Hyperhidrosis - Excessive Sweat Remedies


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 Nancy (South Carolina) on 06/20/2018

I started using CBD (Hemp) oil for fibromyalgia a week and a half ago. I live where the temp is 90's +. I have serious hyperhidrosis of the head and face. I would sweat til my shirt would be wet just in a few minutes of walking outside or just getting into my car. Since starting the oil, I have barely sweated. I have suffered for many years of trying everything I could possibly find or hear about to help me. Not only has it helped my pain, it has made me not panic at the idea of being outside in the heat or even using a hair dryer!

Replied by Paloma
(Reno, Nv)

Nancy, thanks for the encouraging testimony about CBD oil. My father sufffered a spinal cord injury that resulted in paralysis over 30 years ago. He's been living in terrible pain with muscle spasms and burning nerves for all these years. I was just looking into CBD oil today! If allowed by Earth Clinic, could you please share the brand or website where you purchased the CBD oil from? I want to be sure whatever I get for him is safe and effective.

And if there's any other suggestions from others here on this wonderful site, I'm all ears.


Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Paloma, have you tried magnesium in any form?

Replied by Art
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In some people, magnesium oil can sometimes help with nerve pain and it also can help to relax muscles and prevent or significantly reduce cramping and muscle spasms. Given the excellent safety profile of topical mag oil, it would be my first choice for myself!


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Your poor Daddy!! What a blessing he has you in his life! Nutmeg is my suggestion. I have used it to manage pain and for mental health. You might try him on 1/2 to 2 teaspoons daily. Just mixed in water is fine. It has a strong taste so drinking it down in cold water with a small snack to encourage digestion is my suggestion. The effects take about three hour to be noticeable and tend to linger for a few days. I would expect it to relieve the pain to a degree and to possibly help heal him. It seems to help my brain and muscles coordinate themselves. Cloves are a stronger pain reliever but very dehydrating in my experience. Maybe 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day. If he gets very thirsty I have found fresh citrus juice to remedy it well, but it seems to reduce the effect of the cloves. I enjoy a treat of cloves and nutmeg, later followed by fresh grapefruit and/or a strong mint such as peppermint patties. Cloves and coffee are good together if he is a coffee drinker. Cloves, coffee, chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon in hot milk - I drank this when I was very fatigued and in pain but had to go to work. It was unexpectedly VERY potent! Raw eggs and kefir are other ideas. Fresh turmeric root would probably be a Godsend, as well. It can be blended in frozen orange juice with fresh lemon juice to make it tasty, or just eaten raw (but it sticks to the teeth). My husband only takes one or two small pieces daily and is impressed with how it improves his circulation. I use three times that; it is a very safe food. Holy basil would be another idea, it is very relaxing and somewhat inspirational in my experience. St john's wort. Ginko if you can find the real deal. Aloe.

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DMSO can be purchased in the horse goods section of farm supply stores. Cayenne. Comfrey salve.


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Posted by Rachel (Charleston, Sc) on 08/09/2010

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.

Replied by Belia
(Fresno, Ca)

Rachel from Charleston, SC how did you take the iodine? please help I have tried everything.

Replied by Mattynapps
(Clinton, Ny)

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.

Replied by Coregon
(Medford, Or)

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.

Replied by Dean
(Duluth Mn)

Can someone please give me the dose?

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Dean,

I like Lugol's iodine or Iodoral. It is usually best to start with the lowest dose and increase if you need to.

A kelp supplement would also supply iodine, though not as much.

~Mama to Many~

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Posted by Stacey (Northern Ireland ) on 08/18/2023

Hi everyone just thought I'd come on and give you all some information about Hyperhidrosis as I'm a long term sufferer myself, and I've had it from birth and basically tried every remedy from changing my diet, to cutting out sugary, spicy and dairy foods including herbal remedies such as sage and ACV non which ever made any difference.

