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Apple Cider VinegarVinegar is one of the oldest and most useful remedies in the world, and of the many forms of vinegar available today, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is widely recognized as the most potent and beneficial. Unfiltered, organic apple cider vinegar is loaded with raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which promote healthy digestion, blood-glucose levels, hormones, and a number of other bodily functions. Apple cider vinegar can also be used to boost hair health, relieve sinus pressure and even acts as an effective insect repellent.
2. Witch Hazel
Witch HazelWitch hazel – a topical astringent derived from the bark and leaves of the North American witch-hazel shrub – has long been recognized by Native Americans for its medicinal properties. This popular herbal remedy is recognized world-wide as a natural cleanser and toner, but witch hazel has many more uses than simply to clarify skin and shrink pores. Use witch hazel to fade bruises, stop bleeding, neutralize bug bites, and much more.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil of all of the ‘super foods’ on the market, coconut oil may just be the reigning champion of them all. Boasting a seemingly endless list of health benefits, organic virgin coconut oil has at least one positive effect on every system in the human body. From skin care, hair care and weight loss to hormone balance and mental acuity, this is one ingredient you definitely need in your home!
4. Epsom Salt
Epsom saltEpsom salt – chemically known as magnesium sulfate – was first discovered in the waters of the like-named spring in Surrey, England. A must-have natural remedy for every home, Epsom salt may be used for everything from washing hair and relaxing cramped muscles to scrubbing dishes and deterring slugs from your garden.
5. Baking Soda
Baking sodaSodium bicarbonate – commonly known as baking soda – is one natural remedy with a long list of health benefits and uses. It can be taken internally by mixing with water, applied topically, and used orally as a mouth rinse. Use baking soda to promote digestive health, reduce acidity in the body, kill parasites, prevent gout, and much, much more! We have baking soda in our natural deodorant Undercover agent.
6. Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan Pink SaltThe Himalayas are now the tallest mountains in the world, spanning 2400 kilometers across Asia at the joining of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates. However, 250 million years ago, these proud peaks lay at the bottom of a primordial sea. Within that ancient body of water existed a perfect, pristine ecosystem that was slowly pushed skyward as the plates of the earth shifted. The ancient waters evaporated, exposing all of its life-sustaining minerals to the heat of the sun which crystallized them into what we now know as Himalayan pink salt.
Because of the conditions by which it was formed, this purest of sea salts is one of the best sources of natural minerals on the planet. From lowering blood pressure to clearing sinuses, this is one salt you’ll be happy to put on your food!
7. Lavender Oil
Lavender oilLavender oil is one of the world’s most popular and versatile herbal essential oils. Its health benefits range from pain relief and mental clarity to use as an anti-bacterial cleanser and a natural deodorant. Lavender oil may also be used as the “hero ingredient”in a number of DIY health, home and beauty products – such as a cooling spray, hair spray, sleep balm and so much more
8. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oilTea tree oil is distilled from the leaves of the Australian tea tree, Melalenca alternifolia (not to be confused with extract of the edible tea plant (Camellia sinensus.) Although tea tree oil is highly toxic when ingested, it has a surprising number of topical uses to cure or prevent a whole host of everyday maladies – including acne, nail fungus, insect bites and more. Plus it can be used in a number of cleaning recipes due to its powerful antimicrobial abilities.
9. Aloe Vera
aloe veraAloe Vera has been popular throughout history, used to treat both internal and external maladies. Widely recognized for its ability to soothe pain and inflammation caused by burns – specifically those from sunburn – Aloe Vera is a highly underrated herbal remedy with many other awesome applications. Use Aloe Vera for better skin and hair, to detoxify your body, or as a digestive aid.
10. Castile Soap
Castile soapTraditionally made from olive oil, “Castile” is the name given to any soap made from purely vegetable-based lipids instead of animal-based tallow. Castile soap is both gentle on skin and bio-degradable. It is a “true soap” and not simply a chemical detergent. This wonderful product is incredibly versatile and can be used as the main ingredient in everything from all-natural dish detergent to Eco-friendly dog shampoo
By Janice Taylor
Why You Should Use Aluminum-Free Deodorant
by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
Published on May 22, 2015
There are times in life when we need added protection against body odor. Whether at the gym or in an important meeting, it’s very likely that, without some type of deodorant, we’ll sweat and let out a little odor. Not a pleasant topic, but it can’t be ignored. Choosing the right deodorant is just as important as wearing it regularly. You need to find one that will not only provide lasting protection, but will also be free of toxins.
The Difference Between Antiperspirants and Deodorants
While most people use the terms antiperspirant and deodorant interchangeably, the two are not the same. Antiperspirants work by preventing perspiration from occurring. Deodorants allow perspiration but block odor. Deodorants accomplish this by killing the bacteria that cause odor. From a purely natural standpoint, it makes more sense for us to use deodorants, as it is a more natural process.
Of course none of us wants to emit an unpleasant, offensive odor, and some of us don’t particularly enjoy sweating. The fact is many personal care products that deal with these concerns contain aluminum as an active ingredient. Aluminum is also a known neurotoxin. Aluminum-free deodorants are perhaps the best alternative, and these products are growing considerably in both availability and number.
The Dangers of Using Products Containing Aluminum
Deodorants contain aluminum and synthetic fragrances, undesirable components many people are sensitive to.  If you find that your underarms are irritated, it may be an allergic reaction to the aluminum which is toxic to the body.
Aluminum has been associated with a variety of health issues,    including:
What to Look for in an Aluminum-Free Deodorant
Aluminum-free deodorants should consist of essential oils and all natural ingredients. Aluminum free alone may not be enough as some aluminum-free deodorants are still high risk, according to the Environmental Working Group, and can contain chemicals like triclosan and propylene glycol. Triclosan is perhaps a more fierce endocrine disruptor than propylene glycol, so try to avoid it. This article contains a recipe for making your own deodorant using natural ingredients like baking soda and coconut oil.
