After living in Pune for more than 8 years, whenever I visit Mumbai, I am always complaining about the heat and humidity.  It was a sudden change from 25 – 26 degrees to 35-38 during my recent visit.  Plus the humidity. This weather made me want to sit in either the bathroom or the AC all day.
Growing up in Mumbai, this climate was not new to me. While going to college or work a deodorant was always our companion and used generously prevent body odour (BO).
The common belief is that improper hygiene causes body odour. That is one of the very minor reasons and easy to rectify. However, many people who suffer from body odour would be able to tell you how difficult it is to get rid of. It is not related to the number of times they bathe or the brand of deodorants they use.
The reason for this is that body odour has many other causes. The trick is to detect the correct cause and then it will be easy to correct the problem.
Causes for body odour
  1. Pores of the skin are blocked due to accumulation of dry and dead cells. This generally occurs when proper hygiene is not maintained.
  2. Too much of non-vegetarian food in the diet especially red meat and shrimps.
  3. Usage of expired or substandard cosmetic products – makeup, lotion etc.
  4. Weak liver and digestive system.
  5. Constipation.
  6. Fungal infections.

There are 2 main ways to treat body odour – Changes in diet and hydrotherapy – body wash using certain ingredients.  Method of treatments should be applied based on the probable cause that is detected.

  • Reduce the non-vegetarian consumption especially red meat.
  • Use sunflower oil or olive oil instead of saturated fat (ghee).
  • Zinc deficiency leads to body odour. So consume foods rich in zinc like spinach, cashews, pumpkin seeds, kidney beans, flax seeds peanuts etc.
  • Have lots of curds, fibre rich food, fruits and juices if you are constipated.
  • Have 10 tulsi leaves every morning with a glass of water. This helps in purifying the blood.
  •       Have a regular bath and scrub well so that all the dead skin is removed.
  • Boil neem leaves in water and use this water for a bath.
  •  Once a week have an Epsom salt bath.


Other tips:

  • Take neem leaves and air dry them for 8 – 10 days (not in direct sun). Make a powder of this and use it as a scrub for your daily bath.
  • Avoid using anti-antiperspirants. These block your pores and eventually lead to body odour problems.
  • Do not sleep with make-up on. Use a good cleanser/ make-up remover.
  • Fungal infection can be treated by visiting a dermatologist

Body odour is something that is generally made fun of and is the butt of many jokes. This could lead to low self-esteem, anxiety or depression. Thus, it is essential to try to detect the causes quickly and work on the remedies. If the above remedies do not work, please get medical help.


About Author

I am a stay at home mom, having worked in the software technology services space for over 10 years. In my professional life I used to enforce quality standards like CMMi & Six Sigma to make developers and testers jobs easier & process oriented. In my current stint I am using similar techniques coupled with age old wisdom from my mom and grand mom to make our living healthier and medicine free. To start any new stint it helps if you read and train and so I got myself a diploma in Naturopathy from Mumbai.

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