While many people have considered doing a juice cleanses, probably far fewer have ever thought about doing an armpit cleanse!Chances are the latter would benefit far more people than the juice cleanse would, especially those who have been wearing conventional antiperspirants or deodorants for quite some time.
Not only will an armpit cleanse clean out the build-up of toxins on the skin, but it may reduce the volume and odor of your sweat, boost the immune system and decrease your cancer risk. Antiperspirants contain ingredients that control sweat and body odor safely and effectively. They are readily available on the market as sprays (aerosol), sticks, creams or roll-ons.
Namely, these are the most common ingredients of commercial deodorants:
Aluminum- A few studies in recent years have theorized that aluminum-based antiperspirants may increase the risk for breast cancer. According to the authors of these studies, most breast cancers develop in the upper outer part of the breast – the area closest to the armpit, which is where antiperspirants are applied.
Formaldehyde– Some antiperspirants contain formaldehyde, which has the ability to cause cancers in humans. However, antiperspirant manufacturers have claimed that their products contain only a very minimal amount of this substance, which cannot increase cancer risk. However, environmentalists say that exposure to formaldehyde is everywhere from furniture to glue to paints. If people are exposed to formaldehyde on a regular basis, there is the danger of increasing the risk for cancers.
Parabens– New research examining parabens found in cancerous human breast tissue points the finger at antiperspirants and other cosmetics for increasing your risk of breast cancer.
Phthalates– Phthalates, also hiding under the ingredient listed as “fragrance”, are plasticizing chemicals often used in deodorants and other self-care products for their consistency and ability to help dissolve other ingredients.
Propylene glycol- Aluminum is one of the main concerns. But it is not the only concern. Most conventional deodorants contain a slew of toxic chemicals, such as aluminum chlorohydrate, parabens, propylene glycol, triclosan, TEA, DEA, FD&C colors, and Talc, among others.
According to the Environmental Working Group reports, its use in our common personal care products increases the risk for allergies and immunotoxicity.
Antibacterial Substances- For example, antibiotics are used against bacteria and antifungals are used against fungi. They can also be classified according to their function. … Antibacterial agents can be further subdivided into bactericidal agents, who kill bacteria, and bacteriostaticagents, which slow down or stall bacterial growth.
The following recipe will effectively cleanse the armpit:
You will need apple cider vinegar, water, and Bentonite clay.
Vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria. It has traditionally been used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections.
Bentonite clay has been traditionally used to promote internal cleansing and has become a popular ingredient in a number of detoxification programs.
- 1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Bentonite clay
- 1-2 teaspoons of water (until you get the right consistency)
Mix the ingredient with a wooden spoon and stir until you get a creamy mixture.
Spread the mixture on the armpits with the fingers or a cloth. Leave it to act for 5-20 minutes.
After some time, wash it off with warm water in the shower or using a washcloth.
You may experience a slight warming sensation or tingling in the beginning until the body gets used to the substances. Yet, if it hurts, wash it out with water and try some other detox recipe. The redness is normal, it indicates that the blood flow in the area has been improved.
Repeat every few days or until you notice that the natural deodorant does not irritate the skin anymore.
- A lot of people after using this mix are saying that they do not longer need baking soda in the natural deodorants they use.
- You should drink a lot of water in order to hydrate the body and help it flush the toxins.
- If you still have lumps in the armpit, try gentle dry brushing (gently) or a massage of the area once a day.