Last Modified on Jan 30, 2014
What Is Excessive Underarm Sweating?
Sweating is the body’s natural response to several situations and serves as the body’s attempt to regulate temperature; however, when that natural response moves into overdrive and causes sweating when the body is not hot, a medical condition may be the cause. Excessive sweating, otherwise known as hyperhidrosis, is sweating that occurs even when the temperature is not hot and when the body is not exercising. The condition can affect any part of the body, particularly the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and underarms. The excess sweating associated with the condition is often to such an extreme it disrupts typical daily activities and causes anxiety or even embarrassment.
It is normal for the body to sweat when exercising or during exertion. Likewise, the body sweats when exposed to a hot environment, a high stress situation or anxiety; however, excessive sweating exceeds these normal situations. Sweating that is characterized as excessive typically involves sweating of the hands, feet, underarms or face and not the entire body. Such sweat may soak through clothing or even drip off the hands. Likewise, episodes typically occur at least once a week with no obvious cause or reason.
The underlying cause of extreme sweating and excessive underarm sweating is the over-activity of the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. The nerves become overstimulated and trigger the sweat glands to produce an excessive amount of sweat. This response may be triggered by medication, menopausal hot flashes, low blood sugar, overactive thyroid, cancer, heart attack or infectious disease.
Natural Cures for Excessive Underarm Sweating
As embarrassing as a problem as excessive underarm sweating can be, effective treatments are crucial. Many natural options offer immediate relief from the issue and manage the associated concerns as well – odor, etc. Activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar and honey taken orally decrease sweat production and diminishes issues. Likewise, sea salt applied to the area decrease sweat production and diminishes odor. Additional options include castor oil, formalin, iodine, liquid chlorophyll, sage fluid extract and magnesium.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
- Castor Oil
- ETS Surgery/Sympathectomy
- Liquid Chlorophyll and Sage Fluid Extract
- Multiple Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Sage Tea
- Sweaty Feet
- Tea Tree Oil
- Vitamin B Complex
[YEA] 06/10/2008: Jeanne from Atl, Georgia: "I had a large container of activated charcoal sitting in my cupboard the last 2 years that I rarely touch. I decided to give it a shot for body odor after reading about it on Earth Clinic. Yes, it works! You need to give it 2 days to get into your system before you notice the difference, then you need to maintain a dosage every day.
I do have a few side effects to note: Activated charcoal is best taken on an empty stomach, but I do not suggest taking it first thing in the morning. I drank my heaping tablespoon in 8 oz of water 2 days ago, then oil pulled. I ended up gagging up acid after 2 minutes of oil pulling. Yuck. This was interesting because I read that charcoal is actually a remedy for Acid Reflux! Well, then I changed to taking my charcoal in the middle of the day, before lunch. That seems to work. However, it does give me a slight stomach ache. You might also try taking it at night, several hours after dinner.
One benefit to the charcoal besides not having to use deodorant or baking soda (that irritates my skin, I must admit) is that I seem to sweat less when I have this in my system. It may be a remedy for excessive sweaters, I don't know... worth a shot. And it is a general detoxer, so that's a good thing in this hot and humid weather. Question for regular users of charcoal. Do you take it every day or is it something you need to stop every so often? Thanks!"Replies
[YEA] 11/22/2011: Nita from Geraldton, Western Australia replies: "Hello, Yep got the excessive sweating problem but can't take ACV as have low pressure. At present rubbing salt under armpits.. Slight reduction in amount and smell. Will try charcoal tablets and keep you posted.
Have kidney disease so need to watch what goes and on the body. I got my husband to use charcoal tablets for food poisoning the other day... Amazing results. Pain and diarrhea stopped within 30mins. Brilliant stuff."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[NAY] 05/27/2009: Darian from Berkley, MA: "I started to take the Apple Cider Vinegar supplement for my excessive sweating ive had for 3years and sadly it did not help get rid of it. However, Apple cider vinegar is usefull for a lot of things such as boosting metabolism and helping regulate cholesterol!"
EC: ACV tablets and pills aren't nearly as effective as the liquid!
05/19/2010: Cynthia from Jacksonville, Alabama replies: "I just wanted to thank all and any, plus your site profoundly for the knowledge shared here. It has truly helped me so much~
I found out about using lime on here for deodorant and not only has it helped my arm pits, but candida smells under boobs, belly button, and body odor in my 'crack' front to back... te hee, tmi I know, but honestly this is a godsend~ God bless you all, I am so utterly grateful~ With love, hey~ namaste mahalo-c"
02/17/2011: Eisha from Los Angeles , Ca replies: "So all u tryed is lime and place it under the armpits?"
08/05/2011: Dorey from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada replies: "question: I am a senior who started taking blood pressure medication and diabetes (Metformin) and since have had unnatural sweating to my head and upper body ever since when I do any physical work. My doctor has no comment. would anyone who has shared this issue e-mail me at bookladynow(at)gmail.com - I would appreciate any feedback - Just knowing someone else shares this issue would help"
08/06/2011: Bill from San Fernando, La Union replies: "Hi Dorey... Ted's advice on how to cure fibroids is to alkalize the body daily using his ACV or lemon/lime with baking soda remedies twice a day as well as footpainting with iodine. I would further recommend that perhaps you supplement 4 - 8 drops a day(26 - 50 mgs) of 5% Lugol's Iodine or simply take 2-4 Iodoral tablets(available on the internet) daily. Research from The Iodine Project seems to conclusively prove that iodine supplementation will reduce cysts both in the uterus and fibrocytic breast disease within a few months. Here is some research on iodines many benefits:
If you supplement lugol's iodine, you will also find that your skin, hair and nails will also improve. Iodine also improves your energy levels. A little known secret of iodine is also that it removes fatty liver deposits, so you will also lose weight if you have a pot belly(I can also attest that this is true -- and that it works -- from my personal experience with taking iodine -- I now have a flat belly). Also little known is that iodine is a marvellous anti-histamine -- it interferes and down regulates histidine conversion to histamines preventing inflammation. This is why iodine was so successful when used in large dose against asthma in the pre-WW2 period.
