Since coming off the pill last year, I’ve suffered regulary with ovarian cysts. A problem that’s all the more scary for a BRCA1 carrier. Some are bigger and more painful than others, and there’s nothing fun about looking 5 months pregnant with a lump! Aside from the transvaginal ultrasounds and ca125 monitoring, a more mundane problem for me has been the less than glamourous effects of the hormonal imbalance.
The worst cyst I had was last May, it was a big ‘un, and it kept me in bed for a while, as I was unable to hold my body straight (it felt like something would snap if I did). So when I started to notice that the smell of my pits was far from desirable just after stepping out of the shower, I’d had enough.
I’d been making my own aloe vera-based deodorant for a while already, but it just wasn’t strong enough for this extreme case. So I made the best of being stuck inside and got to experimenting. My lifesaver can be found in most kitchens – bicarbonate of soda. I started using this as deodorant, and it changed everything.
Do it yourself
Once you’ve tried this, you’ll never go back to spending money on store-bought chemical-filled products! (it’s best to use a powdery one rather thain a super grainy/salt-like one)
Option 1 –
simply sprinkle half a teaspoon’s worth onto your palms, and rub it onto your (dry!!) underarms
Option 2 –
grab a small empty pot and add a few teaspoons of bicarb (depending on how long you want to make it for – a few teaspoons shoud easily last a week), then mix in a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Avoid citrusy ones like lemon if your skin is going to be exposed to the sun, this puts you in danger of melanoma. I like frankinsence, (smells great, and apparetly killed OC cells in a petri dish – story to be taken with a pinch of salt of course) atlas cedar and Egyptian geranium personally.
Have fun… let me know how it works out for you!! 🙂