A LITTLE ARTICLE that
I cut out from I know not where states, "Sage for Odor Control".
"Research on the feeding habits of deer in Colorado may have
uncovered an idea for controlling feedlot odors. Scientists
are finding that chopped sagebrush added to the diets of fattening
steers reduces odors. The additive has no adverse effect on
feed efficiency, carcass quality, or taste of the meat. Oils
in the sagebrush change the make-up of the bacterial population in
the animals' digestive tracts, modifying waste odors."
Could it be that there are actually herbal deodorants? It
seems so for cattle, and, fortunately, there are herbal deodorants
for humans too. Some of these natural deodorants are eaten
to improve one's personal scent, and some of them are used
externally to mask the natural body odors; some used externally
seem to combine with one's odor to complement rather than mask it
- usually by not allowing the formation of offensive bacteria.
Of course, the easiest deodorizing agent is the daily bath or
shower, especially with herbs that sweeten the body scent and
improve the texture of the skin.
Body odors are intensified by many factors not the least of which
is the horrible processed, "improved," "enriched" junk food that
most Americans seem to like to eat. The next most important
factor in body odor is synthetic fabrics that coat our bodies with
an impermeable layer - impermeable to air that is - that seem to
strangle and suffocate our bodies with its own effluvia.
They do not permit the skin to breathe. And added to this
diet of processed food and synthetic coverings is that even the
very air we breathe is loaded with soot and smog which strangle
our pores and clog them with impurities.
Some of the foods directly effecting how we smell are meat and
vegetables. It seems that a diet high in meat makes for a
stronger body odor, and one higher in vegetables than meat has
less of an effect on body odor. Eating yogurt consistently
has a beneficial effect by changing the bacterial population, and
stress and tension have a negative effect. Alcohol has a
definite negative effect.
Experiment with what you eat and maybe you too will find that some
foods make you smell better than other foods, just as the
scientists discovered with the Sagebrush.
a matter of fact, Sage (a different genus than Sagebrush) has an
historical use as a deodorizing tea. And the Mints,
especially Peppermint, are especially useful when you are
flatulent (use 2 drops in an ounce of water and drink every hour
- Witch Hazel leaf or bark
decoction or Witch Hazel extract as an underarm splash to remove
- White Willow bark.
An infusion of White Willow bark mixed with borax acts as a
deodorant wash for offensive-smelling perspiration. Mix a
few drops of oil of Patchouli with the infusion...Herbs &
- Orange peel mixed with
Lemon peel and powdered is a nice underarm deodorizer.
- Thyme decoction as an
after bath splash.
- Wearing cotton garments
is helpful as well as a diet as natural as possible.
- Chaparral (creosote)
decoction externally applied is a natural deodorizer.
- *Rose Astringent Lotion
is an excellent underarm deodorant that I use daily.
Mix together equal quantities of powdered Orris root, Orange
peel powder, and Lemon peel powder. Add a bit of
powdered Calamus root or Licorice root to scent. Now
mix it all together and sift through a fine sifter.
Use as a powder under the arms, on the pubic area, or on the
body. Anything can cause an allergic reaction and
Orris root has often caused reactions, so before trying any
herb in quantity, try a little bit first and if you get no
reaction then it is probably all right for you to use.
goes for commercial deodorants. Many of them contain
highly suspect ingredients and, unfortunately at this time,
there is no law in effect that says they have to list the
ingredients on their labels. But if you make your own
cosmetics you will know what they are being made of and can,
therefore, keep out all suspect ingredients or any materials
that you are allergic to.
There are a least two dozen cosmetic products on sale, including
deodorants, body powders, baby powders, and vaginal deodorants,
in which hexachlorophene is named as an ingredient.
Significant quantities of this chemical have also been
discovered in several deodorants, cosmetics, and make-up
products without any mention on the container. As you
probably are aware, this ingredient has been implicated in
various abnormalities of the fetus and has also caused severe
allergic reactions in the pubic and underarm areas of many
adults. Recent scientific tests indicate that chemicals
including hexachlorophene enter the body much more rapidly
through the sensitive vaginal area. Wouldn't it be safer
to wash with soap and water and pat a gentle herbal powder on
your baby, your underarms, or your pubic area as a deodorant,
rather than using an ingredient that might be harmful to you or
- 2 oz. pure unscented Montana
talcum powder (arsenic occurs naturally in association
with talc, and Montana talc seemingly has the least)
- 1 oz. Camomile flowers, PO
- 1 oz. Calendula flowers, PO
all ingredients and sift through a very fine sieve.
