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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

6. Black Tea

Black tea contains tannic acid which offers both antiperspirant and astringing properties that can help control excessive sweating.

7. Sage

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.

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.

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.