The Take Home
With new evidence and reports of adverse reactions staring us in the face, it is difficult to ignore the potential danger of so many health and beauty items on the market. What it boils down to, however, is that each of us has to take the initiative and actively seek out the products that are healthier for us.
Try our aluminum free Undercover agent deodorant. Finally a natural deodorant that actually works
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I have known about the risks of aluminium deodorants for years now. Searching for a natural option that worked was not successful so I kept going back to aluminium deodorants. I have traveled extensively around the globe and lived on many continents, always trying new natural deodorants but I kept smelling..... not of roses.
When I lovely lady who makes her own natural skincare products, from a small town in Sweden suggested I try her deodorant, I was more than skeptical. I was convinced natural deodorants do not work. I am so happy she insisted I try her recipe.
This natural deodorant, now called Undercover agent, really works! The lady also tried it out on her grown up son and their mates during a sailing regatta. They all came back with thumbs up, not just from winning.
There is no longer a need to compromise our health
An ingredient that allows deodorants to be both natural and effective is potassium alum, a naturally occurring mineral. Deodorant companies are replacing their harmful or toxic chemical ingredients used to prevent odor with this natural mineral. And if they aren’t, they should. Potassium alum is a natural deodorant ingredient that provides very effective odor protection, and best of all, it is an equally effective alternative to synthetic active ingredients.
Potassium alum deodorant can provide benefits that are unmatched by leading traditional deodorants. Potassium alum, when used in its pure state, will provide 24 hour odor protection by inhibiting the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Additionally, it is hypoallergenic, and does not include ingredients like alcohol, Parabens or aluminum chlorohydrate.
Alum vs. aluminium
Many people get confused about Alum because the press talk about Aluminium being bad for us. Aluminium is the third most abundant element on the planet and we ingest it in large proportions every day in water and food. In fact, in some parts, its presence in water is the only thing that allows it to be drunk without harm. It is not particularly good for living organisms in the body so over eons we have evolved a particularly efficient and effective system for allowing naturally occurring Aluminium and its salt derivatives to pass through the body without effect. However it is specific types of manmade synthetic Aluminium that have the health scares associated with them.
Aluminium Chlorohydrate is a synthetic ingredient of antiperspirants/deodorants, designed to be absorbed into and to block the pores under the arms, to prevent perspiration. There have been some claims that there may be a connection between Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer and Aluminium Chlorohydrate.
A safe and effective natural deodorant
With a long history of safe use as a deodorant ingredient Alum is a traditional alternative to many modern deodorants. Our deodorant Undercover agent is made from just a solid moulded lump of crystallised alum, which is a naturally mined mineral salt.
Other uses for potassium alum
Furthermore, potassium alum can act as a great aftershave. It provides astringent and antiseptic effects which allow it to stop the bleeding of shaving cuts and nicks while toning and firming the skin. And, a little known secret of potassium alum is that it can also prevent razor bumps or even help remove pimples. Potassium alum has a variety of uses in our world. It is used in the preparation of flour and cheese and is used in OTC oral health products as an astringent. It can also be used for water clarification, seafood preservation, and pickling.
The advantages of sweating
Sweating is a physiological effect, which is why antiperspirants are covered by the OTC monographs in the USA and are quasi-drugs in Japan. Unfortunately in UK legislation there is no difference made between deodorants and antiperspirant. We think that blocking the skins pores completely is not advisable and that the physiological action of the skin should be left intact as far as possible. Alums low degree of antiperspirant action means that your skins pores are not blocked completely, yet its high degree of antibacterial action mean that it acts as an effective deodorant and only partial antiperspirant.
Deodorant and antiperspirants - a very real difference
Aluminium Chlorohydrate is an active antiperspirant ingredient, which offers a high degree antiperspirancy and low degree of deodorant function. It is used in many over the counter and prescription antiperspirant products. Alum has low degree of antiperspirancy and functions more as a deodorant than an antiperspirant.
How aluminium chlorohydrate works
It is thought to work when aluminium ions are taken into the cells that line the eccrine-gland ducts at the opening of the epidermis in the top layer of the skin. As aluminium ions are drawn into the cells, there is water that passes in with them and causes the cells begin to swell and squeeze the ducts closed so that sweat cannot get out. There is a limit to the amount of water that each cell can accept and the cells reach a balance. Sweating stops until slowly the water escapes and the cellular swelling decreases and then the sweating process will resume. The process is dependent on the number of aluminium ions applied. The supposition that Aluminium Chlorhydrate blocks the pores is substantiated in the Merck Manual online “Aluminum chloride hexahydrate in a 6 to 20% solution in absolute ethyl alcohol is indicated for topical treatment of axillary, palmar, and plantar sweating; these preparations require a prescription. The solution blocks sweat ducts and is most effective when applied nightly and covered tightly with a thin polyvinylidene or polyethylene film; it should be washed off in the morning.” Reiber et al. 1995 also suggest that Aluminium chlorhydrate salt, is thought to form an obstructive plug of aluminium hydroxide within the sweat duct.
There possibility that Aluminium in antiperspirants can be absorbed through the skin has been suggested (Graves et al. 1990), but this hypothesis has not been clinically confirmed.
Studies on Breast cancer and Antiperspirants/deodorants - taken from the National Cancer Institute website at www.cancer.gov
At True organic of Sweden we recognize that no two people are alike, and even with pure and natural ingredients, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction that is unique to them. As with any product, be sure to discontinue use if you experience discomfort or other indications that the product may not be appropriate for your individual body chemistry.