Sweating is a natural mechanism the body uses to help regulate temperature. Some of the activities associated with sweating include difficult manual work, high external temperatures, intense exercise routines and emotions of anger and fear. This is normal for the most part, but in some cases, people sweat excessively without any of these associated activities. This excessive sweating is medically referred to as hyperhidrosis. This medical term is a combination of two words: hyper (excessive) and hidrosis (sweating). It is important to note that this condition manifests as sweating even when it is not necessary.
As mentioned above, sweating is a natural mechanism used to cool the body, and therefore prevent overheating which has dire consequences on the body. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis, however, sweat a lot even when the body does not require any cooling. Interestingly, many people with this condition sweat from one or two distinct parts of the body. What this means is that while the rest of the body remains unaffected, one or two parts of the body may be dripping with sweat. Most of the affected parts of the body include the palms, the head, the underarm region as well as the feet.
Hyperhidrosis can easily interfere with your daily routine. Sweaty palms may make it hard to work at the office, while sweaty underarms which soak clothes are a source of embarrassment. More importantly, excessive sweat predisposes affected persons to skin infections due to the constant accumulation of moisture. As a result, you may constantly be concerned about the need to change clothes, avoid social company or stick to loose fitting black clothes to avoid sweat patches. Low self esteem and loneliness often result from this condition. To treat this at home, you may use any of the natural remedies listed below. Remember to get proper diagnosis at a doctor’s consultation to eliminate the possibility of other underlying disorders that could cause the condition.
1. Baking Soda:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 cup of warm water, 3 drops of your preferred essential oil and warm water. 1 tablespoon each of baking soda and cornstarch (optional).
Baking soda is one of the most versatile home remedies available, so it is no surprise that it is recommended as one of the best solutions to excessive sweating. Baking soda helps absorb the excessive sweat when applied topically on the affected body part, thus working as a natural antiperspirant. One of the challenges of hyperhidrosis is that it easily causes body odor. Baking soda works excellently to neutralize this odor and make the condition far more bearable. Additionally, baking soda maintains the normal skin pH at the affected skin thanks to its alkaline properties.
You may prepare the remedy in two distinct ways: using water to create a paste as well as using cornstarch to prepare a powder for topical application. Note that for this remedy to be effective, you need to use the remedy on a regular basis. Follow the directions below to use baking soda for hyperhidrosis.
Prepare Baking Soda Paste
- Add enough warm water to the baking soda and mix well so that you have a thick paste.
- Add 3 drops of your choice essential oil to give the remedy a lovely fragrance as well as help fight body odor.
- Apply a generous amount of this paste on the affected body part and leave it on for about 20 minutes.
- Rinse the paste off using warm water.
- Repeat this remedy at least once daily.
Preparing the Baking Soda + Cornstarch Powder
- Mix equal amounts of the two ingredients until the powders are difficult to distinguish from each other.
- Dust this powder where hyperhidrosis occurs the most and leave it on.
- Use this remedy as and when it is required.
NOTE: You may prepare this remedy in bulk and then store in a bottle for easy application.
2. Black Tea:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 2 Tea bags, 3 cups of water in a pan, a clean washcloth and a dry towel.
Black tea is an ideal home remedy for those who sweat excessively. Best known for its astringent properties, the tea helps the sweat glands constrict so that less sweat is produced. Black tea also has potent antiperspirant and antibacterial properties that make it best suited for the natural treatment of hyperhidrosis. The latter are especially effective as they kill bacterial populations that thrive on wet sweaty skin. The best way to use this remedy is topically, but note that it helps to take the black tea itself to compliment these healing properties. Prepare this simple remedy by following the directions indicated below.
- Boil the water in the pan.
- Once hot, place the teabags in the hot water and allow them to steep for 15 minutes.
- Allow the solution to cool for a few minutes and then soak the washcloth in it.
- Apply the wet washcloth on the affected body parts and rub for a few minutes.
- If your palms and feet are the most affected, it helps to soak them in the solution for half an hour for best results.
- Additionally, take 2 cups of black tea daily to compliment this process. It is advisable to take warm/cool black tea to avoid triggering the sweating in the first place.
- Use this remedy at least once daily.
3. White Sandalwood Powder:
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of sandalwood powder, rose water to prepare the pest, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and warm water for rinsing purposes.
White sandalwood powder provides an Ayurveda solution for the management of hyperhidrosis as it helps manage the rate of sweating and reduces the accompanying symptoms of excessive sweating. In addition, sandalwood powder has an aromatic fragrance that helps get rid of the characteristic body odor and makes it easy to manage the condition. Sandalwood powder also works enzymatically to absorb the excess moisture produced when the body sweats. Use rose water to prepare the paste, and add some lemon juice which is great at masking odor.
- Prepare the paste by adding water to the sandalwood powder in small amounts until you have a thick paste.
- Add a few drops of the lemon juice and mix some more.
- Apply the paste on the affected part of the body and let it dry on its own.
- Rinse the paste off using warm water and pat the skin dry.
- Use this remedy once daily until you are able to manage the condition.
NOTE: The best time to use this remedy is immediately after a bath as the skin pores are open and absorb the remedy’s active ingredients with ease. In addition to this, avoid exposing the affected part of the body to direct sunlight since the use of lemon juice may enhance bleaching.
Time Required: 30 Min
What You Need: 1 Teaspoon of sage leaves (dried), 2 cups of water in a pan, strainer, clean washcloth and dry towel.
