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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve already heard about all the amazing health benefits of turmeric powder. In case you missed it, here are just a few things this miracle powder can do for you:

When taken internally — 

  • increases antioxidants in your body
  • helps lower cholesterol
  • prevent and treat Alzheimer’s
  • relieve arthritis
  • control weight

And a few more things too. If you really want to learn more, you can check out this article here.

You can also use turmeric topically on your skin. Here is what it claims to do:

  • brightens your skin
  • helps reduce scars
  • great for acne
  • great for age spots

I mean, look! Turmeric is like a magic powder. It does all sorts of amazing things to you. You can put it in a mask for topical use, or you can toss some in your food for other amazing health benefits.


Here’s the thing.

While we are all on our quest to find the one magic product that makes us new again, too many of us forget to check the side effects because, let’s face it, everything has side effects.

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What the heck is that smell?

Fast forward 6 months or so later, and I noticed a smell, and not only was it not a very pleasant smell, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get rid of this foul smell.

I tried everything

I researched the crap out of this. It was driving me crazy! Was this just part of getting older? Do all your body parts start smelling bad?

Seriously? Is this what I have to look forward to now past 60? Sweet baby geezus. I just can’t.

So I Googled until my eyes bled. I tried absolutely everything, ok almost everything my Google search results told me to do.

I tried to determine the cause. I mean….what…the…heck??? What is happening to me?

Nothing I read made sense. Months and months of dealing with this horrific odor and no further ahead with what it’s from OR how to get rid of it.


So I should probably let you in on where exactly this foul odor was coming from before I tell you what I tried using to make it go away.

Of all places, armpits. I know, weird, right??

The smell just would not go away ever. Even right out of the shower, freshly washed, they still smelled so bad.

I smothered baking soda on them (and that was slightly uncomfortable, btw…), I tried coconut oil and an essential oil mixed together. I changed my deodorant a million darn times.

I tried everything!!!! And nothing worked. At all. Ever.

I was embarrassed to go out in public in case someone smelled me and thought I forgot to shower. It was just so bad.

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And then this happened

Every morning I make a smoothie. I put a banana, frozen berries, cocoa powder, collagen powder, cinnamon, natural peanut butter, water, and turmeric.

But about a month or so ago, I ran out of turmeric and just never bought more. I honestly preferred my smoothie without the less pleasing taste of turmeric.

And then, a few weeks later, I noticed something. Something peculiar and wonderful, and I had a light bulb moment, and it was a beautiful thing (you can go ahead and picture The Grinch here when he had his beautiful moment..go ahead, I’ll wait)

My armpits stopped smelling. I mean, they still have a slight odor, of course, but a more normal one like the rest of the world. That toxic, make-you-wanna-gag smell was gone. Finally, my armpits smelled normal-ish.

And it occurred to me that I had stopped using turmeric recently, and suddenly my pits don’t stink anymore. Coincidence? I think not.

So back to Google, I went. I literally typed in, “Does turmeric make your armpits smell.” The result? No.

I call bs on that one. Actually, out of all my Google searches, not once did it say turmeric can cause a foul body odor of any kind.

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It tastes bad, but it works

I think that was the slogan for something, oh right, Buckley’s “It tastes awful, and it works.” Ok. I get it. But Buckley’s didn’t make my pits smell like an unchanged litter box that had been used by 10 raccoons, 13 feral cats, and 6 rabid rats.

Regardless of how amazing turmeric claims to be for your body, health, skin, etc., I’m done using it.

I’ve discovered that a lot of ailments and skin conditions, etc., that we suffer from can be cured by simply changing our diet. Now that’s amazing!

I also learned, after inquiring in a few groups, that I was consuming it alllllll wrong. “Girl, you need to use it in your cooking, don’t eat it raw!”. What the hell did I know?

Well, I know now. Thank you, internet, for clearing this up for me.

xo iva xo

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