In part of their historic research, the Iodine Project has found that the Japanese ingest an overage of about 4.6 gms of kelp a day. This gives their bodies an average of about 12.5 mgs intake of iodine/iodide per day. This dosage is approx 100 times more than the RDA of 150 micrograms per day. Because of their iodine intake through eating large amounts of seaweed per day, the Japanese as a population have a very low incidence of uterine fibroids, breast cysts and cancer. For years, researchers couldn't understand why the Japanese, as a population, had such a low incidence of lung cancer -- despite their population being one of the heaviest cigarette smoking groups in Asia -- until they found out the iodine connection. Both iodine and the T3 and T4 hormones tend to accumulate in the lungs -- iodine is anti-cancer as well as anti-mutagenic.
Finally and in anticipation, many people seem very afraid of taking lugol's iodine in such large amounts. If you speak to your doctor, he will warn you against the so-called dangers of taking such large amounts of iodine. But this belies and contradicts the research facts and if you look back to the historic pre-WW2 use of iodine for emphysema, bronchitis and asthma, the doctors at the time recommended iodine dosages of between 1000 -- 2000 mgs per day. That's 150 - 300 drops a day of lugols iodine. And doctors recommended this and these treatments were usually quite successful -- otherwise they would have stopped recommending lugol's at the time. For the real illicit reasons why lugol's has been so de-emphasised by medical research -- see this link:
Apart from avoiding processed food, my own regimen just consists of taking dessicated liver as a baseline for all my necessary vitamin, amino acid and mineral intake. As well, I continually alkalize and supplement larger dose iodine, magnesum and vitamin C in my diet -- these are always lacking in our western diets. I also take brewer's yeast regularly for the B vitamins, selenium CoQ10 etc, as well as supplement Humic/Fulvic acid as concentrated drops in order to provide a continual detox from my body of pesticides, fungicides, heavy metals and other toxic dietary poisons. I also use Chanca piedra decoction regularly to clear out the excess calcium from my body and also to protect my intestines, kidneys, liver and blood. Iodine also helps to remove cadmium, lead, mercury and aluminium from the body and also removes bromine and chlorine..
My own view of taking just kelp tablets for the iodine is not a good one. I bought some European-made kelp 3 years ago. Each tablet contained 125 MICROgrams of iodine. Therefore to get the needed 12.5 mgs of iodine per day as just a daily maintaince dose would have meant me taking 100 tablets of this kelp per day!! I forgot all about Codex Alimentrius. A Kelp tablet therefore might just about satisfy the whole body needs of a mouse, but will have very little effect, in my own opinion, against significant problems like cystic fibrosis or uterine firbroids.
Lugol's Iodine, as part of my own weekly regimen, is one of my essential supplements now and has been for about the last 4 years."
08/06/2011: Pauline from New York, New York replies: "Bill, Can you take Lugol on daily basis for health maintenace?"
08/31/2011: Cory from Milwauk,ee, Wi replies: "Bill, Have you heard of Terry Naturally Tri-Iodine and what are your opinions of this product to support the body's iodine needs?"
01/21/2012: Mark from Chicago, Illinois replies: "I've been suffering from excessive sweating since I was a teen. I also have fought depression most of my life and have taken a number of different medications... maybe the meds have triggered this problem, I'm not sure.
Here's my question and I hope a Dr. sees this post to possibly help me understand.
I took an MAO Inhibitor for the treatment of depression called Parnate for approx. 4 years. After I started taking Parnate, my excessive sweating went completely away. Even spending two weeks in the warm humid tropics, absolutely no sweat. Ony time I broke a sweat was during aerobic exercise which I see as being "normal".
Does anyone understand or know why an MAOI would remove this problem from my life...?
Stopped taking it and I sweat all of the time so I will defininetly try the ACV with raw honey concoction."
07/22/2012: Linda from Grand Rapids, Mi replies: "Well, back in ww2 time they could have more iodine etc. They didn't eat so much processed foods as today, something to take into consideration. Much common sense needed before taking someone's advice including doctors."
[NAY] 01/08/2008: Blaise from Wilmington, DE: "I tried the apple cider vinegar to cure my eXXXcessive sweating. I've been doing it for a few weeks now and it hasn't changed my sweating one bit. I like taking the stuff though, and figure it's good for something."Replies
10/15/2013: G.T. from India replies: "Same for me. I also hoped the ACE would help me lose weight, but Its good for my acid problem"
[NAY] 05/18/2007: Ray from Springdale, UT: "Glad to have found our site. Grateful for all the tips and help with so many things. Came across the excessive sweating category which I've had for many years. Tried the ACV and Raw Honey for 2 weeks and unfortunately, it hasn't slowed or tapered at all. Is there any other advice you can give me. It would MUCH appreciated. Thanks"Replies
02/05/2009: WiWi from Cheras, Malaysia replies: "go and try sage leaf capsulse, it will really help you...."
05/24/2010: Steve from Pomona, Ca replies: "how did you take it? i've had to deal with excessive sweating my whole life."
[YEA] 09/22/2011: Jill from Frederick, Md.,usa replies: "Sage for sweating! It is a beautiful plant, very easy to dry, and put it in scrambled eggs, spaghetti sause, gravy for roasts anything. It makes an excellent soap also! And it stops sweat."
[NAY] 08/05/2012: Lily from Toronto, Ontario replies: "I have an issue with hyperhidrosis under my armpits and at the soles of my feet. I tried using ACV for my pits and it worked for about a half hour. After that I went right back to sweating up a storm and with that eventually came the stink storm. I found that removing meat and diary from my diet has helped a lot, far more than the vinegar ever has."
[YEA] 07/15/2006: Rhythm from Indianapolis, IN: "After giving birth to my little girl 7 years ago, I developed a sweating disorder. I sweat constantly, even in the winter. I tried everything I even went to the dermatologist and got a prescription; but after discussing all of the possible side effects I preferred the sweat over possible kidney damage. I decided to try the creator's method and surf the net for natural remedies for excessive sweating. I found this wonderful site. ACV WORKS. I am more confident and happy that my land of lakes has finally dried up. Thank you earthclinic. I will keep this site as reference."Replies
11/05/2008: Emily from Hamilton, Ontario replies: "How much do you take daily to curb excessive sweating?"
