A buzzword within the natural health community. And rightfully so! Most health conscious individuals understand the positive effects on digestion that come from using probiotic foods and supplements. In fact, the benefits of ingesting probiotics have been well researched and the craze is taking over.
If you haven’t already heard of fermented foods, kefir, and kombucha you will soon. These are nutritional powerhouses used by those seeking to live a healthy lifestyle through a superb digestive system.
Likewise, as the known benefits of probiotics are now expanding into mainstream culture, new research is showing remarkable promise for the use of this “good bacteria” in topical remedies.
Emerging thoughts include the idea that probiotics can actually help improve the balance of bacteria on your skin, very similar to the way they are known to improve the balance of bacteria in your digestive system. This will provide relief for those who suffer with eczema, psoriasis, various rashes of the skin, skin allergies, acne, unsightly discolorations, and interestingly enough it is also proving to be a powerful antidote against aging (a.k.a. wrinkles)!
Our skin is the largest organ in our body. It, above all, requires extreme care for overall health as it is our first line of defense against disease carrying pathogens. Often times we forget that our skin contains millions of beneficial bacteria, also known as micro flora. Micro flora provide an essential role in preventing undesirable bacteria from developing.
This is part where we transition into what all of this means for our underarms (smile).
All of the chemicals in conventional deodorants serve to kill these “bad” or undesirable bacteria that cause that unwanted natural scent. However, in the mean time, they kill the “good bacteria” too. Leaving our bodies defenseless.
Why commercial deodorants are bad for us
There are many reasons why we should be concerned about using anti-perspirants and commercially prepared deodorants! Here are just a few:
- There are hidden dangers in the active ingredients of conventional deodorant (i.e. Aluminum, Parabens, Propylene glycol, Phthalates, and Triclosan). Current research shows a strong link between anti-perspirants containing aluminum and breast cancer, birth defects, allergies, and hormonal imbalances. These potentially hazardous chemicals have no place in our homes and certainly no place under our arms.
- Even with all of the options for an all-natural, “green” deodorant, it is simply too pricey for this frugal chick!
- Let the body do what the body will do! I believe that when we attempt to inhibit the natural functions of the body we interrupt the rhythms that are in place for a purpose.
These concerns and new research findings on probiotics have led me to create my own solution.
Homemade Probiotic Deodorant
- 1 tbsp. cocoa butter
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. shea butter
- 1 tbsp. beeswax
- 2 1/2 tbsp. arrowroot powder
- 1 tbsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. non-GMO vitamin E oil
- 15 drops essential oils of your choice
- 2 capsules powdered probiotics
1. Melt cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax over low heat.
2. Remove pot from heat, then add arrowroot powder and baking soda. Whisk with chopsticks until all powders are dissolved and combined. Add vitamin E oil and essential oils at this time. Allow mixture to cool in pan. Once it is cooled and the consistency of pudding, open capsules of probiotics and add powder to mixture. Stir with spatula quickly to combine.
3. Add mixture to a clean, used deodorant container. Place in refrigerator to cool and harden. After this, the product may be stored on a counter (Note: Using a shelf stable probiotic such as Bio-Kult will prevent the need for refrigeration). This recipe will last for 3-4 months.
-When choosing a probiotic supplement for this deodorant, it is important to find one that is shelf stable. It should also contain highly resistant beneficial bacteria such as lactobacillus and bifidobacteria. These “good bacteria” have the ability to survive the pH of our stomach acid during digestion and are the ones that should be included in this recipe.
-If you have sensitive skin, substitute baking soda and use arrowroot powder solely. You may also consider omitting the essential oils.
-Use good smelling, antibacterial essential oils, any scent or combination of scents will do. So pick your favorite and have fun with it! Some great combinations are:
- Geranium & Lime
- Lemongrass, Wild Orange, & Bergamot
- Sandalwood & Ylang Ylang
- Rosemary & Peppermint