I have no idea where I’ve been for the last 8 months. Well, I do know but I also know that the older I get, the faster time flies, and the more I seem to do Groundhog Day. Somehow, this blog seems to have been my last priority lately. Or maybe my first priority has had to be work. My second priority is to think about going off on a few tangents in this blog, most notably, some posts about more healthy living.
There’s really not much new in the world of my Type 1 Diabetes. Now and then I learn a new tidbit, which I will share with you in due course. What seems to have taken my interest is overall health, which goes a long way to helping the diabetes stay in better control.
Today, I wanted to share with you one of my forays into the world of alternate, healthy things. It’s something little talked about but should be – deodorant.
Commercial deodorants generally have some very questionable ingredients. Many years ago, a doctor told me to stop using deodorants with aluminium. Who me? The deodorant-challenged sweat ball? I don’t think so.
Fast forward 20 years, a bunch of research, a desire to live in a healthier environment and to keep eating real food.
The deodorant solution? Make your own! This is good stuff. It works. I’ve been using it for more than 8 months. It costs cents to make and you know exactly what’s in it. This is the recipe I use. I urge you to try it!
- 6 tablespoons coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder/tapioca starch
- 2 tablespoons cornflour/cornstarch (gluten free if possible)
- Several Drops of Essential Oil: Lavender or Lemon, or any other you like. Please make sure that any fragrance you use is food-grade, organic if possible and as natural as possible.
- If your coconut oil is solid, then in a small pot measure and melt on very low heat. Otherwise place a small glass bowl.
- Mix in rest of ingredients.
- Pour a small glass jar.
- Use a pea sized piece under both arms (more doesn't mean better).
- This recipe will melt in summer - depending on where you live. Keep a small spatula handy and remix when melted.
- When solid, scoop some into your palm and warm by rubbing between both hands.
- Some have said it's best not to use right after shaving (wait half an hour or so), but it's never bothered me.
- If you find that the baking soda doesn't agree with you then change the ratios between baking soda, arrowroot and cornflour/cornstarch.
- Remember, this isn't an antiperspirant, it's a deodorant. Let dry before you put clothing on. You can seal with a bit of cornflour/cornstarch.