When life gives you lemons, rub them in your armpits!

What??? Yep, you heard me.

Back in 2001, I was privileged to be in the Nursing program at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. Our nursing instructors were some of the best I had ever seen! Though I never finished the program, I gained valuable knowledge that, to this day, I have found to be useful in my everyday life.

One such topic was the use of conventional deodorants. Even 16 years ago, people were being warned of the dangers of aluminum in deodorant in relation to Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. Our instructors did not take the warning lightly, and it was incorporated in our patient care. After giving a bed bath to a patient, we were taught to wait several minutes for the pores to close before applying aluminum-containing deodorant. Almost two decades later, I am really shocked to see that many people are still unaware of the dangers of aluminum in the body, and virtually nothing has changed on the deodorant aisles. If you look at the ingredients of most deodorants, 99.9% of them list aluminum as the main ingredient.

Equally frustrating is the alternative to these conventional deodorants. I’m not going to lie, this girl can test the limits when it comes to deodorants. So, when I gave up conventional deodorants back in 2001 and started looking for alternatives, I found very few options. Then, I found very few options that worked!

One of the things I love about blogging, is product reviews. I love sharing product reviews and reading other’s product reviews before I purchase practically anything! When it comes to deodorants, I have tried everything to the moon and back. So, what do I recommend? Sadly, there’s really only one natural, commercial deodorant that I like…that worked! That is Vetiver & Spice Deodorant by The Common Sense Farm. It is all natural, and has a wonderful fragrance. The problem is, it’s a bit expensive for me.

Luckily, I found a very cheap alternative, that just happens to be as natural as it can get and it’s found in every grocery store. You guessed it…LEMONS!!!

Now I know this sounds crazy, anything that’s out of the norm usually does. You might be wondering, how did I discover this nifty little secret? Well, actually, I was researching full-time traveling tips for my family, as we plan to do quite a bit of traveling in the near future. Any full-time traveler will tell you, if it doesn’t have multiple uses, you shouldn’t take it with you (weight and space are a huge factor when full-time traveling). While watching videos, I came across one of a lady that was suggesting lemons as an alternative to deodorant. I have hunted all over, and can’t find that video! But here is one from the Dr. Oz show, promoting lemons as deodorant:

I have been following natural alternatives to improve health for over 12 years now. In researching natural alternatives, I have also learned many ways to improve the environment as well. Lemons are extremely versatile and are consistently at the top of the list when it comes to health benefits and natural cleaners! I’m thrilled to discover I can now add it as a deodorant too!

Using lemons as deodorant works! Whether you’re sitting at home, or on your way to the gym, I challenge you to try this natural alternative.  Here’s what I do: I slice the lemon in the direction that makes a perfect circle. Sometimes I can use the ends, if there is enough pulp. Otherwise, I cut a thin slice similar to the one in the photo below, and rub it all over my armpit areas. Voila! You’re done. You now have many hours of protection, without the worry of harmful ingredients!

Just store the unused lemon in the refrigerator in an airtight container and it will last for weeks. Some people cut a lemon in half, and use it repeatedly. If you do this, make sure you label the container!!! I prefer to cut a slice off as needed. That way, the lemon can still be used as food, if needed.

Before I tried this, I was a bit concerned that lemons would feel like a sticky mess in my armpit. When I tried it, I was surprised to find it dries quickly, and doesn’t feel any different from conventional spray deodorants. Now keep in mind, it doesn’t stop perspiration. But my belief is that you shouldn’t stop your body from perspiring anyway. It’s how your body eliminates toxins!

Remember, when life gives you lemons…it’s all about about ‘the pits’! If you try this, please take the time to leave a review. Tell us whether you found this suggestion to be good, or if you think it just plain stinks!


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