Although it can be embarrassing and smelly, sweating is natural and good for you. It’s your body’s way of cooling you down and getting rid of toxins. Some people sweat more than others and in hot or humid climate you can’t avoid sweating, but sometimes excessive sweating can be a disorder, called hyperhidrosis. Antiperspirants and deodorants can make the condition worse, and their strong chemicals can be damaging.
There are natural ways to cool down the body, remove the odors, and control the sweating, which can be made from household ingredients.
Before you rush and try to find a solution by yourself, check with your doctor. Excessive sweating can be a sign of illness or a disorder, especially if you notice the following symptoms:
Vinegar - Cure your sweating with both regular vinegar and apple cider vinegar, which help flush out the body’s toxins. Take a mixture of 2 tablespoons of natural vinegar with one teaspoon apple cider vinegar three times a day on an empty stomach, half an hour before a meal.
Tomato Juice - Another solution is drinking a daily glass of freshly squeezed tomato juice. The antioxidants in tomatoes eliminate many of the toxins that usually come out via sweating. Tomatoes can also improve the blood circulation. If tomatoes are applied directly to the skin, they act as an antiseptic and tighten the pores.
Potato - This old method is extremely effective at reducing sweating in the underarms, neck and feet, although on-one knows exactly why. Slice a raw potato in half and rub them in the underarms, on your feet or other sweaty areas of your body before applying deodorant.
Wheatgrass Juice - Wheatgrass is rich in proteins and vitamin B6, B12, C and folic acid. It can neutralize the acids and toxins present in the blood and the high concentration of vitamin B can reduce the sweat glands' excessive production. Drinking a glass of wheatgrass juice every day can settle the nerves and reduce excessive sweating.
Tea Bags for Tannic Acid - Tannic acid is found primarily in tea and can help cool down your body. Its astringent and antiperspirant properties can prevent the start of excessive perspiration. Let several bags of tea sit in a bowl of boiling water. When the water cools, soak both your hands and legs in this solution for half an hour. You can do this daily.
Witch Hazel - This herb is a natural astringent and acts as an antiperspirant when applied to the skin. It gently dries the skin in the sweaty body area, preventing excess bacteria growth on the skin. This way it not only treats the perspiration but also prevents infection. This method is particularly effective for facial sweating. You can also use witch hazel tea to treat general perspiration.
Cornstarch and Baking Soda - Make a natural deodorant by mixing corn starch with baking soda and water. This paste can be applied directly to the skin and washed off with water after half an hour. Clean the skin thoroughly before applying the paste. You may add essential oil for added fragrance. This mixture will absorb both the sweat and the unpleasant odors.
Grapes - Grapes are filled with antioxidants, which eliminate toxins and naturally cool your body down by regulating your internal temperature, stopping your body from overheating and sweating. Drink a glass of grape juice or eat 10-15 grapes daily to help with perspiration.
Tea Tree Oil - The tea tree is a natural astringent and thin layers of its essential oil can be applied to parts of the body with excess sweating. This is particularly effective for sweaty feet, which tend to develop fungi. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, and can dry the skin out, preventing the growth of bacteria as well as fighting fungal infections.
Sage tea - Sage tea taken 3-4 times daily can greatly reduce sweating due to its large quantities of magnesium and vitamin B, which control the sweat glands activity and in turn reduce excessive underarm sweating. Boil sage in hot water and let the leaves brew until the drink cools down naturally. Avoid using sage if you suffer from epilepsy or high blood pressure.
Coconut Oil - Coconut oil can eliminate the bacteria causing the sweaty odor because it contains lauric acid. However, the oil can stain your clothes so use a small amount and massage it into the sweaty area until the skin has properly absorbed it. The light fragrance also keeps you fresh all day. You can combine coconut oil with baking soda to create a natural deodorant. Combine 3 teaspoons of coconut oil with 3 teaspoons baking soda and 2 teaspoons of shea butter, and add a few drops of essential oil. Apply this paste to your skin daily.
Bonus: Tips that help prevent excessive sweat
Keep hydrated - Drink plenty of water and other fluids throughout the day. When you are hydrated, your body stays at a low temperature and you sweat less. Water regulates your body temperature, flushing out toxins via urination.
Stress, nervousness, anxiety, and tension - All of these can trigger excess sweating. Certain emotions and memories automatically activate the sweat glands. Practicing biofeedback and relaxation techniques can help you control some of your body’s automatic functions, such as blood pressure and heartbeat, helping you relax and reducing nervous or emotional sweating.
Diet - Some foods stimulate your sweat glands, such as spicy curries, sugary desserts, peppers and chilies, and any dishes with high concentrations of hydrogenated oils. Garlic and onion can worsen your body odor. Processed foods can trigger the sweat glands as they often contain chemical toxins that the body tries to eliminate by sweating them out.
Clothing – The materials and styles you wear can increase or minimize sweating. Synthetic materials trap heat due to their tight weave, while natural fibers, like cotton, linen, hemp, silk or wool are more breathable, allowing for better air flow. Looser fitting clothing also allows for better circulation, which can keep your body temperature down.
Reduce consumption of caffeine – Caffeine over-stimulates the central nervous system, triggering the release of adrenaline into the body. This results in your internal temperature rising.
Lose excess weight – Extra body fat acts as an insulator, increasing the body’s internal temperature and thereby increasing the body’s sweat production.
Shave the armpits and groin area – Sweat accumulates in the hair, promoting bacteria growth, which causes a foul odor. Reducing moisture and preventing it from building up also allows more air to reach the skin, cooling it and making it easier for sweat to evaporate.