07/27/2011: Ann from Manassas, Virginia replies: "I have had excessive sweating my whole life. I am now 41 and it has gotten really bad. It is at the point now where it really affects not only my social life, but also my job. I constantly have to worry about whether or not I will have a cool room to be in, or if Iwill have to do something that will cause me to sweat. I need a cool off period before going places. It is terrible. Absolutely debilitating. I am so embarrased and self-conscious of it. I tried the organic ACV and organic (thick) honey and it made no difference at all. I will now try the magnesium. I am not sure what the dosage should be or what type of magnesium pills to use. Any advice will be appreciated!"
[YEA] Anonymous from NYC, NY: "I cannot even begin to tell you what a God-send the concoction of Apple Cider Vinegar and raw, organic honey have been!! I had a surgery called a sympathectomy which left me with debilitating compensatory sweating (a common side-effect from this operation). I started taking 2 teaspoons of the vinegar along with 2 teaspoons of the honey 3X a day on an empty stomach (about half an hour away from meals or at bedtime) and within about a week my profuse sweating went away. I have also noticed the added benefit of it speeding up my metabolism. I feel like a normal person again! This stuff is just miraculous!"Replies
08/30/2009: Ckn1234 from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "I had the ETS surgery too and have started to sweat profusely on my chest and back. Do you still take the same dosage 3X a day to combat the sweating? Have the results maintained their effectiveness?"
08/30/2009: Ckn1234 from Nyc, Ny replies: "I live in NYC too. What brands of ACV and Honey do you use and where can I get them too?? THANKS!"
09/10/2009: Anonymous from New York, Ny replies: "Hi - I wanted to reply to the 2 people who wrote to my post about the apple cider vinegar honey drink helping my sweating... definitely try it, esp. if you have had ETS surgery (horrible surgery with horrible complications! Don't ever get it if you have hyperhidrosis (or anything else for that matter) - the debilitating side effects and sweating in other areas of your body will be even worse!!)
You have to get a certain type of Apple Cider vinegar - I cannot mention brands on this website but if you go to any health food store and ask for the non-acidic type of apple cider vinegar that is a brownish color with a yellow label on it they should know what you are talking about. Other vinegars can be harmful to you -they are too acidic!
The honey has to be a thick, coagulated honey that you have to scoop out. The best place to get this honey is at a health food store. Most supermarkets carry the thin, syrupy kind of honey and that type of honey mixed with apple cider vinegar did not work for me for some reason. Manuka honey is a thicker honey that also worked for me, although I think the thick, coagulated lighter colored honey worked best. If you decide to try the Manuka honey, get 1 with a low UMF# because the higher ones are too powerful (in terms of killing bacteria) for everyday use.
I hope you guys have success with the drink!"
10/05/2009: Bb from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "Hi ANONYMOUS...
I started taking drink after your first post, but before I read your second post, and like you said, it didn't work with the syrupy style honey. I'm now onto the thick, raw, organic honey and just started this morning. Do you have a specific way of making this concoction that you could share?
I had this surgery in early 2005 and my life hasn't been the same since. I'd give almost anything to take the sweating away and feel 'normal' again.
Thanks so much!"
10/17/2009: Anonymous from New York, Ny replies: "Hi Bb - It's good that you got the right kind of honey. I make the apple cider vinegar honey drink 3X a day on an empty stomach - about a half hour or so away from meals. The third drink I have at the end of the night before I go to bed - it stops the night sweats).
I don't know how much it matters to have it on an empty stomach but I had read somewhere that it did.
I drink it with a straw - the vinegar can wear away at the enamel on teeth so it is important to so this. Sorry if I forgt to mention this before. I also try to brush my teeth right afterwards.
I hope these suggestions help!"
02/22/2010: Issa from Haverhill, Ma, Ma replies: "Thanks for the information, as I am a suffer of Hyperhidrosis since the as of 5 and I'm in my mid thirtys and have tried every under the sun. My question is: Do you add purified water with the ACV and honey. If so how much?
Thanks a bunch!!"
03/17/2010: Gwelge from Nyc, Ny replies: "Had the ETS clipping and suffer from Compensatory sweating....This really works? And does it work when the weather is above 70 degrees? Any help would be greatly appreciated."
03/22/2010: Dan from Brisbane, Qld, Australia replies: "I had ETS surgery many years ago for excessive facial blushing and sweating and suffer from compensatory sweating on my back and chest as a side affect of the surgery. Although I have gotten used to theses affects they still do make life a little difficult at times and it can be quite uncomfortable when the weather is humid.
I have tried many different methods from antiperspirants, sage, magnesium and an e-book about loofahs and avoiding soaps. I did find some minor relief from the sage though, but still not effective enough in high humidity. Since finding this post I am delighted to give this remedy a try. I have purchase the organic vinegar and raw honey (which is the thick almost solid type of honey) which I am starting today.
I have one question as to how do you mix these 2 ingredients together as the honey is very thick.
Can you use hot water to break down the honey when mixing or will this reduce the effectiveness of the honey?
(Knowing the difference between raw and normal honey being heated and filtered)
All feedback will be appreciated.
I will post again a later date to determine how effective this treatment has been for me.
03/30/2010: Jermaine from Tallahassee, Florida replies: "Did the apple cider and honey work for you yet?"
04/04/2010: Dan from Brisbane, Qld Australia replies: "As the weather is starting to cool down here in Australia I'm not totally convinced of whether this works. I have done some exercise during this period and would have to say the amount of sweat is still rather excessive. I would also like to add that i have been mixing this drink using hot water to dissolve the honey so I'm not sure if this affects the efficacy of the honey as stated in my first post. I will post again at a later date. I wish I had found this earlier so I could have tried it in the middle of summer here, which is very humid."
05/31/2010: Sophh from Perth, Australia replies: "when you mix the apple cider vinegar and honey, do you mix it in like a bowl or do you add water? im not sure how to take this as i raed that you should dilute apple cider vinegar before using? :D"
10/21/2010: Brandon from Mooresville, Nc replies: "Everyone mentions using non-acidic apple cider vinegar but I cannot find any products that say that specifically. All I see is an organic vinegar that contains the "mother". Anyone have ideas on specific brands or where to buy this product? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org."
