9 Home Remedies For Excessive Sweating
Disclaimer: Before trying these home remedies, we recommend that you visit a doctor to ensure your excessive sweating is not a sign of an underlying condition.
Acne, dandruff, obesity, those embarrassing problems are commonly talked about, but one common issue that rarely seems to be discussed is excessive sweating, yet nearly eight million people in the U.S. suffer from this condition called hyperhidrosis. And, in a poll conducted by the International Hyperhidrosis Society (IHHS), they found people felt it was even more embarrassing than obesity, acne, and dandruff.
Hyperhidrosis causes excessive and persistent sweating in the underarms, hands, feet, or groin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. While it is necessary to sweat as it helps cool the body to prevent overheating, those with this condition sweat when the body doesn’t need cooling. Many people with the condition sweat from one or two areas of the body. Most frequently, they sweat from their palms, feet, underarms, or head. While the rest of the body remains dry, one or two areas may drip with sweat.
Not only can it be embarrassing, with sweat from the underarms soaking through clothes and causing obvious sweat marks, but all of that excess sweating can interfere with everyday activities. If your hands are sweaty, it can be hard to type on a computer or turn a doorknob – and, as the skin is wet so often, it creates prime conditions for a skin infection to develop.
If you experience some of these symptoms you’re likely to have hyperhidrosis:
- Wet and moist palms and soles of the feet
- Visible sweating that drenches your clothes
- Discoloration of the affected area
- Maceration of the skin
- Frequent foot odor
- Your skin is cracking and scaling
There are medical interventions and pharmaceuticals available to treat the condition – some healthcare providers recommend medications for anxiety or depression when hyperhidrosis is triggered by stress. Botox is another common treatment, administered in the underarms, the hands, feet, and groin, in some cases. There’s even surgery to remove the sweat glands. But all of those approaches come with the potential for serious side effects – why risk it when there are a number of effective home remedies you can try first.
Try one of these simple, inexpensive methods to control or reduce your sweating.
1. Avoid chemically processed foods
Nearly every health condition is affected by a poor diet. The saying “you are what you eat” is very true. If your diet is based on processed foods, all of those chemical toxins and compounds manufacturers put in foods to make them taste better or preserve them, are going to trigger more sweating. If you’re overweight, it compounds that problem. That includes all of those frozen, packaged, pre-made, ready-to-eat, deep-fried, and fast foods should be avoided. Instead, focus on whole foods that come from the earth.
This means plenty of fresh fruits like peaches, oranges, cherries, apples, plums, melons and what have you, as well as all types of veggies. Free-range organic eggs and chicken, grass-fed meats. wild-caught fish, nuts, and seeds are important sources of protein.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar offers astringent properties that can help control sweating, and when taken internally, it also helps to balance pH levels in the body. It even works as an antiperspirant, forming a coat on the skin to ensure the pores stay closed.
To use it for sweaty underarms, thoroughly wash the affected area, and then dab a cotton ball into apple cider vinegar. Rub the cotton ball onto the area, and leave it on overnight. In the morning, rinse it off in the shower and then apply deodorant as usual. It’s also a good idea to take it internally by adding two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and a teaspoon of raw honey to a glass of water. Drink the mixture once each day, ideally on an empty stomach, to further combat excess sweating.
If your feet are especially sweaty, you can make an apple cider vinegar foot soak by pouring a half cup of pure organic apple cider vinegar and 4 cups of water into a foot tub. Stir it well and then soak your feet in it for about 20 minutes. It’s most effective if you do this every day.
3. Baking Soda
As baking soda is alkaline, it helps to balance out the acids in sweat that encourage bacteria to thrive. It basically lowers the pH level in areas of the body that commonly sweat, by counteracting those acids and acting as a natural deodorant by absorbing odors. In fact, baking soda is one of the most effective natural deodorants there is.
Baking soda also has healing abilities that can treat skin infections, insect bites, and inflammation. It neutralizes strong and unwanted odors, which means as a deodorant, it eliminates harmful substances from the body while offering long-term protection as well, as Earth Clinic reports. With baking soda, instead of chemicals and additives that can irritate, you have clean, natural substances that add a fresh fragrance to your skin. Plus, it’s a lot less expensive as compared to typical store-bought deodorants.
To use it, simply combine a half-cup of cornstarch, a half-cup of baking soda, and 2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil. Clean your underarms thoroughly, and then apply the mixture on them using a slightly damp cloth. Allow it to dry.
When you’re in a hurry, you can simply put a little baking soda onto your underarms – it will help neutralize body odor and battle excess sweating.
4. Practice Yoga
While you might associate yoga with sweating, particularly power yoga moves, yoga is actually one of the best natural ways to control excessive sweating. This ancient discipline that combines breathing and movement, helps to harmonize your body and correct any imbalances. That can help address the underlying cause of your symptoms, even if you don’t know what the cause is yourself. Regular yoga practice is great at inducing an inner calm and emotional stability, which means if your excessive sweating is connected to stress or anxiety, the practice could help immensely in reducing those occasions when you feel stressed. It will also help to reduce the severity of your anxiety when those inevitable stressful situations arise.
