Body odor is unpleasant, causing us to use various fragrances to cover the scent. Part of smelling good includes bathing and the use of external perfumes and antiperspirants. In addition, you can deodorize your body from the inside out, naturally, through the consumption of herbs that improve the scent of body secretions like sweat and freshen breath. Adjust your diet by adding certain aromatic herbs to naturally keep you smelling good, according to Health 911.
Peppermint is highly fragrant due to the menthol, menthone, and chlorophyll content of its leaves. When ingested, these chemical oils are metabolized through the skin. Not only does the ingestion of peppermint freshen breath, it eases digestion, helping to metabolize foods and other toxins, which improves overall body odor. Peppermint also contains manganese, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids, according to Organic Facts. These elements contribute to a pleasant smelling body, according to Health 911.
Rosemary, when ingested, improves body odor. A member of the mint family, rosemary contains menthol and chlorophyll, an ingredient in many internal deodorant treatments, which provides natural deodorant properties and neutralizes strong food odors, according to The Alkaline Cookbook by Annie Guillet. These greens also contain zinc, a mineral many people with body odor lack, according to the Global Healing Center. Rosemary leaves contain camphor and rosmarinic acid, both of which are metabolized through the skin to improve your body’s scent. The leaves of the rosemary plant can be eaten fresh, or make an herbal tea with the leaves.
Ingesting sage can reduce sweat gland activity, according to Health 911, and combined with water, can make an herbal tea. Teas made with aromatic herbs like sage or mint flush odor causing toxins from the body, while perfuming the skin with the herb’s natural scent. Sage has antibacterial properties, and when excreted in sweat, helps prevent odor causing bacteria from forming on the skin. A relative of rosemary, sage contains the aromatic compound camphor, as well as volatile oils, including apigenin, diosmetin, luteolin, and rosmarinic acid, all of which improve the scent of the body, according to The World’s Healthiest Foods.
Eat parsley, a member of the celery family, raw. Parsley contains aromatic oils, including myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujone, all used in fragrance making, which contribute to improved body odor when eaten, according to Natural Health Techniques. In addition, parsley is very rich in odor neutralizing chlorophyll and other antibacterial elements which prevent body odors from forming.
One of the most anti-oxidant rich foods, fragrant oregano leaves help deodorize the body when eaten. Oregano contains the volatile oils of thymol and carvacol, which, when metabolized and secreted through the skin, lends a slight fragrance while also being very antibacterial in nature, according to A 2 Z of Health, Beauty, and Fitness. Ingestion of the leaves help fight any odor causing bacteria on the skin.