02/08/2011: Renate385 from Terre Haute, In replies: "In regards to brushing your teeth right after drinking the mixture, because the acidity wears away at your teeth it is better not to brush right after drinking. Instead drink something like milk or rinse with a ph balancing rinse to balance the ph in your mouth. Brushing right after is going to wear away at your enamel worse."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/16/2011: Angela from Seattle, Wa replies: "Reply to the thread on ACV and honey for sweating:
I have seen an improvement since using this therapy. Recently my feet had started sweating, which is very abnormal for me. For years I have been able to wear women's dress shoes with no odor or sweating. Since using this ACV honey I have seen an improvement and less sweating.
In addition, I am taking ACV for my seasonal allergies which are almost nonexistanct while I keep taking it.
For those of you who don't like the taste of ACV, I will offer this encourgement. I used to HATE the taste of it, really couldn't stand it. However, when I know something is good for me and makes me feel good I am able to build up a taste for it. Now I truly love the taste of it because I associate my improved digestion and allergy relief with it. Give it a try, and see if you can trick your brain into loving it too."
05/29/2011: Sweating In The South from Okc, Okla replies: "The health food store I contacted acted like I was crazy when I asked about "non-acidic apple cider vinegar" they told me that was the point of any vinegar is the acid. So I need help finding this brand of ACV that is brownish in color with a yellow label. I am ready to try anything for relief. Thanks"
05/29/2011: Trey from Jaxn, Wy replies: "I think you are looking for Organic apple cider vinegar with "Mother" - that is what makes the liquid look brownish and milky - it is not filtered and clear to look through. The "mother" is what makes it so healthy. I was pleasantly surprised to find it mixed in woth all the other vinegars at my local Smith's grocery store. The yellow label is for the "_____" organic brand. You could ask for it by name and find it pretty easily I am guessing. Good luck. Be sure to locate "organic with mother" aka, not filtered."
05/29/2011: Mikola from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "You can usually find it in the organic section of the major grocery stores (Krogers, Stop and Shop). I don't like to brag, but the brand most recommended is another word for "boasts"."
05/30/2011: Blanche from Iberia Parish, Louisiana replies: "You may have thrown them off when you said non-acidic apple cider vinegar, but surely they could have guessed what you meant - organic non-filtered apple cider vinegar. The brand name starts with a B."
07/27/2011: Footsweater from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "I'm on day three of ACV with thick honey. My sweating is out of control. Sugar (honey) has always made me sweat and 4-6 teaspoons a day is WAY more than I usually eat. Yet, I was still hoping this was going to be the perfect cure. Did it get better before it got worse for anyone? Should I keep going for a week? Help :("
07/28/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Footsweater: try Apple Cider Vinegar without any honey. maybe with a pinch of baking soda or even without it."
07/29/2011: Footsweater from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Thanks so much for the quick reply. I will try that!"
[SIDE EFFECTS] 07/30/2011: Al...needs Help from Laurel, Md replies: "I just found this site today. I have excessive sweating that leads to odor. I tried the baking soda which works when it is not too hot, but my armpits are darken and sore. I was at a baseball game and I was so sweaty and stinky too.
The site mentions magnesium for excessive sweating and ACV and baking soda for odor. I will go get some magnesium in the morning. Check out some of the other postings.
What can I do about the baking soda rash?"
07/31/2011: Lanos from Socalif, Usa replies: "I MUST GIVE A BIG "THANK YOU" TO ALL WHO SUGGESTED USING MILK OF MAGNESIA FOR PERSPIRATION ODOR. IT WORKS.. THE ALUMINUM FOIL FOR BURNS WORKS AS WELL, I'VE USED IT. NO MORE SOUR UNDERARM ODOR .
09/16/2011: B from Lakeview, Oregon replies: "Just had my first drink of the ACV and honey, not crazy about the taste and made my stomach a little upset. Is there any way to help with stomach upset or taste of mixture?"
06/13/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "B from Lakeview, and others who just can't get around the taste - try adding a dash of cinnamon or stevia to your ACV. It will taste much more palatable then. I think it is yum."
Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
[YEA] 05/25/2011: Dancejunkie35 from Enid, Ok : "I never leave feedback on these sites but after two days of trying organic apple cider vinegar & raw organic honey I swear my excessive facial & head sweating is WAY better! I am a dance instructor & getting ready for our big show & tonight for the first time in rehearsal I wasn't soaking wet and spraying everyone with my wet head! I have been drinking the Apple Cider Vinegar & water and it's also helped my dancers feet! I have tried prescription steroid creams & every other over the counter ointment to relieve the athletes foot/eczema I get from sweating & dancing! I haven't put this on my feet I drank it & noticed 6 days later my feet r smooth & pretty again! It's a flat out miracle! It may b all in my head but I swear it works! I drink 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar & 2 teaspoons of raw organic honey the thick kind in 8oz of room temp bottled water about 2-3 times a day! I have been drinking 2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar & 1/4th tsp of bs 2-3 times a day & I swear it has helped me a TON!"Replies
06/20/2011: Stacey from Atlanta, Ga replies: "Does anyone know if you can apply this to problem areas.. Such as hands and feet or is it just for drinking? Can you do both?"
08/30/2011: S from Thousand Oaks, Ca replies: "I know everyone mentions raw honey but I wonder, would raw organic Agave Nectar work too? "
[YEA] 08/27/2009: Tom from Chicago, Illionois: "I just wanted to write in and say that the apple cider vinegar honey remedy does work for excessive sweating. The key is that you have to try it WITH a certain kind of honey. And the honey has to be that thick, clumpy kind. I tried the remedy without any honey (didn't work) and then with that watery, thin kind of honey and it didn't work - then iI tried it with the thick kind - and lo and behold my excessive sweating is gone!!!
Please give this remedy a chance using the right kind of honey!"
08/31/2009: Benny from Hong Kong, China replies: "I had rhinitis and the doctor prescribed Celestamine a couple of times last year. One of the side effects is exessive sweating. I think I would like to try this apple cider vinegar with the thick honey. But would you be able to name what type of ''thick'' honey, such as lavender, eucalyptus or which type of bee honey ? Thanks."
