Old folk remedies for body odour are scarce not because of modesty but rather because it was an accepted fact of life.Few washing facilities existed either for body or clothes and the atmosphere was heavy with the smells of open fires and cooking.Even the highly born except for an enlightened few, viewed placing water on the skin with a certain amount of trepidation.However in today society cleanliness is next to godliness and with the marvels of modern plumbing in most homes and a battery of anti-perspirants and deodorants to choose from there is little excuse to be otherwise.My own opinion is that soap and water daily is essential and that there is nothing worse than a highly perfumed deodorant overlaying the smell of sweat.Many people do not need to use either anti-perspirants or deodorants and an increasing number are finding that they are becoming resistant or developing allergies to them.Synthetic fabrics and tight-fitting clothes increase the likelihood of excess perspiration and body odour, and an overindulgence in highly spiced and flavoured foods cancreatc a transitory but noticeable odour exuded through the pores.Eating plenty of raw, dark green, leafy vegetables, including parsley, will reduce body odours caused by eating curry, garlic and onions, or try the famous green cocktail.
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* Green cocktail Place a good selection of green vegetables into a blender with the addition of carrots, peppers,
tomatoes, plenty of seasoning, the juice of 1 lemon and a little water. Blend well and dilute if necessary.These leafy
green vegetables not only contain a lot of chlorophyll which will dispel bad odours but they also have a laxativeand diuretic effect, thus purifying the whole system.
* Fenugreek tea Two level teaspoons of fenugreek seeds to one cup of boiling water, allowed to infuse For five minutes then stirred and strained into another cup and taken daily, with or without honey, is what Middle Eastern ladies drink to make themselves desirable.It helps to purify the blood, reduces bad breath and body odour and significantly improves catarrhal and sinus conditions. If used daily the fragrant, slightly spicy, smell of lenugreek will eventually permeate the skin.
* Lovage Tea chrysanthemum tea or sage Tea These are all excellent remedies to reduce body odour as are many of the teas suggested for anxiety one of the reasons that we break out in a sweat.
1 Tonic to Purify
the System and Reduce
Bad Breath and Body Odour
1 tablespoon crushed blueberries
1 tablespoon shredded watercress
1 tablespoon sassafras bark
300ml boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the other ingredients.Cover, leave to eool then strain.Take 1 cup four times a day for
one day and during this 24 hour period eat only very light meals and drink only mineral water.
* Nezcfer Nettle beer is a gypsy remedy. A small glass taken daily keeps the body fit and healthy and is also the
reason why most old fashioned country folk, contrary to popular obloquy, smelt so clean.
900g young nettles
4.75 litres water
450g demerara sugar
25g cream of tartar
brewers yeast prepared in advance
according to manufacturers
a plastic bucket with a lid
Use the tops of the riettles only. Put them into a large enamel saucepan with the thinly pared rinds of the lemons use a potato peeler for this job. Add the water and bring to the boil. Boil for 20 minutes then strain the liquid through a nylon sieve on to the sugar and the cream of tartar in a plastic bucket with a lid. Stir well and when lukewarm add the lemon juice and prepared yeast.Cover and leave in a warm room for three days then transfer to a cooler place for two days. Syphon into strong bottles large glass beer or cider bottles are best but do not use plastic soft drink bottles for they will not sustain the pressure. If the beer ferments vigorously keep the tops, either screw or cork, loose for a day or two before sealing down.Keep in a cool, outside place or a week before drinking.
* Cleavers This is the most old fashioned natural deodorant and one ofthe few, with its sister plants of ladys bedstraw and sweet woodruff, mentioned in ancient herbals as being suitable for keeping house, clothes and body sweet smelling cleavers for washing, lady’s bedstraw for strewing and stuffing in mattresses and sweet woodruff for placing in linen cupboards and drawers.
* A natural deodorant Take a large handful of cleavers and put it into pan with 1 litre of water. Bring gently to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.Leave to get cold then strain. It will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator but the plant is so common it can be made right through the summer.Apply with cotton wool or a spray.
3 drops essential oil of lavender
1 tablespoon sugar
600ml distilled or cold boiled water
Put all together in a bottle, seal, shake well and leave For two weeks. Always shake well before using either on cotton wool or in a spray.
* Witch hazel Use it neat provided it does not irritate the skin and dilute with water for a useful antiseptic underarm
* Thyme, rosemary, eau de Cologne mint or lavender Take a large handful of any one of the of these sweet smelling, antiseptic herbs as and place in a pan with enough water to cover cover. Simmer for 5 minutes, pour into a jug and stand until cold.Strain and bottle.
* Apple cider vinegar Mix together equal quantities of vinegar and water.Apply on cotton wool and leave for a
few minutes to allow the smell to dissipate.
* Powdered alum A cheap and effective old fashioned deodorant can be made from 1/2 teaspoon of` powdered alum and 300ml of warm water.
* Essential oils of thyme, marjoram, geranium, verbena, lavender, sandalwood, angelica, cinnamon and cassia A few drops of any one of these antiseptic oils in the warm bath water will reduce body odour and individually they have other delightful effects.
* Cleaning bath bag Take 3 handfuls each of` dandelion leaves and stinging nettles, 2 handfiils each olblackcurraiit
leaves and scented geraniunis. Tie into a rnuslin drawstring bath bag and leave under the bath water as it runs.