I sweat excessively under my armpits, my hands, my feet, and a small amount in my groin area. My doctors mentioned to me a long time ago about the surgery option but I decided against this as it was a pretty invasive operation and it wasn't guaranteed to stop your sweating. Only the last few years, I've been receiving Botox on the NHS for my under arms and hands they where very reluctant to give this to me only my dermatologist fought so hard and said I was one of the most extreme cases she'd seen and this issue was really taking its toll on me. So I eventually managed to get this after years of suffering, it did work extremely well in the first few months but it only lasts between 3-6 months, I did get roughly 6 months to start with but over time, this faded and honestly the pain is excruciatingly sore. I had to get 25 injections under each armpit and around 10 on the palms of hands. Did I say how painful it was 😖 Im not overly keen on the use of Botulinum toxin but it definitely has helped changed my life considerably especially as a young female now in my thirties.

I've recently been using a machine called the iontophoresis machine and it uses electric currents to zap the sweat glands. It can be a little uncomfortable but you put your area to be treated into trays with water and you set your desired current, this treatment works wonderfully although it is pretty demanding because it needs to be done every day for maximum of 2 weeks then top up sessions to maintain your sweat free area.

Out of all the remedies and medicine I would suggest investing in the Iontophoresis machine and use this, the machine is costly but it comes without the harmful side effects of Botox.


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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.

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Posted by Enrique (Los Angeles, California) on 07/16/2007

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.

Replied by Francesca
(Brussels, Belgium)

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.

Replied by Anne
(Bridgetown, Barbados)

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.

Replied by Susan
(Atlanta, Ga)

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!

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)

I have chorophyll tablets and organic sage, can I use those together to get the same effects?

Replied by Elvira

Don't use sage for the extensive period of time. It will affect your heart. Every good herbalist will tell you. My grandma knew.


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Posted by Phillip (Illinois) on 02/14/2017

I realized the reason magnesium doesn't work for some ppl with excessive sweat is because of the type and the amount.

Magnesium citrate is best, capsules not tablets, but tablets will do. Open the capsules don't swallow them whole.

When I take only about 400 mg, nothing happens. Still sweat all day heavily under my arms. When I take 800mg I'm dry all day, but you do have to do it everyday so yeah hope this helps.

Replied by Elvira

The form of magnesium to take is Malate. Magnesium malate. It also has calming effect. Magnesium citrate can cause diarrhea in some people.

Replied by Sami

Hi Phillip,

Hopefully you will see this after 6 years. If so, could you help us and indicate which brand? There are so many and you seem to have had success if you take it daily, I would love to follow your footsteps. Much appreciated!

Posted by Dee (Florida) on 05/01/2016

I have suffered from hyperhidrosis for 35+years. Nothing helped and I tried everything. I experienced my first panic attack one month ago. After researching found out about magnesium citrate. I will make it simple. I take 1200mg of magnesium citrate (400 mg 3x a day).

I also take calcium 1000mg (500 mg 2x a day) And I also take a vitamin b complex once a day. You have to build up your tolerance for magnesium so start with 400mg per day and work your way up. For me this worked. Do your research. Magnesium deficiency and hyperhidrosis go hand in hand.

Replied by Mel

Wow, I had no idea. What kind of Hyperhidrosis do you have? Palmar, Plantar, Facial.....? So any kind of cheap Magnesium and from the drug store will work?

Replied by Clare

Just ordered some Magnesium to try. Apart from horrible topical chemicals, nothing seems to work for me but I'm up for giving this a go. Thanks for your advice!

Posted by Ft (Atlanta Ga) on 09/18/2015

For years I was plagued with excessive sweating and oily skin, especially facially, which doesn't work for a lady. I spent 100s of dollars on all kinds of toners, matifiers and mineral makeup and such to no avail. Had to resort to blotting my face of excess oil frequently. Recently I started to take oral Mg in addition to Mg spray that I was already on for fibromyalgia type body aches and recurrent tendinoses. Surprisingly enough, my excessive sweating and oily face seems to have gone poof too, along with a plethora of health issues that had me partially disabled. Who knew? It's a yay for me.

Replied by Nesty

Ft - I too have suffered from excessive sweating for over 35 years. I researched and researched and read many articles to find a cure, started using Magnesium Chloride transdermally which worked wonders not just for sweating but many other problems as well. As soon as I stopped using Magnesium for a few days, I started to sweat again.

I continued to research more and more until I found the real cure for excessive sweating - Hemp Oil. It has been 2 weeks since I started using this oil and the results have been outstanding. I work in a hot climate and it is such a relief to finish work each day not covered in a lather of sweat. It also has many other benefits as well, too many to name here. Research it for yourself, I hope this helps.

