Last Modified on May 03, 2016
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 Sweating
As embarrassing as a problem as excessive 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.
Continue reading below for recommendations from our readers as to what home remedies and supplements helped their hyperhidrosis.
Remedies for Hyperhidrosis
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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!
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Posted by Darian (Berkley, MA) on 05/27/2009
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!
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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
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Posted by Ray (Springdale, UT) on 05/18/2007
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
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Posted by Rhythm (Indianapolis, IN) on 07/15/2006
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.
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Posted by Anonymous (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!
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Brisbane, Qld, Australia
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Posted by Dancejunkie35 (Enid, Ok ) on 05/25/2011 | 1 Posts
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!
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Posted by Tom (Chicago, Illionois) on 08/27/2009
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!
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Posted by Erin (Raleigh, Nc) on 06/07/2015
A few months ago my feet started sweating excessively, whether hot or cold, when wearing shoes. It didn't smell that bad but the wetness was very uncomfortable.
I read somewhere about a black tea soak remedy and it worked.
Brew strong black tea (cheap stuff you make iced tea from is fine) and when it's cool enough soak your feet in it for 30 minutes. I did this once a day for 10 days and my sweating pretty much went away. After about 2 months the sweating started again, so I just started soaking my feet again, and it's already getting better after 4 or 5 days of soaking.
Posted by Tracy (Barking Essex, England) on 06/13/2013
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
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Posted by Amina (Norway, Oslo) on 04/29/2014
Hi! I am searching for info about Diatomaceous earth, and find it difficult..
I read that it is very fine structured and should not be inhalated.. My question: is the Diatomaceous earth also clogging skin pores? I am asking because I am making my own deodorant, and want to use Diatomaceous earth, but not if it is clogging sweat glands like antiperspirant does.. sweating is healthy! The odor is the thing I want to get rid of!
Thank you so much, I hope you will find tie to answer this :) Amina
Posted by Greg (Los Angeles) on 12/26/2013
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:
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Posted by Saba (Mentor, Oh) on 05/27/2010
Question: Has anyone heard of formalin used to prevent excessive sweating? A friend told me that he was given a diluted 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.
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Posted by Karinita (Sydney, Australia) on 11/20/2014
I suddenly developed severly smelly underarm sweat. The smell would reoccur even while I was in the shower. The smell was "hormony" and could fill a room, and was not helped by deodorant, salt crystals or vinegar.
In desperation I dabbed a small amount of reconstituted lemon juice and it worked wonders. Smell gone, even from the clothes that seemed to reactivate the odour on contact.
Initially I had to put it on three times a day, but within a week once a day is enough. I cannot wait to see what real lemon will do for the problem.
I now dab and then pat a little drop in all parts of the body that develop odours.. "the crack", under breasts and groin.
I have been informed that to just be careful that a rash does not develop due to the acid mantel of the skin being disrupted. Three weeks in, I had no rashes and no odour.