Whenever you need a herbal remedy to treat hyperhidrosis, look no further than sage. A natural antiperspirant and effective astringent, sage has the very properties that you need to manage excessive sweating. Its astringent properties allow for the constriction of the sweat glands so that less sweat is produced. Additionally, sage herb has high concentrations of Vitamin B and Magnesium, both of which are important in the regulation of the sweat gland activity. Add this herb to your daily diet and use it to prepare a solution that you may apply topically.
- Boil the 2 cups of water in a pan before adding the dried sage leaves.
- Let the leaves steep for 20 minutes and then strain.
- Soak the washcloth in the solution you just strained for 2 minutes.
- Use the wet cloth to clean the parts of the body that sweat the most.
- Follow this remedy thrice daily for a couple of weeks as you monitor your progress.
- Alternatively, prepare sage tea by steeping the powder in a cup of hot water and steeping for 5 minutes before adding lemon juice.
- Drink twice daily for best results.
- Remember to add sage to your daily diet in order to harness the herb’s goodness.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Time Required: 10 Min
What You Need: Equal amounts of apple cider vinegar, cotton ball and gentle deodorant.
Apple cider vinegar (abbreviated ACV) is a renowned home remedy for the treatment of different disorders, particularly those that affect the skin. Its astringent properties help regulate the rate of sweating by causing the tightening of the sweat glands so that less sweat is produced. ACV has the advantage of both internal and external use. When used internally, the solution helps maintain the body’s normal pH range.
- Wash the part of the body that sweats the most prior to the application of apple cider vinegar.
- Mix equal amounts of the Apple cider vinegar and water in a bowl and proceed to soak the cotton ball in it.
- Dab the wet cotton wool on the skin and leave it overnight.
- Rinse the skin the next morning as you shower.
- Pat the skin dry before applying a gentle deodorant.
- In the absence of deodorant, you may use talcum powder which works by absorbing the excess moisture.
6. Witch Hazel:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: Witchhazel liquid extract, cotton wool and warm water. Witchhazel powder and warm water (optional)
Witchhazel, just like sage, is a herbal remedy whose astringent properties make it ideal for the natural treatment of hyperhidrosis. This helps the body fight against excessive sweating while keeping body odor at bay, thanks to its distinct and pleasant aroma. You will need witchhazel liquid extract to apply topically, or you may prepare a paste for topical application as described in the steps below.
- Soak the cotton wool in the herbal liquid extract for 5 minutes.
- Gently dab the wet cotton wool on the skin and leave it on. Repeat this procedure twice daily.
- Alternatively, add some water to 1 tablespoon of witch hazel bark powder to create a paste.
- Apply a thick layer of the paste on the sweaty skin and leave on for an hour.
- Rinse the skin to get rid of the paste and dry the skin.
- Follow this procedure daily for a couple of weeks.
7. Fresh Tomato Juice:
Time Required: 20 Min
What You Need: 1 Ripe but firm tomato and water to rinse.
As with many of the aforementioned remedies, fresh tomato juice acts as a natural astringent and skin cleanser. This is extremely helpful for anyone suffering from hyperhidrosis as it helps regulate sweat activity while cleaning the skin’s pores. Tomatoes are also rich in antioxidants which help fight radicals and maintain the skin’s health. This remedy is best applied just before a morning shower for best results.
- Clean the tomato and cut into half.
- Rub the tomato halves over the sweaty parts of the skin and leave on for 20 minutes.
- Rinse the juice off in the shower.
- Use this simple remedy daily until there’s a change/reduction in your sweating tendencies.
8. Homemade Coconut Deodorant:
Time Required: 1Hr
What You Need: 2 Tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of shea butter, water bath, 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder and a few drops of your preferred essential oil. Glass jar (for storage purposes)
Coconut oil is yet another diverse home remedy for an array of skin disorders. When used to treat hyperhidrosis, the coconut’s lauric acid destroys bacterial population that thrive in moist skin. This in turn eliminates the bad odor and reduces the condition’s symptoms. You may use the coconut oil on its own or opt to combine it with the following ingredients in order to prepare homemade deodorant. Follow the simple steps below to prepare this effective remedy. Shea butter is added for its texture, while the benefits of baking soda have been outlined above. Essential oil is included for its aroma, and the glass jar is required for optimal storage conditions.
- Mix the coconut oil with the shea butter in a bowl and transfer the bowl to a water bath.
- Continue to stir the mixture as it melts so that you have a consistent mass.
- Add in the rest of the ingredients one by one and mix well.
- Store the homemade coconut deodorant in a glass jar and place in a cool dry place.
- When you need to use the remedy, simply apply on the parts of the body that are most prone to excessive sweating.
9. Additional Tips to Help you Manage Hyperhidrosis:
- Ensure you stay hydrated to aid your body’s temperature regulation system.
- Choose your cloth fabric carefully. Select natural fibers such as cotton, and stay away from nylon and polyester as this trap sweat and prevent the skin from breathing (and this only increases the rate of sweating).
- Do not apply deodorant on wet skin to avoid sealing the skin’s pores; instead dry the skin completely first.
- Avoid hot spicy foods because this tend to increase the rate of sweating.
- You may want to invest in underarm liners to reduce sweat patches as well as prevent body odor.
- Avoid processed foods as much as you can, and instead take a healthy balanced diet.
- Ensure that your daily meals are accompanied by fruits and vegetables.
Hyperhidrosis is a life-long condition which, with the necessary lifestyle changes and a number of home remedies, becomes more manageable. In cases where the condition is accompanied by dizziness, sharp pains in the chest or a rapid heart rate, it is important to seek medical attention.