You likely know that lemon juice will work for sore throat and cough. These are two primary uses of lemons in traditional Chinese medicine, but it has other less known uses as well. For the past six months, I have been using lemons as an underarm deodorant, and I am still amazed by how well it actually works! I failed to think it'd work as well as it does, particularly in climates where sweltering heat and humidity are common. I first started using lemons as a deodorant when my skin became irritated by the chemicals found within traditional deodorants and antiperspirants.

I have always disliked using standard underarm deodorants. Sure they’d occasionally prevent you from sweating and smelling, but these products consist of numerous chemicals and aluminum substances that seep into your pores and can cause health problems in the long run. If you are worried about your long term health, try lemon juice - in my view, the greatest underarm deodorant.

It is important to make the distinction, however, between antiperspirants and deodorants. On the one hand, deodorants are aesthetic products that only deal with concealing or removing scent. On the other hand, antiperspirants are over the counter pharmaceutical products that mostly consist of the active ingredient aluminium chlorohydrate, which are utilized to prevent perspiration by blocking the pores under your arm.

The majority of the large brands you see in the deodorant aisles of pharmacies offer both deodorant and antiperspirant products. Interesting, lemon juice has light astringent effect that mimic the pores shutting effect of antiperspirants. Lemon juice is a fantastic deodorant because it kills the bacteria under your arm that feeds on sweat, which results in the elimination of any scent that was once present. The only drawback is that lemons are very acidic, so be cautious if you are predisposed towards irritation, particularly after shaving.

To use lemons as a deodorant, you can either buy fresh lemons and slice a small piece for each use or buy the lemon juice itself. Whichever option you go with, make sure to keep your ‘deodorant’ refrigerated at all times. When ready to use, add a tablespoon of juice to both palms and distribute evenly to both areas under your arm. That’s all there is to it. Once the application is complete, you will quickly notice that there is no underarm odor at all, which will continue throughout the day and, from my personal experience, may even result in less perspiration as compared to traditional deodorants and antiperspirants.