By Lissa Butler

Guest Writer for Wake Up World.

With summer well upon us, deodorant is essential. The key thing however, is that you want it to reduce odor — not perspiratiom. Sweating is essential for the elimination of toxins and to help cool the body. If you block the sweating response, you interfere with one of the ways the body eliminates toxins.

Just to let you know, the elimination systems of the body are the lungs, liver, lymph, kidneys, bowels and skin. The lungs eliminate toxins through breathing. The liver cleanses the blood of toxins and works with the bowels and kidneys to remove unnecessary bulk from the body. The kidney also filter the blood to remove toxins while aiding in the excretion of excess water as urine. The lymphatic system collects cellular waste, dead red blood cells, white blood cells filled with debris, chemicals and dyes from the tissues within the body and carries the waste to the eliminatory systems in the body so they can be excreted. Therefore, the lymphatic system also works with the lungs, liver, kidney, bowels and skin.

If one system goes down, the others have to pick up the slack. Why burden your body with that task and with the possibility of toxic build up if other elimination systems clog up? Signs of this are swollen lymph glands under your armpits, neck and groin, constipation, reduction of urination and reduction or lack of sweating.

Using conventional deodorants that contain aluminum inhibits your armpits from sweating and hence releasing toxins. Aluminum is what is used to keep you from sweating. Yes, it’s nice to not have shirts with sweat stains, but is that really worth your health? You can keep yourself from having sweat stains by applying your homemade deodorant several times throughout the day. Keep a small jar in your bag, at work or in the car. The nice thing is, since this deodorant is in powder form, you don’t have to worry about it melting in the heat.

Homemade Eco-Friendly All Natural Deodorant

Fits in a 4 oz jar
4 Tbsp baking soda
4 Tbsp arrowroot powder (or cornstarch)
2 tsp fennel seeds, crushed
3 drops tea tree oil


Pour everything into the 4 oz jar. Close jar and shake vigorously to mix. Use a body powder puff applicator or a round or square makeup remover pad to apply the deodorant. One 4 oz jar lasts for over a month for one person.

Optional Addition:

You can add fragrance by choosing your choice of essential oil and adding 3-5 drops. You can find some of our favorite essential oils at Mountain Rose Herbs.

About the Author

Lissa Butler is an herbalist, women’s health expert, staff writer for and creator of Natural Melange. Her passion for plant-based medicine and holistic nutrition led her to obtain a Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine from the Tai Sophia School of the Healing Arts, which helped her to gain a more well-rounded understanding of herbs in both the scientific and traditional contexts.


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