09/14/2009: Tom from Chicago, Illinois replies: "I just used a regular thick kind of honey - no herbs or anything in it."
04/06/2010: Cindy from Atlanta, Ga replies: "I purchased the vinegar and honey yesterday and started taking them last night. Do you just mix the two and drink or do you add water as the bottle suggest? 2 tsp of each/3x per day? Thanks!"
[YEA] 06/04/2010: Tania from Boston, Ma replies: "I tried the apple cider vinegar honey remedy. I do notice it helps for sweating A LOT - THANK YOU!! I think the original poster left out important info though! You have to mix the the 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons thick honey with 8 OUNCES OF WATER. I wouldn't heat the water up or anything, though. I would just leave it at room tempertature. Not all of the honey is going to dissolve, but you can still slurp it up with a straw! I found the recipe on line. Apparently, this is a famous recipe and the brand who makes the apple cider vinegar wrote about it in a book. Do this three times a day and see if your sweat reduces significantly!"
09/28/2010: Aj from Beach Haven, New Jersey replies: "I was just curious as to how soon you see a difference? or is it different for everyone?"
12/06/2010: Duncan from Mackay, Australia replies: "Hi just wanted a reply from Dan from Brisbane and Tania from Boston. Dan has this worked for you and Tania can you send me some info on the type of ACV you used and type of honey and details like how may times a day, if it was on an empty stomach, did you add hot water. Anything that may be important. Contact me at dwatt78 [at] gmail[dot]com thanks."
[NAY] 09/24/2011: Ann from Manassas, Virginia replies: "Honestly, I tried the thick, organic honey and organic ACV with the mother. I bought them both at a health food store. I found no difference at all in my sweating, so I stopped taking it. Perhaps it works in some people and not in others. I so desperatley wanted this to work and I am really disappointed."
06/13/2013: Tracy from Barking Essex, England: "hi just found this site tonight and wow what an amazing array of remedies especially for skin for older women. Can anyone help me with a solution for excessive sweating of my hands and feet, I have tried every imaginable remedy sage tea, mint, vitamins of all shapes and sizes, gp visits alternative treatments nothing have ever worked ever. Its called hyperhidrosis and there is no known cure or in fact no explanation as to why this problem exists. Has anyone else had any relief from using castor oil packs or anyother remedy. Has anyone ever heard of this problem would be grateful as to hear from people using this site there seems to be a lot of knowledge. thank you tracy"Replies
12/26/2013: Timothy from San Antonio, Texas replies: "Yes, I have heard of hyperhydrosis and there is a surgery recommended for it called ETS Surgery or a Sympathectomy that will completely destroy your body. You with wind up with a symptomology called Ccorposcindosis. You will never sweat - ever again - from your face, head, or neck, and you will sweat profusely on your stomach and back through your clothes, and your heart rate will lower, making it is struggle to do any physical activity at all.
DON'T EVER GET A SYMPATHECTOMY/ETS SURGERY! See: http://www.truthaboutets.com/Pages/CS.html THOSE DOCTORS WILL LIE THROUGH THEIR TEETH TO GET INTO YOUR POCKETS! I SOULD KNOW. I'M HANDICAPPED BECAUSE OF ETS SURGERY. I SAW 1 OF THE TOP SURGEONS WHO LIVES IN MY AREA . THEY'RE ALL CROOKED AND HEADED FOR HELL!"
[WARNING!] 12/26/2013: Greg from Los Angeles: "WARNING! Do NOT let yourself out of desperation be swayed by or charmed by psychopathic surgeons with no conscience who will mutilate your body for cash. These surgeons will tell you a small list of slight side effects, but will not mention to you the suicides that have occurred oncce popele realize that they can no longer wear shirts that aren't black to hide the sweat. Your heart rate will be low, in some cases too low to ever work out as you used to. Because you will no longer sweat from your head, your scalp will be dry, even bleed, and you will lose your hair. My hands are so dry in winter that they crack and bleed. I know people who are left with Horner's Syndrome, a disastrous case where one eye is semi shut. ETS Surgery/Sympathectomy will disfigure your body. It will leave you a handicapped victim. A cripple. I know, because I am one thanks to a psychopathic ETS surgeon. I would die for a little sweat on my hands and feet, or perspiration on my face. Look for natural cures - not surgery. Don't put the body God gave you in a psychopathic killer's hands. Yes, some of these surgeons have killed their patients - they died on the table. They just pay people and it all goes away. Take care of yourselves and od bless. I know this was a disturbing read.
HERE ARE SOME LINKS THAT EXPLAIN THE DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS OF ETS SURGERY. I FORGOT TO ADD THEM TO MY PREVIOUS POST:
12/28/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Greg: Thanx for the "warning", maybe it will help anyone reading it. The medical problem is not just the isolated incident you posted, but a general "one size fits all" business model w/ plenty of political and financial backup. And if you're like me and have the wisdom to not submit to radical, irreversible treatments and procedures, and say "no", you get blacklisted and shunned by many in the med community for yrs or the remainder of your life.
I feel somewhat confident that you may find a good deal of relief from natural cures if you persist. CoQ10 & L-Carnitine will help w/ the heart. As for the dry parts that got slashed, does any kind of moisturizer lotion help? Let me pitch you a path to search. One method of providing oxygen to the cancer cells (because the aerobic metabolic pathway isn't able to deliver the O2) is supplementing MSM/DMSO as these natural compounds oxygenate at the cellular level. Well, same principle may work w/ hydration. A complete Ionic Trace Mineral supplement will prove beneficial for stimulating electrolyte production. Lecithin may also help as it is both a fat & water soluble nutrient; may work well w/ ionized water."
12/29/2013: Greg from Los Angeles, California replies: "Hi Tim,
Thanks so very much for the reply. I have tried MSM/DMSO and I was wondering about the Ionic Trace Mineral supplement you mentioned? Which one? And how would the lecithin help? Thank you again. I need all the help I can get!"
12/30/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Greg: As for the Ionic Trace Minerals whatever you find affordable. I use tablets orally and the liquid in a bath; but do also supplement the amino acid Taurine to further aid in bringing those minerals thru the cell walls.
To help prevent the damage and bleeding of the skin I would recommend a Carotinoid complex as well as full spectrum Vit-E.
