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Body Odor

Body odor is normal and occurs naturally in everyone, but if it begins to be excessive or offensive, you can become self-conscious or embarrassed. Good hygiene, diet and self-care can help alleviate excessive odor.

Symptoms

Strong odor may emanate from sweat glands or the pores of the skin. Be aware that not everyone that suffers from this problem is necessarily aware of it.

Causes

A strong body odor may be from poor hygiene or excessive sweating when it has remained on the body long enough to allow bacteria to grow. It can also be caused by anxiety, stress and nervousness. Contributing causes may include problems detoxifying the liver, kidneys or bowels. If toxins are not cleared from the body, the body will attempt to eliminate them through the skin. Strong spices from food can also be released through the pores of the skin, like garlic or curry. Certain odors are defined as idiopathic - the cause is unknown.

Cautions

If you find that nothing helps with body odor, you may want to see your doctor to rule out more underlying causes.

Herbal Treatments

Internal Applications

To aid digestion and detoxify:

To reduce stress and anxiety:

External Applications

Aromatherapy

The following essential oils may be useful in treating body odor:

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