By Kemboi Kibet
Excessive sweating also known as hyperhidrosis is sweating for no apparent reason and occurs even when you are not exercising or when temperature is not hot. This condition can be very embarrassing and usually affects palms, soles, feet and underarms.
I SWEAT A LOT??? NOW WHAT!!!!
There are a number of home remedies than can help curb this condition by reducing the sweating.
Antiperspirants : The first step to solving hyperhidrosis is using antiperspirants. Antiperspirants contain aluminium salts which when rolled on the skin can form plugs which block perspiration. It should be noted that deodorant unlike antiperspirants control odor produced by sweating but does not in itself reduce or block perspiration. You can get antiperspirants from over the counter in which case it is less irritating or by prescription from a doctor if the over the counter ones dont work.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This can be applied directly to areas of excessive sweating or it can be taken orally. Apply a combination of apple cider vinegar and lemon juice to the skin at areas of excessive sweating . It can also be taken orally by drinking three glasses of water a day mixed with two teaspoon of cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey. It is most effective when taken on empty stomach. You can also soak cotton balls in apple cider vinegar or white vinegar and rub underarms to get rid of underarm odor. For sweaty feet apply apple cider vinegar to feet after washing and drying feet.
Tomato Juice : Drink a glass of fresh home-made tomato juice for at least a week. If you see progress you can continue drinking it everyday or every other day.
Bathe Regularly : Bathing frequently helps keep the number of bacteria on the skin low. Bathing with antibacterial soap can also control the bacteria that inhabit areas of the skin prone to hyperhidrosis and cause odor.
Reduce Stress : Stress can trigger perspiration. It is important to engage in relaxation exercises such as yoga and meditation.
Herbal Tea: Sage herbal tea is particularly essential in curbing hyperhidrosis. Sage contains vitamin B and magnesium which reduces sweat gland activity and thereby reduces sweating. Boil a teaspoon of dried sage leaves and set it aside to cool down. Apply the mixture to feet , sole , palms and underarm after thoroughly washing and drying. You can also add the herb to diet such as soup. It is also known that having green tea everyday can also eliminate hyperhidrosis.
Potato Slices : Slice potato and rub them underarm to get rid of excessive sweating. This is an effective way of getting rid of hyperhidrosis.
Wheat Grass Juice : Wheat grass extract is effective in reducing excessive sweating. One glass a day of this juice helps neutralize and dilute toxins in the blood. It is also a very good source of protein, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, folic acid, and vitamin B-6.
Witch Hazel : This is a natural perspirant for the face . It gently dries skin and prevents infection.
Tea Tree Oil : Apply oil directly to affected areas such as foot, armpit and hands to reduce hyperhidrosis.
Tea Bag : Tannic acid in tea has astringent properties that act as a natural antiperspirant. Soak about 5 tea bags in hot water and let it cool. Soak hands and feet in it for about 30 minutes and notice the difference.
Cornstarch and Baking Soda : Clean underarm thoroughly then apply cornstarch and baking soda. Wait for about 30 minutes and then wash off.
Anti Sweat Diet : Foods such as strawberries, almonds and onions contain silicon which is effective in reducing hyperhidrosis. It is also important to stay well hydrated because water removes the toxins that causes odor from sweat.Vitamin B rich foods also reduces sweating. It should also be noted that spicy foods and alcohol makes you sweat and so does hot drinks like tea and coffee. Magnesium deficiency is also known to cause hyperhidrosis. Taking magnesium supplement daily can get rid of this condition.
Wear Breathable Clothing : Choose fabrics such as cotton wool or silk which makes your skin breathe. It is also crucial to wear wool and cotton soaks. These absorb moisture and keep the feet dry.