Manuka oil has a variety of incredible qualities, but it has one that isn’t as well-known as others. It’s an excellent natural deodorant.

What causes body odour?

Body odour is the naturally-occurring smell when acid in your sweat is broken down by bacteria that live on skin. Certain factors, such as weight, diet and some medical conditions. can make some people more susceptible to body odour.

Sweat on its own doesn’t smell, it’s the bacteria multiplying in the sweat that causes the smell. The odour typically arises from underarms and feet, but can emanate from any area.

Propionic amino acids are broken down by specific propionibacteria. This produces a sour, vinegar-like smell. Isovaleric acid is broken down by Staphylococcus epidermidis, which is sometimes present in cheese too. Neither bacteria is harmful on their own. But together they put up quite a stink.

Why is manuka oil effective as a deodorant?

Manuka oil is anti-fungal, anti-microbial and anti-septic. As a result, it kills the bacteria that cause body odour. Unlike some commercial deodorants that simply cover up the smell, manuka resolves the cause.

Manuka also has a light, citrusy scent, which is a pleasant natural fragrance. This means you can avoid having to make contact with the toxic chemicals commonly used as fragrance in many commercial deodorants.

Manuka oil also has a number of other fantastic benefits for skin, including anti-inflammatory and healing properties. This makes it fantastic for a deodorant – it not only kills the bacteria that cause odour, it helps to keep skin healthy as well.

How to use manuka oil as deodorant

Adding two or three drops of manuka oil to your regular body wash will assist greatly in reducing body odour. Manuka oil can also help with foot odour – simply apply manuka oil to your feet and toes, or add it to a foot scrub. Try and see what works for you. There are also commercially available deodorants with manuka oil as an active ingredient.