Fresh lovage or any other deliciously fragrant, antiseptic herbs can be used in the same way.
1.25 litres fresh Irish moss or
1.5 litres water
2 tablespoons scented floral or herb water
Soak the seaweed in fresh water and wash it well. Put it into a large pan with the measured water and bring gently to the boil.Cover and simmer For 30 minutes.Rub the gelatinous result through a fine sieve and stir in the scented water.Pour intojars when cold and keep refrigerated.This is a deodorizing gel which should be rubbed all over the body instead of soap, then rinsed off in shower or bath. It is also excellent for relieving aches and pains.
Those of us who have seen a room cleared by the removal ofa pair of shoes will know that there is no other way to
describe what For some people is an unfortunate physical condition and for which they should seek professional
advice.The prime ollenders are lazy adolescent boys and the main cause is synthetic socks and shoes. Anyone who has spent hours tracking down an unpleasant smell in the house and found the culprits to be a pair of sweat soaked nylon socks stuffed into a pair of soggy trainers will know exactly what I mean.Not only is this antisocial, but sweating feet habitually encased in synthetics can lead to athlete’s foot.Whenever possible insist upon socks which contain a high percentage of cotton and try when finance and fashion allow to buy leather or canvas shoes.
* Essential all ef lavender or lemon grass A few drops of either in a footbath of warm water is antiseptic and
deodorizing.An excellent therapy before a party is to massage the feet with a few drops of either of these oils,
diluted in a little sunflower oil.
* White willow bark Use an infusion of this herb with a pinch of borax added as footbath.
* Powdered alum Half a teaspoon to 300ml of warm water effectively reduces sweating and deodorizes. Dust
the feet with alum powder to ensure immunity for sonic time.
* Foot massage clean feet with a mixture of`6 tablespoons of witch hazel and 1 tablespoon each of tincture
of arnica and glycerine.Do not use on broken skin.
In bygone days, as a result of bad teeth, disease, unhealthy food and none of the accoutrements of oral hygiene, a very great percentage of the population suffered from bad breath and attempted to counteract the problem with a variety of breath Fresheners ranging from sweet pellets of cloves and myrrh to cachous of rose and violet.The latter of course created a sickly odour which did nothing to remove the underlying causes of which halitosis is the result.
Eating strongly flavoured foods such as garlic, onion, cheese and beer leaves an immediate smell on the breath
which is reasonably transitory but bad breath caused by smoking, ctarrh, sinus infection, tooth decay, tonsillitis,
constipation and stomach disorders requires a cleansing and a clearing to get the body working properly.As any
Victorian nanny would unequivocally have stated clean breath and a clear mind are the signs of a healthy body.
If the problem is digestive or a temporarily upset stomach then 1/2 teaspoon of kaolin powder or a few drops of essential oil of peppermint in a glass of warm water will soothe and improve matters.
If the cause of halitosis is a sore throat either honey and lemon or a few drops of essential oil of cloves in hot water, to first gargle with and then swallow, will kill bacteria.
Any of the following chewed well will disguise the smell of recently eaten foods: parsley, mint, cardamom, cloves,
aniseed, juniper berries, an apple, coffee beans, fennel seeds. All of these can also have the long term effect of
improving tummy upsets.
* Yoghurt A large tablespoon of plain live yoghurt works wonders.A bowl of it will also cure the most devastating
* Coffee Grind the fresh beans with a few cardamom seeds and make into a reviving cup to be drunk without milk first thing in the morning.
15g each ground cloves and
pinch each ground cinnamon and
Seal tightly together in a bottle and shake frequently for one week.This tincture should be taken, a few drops at a time, on a sugar lamp or in hot water to sweeten the most dire morning after breath.
* Hydrogen peroxide One teaspoon added to a glass of warm water, with or without 1 teaspoon of sea salt, is a very
cleaning gargle and mouthwash. Avoid swallowing.
*Bicarbonate of soda and sea salt one teaspoon of each in a glass of warm water makes an effective mouthwash.
* Cider vinegar, tincture of myrrh and oil of cloves A quarter of a cup of cider vinegar.1 tablespoon of clear honey and 3 drops each of tincture of myrrh and oil of cloves, diluted with a little hot water, makes an antiseptic mouthwash and gargle which can be safely swallowed.
* Eucalptus oil, oil of cloves and tincture of myrrh Six drops of oil of eucalyptus and 2 drops each oil of cloves and tincture of rnyrrh shaken together with 600ml of hot water then bottled and kept handy in the bathroom is very refreshing first thing in the morning.
* Lavender, marjoram, summer savoury thyme and rosemary Separately or combined in a vinegar or infusion these
antiseptic and sweet smelling herbs are safe and pleasant to use.
Do not drink water with meals as this upsets the gastric juices.
Exercise, fresh air and deep breathing stimulate a good supply of oxygen to the system.
Visit the dentist regularly. Examine yourself for stress problems or a poor digestive reaction to certain foods.
* Syrup of figs One teaspoon in hot water each night until the breath is sweet has much the same effect as sweet
liquorice water from the Middle East.
* Lemon pips An old fashioned remedy to kill worms in small children was to simmer these in honey and spoon down the gooey mixture whilst still warm.
* Quince seeds Simmer the seeds in water until soft.Strain, gargle with and swallow the liquid.