Yoga is also quite effective for stimulating the digestive system, which is helpful for those that have hyperhidrosis associated with weight problems, a poor diet or food intolerance. There are also certain positions that can encourage the body to flush out toxins, which is beneficial for excessive sweating, a symptom of toxic overload.
5. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of the most versatile foods there is. It can be used both internally and externally to supply a myriad of health benefits and address all sorts of health issues too. If you suffer from overall, generalized sweating, use it as a massage oil, rubbing it across your body. Or, you can simply massage it into areas that are affected, like under your arms and on your feet. While some are concerned about it staining clothes, provide you use only a small amount, and massage it well into your skin, you won’t have a problem, and you’ll enjoy a wonderful, light fragrance too.
For especially sweaty areas, you may want to combine it with camphor for extra anti-sweating power. Add about a half cup of crushed camphor to a cup of coconut oil, and stir well to make a paste. Apply the mixture onto sweat prone areas of the body, massaging it in well. Allow it to sit for about an hour, and then rinse it off.
You can also use coconut oil, combined with baking soda and other ingredients, to create your own homemade deodorant.
- 3 tsp Pure Organic Coconut oil
- 2 tsp Shea Butter
- 3 tsp Baking soda
- 2 tsp Arrowroot powder
- 3 drops Pure Lavender essential oil
- In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and Shea butter over medium heat, just until melted. Or, if you don’t have a double boiler, heat some water in a saucepan and then place the coconut oil and Shea butter into a lidded glass jar. Leave the jar in the hot water until both ingredients are thoroughly melted.
- Remove from heat, and add the baking soda and arrowroot powder; mix well.
- Add lavender essential oil, combine and store the mixture in a jar, or allow it to cool and then pour into an empty deodorant stick and place in the refrigerator. Store it there so that it remains hardened.
6. Black Tea
Black tea contains tannic acid which offers both antiperspirant and astringing properties that can help control excessive sweating. Its astringent properties work to constrict the sweat glands that control the flow of sweat to the outer layer of the skin. While other teas can be used, as black tea has the highest level of tannic acid, it’s the most effective.
To use black tea for excessive underarm sweating, you’ll simply make a tea by placing 2 black tea bags into three cups of just-before-boiling-temperature water. Allow it to steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Dip a clean washcloth or cotton pad into the tea, and dab the tea onto the underarms.
You can also use this method for both palm and feet sweating by filling a small basin with 4 cups of hot water. Place 2 black tea bags into the water, allow it to steep for 10 minutes, and then soak either your palms or feet in the water for about 20 minutes when the water cools slightly. Repeat regularly for best results.
Sage has proven to be an outstanding remedy for curing excessive sweating, taken in either tea or pill form, as it offers multiple qualities that make it a very effective antiperspirant remedy. Sage is an antibacterial and antifungal that helps restrict the growth of bacteria that can lead to excess sweating, and sage leaves also contain tannic acid, which means like black tea, it helps constrict sweat glands and reduce perspiration.
There are a few ways you can use sage to address your problem:
- Boil a tablespoon of dried sage leaves in one to two cups of water. Allow it to cool to room temperature, and then use the liquid to thoroughly clean the soles of your feet, the palms of your hands, your underarms and any other areas that tend to be excessively sweaty. Repeat two more times each day for best results.
- You can also drink sage tea and enjoy the effects, though it’s best done when used in combination with the first method. Make a sage tea by steeping one to two teaspoons of the dried herb in a cup of hot water for 5 to 7 minutes. Sip each night just before bedtime.
- For foot sweating specifically, you can fill a foot tub with hot water, and add 2 teaspoons of dried sage. Allow it to steep until the water is at a comfortable, warm temperature and soak feet for 20 minutes at least once a day.
8. Witch Hazel
Obtained from the leaves and bark of the hazel shrub, native to North America, witch hazel contains many beneficial compounds, including tannins, catechins, gallic acid, and flavonoids, as well as essential oils like carvacrol, hexanol, and eugenol, saponins and choline. All of these come together to make a very potent sweat fighter, by shrinking the skin pores with its strong astringent properties. It’s especially useful for facial sweating, which may be one of the reasons it’s a common ingredient in aftershaves.
If you suffer from excessive facial sweating, use it by soaking a cotton ball in witch hazel, and applying a thin layer onto your face. Be careful not to apply too much, however, as it can dry out your skin. Use a similar method for other sweat prone areas like the feet and underarms by soaking a larger cotton pad or washcloth with some naturally preserved witch hazel, wringing out any excess and applying it to affected areas. You can leave it without rinsing, or allow it to be on the area for about 30 minutes and then rinse.
9. Aloe Vera Juice or Gel
Aloe vera offers a soothing, cooling effect on the skin and also helps to regulate excessive sweating caused by heat. It can also address issues like sunburn, age spots, fine lines, and rosacea. Simply dip a clean cloth into some aloe vera juice and apply it to affected areas, or dilute 100% natural, cold pressed aloe vera gelwith water, and then apply.