Some people perspire more than others and it can be truly irksome to be constantly changing clothes especially when it’s the armpits that are sweating excessively. Other than being a cause for embarrassment especially during a social function or at work, the discomfort one feels make it quite impossible for a person to concentrate or perform his work satisfactorily.
Likewise, those with hands that sweat excessively find themselves in constant disarray when their sweaty hands mar their paper works. Those with sweaty feet feel a lot of discomfort down there and the queasy feeling somehow affects their disposition and personal mood, too.
This excessive sweating or perspiration is a condition called hyperhidrosis (it is not a disease) which happens when the body sweats in amounts greater than what our body needs to regulate our body temperature. Survey says that the underarms, palms of the hands and soles of the feet are the ones usually affected by too much sweating.
Certain home remedies are available to help treat excessive sweating, and we often call home treatments as Grandma’s home remedies because a lot of traditional home cures can be traced to the times of our ancestors. Cool, right? ^__^
However, alternative treatments should not replace conventional treatments. It is worth noting that home remedies are more directed towards treating primary hyperhidrosis, the medical condition itself which is caused by sweating of certain areas like hands, feet armpit and groin, which are the most active regions of sweating due to high concentration of sweat glands. Be warned that secondary hyperhidrosis (wherein the whole body sweats excessively) may be caused by some other medical condition or medication; and as such, it is treated primarily by treating the underlying medical condition which is believed to cause the excessive sweating.
Home Remedies for Excessive Sweating:
Rubbing alcohol – Apply a cotton ball or pad soaked in rubbing alcohol to the sweaty areas to help regulate the sweat glands, but limit it to once a week as too much rubbing alcohol may dry your skin.
Natural Vinegar – Soak some cotton balls in apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and rub those underarms to get rid of underarm odor. To drink: add two teaspoons of vinegar with two teaspoons of raw and have it thrice a day on an empty stomach – half an hour before meal or after meal. (However, make sure you do not have pre-existing skin conditions because apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and may irritate sensitive skin or skin that has some disorder or disease.)
Powders – A little bit of powder such as baby, corn starch or baking soda may be used to those areas that sweat a lot; it will absorb much moisture and keep the sweat glands dry although it won’t entirely prevent or cease the sweating permanently.
Antiperspirants – on the hands, feet or even the forehead may be applied daily, especially those which contain high amounts of aluminum chlorohydrate or any other kind of aluminum salt which are the most effective in blocking ducts of the sweat glands. An antiperspirant is not a deodorant, but some deodorants may contain antiperspirant properties.
- Potato – cut in slices and rubbed on your underarms prevents excessive sweating
Tomato Juice– A glass of fresh, homemade tomato juice a day for at least a whole week; then you may continue for alternate days until you notice some progress.
Herbal Tea– proven to be one of the very good home remedies for excessive sweating, brewing sage in hot water and letting it cool down before drinking it daily helps a lot. It contains vitamin B and magnesium which helps reduce the sweat gland activity thereby reducing underarm sweating.
Witch hazel – plant has natural astringent properties and acts as a natural antiperspirant for face because it can gently dry your skin and helps prevent infection. Brewed leaves can also be good to make tea with.
- Tea Tree Oil is also helpful for foot sweating and can be applied directly to the sweaty areas. It has a sweet, woodsy scent and can help kill bacteria and decrease sweating in small amounts. For armpits: Measure out 1 to 2 drops of the oil into your palm and rub it into your armpits each morning before putting on deodorant. However, pure tea-tree oil might cause rashes or redness if you have sensitive skin. If it irritates your underarms, try mixing a drop of the oil with 3 to 4 drops of a neutral carrier oil, such as olive oil, before applying it.
For Sweaty Foot – pat your feet dry, more so between the toes after bath and then massage it with apple cider vinegar.
For Sweaty Palms – Avoid vegetables like broccoli, asparagus and white onion; avoid beef, liver and turkey meats and reduce intake of foods rich in iodine. Boil a quart of water and soak five teabags in it. When it cools down, soak the palms for at least thirty minutes. Tannic acid in tea has astringent properties that act as a natural antiperspirant.
For sweaty Underarms– After cleaning, shaving and washing your underarms thoroughly, you may apply cornstarch and baking soda on your underarms for about half an hour and then you may wash it off with water. Adding essential oils into the mixture to act as a deodorizer is also advised.
Have an Anti-Sweat Diet– A diet rich in silicon will help regulate the production of sweat. Foods likes strawberries, grapes, onions, and almonds and have mineral silicon. Drink plenty of water to remove toxins which cause odorous sweat. Vitamin B-rich food like milk, cereals, and fish are also helpful in reducing sweating.
A glass of young Wheat grass Juice daily helps in neutralizing acids and toxins in the blood and is also a very good source of protein, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, folic acid, and vitamin B-6.
If you feel that your whole body is sweating excessively despite being relaxed, without stress and in a cool temperature, remember that you might be in the secondary hyperhidrosis condition, and it may be treated primarily by treating the underlying medical condition which is believed to cause excessive sweating. It is advised to visit your doctor immediately if you have this second condition.