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12 Herbal Solutions For Sweaty Smelly Armpits!

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Are you subconsciously conscious of your smelly armpits? Do you fear your body odour is spreading like wild fire to your immediate radius? What you need are herbal solutions for underarm sweating.

About 3 out of 5 people have hyperactive sweat glands, which leaves sweaty patches on the clothes and smell acrid enough to burn a nose hair.

Smelly armpit

Deodorants and roll ons, though give immediate relief, are mostly temporary with a lifespan of not more than 3 hours.

Furthermore, these products house toxic chemicals, synthetic derivatives and artificial fragrance, which can only be bad news for your skin.

Here is a little preview. If you are a regular user of roll ons, go to the mirror. Take off your top and check your armpit.

Is it stubbly, with uneven patchy skin, with thin film of white residue and perhaps slight lump under the skin? You can put the blame on your roll ons.

Sweat is your body's natural way of flushing out the toxins. And the products you use are designed to chock that sweat gland.

Leaving your body no way to detoxify itself, leading to breakouts!

To avoid this and more, here are 12 herbal solutions for sweaty smelly armpits. Take a look.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar restores the pH balance of your skin, which makes it impossible for bacteria to survive on.

Here is how this home remedy for excessive sweating works. Dip a cotton ball into raw apple cider vinegar solution. Apply it on to your armpits. Let it get soaked overnight. Wash it off in the morning.



Sage has antibacterial properties, which lighten dark armpits, kill odour-causing bacteria and reduce sweat overtime.

Boil water with a handful of sage leaves, add a few drops of tea tree oil and lemon juice. Allow the solution to cool in room temperature. Transfer the solution in a spray bottle. Use it as your regular deodorant. Blot out the excess with tissue paper.


Sea Salt

Minerals in the sea salt work to remove impurities from well under the skin, unclog the pores and reduce sweat production.

Add 1 tablespoon of sea salt and a few drops of essential oils to your bathing water. Use this herbal solution for underarm sweating every day to see a visible difference.



Alum doubles up as an effective antiperspirant, which prevents bacterial growth, reducing smell.

Rub alum directly on the armpit. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then wipe it off with a wet cloth. Follow this DIY homemade mask for body odour several times a day.


Tomato Pulp

Tomato is loaded with antioxidants that cleanse the skin of impurities, shrink sweat glands, thereby reducing smell.

Take one tablespoon of tomato pulp. Gently scrub your armpit with the pulp for 5 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.


Potato Juice

It contains antibacterial properties that control body odour.

Cut two thin slices of potato. Rub it directly on your armpit. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse. Follow this Ayurvedic remedy for sweaty armpits every day.


Witch Hazel

It contains astringent and antifungal properties, which kill odour-causing bacteria.

Take a few drops of witch hazel oil in a cotton pad. Rub it on to your sweaty armpit. Let it absorb the oil fully and then rinse it with cold water.


Arrowroot Powder

Arrowroot absorbs the excess moisture under the arms. Plus, it has antifungal properties that keep acrid smell under check.

Mix a teaspoon of arrowroot powder with an equal amount of cornstarch powder. Sprinkle the concoction on to your armpits. Go an as usual with your work. Repeat this herbal solution for underarm sweat as often as required.


Coconut Oil

It contains lauric acid, which fights against bacteria that cause smell.

Take a tablespoon of coconut oil, add a teaspoon of camphor to it. Apply it to the sweaty areas to control smell.


Wheat Grass

Wheat grass is a rich source of vitamins B-6, B-12, and folic acid, which neutralize the acid in your body, reducing smell.

Drink a glass of fresh wheat grass juice every day, first thing in the morning. You can also apply it topically to reduce smell. Rinse after 5 minutes of application.


Black Tea

It contains a high ratio of tannins, which contract the sweat glands, reducing sweat and smell.

Brew a fresh cup of black tea. Allow it to cool down in room temperature. Use the solution to rinse your under-arm area. After 2 minutes, rinse it with cold water.


Chamomile Oil

It is a natural source of antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties which kill bacteria that cause smell. Bonus point, chamomile oil smells incredible, and it works better than your pricey deodorants.

Mix a few drops of chamomile oil with an equal amount of coconut oil. Rub it liberally all over your under arms. Let it sit overnight, rinse in the morning. Use this essential oil for underarm sweat every day to see results.

Story first published: Monday, September 26, 2016, 14:05 [IST]
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