Corn starch can be substituted for the talc. This
powder is cooling and absorbent and will be effective in
treating diaper rash and other skin irritations.
Many powdered herbs can be effectively used as body
powders or deodorant powders; among these are Patchouli,
Orris root, Orange peel, Lemon peel, Calamus root, Licorice
root, Sandalwood, Marigold, Camomile, Rose, and Lavender.
Some of the darker herbs such as Patchouli and Cornsilk,
though helpful for skin irritations, will sometimes stain
light colored clothes and probably should be mixed with
other powders as a body powder rather than as an underarm
powder. These darker herbs, of course, can also be
effectively used by people with dark skins.
Powder Lavender For Men and Women
- 2 oz. Lavender, PO (I use a
mulinex coffee grinder to powder herbs)
- 2 os. fine Montana talc or
any other unscented talcum
thoroughly and sift through a fine sieve discarding any
large particles. Men particularly like the clean scent
of Lavender on their bodies. 1/2 oz. powdered Lemon
peel could also be added and would subtly alter the Lavender
scent making a Lavender-Lemon powder that is extremely
Powder For Men
- 2 oz. unscented talcum (if
- 1 oz. powdered Sandalwood
(has antiseptic action and is useful in skin diseases)
- 1 oz. powdered Blue Malva or
Rose or Vetivert
together thoroughly and then sift through a fine sieve
- 2 oz. unscented talcum
- 1 oz. powdered Violet
flowers (contains vitamins A and C and has a slight
antiseptic action when used externally)
- 1 oz. powdered Orris root
(has caused skin allergies in some but the scent is said
to relieve headache)
- 4 drops oil of Violet
- 2 drops oil of Bitter Almond
the oil of Violet and the oil of Bitter Almond onto the
powdered Violet flowers and shake in a closed container.
Ad the Orris root and shake again. Add the talcum, mix
thoroughly, then sift the entire batch through a fine sieve
and store in an airtight container or in an old powder box.
This powder has a most delightful light scent.
"Put half a pound of Orange Flowers into a box that contains
twelve pounds and a half of powdered Starch; mix them well
with the Starch, and ftir the mixture at intervals, to
prevent the Flowers from heating. At the expiration of
twenty-four hours, remove the old flowers and mix with the
Starch the fame quantity of frefh Orange Flowers.
Continue acting in this manner for three days together, and
if you think the perfume not fufficiently ftrong, add frefh
Flowers once or twice more. The box muft be kept clofe
fhut as well after as during the operation.
-The Toilet of Flora,
This recipe is
absolutely delightful but there are few people these days
who can get hold of fresh Orange flowers and if they could,
they probably would not want to make 13 lbs. of body powder.
So, for the same nice powder the following recipe will
probably by more than fufficient.
Mix together and sift through a fine sieve. This
Orange-Flower powder is also quite nice and when made with
cornstarch is perfect for babies and their eternal
Powder For Blue Skins
- 1 part powdered Blue Malva
- 1 part powdered Bachelor
- 1 part powdered Lavender
- 1 part powdered Violet
together and then sift through a fine sieve discarding all
large particles. Has a nice natural scent and is
useful also as a mild stimulant when the scent is inhaled.
Eggshell Body Powder
- 2 dozen powdered eggshells
(brown egg for brown skin and white egg for white skin)
- 1 oz. powdered herbs -
Orange peel, Orris root, Cornsilk, Lemon peel, or Licorice
root. (Choice depends on the color of your skin and the
scent you like.)
- 8 drops of essential oil -
use Violet oil with Orris root, Orange oil with Orange
peel, Anise oil with Licorice root, etc.
all these things together completely and resift
Bring to a boil 3 cups of white vinegar,
remove to a bottle, and add:
Infuse the botanicals for 10 days and shake the bottle daily.
Strain carefully through cheesecloth and add an equal quantity of
Rosewater. This makes an absolutely delightful facial lotion,
aftershave lotion, or underarm deodorant. Really terrific!