Lecithin is bipolar (hydrolipic/hydrophilic) molecule which is ideal for delivering nutrients throughout the body achieved most notably thru Liposomal Encapsulation Technoloy (LET). This method will delver nutrition throughout the body directly to the cells independent of your severed nervous system.
I hope this info helps; do update so as to bring some validation. Stay positive and continue to find anything to alleviate the bad side effects and regain some semblance or normalcy."
12/31/2013: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "Greg: Browsing thru skin care products I found Argan Oil and Ceramides to be promising for topical application. You may want to check the skin care section at your local health food store for a lotion w/ many nutrients. Dietary consumption of omega 3 fatty acids like flax, krill, fish, and walnut oil will help.
Also, there may be in your area a naturopath or homeopath or chiropractor that may help."
05/27/2010: Saba from Mentor, Oh: "Question: Has anyone heard of formalin used to prevent excessive sweating? A friend told me that he was given a dilutedÂ formalin years ago to apply on feet and palms for a week and he stopped sweating in those areas for over 6 years and now it's coming back. If you know of this please let me know how much to use, how to dilute it and where to get it. Thank you and God bless you all."
[YEA] 08/09/2010: Rachel from Charleston, Sc: "I started using iodine/iodide and my hyperhydrosis disappeared. I no longer suffer from excessive sweating on my hands and feet and I no longer have cold extremities."Replies
08/17/2010: Belia from Fresno, Ca replies: "Rachel from Charleston, SC how did you take the iodine? please help I have tried everything."
11/24/2010: Mattynapps from Clinton, Ny replies: "What kind of iodine/iodide did you use, just curious because I also get cold extremeties and excessive sweat. I did an iodine test and it does seem like im lacking iodine. I used Liqui-kelp Daily iodine and noticed you also said iodide, is that was I should be using? Let me know, thanks."
12/18/2010: Coregon from Medford, Or replies: "I just read on another site that a pharmacist recommended "painting the armpits with iodine" for excess sweating and odor remedy. Funny I was just thinking about trying that before I found that. I'll let you know how it goes. I'd say you should be sure that you are not allergic to iodine before you try this. And I would also think that you should do the iodine patch test periodically to make sure you are not using too much. Seems to me that if it is iodine deficiency causing sweating, it would make sense that after you paint armpits for awhile, your iodine levels would go up and you could stop doing this.. Or only do it occasionally to keep the benefits. Again, I'll let you know if it works.
Note: In response to other comments about magnesium deficiency causing sweating: I do believe that magnesium levels also affect sweating. I dissolve a 1/4 cup of epsom salt in a glass jar (or pan) with 1-1/2 cups very hot filtered water (stir). Once it cools, then put in spray bottle and spray armpits, as well as all over your body several times a day or at least after you shower. It seems to be helping."
Liquid Chlorophyll and Sage Fluid Extract
[YEA] 07/16/2007: Enrique from Los Angeles, California: "I have excessive sweating, it randomly happened about a year ago on my under arms and hands. Doctor First prescribed drysol, smelled like alcohol and i would apply it over night and would wear gloves to sleep. That stopped working so I was given motion sickness patches which really dried out my mouth but worked really well except i had to change it out every3 days. I bought liquid chlorophyll and sage fluid extract. a spoon full of the chlorophyll and 1ML (eye dropper with measurement) into a glass of orange juice a day and my hands and under arms are dry. its summer so i do sweat, but my hands are dry and my underarms. I also drink a glass of apple cider vinegar a day for over all health, but this may also be helping."Replies
[SIDE EFFECTS] 08/31/2009: Francesca from Brussels, Belgium replies: "Be careful with sage. I took a few drops once- twice a day in a glass of water and the sweating was less but after a month or two I started to have heavily vaginal bleeding. Turns out it was the sage that caused the blood loss."
06/09/2011: Anne from Bridgetown, Barbados replies: "I started using Periactin tablets to help with my allergies; unfortunately one of the side effects was excessive sweating, ALL over, not just my pits from my face, my arms, the tops of my breasts, my cleavage, ......... Its killing me, I'm gonna try your remedy, fingers crossed."
[YEA] 04/23/2012: "After coming on the site to find an herbal remedy for being so overly heated with excessive sweating, I opted to try the chlorophyll and sage and it works like a charm!!!! I was hesitant to believe it would work. I literally would take a shower put on all sorts of different types of deodorants and yet by the time I got to work I would be flooded with a puddle of sweat under my arms. Beyond embarassing. I was already putting chlorophyll into my water but I had fallen off. I went online and bought a 2 for 1 package of sage extract. What I do to help and will make this my routine here forward is in the morning I get a big glass of water, add 28 drops of the sage extract (as noted on the bottle) and then I add about an ounce of cholorophyll and drink it down (often with a squeeze of lemon juice in it as well). One other thing that seems to be helping as well is I put a small reserve amount of the water mixture and dip a napkin it and put the wet mixture under my arms like deodorant. I was not told to do it but thought I would try since sage apparently reduces sweating by 30-40 %. I have only been doing this for three days and IT WORKS!!!!!! I will assume I was deplete in certain nutrients/minerals. It honestly worked the same day I tried it but now after 3 days it continues to help! So give it a try and ASAP!"
10/06/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I have chorophyll tablets and organic sage, can I use those together to get the same effects?"
[NAY] 06/10/2013: Jennfelo from Portland, Oregon, Usa: "I've been taking magnesium citrate, the fizzy power, for 3 weeks moving from a teaspoon to a tablespoon a day pretty quickly. It has not resolved the faucets under my arms. I notice improvement with sweating only when I'm not being social, nervous or excited. For example, I usually get to work with sweat already working a nice wet circle into my clothing. I can get to work dry now which is great, but unfortunately as soon as I begin any interaction with people on the phone or in the office, pit circles graduate. So it's a NAY for me... but could offer hope to others."Replies
06/11/2013: Trudyg replies: "Did you try applying it externally? I use mag oil as deodorant and I never have any wetness (not even damp, but I don't usually have an issue like yours) and never any odor--even when I don't wash or reapply the next morning (got stuck at a campsite w/ insufficient water for bathing)."
