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15 Little Known Secrets to Reduce Excessive Sweating This Summer
Sweating is a perfectly normal bodily function that happens the body both cools itself and removes toxins. However, sometimes, it seems as if our bodies go a bit overboard, doesn’t it? Excessive sweating (or hyperhidrosis) is sweating that is so out of the ordinary it can be downright embarrassing. There are other reasons for excessive sweating including:
- Intense feelings of anger
- Being overweight
- High metabolism
- Hormonal imbalance
- Anxiety disorder
- Heart or lung disease
- Prescription or over-the-counter medications
- Alcohol abuse
- Spinal cord injuries
- Parkinson’s disease
If you find that, especially in the summer months, you seem to sweat profusely in anything warmer than a 72 degree, air-conditioned room, we have 12 completely natural ways to help stop excessive sweating, so you can feel more normal and less self-conscious.
1. Coconut Oil
This very unique oil has been used in many parts of the world, including India and Asian countries, for a wide variety of purposes. One of its uses is as a natural massage oil to naturally moisturize the skin and control body odor. This oil has lauric acid, which kills the bacteria that can cause odor. Coconut oil will not stain clothes, and it leaves behind a very neutral smell, so you don’t need to worry about walking around smelling like a giant Pina Colada.
After showering, simply rub coconut oil all over your body, paying special attention to your underarms, feet and any place where you tend to sweat profusely. A little bit goes a long way, and you can use your regular deodorant afterwards if you like. Be sure to do this after every shower for best results.
Consuming two teaspoons of plain white vinegar along with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar twice daily is a great way to help stop excessive sweating. Take this mixture in a full glass of water at least twice a day — preferably three times a day — about 30 minutes before or after a meal.
This is an old-fashioned remedy used help control sweating. Lemons contain citric acid that kills odor-causing bacteria.. However, don’t use this method, and then go out in the sun as it will make your underarm skin darker. Use at bedtime for best results. Cut an organic lemon in half and rub each half under your arms, squeezing gently to release some of the juice. If you have sweaty hands, you can also rub a few slices of lemon on your palms. Rinse off after 20 minutes, or allow the juice to stay on overnight before showering.
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4. Tomato Juice
This is another old-fashioned home remedy that has been used to get rid of bad odors as well as reduce sweating. For best results, drink one glass of freshly squeezed organic tomato juice each day. Read more about tomatoes help prostate cancer.
5. Salt and Lime
Although this sounds like a great addition to your favorite Mexican beer, it is also a great way of slowing your sweat glands. Mix one tablespoon of salt with the juice from half a lime to make a paste. Rub this paste under your arms, on your hands or anywhere else where you want to control sweating. Allow the paste to sit for 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. Repeat every day for best results.
6. Herbal Tea
Sage tea is a proven remedy to help control excessive sweating. Brew a strong sage tea and allow it to cool. Drink one cup every single day. Sage tea is rich in vitamin B and magnesium, both of which help reduce sweat glands’ activity.
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Eating fresh grapes every day is a little-known solution for controlling excessive sweating. Grapes have powerful antioxidants and are known to balance out the temperature of the body.
8. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds that will kill the bacteria causing odor. Put some tea tree oil on a cotton ball and apply a thin layer to areas where you tend to sweat. If the tea tree oil is irritating your sensitive skin, dilute it a bit with olive oil or sweet almond oil.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could eat French fries or potato chips to get rid of excessive sweating? Potatoes do work for this problem — just not that way! Cut a few slices of fresh potato and rub them under your arms or any place where you have a problem with excessive sweating. Don’t rinse. Works almost like magic (even if they don’t taste as good as French fries.) Find out how potatoes help with stomach problems.
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10. Tea Bags
Tea contains tannic acids, which help reduce sweating. Boil a few cups of very strong tea. Once the tea cools, pour some over your hands, and apply to areas of your body where sweating is a problem.
11. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is an inexpensive and easy way to reduce sweating. This herb is a natural astringent and antiperspirant, which will gently dry up the areas prone to sweating. Use a cotton ball to apply witch hazel to the problem areas. Allow it to dry, and do not wash off.
12. Wheatgrass Juice
Wheatgrass neutralizes the acids in the body while providing a rich source of vitamin C, folic acid, proteins and vitamin B6 and B12. All you need to do is drink one glass of wheatgrass juice every day to control excessive sweating.
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13. Baking Soda and Cornstarch
Another way to stop excessive sweating is to mix baking soda and cornstarch, and apply it to your underarms and hands. You can even add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for a nice smell. Apply the mixture anytime you like, as often as you like.
Sweet and fragrant chamomile has astringent, antibacterial and deodorant compounds, which make it perfect those who are super sweaty. The antibacterial compounds kill the germs that cause odors while the astringent compounds in this herb constrict the sweat glands, so you will sweat less.
Make a strong chamomile tea. Once it cools, soak a cotton ball in the tea and rub it under your arms, on your feet, or any place where you tend to sweat. You can also drink a cup of tea every night before bed to help fight sweating from the inside out.
15. Eat More Magnesium-Rich Food
For some people, a magnesium deficiency can lead to profuse sweating. Unfortunately, at the same time, excessive sweating can lead to a magnesium deficiency. This makes this problem a vicious cycle that is hard to end. Eating more foods that are rich in magnesium, rubbing magnesium oil on the feet each evening and by soaking regularly in an Epsom salt-filled bath can reverse the magnesium deficiency and restore your body’s natural sweat level.
Foods that are naturally rich in magnesium are:
- Apples (all varieties)
- Green leafy veggies, such as kale
- Potatoes (all varieties)
- Whole grains
- Seeds (such as pumpkin or sesame seeds)
- Nuts (tree nuts such as almonds or cashews)
- Lose weight if you are overweight.
- Avoid cigarettes, alcohol and drugs.
- Stay hydrated by drinking at least eight glasses of water each day.
- Avoid spicy foods.
- Wear loose-fitting, natural fiber clothes.
- Avoid stress.
- Limit your caffeine intake.
- Shave the groin and underarms to limit hiding places for bacteria.