Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition characterized by excessive or abnormal sweating. While sweating is a normal mechanism to release toxins and regulate temperature, approximately 1-3% of the population is affected by this disorder. For those with hyperhidrosis, their daily lives are uncomfortable and embarrassing thereby inflicting psychological trauma. Here are some common symptoms that people with excessive sweating experience:
- Clamminess of the palms of hands and soles of feet
- Noticeable sweating in clothing
- Discoloration in affected areas
- Body odor
If over-the-counter or even prescription deodorants are not working, here are 10 natural and medical remedies that have proven beneficial for many.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV can help in balancing the pH level of the body and reduce sweating particularly in the armpits and feet. If you suffer from focal hyperhidrosis, then you can apply ACV to the affected area.
- For sweaty hands, you can apply ACV before you go to sleep.
- For sweaty feet, you can soak your soles in a solution made from half a cup of ACV combined with a liter of cold water for 15 minutes.
If the problem affects more than a particular area of the body, it is recommended to consume ACV by mouth. You can add 1-2 tablespoons to a glass of water with two teaspoons of honey and consume on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.
2. Sage Tea
Sage tea is a great antibacterial remedy for excessive sweating. It is rich in magnesium, tannic acid, and Vitamin B, and assists in reducing excessive sweating. Simply boil sage leaves in water and wait for the water to cool then drink immediately.
3. Wheatgrass Juice and Tomato Juice
To neutralize body acids and control body odor, some people drink one glass of wheatgrass or tomato juice per day. Few have tried to bathe in tomato juice and claimed that the smell of perspiration.
4. Coconut Oil Deodorant
Coconut oil, along with its numerous benefits, has been reported as an effective natural deodorant because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties.
To make your coconut oil deodorant, you will need the ingredients:
- 3 teaspoons of coconut oil
- 3 teaspoons of baking soda
- 2 teaspoons of shea butter
- Boil some water in a pot, then place coconut oil and shea butter mixture in a mason jar.
- Leave the mason jar in the water and wait until the coconut oil and shea butter have melted.
- Remove from heat and add baking soda. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for fragrance.
- Once the mixture is cool, store the jar lid. Always remember to do a skin test before using coconut oil.
5. Tea Tree Oil Astringent
Tea tree oil is a natural astringent to fight perspiration. By applying a thin layer of tea tree oil on the affected areas regularly daily, it can resolve excessive sweating for some people.
Studies have shown that this ancient technique has proven to be effective in combating hyperhidrosis. Acupuncture relaxes the hypothalamus and calms an overactive sweat gland.
7. Dietary Consumption
They say, “you are what you eat”. Highly processed & spicy foods, sugar, dairy, and caffeine aggravates sweating. In an online article by Dr. Ben Kim at drbenkim.com, he shared how he was able to cure a young woman suffering from excessive sweating by eliminating all forms of dairy in her diet. 90% of all hyperhidrosis patients are overweight, and just by losing 10% of your body weight is enough to keep symptoms under control. Eating right and being healthy will increase your complex B vitamins which improve the breakdown of toxins and waste within the body and reduce sweating.
8. Witch Hazel
Witch Hazel is a great home remedy for excessive sweating. This herb has been used for many conditions including swelling, sores, and bruises but particularly effective for facial sweating. Similarly, it is also a natural astringent and a rich source of tannic acid. You can apply witch hazel extract or cold witch hazel tea to a cotton pad and apply this to the face every morning and night.
9. Injectable Cosmetic Treatment
You might consider anti-wrinkle injections or Anti Wrinkle Injections treatment. Not only can it prevent wrinkles but can also reduce the activities of the sweat glands in the underarms for months. It is proven 90% more effective than other hyperhidrosis medications.
10. If Anti Wrinkle Injections Didn’t Work
Then you may need one of the most advanced treatments known as Iontophoresis. It is only recommended by a doctor and involves passing an electric current through water.
We hope that these 10 remedies have given you plenty of options to consider in treating sweating. Please remember to seek medical advice first before conducting any treatment that may alleviate underlying medical issues you may have.