[YEA] 10/16/2008: R from NY, NY: "Hello all, Excessive sweating is associated with magnesium deficiency. I used to sweat all the time (summer/ winter, hot/ cold) and went to all sorts of doctors to find out what's going on. Nothing helped. Then I started taking magnesium supplements once daily and it works miracles. Give it about 3-4 days to start working. Good luck!"Replies
[YEA] 04/17/2009: Selena from Chula, GA replies: "Excessive Sweating: I am a 35 year old woman and have had excessive underarm sweating for a couple of years now. After reading someone's post about Magnesium deficiency being the cause of excessive sweating, I decided to try it, because I also had some other symptoms of mag deficiency/inbalance. I have been taking about 200 to 300 mgs. of an ionic form of magnesium citrate for the last 2 weeks (sometimes skipping a day or two) and the faucets under my arms seem to have turned off. This has been an embarrasing problem for a while. I could be freezing and I would still have sweat rolling down my sides. I hope I haven't posted my story too quickly. So far it has been about 6 days since I noticed the sweating has subsided. The only other thing I have done differently is take liquid kelp with potassium iodide. I am sure it is the magnessium because I have tried the iodine before without any luck and I had been taking the iodine for a couple of weeks before I added the Magnesium. It took about 4 days from the first day I took the supplement to notice a difference. Much thanks to the lady who posted the comment about the magnesium connection. Also I would like to warn you about the amount you take. Magnesium has a laxative type effect. Start off with low dose then go from there. (I gave Magnesium to my children when they were younger because it helped them to not have nightmares and it stopped my daughter from sleepwalking.)"
04/17/2009: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Yea Rah, R. You have learned to listen to your body. For others who find you are running low on magnesium, this little old mineral has a lot to do with calming the nerves, lifting depression as well as lowering the blood pressure and keeping the heartbeat in good rhythm. For those who are taking magnesium, I find that you can take 400-500 mgm twice a day without laxative effect. When you go above that level and still need more magnesium, it is also absorbed through the skin, therefore adding magnesium to your bath water & luxuriating as if you were at an expensive spa, you can build your levels up faster by doing both the 400 - 500 mgm twice a day orally and using the magnesium bath to avoid flushing out your much needed magnesium with more magnesium orally causing the laxativie effect. I have never had to take magnesium shots, but my niece who did said they hurt worse than any shot she ever had. Of course, she had been through chemotherapy and never did get her levels back up before she crossed over."
[YEA] 05/14/2009: Zakr from Hydeville, VT replies: "I've been taking magnesium gluconate for almost 2 weeks now, and when it would be 70 degrees out and I would try to do mild house work, it looked like someone sprayed me with a squirt gun. I don't want to say definitely that it works but the past couple days I've been really dry, maybe a little excessive sweating but I think my body is still working the magnesium in. Overall I am hoping this helps me in the long run, as I cant stand using topicals and all that. 1 pill a day is fine with me as long as its a supplement and not a chemical with bad side effects"
[NAY] 06/08/2009: Darian Carpenter from Berkley, MA replies: "I already tried the apple cider, that didnt work. I have been on the magnesium supplements - 500mg twice a day and not much help. i would have it in the morning with a bottle of water and then at night with water. It helped very little. Can someone tell me what im might be doing wrong or if this means i have a serious condition."
06/10/2009: Selena from Chula, GA replies: "The only magnesium supplement that works for me is the ionic form of magnesium citrate. It takes several days for you to notice a difference. I know that the magnesium is what works for my sweating because after I forget to take it for a week, the sweating starts back. Every time I restart the mag. it takes about 3 days to get into my system. I only take about 200 mg once per day. After it starts working...I can take the 200 mg. of mag. just a couple times a week and it will still be effective. The kind I take mixes in warm water and fizzes. It helps for sleep and stress too."
06/10/2009: Selena from Chula, GA replies: "Darian..I also forgot to mention that you must get sunshine for Vit. D to absorb any mineral. If you are vit. D deficient you can take mineral supplements til the cows come home and will receive no benefit. Unfiltered Sunlight every day is very important. Even if you where glasses...take them off...sun on the skin and in the eyes is very important for human health. It takes about 20 mins of exposed skin to being producing Vit. D. Do some research on it."
03/25/2010: Mjelma from Tirane, Albania replies: "I asked a nurse about magnesium tablets and she said that they are highly not recommended for my age. I'm 19, but it's impossible to me to deal with my sweating, and it has turned to a serious problem lately. I would really appreciate your help.Thanx"
03/25/2010: Pr from Houston, Texas, Usa replies: "Hello, you need to ask a different person someone trained in natural health care and knowledge of the body's use and need for vitamins and minerals. I guess you are trying as you are asking here. I am not a trained health care professional but I do know that it doesn't matter what age you are everyone needs magnesium and could be deficient at different times in there life. I have known a lot people personally who did get help with sweating by taking magnesium. In some of the books I have read excess sweating could be a sign of magnesium deficiency. Keep in mind there other things that could cause this but magnesium seems like a simple enough place to start."
03/26/2010: Selena from Chula, Ga, Usa replies: "This is in reply to Mjelma in response to the nurse telling you that you did not need mag. supplement at your age. I am an RN and yes people of all ages need magnesium for different reasons. For example...just the fact that you are a female you lose magnesium and iron every month. If you have a heavy flow then you may be prone to magnesium and iron deficiency. Also many things now are supplemented with Calcium without the proper ratio of Magnesium added as well. It is possible to not be deficient but to be inbalanced. I was taught that when taking calcium, magnesium should be taken as well with a ratio of 2:1. meaning 1000 mg of Calcium with 500 mg of Magnesium. However, my own logic is that due to processed foods and "fortifying of Calcium". I find it necessary to take less Calcium and more Magnesium because of the inbalance caused by the improper fortifying of calcium without also fortifying foods with magnesium. And I am still successfully controlling my sweating with the magnesium supplementation. I do not take it every day, sometimes I only take it a few days before my menstrual cycle. However, I have also been adding Epsom salt to my bath water occasionally so it is possible I am absorbing mag. there as well."
