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These two essential oils will help fight off summer foot odor


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Prone to stinky feet syndrome come summertime? Well, keep in mind that it’s not you, it’s the heat. In fact, it’s totally normal for your feet to get a little damp (they do have roughly 250,000 sweat glands!). While sweat alone doesn’t smell, unfortunately everything changes once the temperature rises.

Podiatrist Suzanne Levine, DPM, told Refinery29 that odor comes into play when all that sweat “sits around on your clothing or on your body and the bacteria break down”—you know, something that’s bound to happen when you’re running around in your sneakers in 90-degree weather all day long. So what can you do to ensure you don’t gag once those chic kicks come off at the end of a long, hot day? The solution might be as simple busting our your essential oil collection.

Adding some drops of cypress or peppermint to your bath or foot soaks doesn’t just help get rid of an unpleasant stench, but it also does a great job at fending off that odor-causing bacteria.

According to Dr. Levine, adding some drops of cypress or peppermint to your bath or foot soaks doesn’t just help get rid of an unpleasant stench, but it also does a great job at fending off the bacteria that causes odor in the first place. And smell-banishing capabilities aside, consider it a solid excuse to make summer self-care a priority by catching up on your reading during a nice, long dip. Maybe “address stinky-feet problem” isn’t such a horrible item of your to-do list after all.

Here’s what your body odor is trying to tell you. Or, find out the easy way to deodorize your home.

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