Replied by Summers

How do you take your hemp oil? Orally or topically? And how much? Thank you! :)

Posted by Jennfelo (Portland, Oregon, Usa) on 06/10/2013

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.

Replied by Trudyg

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).

Replied by Tim0701
(Nj, US)

It sounds like you have social anxiety. I would know b/c I suffer from it as well.

Posted by R (NY, NY) on 10/16/2008

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!

Replied by Selena
(Chula, GA)

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.)

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
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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.

Replied by Zakr
(Hydeville, VT)

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

Replied by Darian Carpenter
(Berkley, MA)

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.

Replied by Selena
(Chula, GA)

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.

Replied by Selena
(Chula, GA)

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.

Replied by Mjelma
(Tirane, Albania)

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

Replied by Pr
(Houston, Texas, Usa)

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.

Replied by Selena
(Chula, Ga, Usa)

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.

Replied by M
(Tamworth, Uk)

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.

Replied by Marilyn
(Warner Robins, Ga)

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!

Replied by Addy
(Fb, Ga)

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?

Replied by Kelly
(Kingston, Ok, United States)

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.

Replied by L.
(Red, Alberta Canada)

Two things that work for me are, zinc oxide, found in the baby aisle. Also, I have found the best results with Magnesium Oil.

Replied by M
(Tamworth, Staffs, UK)

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.

Replied by Jamey
(New York, Usa)

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?

Replied by Danapoll
(Fort Worth, Tx, Us)

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.

Replied by Winnie
(Hampshire, Il, Us)

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.

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)

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?

Replied by Helpyourself
(Houston, Texas)

Try ACV (apple cider vinegar) 2 tbs and 1/4 teas baking soda daily. Good Luck!

Replied by Paxeco
(Stockholm, Sweden)

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.

Replied by Tom

Had persistent underarm sweat for a couple months - I'd change my shirt a couple times a day. Coffee made it much worse. Started taking Magnesium (500MG, Magnesium Oxide from a generic manufacturer). I'm not bone dry, but it's a lot better.

(Ontario, Ca)

I haven't tried this myself yet, but I've read a lot of comments online about people using milk of magnesia on their skin. I think it's mostly as a deodorant, but might be good to control sweating too. Might be good for people concerned about diarrhea from too much magnesium. Dollar General, Kroger and a few other brands carry pure milk of magnesia. Be careful of other brands as they have additives you don't need like bleach and other things. It's just plain old Magnesium hydroxide and purified water.

Replied by Hodaya Ben Shachar

I just want to mention that magnesium is not absorbed very well in the gut. Better to use Magnesium oil rubbed into the skin ( don't wash it off). I buy Magnesium salt or epsom salt and dilute in boiling water to max concentration. You could also use Dead Sea salt ( not internally) or Atlantic sea salt in a pinch( much less magnesium). I general it's better to use natural salt not regular table salt.

Replied by Summers

Can you please let me know how much you take on what schedule and what kind of magnesium u take whether it's the malate or citrate version? Thanks!

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Posted by James Wallace (Seattle) on 05/21/2020

I had hyperhidrosis from the age of 16 to the age of 56. While my hyperhidrosis was embarrassing, I had the kind that is a symptom of chronic fatigue syndrome. This kind makes you sweat, but the sweat has no scent.

At 56 I was doing a copper detox and noticed my hyperhidrosis had went away. I started checking my supplements to see which one had done this. I found two. It seems a deficiency in molybdenum can cause hyperhydrosis. For the detox I was taking 400 mcg a day. I was also taking bamboo extract to detox aluminum. Bamboo extract is high in silica. A deficiency of silica can cause hyperhidrosis. My bamboo extract supplement is 300 mg. I started doing the bamboo and molybdenum at about the same time and it was about three months of taking them that I noticed my hyperhidrosis was gone.

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(Round Rock, Texas)

I have a sweating problem that started about 2 years ago but not hyperhidrosis. I don't sweat on my hands and feet or my underarms. Have seen several doctors but no answers.
The sweating usually starts while I sleep, but not always. It seems to increase when I move around so I try not to do that (I am an 82 year old woman and retired). It can take up to 2 hours for my body to dry. The sweating can occur several times a day but I can't figure out what sets it off. I have good and bad days.

Is anyone out there having my problem?