08/16/2010: M from Tamworth, Uk replies: "Ive suffered with excessive sweating since my teens, my doc gave me 'Driclor', because I sweated a lot from my underarms. I would turn white clothing yellow in that area, so my tops never lasted me very long, and I started to wear a lot of black, so you couldnt see seat patches so much. The 'Driclor' irritated my skin and made it very sore, so I stopped using it. I tried 'Mitchum' which turned my underarm skin brown, so I gave up on that too. An since then I have tried to avoid hot places. A few yrs back I started to sweat from my head, and it would run down my face, this was really embarrassing, so now I still avoid hot places / days. When I do a work out it literally drips off me and my hair is soaking. I decided to seek doctors advice again a few months back and was given 'Probanthine' I took 2 three times a day and nothing changed, I upted it to 4 a day and the only thing they really did was give me a dry mouth. I asked my doctor about 'Robinul' but im in the UK and its not licensed here, he said I will have to see a specialist because its about £100 for a small amount of power. So I've been looking on the net for solutions, I came across this page, and have decided after reading to give the 'magnesium Citrate' a go and see if anything changes. I was talking to the lady in the health store and she said they do a 'Sage' supplement pill, which helps with sweating, so if the 'Magnesium' dont work im going to try that next. I did see a chiropractor when I was about 20, (im now 35) And he said I suffered from 'Candida' I looked up the symptoms and one of them is excessive sweating, the lady in the health shop told me they do a good tablet that rids your body of 'Candida', so I think im also going to try these, best to get to the root of the problem if I can , better then trying to solve the symptoms, by taming the cause. I noticed people hadn't posted in here since 2009, but like me someone searching for help might come across this post, so I will update with my progress."
08/22/2010: Marilyn from Warner Robins, Ga replies: "I read your post and a few of you mentioned the same problem with staining white clothes. The cause is aluminum in your deodorant. I don't know what brands do not contain aluminum so I just wear tank tops when it's hot. I also have constant sweating problems. In fact my whole family does. I sweat in winter, I sweat from head to toe, and even sweat off my makeup. I don't know how to subside this curse. I feel dehydrated in these hot Georgia summers. Help if anyone can please!"
08/23/2010: Addy from Fb, Ga replies: "I recently did some research on why my shirts were turning yellow and it is the Aluminum in deodorant. It didn't always do this until the last 5 years or so. I tried some of the natural deodorant for the body odor but that stuff really irritated me to no end. I have been experimenting with using coconut oil and it seems to work. I would at times get a sticky feeling so it wasn't 100% for me. Any suggestions?"
[YEA] 08/23/2010: Kelly from Kingston, Ok, United States replies: "Oil of Magnesium is awesome as a deodorant, can't say it would help with excessive sweating. But I am totally controls odor from perspiration much like salt crystals except I find it last much longer."
08/25/2010: L. from Red, Alberta Canada replies: "Two things that work for me are, zinc oxide, found in the baby aisle. Also, I have found the best results with Magnesium Oil."
[NAY] 09/07/2010: M from Tamworth, Staffs, UK replies: "I thought it was the sweat staining not the deodorant :-/
Its been 3 weeks since I wrote on here. Ive taken 'Magnesium' 3x100mg a day, this doesnt seem to of done anything. After taking them for about a week I started taking 'Sage Leaf' aswell, as I read this was good for stopping sweating, I started with the bottles recommendation of 2x285mg twice a day. I did this for about 2 weeks, nothing changed. So I looked online and found out there is 1000mg to a sage leaf, so I upped my dose to 7x285mg in the morning till my pills ran out (4 days worth). Did a work out yesterday and I was still having sweat run down my face. So im considering not buying anymore. Dont want to waste money on something that isnt working. Im still taking 'Magnesium', im not sure whether to up that dose, to see if that works, im not sure the amount safe to take. Think I read on here before someone was taking 500mg a day. Im only taking 300ml. But like I said I was going to try and get to the root of the problem, so ive been and bought my 'Yeast busters' for my 'Candida' been taking them 3 days now. I will update on whether that makes any difference to my sweating."
01/28/2012: Jamey from New York, Usa replies: "I have an important question... I didn't understand the magnesium thing.. It's pills that you are taking every day? and someone can really tell me that its helped him after ETS surgery?"
04/14/2012: Danapoll from Fort Worth, Tx, Us replies: "NAY - I tried magnesium and Apple Cider Vinegar for 2 weeks, and still sweat drips down. I get plenty of sunshine and I eat quite healthy, work out and am thin. I'm so sad it hasn't worked for me. Any advice is appreciated. I did notice I have the magnesium citrate, but not ionic. I will try that next when this bottle is empty and keep you posted."
[YEA] 04/17/2012: Winnie from Hampshire, Il, Us replies: "I have to say, I took the advice from one of the previous posts who said to use the magnesium citrate. I bought a magnesium powder that gets mixed with water. Truly, could not even believe the difference! First relief I've ever experienced. I only use it when it's warm. Couldn't do it all the time, as it does have a laxative effect, and it also does what the name says: it makes me calm - (in other words, ready for a nap! ) But this is the only thing that I can say has a definite effect. wouldn't be without it."
07/24/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I have been taking 250mg Magnesium every day before breakfast, and also using about 12 sprays of magnesium oil at night on my legs. I still have the debilitating sweating I have had since puberty (30 years ago). For me it is always my face and neck that are depressingly wet all the time, chest sweats but not as severe. No B. O. or underarm issues thank god. Except I notice the last two weeks my shirt and pillowcases are soaked when I wake up. My face is covered in sweat even after a 30 minute nap, and it could be fine right before I take the nap. Now the fact that it is July heat here in Texas isn't helping, but my question is if I am already supplementing magnesium and not seeing any change, what can I do?"
07/24/2012: Helpyourself from Houston, Texas replies: "Try ACV (apple cider vinegar) 2 tbs and 1/4 teas baking soda daily. Good Luck!"
01/16/2014: Paxeco from Stockholm, Sweden replies: "I've been reading the information on this page and I feel really excited and hopeful that I will overcome this desease that has been with me for all my life. I have hyperhidrosis in all over my body. I will try soon magnesium citrate and pray for this to work out. It would be good if people kept updating their situation here after trying magnesium or any other thing, since I noticed that it's been a while since someone posted here."