL spoon, fork or whisk:
- 1 Tablespoon Bentonite clay
- 1-3 teaspoons of Water until desired, smooth, yogurt-like consistency
- 5-10 total drops of essential oil. Good oil choices are: Melaleuca, Lemon, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Grapefruit, Myrrh, Zendocrine blend, and/or Balance blend
That’s it! Happy detoxing!
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