Prepper Deodorant Alternative – Limes! If in the future you find yourself in the worst of situations where there are no longer stores to buy things you need, or even factories to produce items, what will you do for simple things like deodorant?
Sure you can stock up now but deodorant and antiperspirants usually expire in 3 years if stored properly and as quickly as 12 months after being opened. So what will you do then?
Turns out the answer is as simple as planting a lime tree.
Yes, it’s true. Limes are great at neutralizing odor and sweat. Lime juice is an antibacterial so it works great as a natural deodorant since bacteria is what causes the odor when we sweat. The idea of using limes as a deodorant has been around for hundreds of years but made popular once again by beauty blogger Farah Dhukai.
To apply simply cut a lime in half and rub it on your armpits. Some people have put the juice of a lime into a spray bottle and applied it that way, but it really is just as simple as rubbing half of a lime directly to your pits and you’re good to go.
A few very important words of warning. Limes are all natural. So you don’t risk any chemical reactions. That’s a good thing but that being said, keep in mind that limes are highly acidic (which is what kills bacteria), so don’t use it directly after shaving. It will be painful and cause quite a bit of irritation. You shouldn’t have any irritation problems if you don’t apply to freshly shaved armpits.
Limes have been known to make your skin photosensitive, so if you use lime juice as a deodorant, don’t expose your armpits to the sun. It can cause your skin to burn. This is also why it’s important you wash your hands and other parts of your body that might have gotten some lime juice on them after applying to your armpits.
This part is very important — Lime juice can cause burns on the skin when exposed to sunlight so please make sure that any area exposed to sunlight is rinsed off thoroughly such as your hands, or the surrounding skin of your arms.
The last bit of advice is to wait for the lime juice to fully dry before getting dressed. You don’t’ want to risk the lime juice dripping onto your clothes and accidentally causing bleaching or discoloration stains.
According to the Centers For Disease Control, there is currently no cure for coronavirus. The deadly COVID-19 has sickened more than 82,000 people globally, with the death toll reaching 2,800. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses, but a promising new drug, remdesivir, which is effective against multiple other viruses, is presently in two late-stage studies to test if the drug is effective against COVID-19. Developed by Gilead Sciences, remdesivir is being tested at medical centers in the U.S., China, and other nations with a high number of diagnosed cases.
Experts say that other antiviral drugs are only effective against specific viruses and unlikely to work against the coronavirus. The National Center For Complementary and Integrative Health warned people to beware of "alternative" treatments touted as cures for coronavirus.
However, Glycyrrhizin, a component of Licorice Root, was studied for effectiveness against SARS - an associated coronavirus infection. Reported in the Lancet in 2003, researchers assessed the antiviral potential of ribavirin, 6-azauridine, pyrazofurin, mycophenolic acid, and glycyrrhizin against two clinical isolates of coronavirus (FFM-1 and FFM-2) from patients with SARS admitted to the clinical centre of Frankfurt University, Germany. Of all the compounds, glycyrrhizin was the most active in inhibiting replication of the SARS-associated virus.
Glycrrhizin inhibits virus replication and also adsorption and penetration in early stages of the replicative cycle.
Researchers reported the following: The figure shows the effectiveness of glycrrhizin on replication of SARS-CV in Vero cells. Expression of viral antigens was much lower in cultures treated with 1000 mg/L of glycyrrhizin than in any other culture and high concentrations of glycyrrhizin (4000 mg/L) completely blocked replication of the virus.
The Researchers reported that "infrequent side-effects such as raised blood pressure and hypokalaemia were reported in some patients after prolonged usage (several months). Although high doses of glycyrrhizin have been used in clinical trials, this compound had few toxic effects compared with the other regimens, and the drug was reported to be clinically effective."
Perhaps licorice is a compound worth another look by current researchers, to see if it's effective against COVID-19. Until then, each consumer has to make their own decision as to whether or not they want to purchase it to keep in their arsenal. Considering the other benefits of licorice, it may not be a bad idea. Other benefits of licorice root have been noted:
1. Fights inflammation
2. Leaky gut
3. Heartburn and Acid Reflux
5. Respiratory problems
6. Breast and prostate cancer
7. Improve mobility and movement of joints
5. Weight loss
3. Adrenal Fatigue
It's important to note that not all licorice products contain glycyrrhizin, the compound used in this study. You have to look for a brand with standardized glycyrrhizin.