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Milk of magnesia is a medicine cabinet miracle worker

Danielle Bisbano - Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Stroll through the Whole Body section of your local Whole Foods and you will find boatloads of hair, skin and beauty products. Do you know why? Because these are the more natural versions of the products that you probably use every day. The fact that they are showing up at Whole Foods should at least make you pay attention. The reason they are there is because the drugstore and salon brands are often loaded with chemicals of various natures and other undesirables. Deodorant is no exception.

Most anti-perspirant/deodorants contain aluminum. Without getting into all the details and exploring a plethora of undoubtedly conflicting reports on the safety of such an ingredient, let’s just assume that we don’t want to be putting aluminum on our skin, especially so very close to our lymph nodes. But if we eliminate aluminum, we are basically taking the anti-perspirant out of the equation all together so try a talc-free baby powder or cornstarch instead. So now we need to find an effective, all natural deodorant. There are dozens to choose from, that’s for sure. Let me know if you ever find one that actually works! There is a solution, though. One you would probably never guess.

The star of part one of the medicine cabinet miracle worker is Milk of Magnesia. Yes, Milk of Magnesia. As in the laxative. Surprise! This stuff works incredibly well for women AND men. One bottle will cost you about five dollars and will last you for at least six months. Try to find a generic brand as the Phillips brand contains an additional ingredient which is a form of bleach; the generic brands are even more natural. Simply pour out a small amount in your hand and massage in with your fingers or a cotton pad. If you prefer a thicker consistency, you can pour some in a separate container and leave the lid off to let it dry out a little and therefore thicken slightly to make it easier to apply.
Milk of Magnesia is colorless and odorless and works perfectly on its own but it also makes a great base for your own homemade deodorant concoction. You could add some baking soda, essential oils of tea tree or lavender and some apple cider vinegar to name a few. Do a little research and make your own master mix.

Amazed? Just wait until you try it. Oh, and we’re not done with M.O.M. just yet. She’s got a few other tricks up her sleeve. Stay tuned …

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