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Denise Cares wrote:I found that a swipe with an alcohol saturated cotton ball under the armpits does the trick to reduce odors.  Odor comes from the bacteria that grow in moist warm paces, so alcohol kills the bacteria.  You then can sweat all you want and it won't smell.  Just don't use alcohol if you shave the armpit - at least don't do it right afterward.



That's a good idea too, thanks!

Denise Cares wrote:I think these natural stones are made up of aluminum which would not be good to use on your skin as it might absorb thru the pores.  Aluminum can cause neurological issues like alzheimer's and other toxicities which would not be healthy.



I'll read up on this, thanks for the heads-up!

juliana duryea wrote:Hi! Regarding deodorant: I, too, am a huge sweater and am somewhat poo-less, although I do wash with soap and or shampoo after I’ve been working with chemicals all day (surfboard repair). The only deodorant I’ve found actually works and doesn’t have all the icky stuff is a brand called trulys. It’s coconut oil, beeswax, baking soda, powdered sugar. So you could essentially make it yourself, although I have yet to take the time to do this.



I like the sound of deodorant I could take a bite out of if I get hungry. It probably wouldn't taste too good but it wouldn't kill me. In all seriousness thanks for the recommendation, I will check that out.




 
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I experimented with no shampoo or conditioner on my hair when I was showering all summer in my makeshift, gravity-fed garden shower stall. I was amazed. 90 days, no soap or anything other than water on my hair and it was clean and manageable! I had learned that water is a neutralizer in many arenas and I wanted to keep my natural oils on my body. I never shared this with anyone since my aim was not for feedback or judgement but to see if my body needed these manmade concoctions. It did not! My gardens were happy to get watered. I also would push not taking a shower until absolutely necessary which allowed my oils to keep me healthy.
 
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When I started to get grey hair, I was unimpressed with my conditioner to keep my hair from being wily and stiff. I switched to henna in 2004. I get the all natural henna from 'hennaforhair' because she is has a medical degree and researched/developed henna without any of the nasty procedures other henna brands are run through. I was delighted with my clay pack on my hair and only used it once a month. Conditioner free since then and my hair is silky and soft. Mere clay made all the difference in the world and I will NEVER go back to conditioner EVER again!

As well, it's edible. As well, I ended up turning my favorite hair stylist onto it (I would go to her once a month to apply the henna to my strands then go home and rinse it out an hour later). She ended up using the clear henna for hair lice on her customers. It works hands down for smothering lice and removing the eggs.
 
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I would agree with what you say about the toxins being released from fatty tissues and other organs and that fasting gives a boost to detoxing. But since our bodies also shed toxins through the skin pores, well, doesn't it make sense to wash it off?  at least we do not want to let the stuff just sit on our skin for long periods because, well it can be reabsorbed through the skin - much like magnesium and other substances good and bad are absorbed in through intact skin. Water on the inside and water on the outside are good practices.  I would want to shower off or sponge bathe the skin reasonably often to keep the skin organ in good shape.  You wouldn't want to keep your nose/mouth covered indefinitely as that is another way of eliminating toxins via the breath as well as taking in fresh air which should be unobstructed by anything potentially contaminated (like a mask) which it will become over time.
 
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