(somewhere, europe)

Marianne, can you trace it to a food your body doesn't handle well anymore? Gluten? Starches? Dairy? Sugar?

Replied by Katzie

I had the same thing. I am post-menopausal and retired too. I ended my issues by, get this, getting a box of borax from the laundry aisle.

And don't worry, borax is simply mined from dried-up salt lake beds and is natural.

It is a white odorless, tasteless powder. I do this one simple thing every day, 1x or 2x/day: I lick my pointing finger, dip it into some borax, dip it into my water bottle, and shake, shake, shake. It dissolves easily and is tasteless. It took me two days to notice that I wasn't overheating anymore. Oh, and I also bought superlight sleepwear and put a fan aimed near my head. And make it a point to pull the blankets off of my feet before sleeping, and this helps alot too.

Anyways, I hope you can "chill" soon!

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Posted by Helen (Ohio, US) on 08/22/2014

Exessive palm and feet sweating: I've been having this problem since childhood. I'm now 53 and still have issues, especially when it is hot humid, but I still sweat in the winter too. I've tried commercial treatments as well as, ACV, sage tea and pills, soaking with tea and so forth, nothing really helped. Does anyone know an effective remedy for this please? Shaking hands, holding hand for prayer is very very uncomfortable. Thank you.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Helen,

That would be a very uncomfortable problem...and to have suffered with it for so long!

I see that you have tried many things...I wonder if you have tried magnesium supplements? A couple of people have posted about that remedy here at EC. A lack of magnesium can cause all kinds of imbalances...I like to use Natural Calm before bed and it is a great source of magnesium. Some like to use Magnesium Oil...if you try it, give it a week or two to see if it will help.

The other thing I would consider is iodine. Iodine is another nutrient that is often lacking in our diets and that lack can cause so many health issues. Here is a link to Bill's great article on iodine.


I hope that you will find relief soon. Please let us know how it goes.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Helen
(Ohio, US)

Dear Mama to many, thank you for your kind concern and suggestions. I will try and use magnesium and iodine one a time and report back.

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Posted by Ginger (Texas, Usa) on 09/14/2010

I am 30 year old woman, but as a teen I had terrible problems with armpit sweating. The best antiperspirants seemed to act as sweat enhancers! My armpits were clean-shaven, but my deodorant / antiperspirants still didn't work well. And, I bought the strongest that had rugged, outdoorsy, exercising men in their advertisements! One day, I decided to try waxing my armpits. I didn't want to put my harsh yet poor working antiperspirant on right after, so I rubbed some aloe vera gel & tea tree oil on instead, just so I wasn't stinking. What a difference! The sweating was probably 10% of what it had been, & that was with no antiperspirant! It's like if I have hair in the follicles, I sweat awfully & if they're totally removed, I don't. I find the easiest & most convenient method to do this to use a hair plucking device. I use it weekly. This is really worth trying if you have a sweating problem, want to use a more natural deodorant, or have a BO problem. Although I know it doesn't cure ones odor, the possibility of sweating less certainly can't hurt.

If you're interested in more natural deodorants for whatever reason, read forums & try several if your first doesn't work. The glycerin natural deodorants have never worked for me personally, but some people love them. My personal favorite is the crystal stone. For some reason, the spray & roll-on versions don't work nearly as well. Note about the stone: when it states wet the stone prior to use, it isn't kidding. I find it doesn't work without putting the actual stone in water, even if my armpits are freshly "wet" from the shower. Hope some of this helps!

Replied by Saratea2u
(Ypsilanti , Mi)

I totally agree I am a big sweater at least I was until I started using the crystal stone

Replied by Mm
(Ottawa, Canada)

I 100% agree about the crystal stone. It's amazing! I tried every kind of antiperspirant and nothing worked. My armpits were constantly wet... After using the stone for about a month my excessive sweating is gone! It's amazing after all these years. I recommend everyone should try it out.

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, Usa)

Crystal stone Q - can you use the crystal stone on your neck and face? That is where I get my heavy sweating.

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Posted by Tom (Seattle, Washington) on 06/20/2017

Raw, unpasteurized sauerkraut for sweating - this has helped me tremendously!! I think there must be a relationship between fungus in the body and constant sweating - check this remedy out! I would start with about 1/2 to 1 tsp and work your way up to taking more!

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