So, what does this all mean and what can you do? First off, the very places on our bodies where we put deodorant are right where our axillary lymph nodes are. So what we put in that spot will be absorbed into our lymph nodes (and of course our body). The axillary lymph node area filters the lymph fluid draining away from the breast area. Since the job of the lymph nodes is to filter out "bad guys" like cancer cells, this can be an area that is susceptible to cancer and the spread of cancer. Not good. Lymph nodes also filter out and trap bacteria, viruses, and other unwanted substances and wastes from our bodies and make sure that they are safely eliminated from the body.
You want to keep your lymph nodes working well and without any unneeded chemicals from deodorants that will be absorbed!!
After trying out various natural deodorants I've found an easy recipe that you can make at home. Although not necessarily GAPS legal, if you are on GAPS and in need of a deodorant I feel that this one has better ingredients versus purchasing one. Here it is:
5 Tablespoons coconut oil
4 Tablespoons baking soda
4 Tablespoons cornstarch
5 drops tea tree oil (or other essential oil; I like lavender oil)
Mix together well with a spoon and put in a container. Will last a long time and you can halve the recipe if you like.