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 Make Your Own Natural Body and Underarm Deodorizer
We are getting into the dog days of summer when the sweat won't stop and dirt clings to sticky skin. Body odor can build during the day when it is not convenient to shower. There is a easy way to take along some portable freshness everyday: Deodorizing misters. I make these for quick underarm and body freshing.

There are some essential oils that are perfect for hot, sticky, summer days. These are the ones that help cool, deodorize, kill bacteria and smell fresh. Along with Witch Hazel, Water and a Mister Bottle, you can make you own customized body and underarm deodorizers.

Here's a list of some of the best essential oils to keep the stink away. Then take a look at a few recipes to get an idea of how to mix them yourself

Lemongrass: The scent of lemongrass oil is used to relieve headaches, stress, and nervous exhaustion. It’s a great insect repellent (Repels: Head Lice, Ticks, Spider Mites & Fleas). It is excellent for general deodorizing purposes. and highly recommended to help with excess perspiration.

Peppermint: Cool, clean peppermint essential oil boosts energy and has been known to ease headaches, nervous stress, nausea and the common cold. It definitely wakes us up. Emotionally, it is recommended to ease mental fatigue and feelings of helplessness while increasing self-acceptance and vitality. It can also really help cool us down in the summertime. As and added bonus it repels: mosquitoes, ants, moths, flies, head lice, spider mites, ticks, fleas and mice. 

Spearmint: Cool and minty, this essential oil is the most gentle of all the mints. It is often employed  to treat children. It works as an antiseptic, decongestant, and expectorant. Its scent is said to be comforting to the head, thus it is often employed for tension and migraine headaches. It cools nicely without as powerful a punch as peppermint. 

Eucalyptus: Clean, camphoraceous Eucalyptus oil is great for helping to ease headaches and respiratory ails. It helps open up sinuses and can be used to strengthen the immune system again common ills. It can kill bacteria to prevent sweat from taking on a bad odor. 

Teatree: Teatree is another clean, germ killing essential oil. Scientifically it is shown to be active against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. It works to rid the air of disease, while acting as expectorant. It can be used in skin care to treat acne and oily skin. Just a bit in blends can add more odor protection.

Cypress: Recommended to control excess perspiration, Cypress is a strengthening oil with a clean, evergreen scent. It is cleansing, comforting, and may be used as an antiseptic. It is also used to ease sore throats, asthma, bronchitis, and spasmodic coughing.

Pine Needle: This is yet another essential oil used to reduce excess perspiration  With a fresh, clean turpentine-like aroma, pine needle oil works as an expectorant, antiseptic, and restorative. It’s used to help with fatigue and stress, while strengthening the immune system against colds and flu. Its scent may help with motivation, concentration, patience acceptance, and forgivingness. This is a great oil that works wonders in deodorizing products. Use just a little in blends.

Geranium: This is a nice gentle oil for more sensitive skin. Dry with a rosy undertone, geranium oil is more relaxing. It is great to help heal a host of skin ailments such as: acne, cuts, bruises and more. It has antiseptic and deodorizing properties. 

Rosemary: Rosemary is the herb of love and remembrance. It is used to help with memory and concentration as it has been said to strengthen both the brain and the nervous system. It is cooling yet, more gentle than than most of the other cooling oils mentioned.

Basil: Basil’s fresh herbaceous scent can heighten focus, reduce nausea, stimulate blood circulation and bring comfort to body and spirit. It can be used to help lift bad moods. This oil is great to use when studying, in an important meeting or interview, or anytime you want to remain sharp and alert. It is cooling, yet more mild than the mints. It mixes well with mints and lemongrass.

What you need to make you own Mists
Small Mister Bottles ( I use 2.5 oz sized)
Clean Water
Witch Hazel (Alcohol Free if you have sensitive skin)

Mix the water with the witch hazel half and half, leaving a small space at the top to drop your oils. So if you are using a 2.5oz bottle about 1.2 ounces of each. Then I add about 10 drops of essential oils for each ounce I am making, sometimes just a bit more for deodorizing products, so in my 2.5 oz bottle, I would use 25-30 drops of essential oils.

Here are some Recipes for 2.5 ounce sized misters. After everything is in the bottle, put the top on and shake well before using.

Very Chill: Mix in a 2.5 ounce mister bottles

1.2 ounces Water
1.2 ounces With Hazel
Essential Oils:
Peppermint - 3 drops
Spearmint - 4 drops
Eucalyptus - 4 drops
Rosemary - 8 drops
Lemongrass- 6 drops

No Sweat: Mix in a 2.5 ounce mister bottles
1.2 ounces Water
1.2 ounces With Hazel
Drops of Essential Oils:
Lemongrass- 9
Cypress - 6
Pine Needle -2
Teatree -6

Fresh Body: Mix in a 2.5 ounce mister bottles
1.2 ounces Water
1.2 ounces With Hazel
Drops of Essential Oils:
Geranium - 12
Basil - 8
Teatree -3
Cypress -3

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