Everyone is armed with an incredible machine that they take with them wherever they go: their body. It’s a pretty amazing thing that sometimes betrays us by secreting horrific things that unleash some of the worst smells that ever were. Mireille Croco presents the top 5 body parts that smell the foulest along with their natural remedies. May the cleansing begin!
Underarms are rife with odours. Why? Because they’re dark hairy places containing lots of sweat glands.
According to AllHealthSite.Com, it’s the apocrine gland that’s mainly responsible for the unpleasantness because the sweat contains high amounts of sebum, a fatty substance high in protein that bacteria love to munch on.
Here’s the fun part though, human sweat is actually odourless. So what produces that eye-stinging stench that makes us gag? Bacteria poop. That’s right!
Or to put it more scientifically, it’s the “chemical changes caused by the bacteria while they break down the protein into acids” which makes our sweat smell.
If you’re like me, then you probably are one to experiment with different natural remedies to help deal with the fact that you have a human body that does/secretes abominable things.
After a bit of research, I came across a couple tips on HomeRemedyHacks.Com – apple cider vinegar (the wonder juice!) or lemon. If you’re feeling bold, simply dab a bit of either under your arms and their super acidic properties utterly obliterate smell-causing bacteria! The best part is, you can buy either at your local grocery store for super cheap. Give it a go!
IN YOUR MOUTH
Bad breath (halitosis). We’ve all been there, I’m sure. Halitosis is caused by all the usual suspects – bad oral hygiene, certain foods and medications, smoking, crash diets.
But there’s also this thing called post-nasal drip which really is as disgusting as it sounds. According to TheraBreath.Com, post-nasal is caused when “excess mucus accumulates in the throat or back of the nose.”
Unfortunately for us, this area is where anaerobic bacteria thrive – those are the b******s responsible for bad breath. Long story short – anaerobics feast on the amino acids found in mucus and as that stuff accumulates, it produces an odour most foul.
Drink stinging nettle tea. Kidding? Certainly not.
According to FoodMatters.Com, nettles are literally magic – “they…eliminate toxins from the body, increase the excretion of uric acid through the kidneys, and boost adrenal function, all of which target halitosis at its root.”
Twinings makes a good nettle tea (which I’m having right now) and so does Pukka or Clipper. Or if you’re feeling brave, go pick some! Give them a light rinse and boil. But make sure to wear gloves while you do! Neti pots are also known to reduce mucus build-up in nasal passageWs and sinuses – get one at your local pharmacy or on Amazon for £10-15
Bromodosis – stinky feet. This is a super common issue that happens all year ‘round and is caused by just going about your daily life.
According to NHS.UK, the main cause of bromodosis is sweaty feet (obviously) which becomes more likely if “you’re on your feet all day, if you’re under a lot of stress,” or if you’re a teenager/pregnant person because of hormones. Feet also become smelly if you wear sweaty shoes that haven’t dried, which of course is the perfect place for bacteria to have a party – they “break down the sweat as it comes from the pores” and an odour smelling of teenage boys and bad decisions is thus released.
Wash your socks.Or if you’re feeling fancy, BestHealthMag.Ca suggests a daily black-tea footbath. “Boil 2 tea bags in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes. Remove the bags and dilute the tea with about a liter of water.”
Have a relaxing soak for 30 minutes (perhaps as you’re studying for your next exam) and let the tannic acid in the tea kill the bacteria and close the pores.
There are a lot of things that could cause your head to smell – poor hygiene, wearing hats/helmets for extended periods, stress (the killjoy of our lives), and dry scalp skin.
However there is one most unfortunate condition called Smelly Hair Syndrome (SHS) that is just the absolute worst – it’s not a hygiene problem since most people who suffer from this wash their hair every day.
According to SkinMagOnline, “SHS seems less well-recognized by dermatologists and the medical community” but the “most widely accepted explanations point fingers at excessive oiliness and bacteria overgrowth on the scalp.”
Drat! Slighted by bacteria once more!
Apple cider vinegar (ACV). This stuff really is wondrous! The Chagrin Valley Soap&Salve Co says ACV “removes scaly build-up and residue from hair shafts to cleanse and purify the hair and scalp”.
Furthermore, ACV decreases dandruff and flaking due to its antibaceterial/fungal properties. Best part? No harmful chemicals!
Simply mix 2-4 tablespoons of ACV with 2 cups of water in a plastic squeeze bottle, distribute over your locks after shampooing and massage through your hair.
You can either rinse with cool water after a few minutes or leave it in until your next shampoo. The ACV smell disappears as your hair dries leaving it soft and fabulous feeling.
Don’t use it more than a few times a week though as it is potent stuff and could leave your hair feeling dry…
I saved this one for last because I dreaded it the most.
There are many (many!) things that can make your groin smell as I am sure you can imagine – hot weather, a really great but very sweaty workout, urinary tract infections, diarrhoea, pelvic inflammatory disease, sexually transmitted diseases, vaginal candidiasis, poor hygiene, ringworm of the groin (I almost threw up with this one…)
Basically just imagine your worst nightmare in bacteria form hanging out in your underwear and voilà: you’ve got the devil’s groin.
Wash yourself. Every day. I mean this is pretty basic stuff, the solutions I found pretty much repeated this over and over. But I did find some fun suggestions to help cure smelly balls and vaginal odour.
And guess what! Both sites suggest ACV as one of the solutions because of its antibacterial properties.
For the women: run yourself a nice hot bath with some ACV. The vinegar will help fight the grossness and restore your natural Ph (DrAxe.Com).
For the guys: pop some ACV on a cotton ball and rub it over your….bits…. Wait at least 2 minutes then hop in the shower (HealthMeds.Org).
Also tea tree oil: antibacterial properties, and natural astringent/antiseptic. Simply apply to affected area once a day and you’re good to go!