Did you know that most store-bought deodorants contain metals? Metal is toxic to the body and may contribute to the development of cancer and other diseases. Any product that is put onto the skin will be absorbed into the body. So I have made an effort to get rid of unnatural beauty and skin products in favor of edible products. If it goes into my body, I want it to be easily metabolized by it.
On that note, my favorite new discovery is an edible, non-toxic, homemade deodorant. I got the recipe from singer/songwriter Chelsea Moon. It takes no more than three minutes to whip together. It’s edible, although it would taste awful. It doesn’t contain any of the metals or toxic chemicals found in store-bought deodorants. And, it really works. One application may last for a couple of days.
Here’s how you make it:
Directions: 4 tablespoons organic coconut oil (do not melt)
¼ c. “Bobs Red Mill” arrowroot powder/flour
¼ c. “Bobs Red Mill” baking soda
Empty container with lid (preferably screw top)
Optional: essential oil (lavender, eucalyptus, rose, etc)
Use fork to mix baking soda, arrowroot powder and coconut oil by smushing and stirring slowly in a bowl (optional: mix in 8 drops of essential oil.). Stir until ingredients congeal and become smooth and a bit shiny (the consistency of store-bought deodorant). Pour deodorant into a clean, empty container and close. Leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden, and it is ready to use. It should remain the perfect, firm consistency as long as it stays at room temperature and is not exposed to direct sunlight.
To apply: take a small scoop on your finger and hold it against the underarm for a couple of seconds so it can melt and rub all around.
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Alison Ross is the founder of Center for Eating Recovery in Agoura Hills, California. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in eating and body image. Alison was inspired to start the Center after healing her relationship with food and her body. Her mission is to help others rise above the obsessive and self-hating diet mentality in our culture to find true health through empowerment, awareness, love and self-care. The Center offers treatment for eating and body image problems across the spectrum including food addiction, binge-eating, emotional overeating, yo-yo dieting, bulimia and anorexia.