Natural Remedies for Excessive Sweating (Hyperhidrosis)

Sweating is nature’s way of regulating your body temperature. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes sweating excessively beyond what is required to regulate body temperature. The condition may cause avoidance of certain activities or socializing due to the embarrassment or anxiety it may cause.

Some medications may cause excessive sweating. Blood pressure medications, antibiotics, supplements, dry mouth medications and some psychiatric drugs may trigger or exacerbate your bouts of hyperhidrosis.

While sweating is desired during an intensive workout– it can be embarrassing if you’re in a meeting or on a date. There are many natural routes you can take to get reduce both the incidence and degree of hyperhidrosis, so keep trying if you don’t succeed the first time.

What is Primary and Secondary Hyperhidrosis?

hand excessively sweatingPrimary hyperhidrosis is a type of excess sweating that has no particular medical cause. In this type of excess sweating, your sweat glands are triggered by the nerves and is likely hereditary. Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by a medical or health condition. The possible causes are many but include diabetes, anxiety disorder, heat exhaustion, overactive thyroid glands and menopause.

Fortunately, there are some readily available natural remedies that can produce great results, helping to control hyperhidrosis and improve your quality of life.

Sweating is nature’s way of regulating your body temperature. Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes sweating excessively beyond what is required to regulate body temperature. For example: Some sufferers have problems with grip because of near-permanent wet hands and others need to have several changes of clothing each day.

The condition may cause avoidance of certain activities or socializing due to the embarrassment or anxiety it may cause.

A medically proven treatment, tested by a group of researchers at the School of Medicine, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran, is a simple “tea” solution made from the dried leaves of a common herb, and water.

In the medical study, thirty-five patients (18 men and 17 women, aged 8-49 years) who had been diagnosed with either palmar or plantar (hand or foot) hyperhidrosis were given the treatments three times a day for six weeks.

The solution was simply applied to the skin (they didn’t drink it) where excessive sweating was a problem. After six weeks of this treatment the people in the study who received the tea experienced significantly more relief from their sweating than the people who were given a placebo.

In fact, the solution was shown to reduce sweating in the hands, feet and under arms by as much as 37% as a result of the herb’s astringent properties.

These are the directions if you want to make the solution at home…

Use three spoonfuls of dried leaves mixed with 250 ml (8.5 ounces) of room temperature water and leave to steep for 24 to 48 hours. After straining, the resulting solution can be applied to underarms, hands or feet.

The researchers also suggest a further treatment for plantar hyperhidrosis which affects the soles of the feet. They recommend a dry powder of the herb, placed in the shoes. The powder can be made by grinding dried leaves with an electronic or hand mill.

The solution or powder should be applied to the problem area three times a day and the area should be completely dried before application.

Some other suggested natural health remedies as well include the following:

  • Lemon – Apply lemon to the affected areas before you go to bed at night.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Mix with a small amount of water and apply to affected areas.
  • Witch Hazel – This is another great remedy. Simply apply to the affected areas.
  • Black Tea – This type of tea contains tannic acid that can help reduce sweating. Simply place a tea bag in warm water to soak for a few minutes and then use the tea on your feet and hands – or use the teabags for your underarms.
  • Coconut Oil – A popular remedy for many conditions of the skin, coconut oil is also very effective in reducing excess sweating. Rub the coconut oil on the affected areas of the body until it is absorbed by your skin.
  • Wheatgrass – Contains nutrients that help to neutralize the body’s pH and prevent excess sweating. Among the many nutrients found in wheatgrass are Vitamin C, Folic Acid, protein, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12.
  • Tomato Juice – A very effective method to help hyperhidrosis because of the many healthy properties it contains. You can either purchase prepared tomato juice or prepare it yourself to make a more natural drink. Drink a glass every day.
  • Water – Nothing can replace water when it comes to hydrating your body and overcoming excess sweating. Water gets rid of toxins in your body and even helps reduce anxiety and stress issues which can cause hyperhidrosis.
  • Potato – The potato is a great remedy for excess sweating. It naturally balances your pH levels to reduce the amount of sweat produced by the glands. Clean the potato and cut into slices, then rub the slices on the affected areas.

Excess sweating may occur over the entire body or in just certain areas such as the underarms, face, soles of the feet and palms of the hands. If your episodes of hyperhidrosis only affect your hands and feet, you may typically have only one occurrence per week, and during the hours that you’re awake.

Therefore, apply these natural health remedy tips to make your quality of life so much better when it comes to Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating).