How to Control Excessive Sweating

· September 24, 2014

Hyperhidrosis or excessive production of sweat is a disorder that greatly affects the quality of life of people who suffer from it. It is not always related to exertion or temperature.

Sweating is a natural action of a healthy body because it controls the body’s temperature and liquid. But when it is excessive, it isn’t beneficial for you and it can also highly determine a person’s activity. We will give you some natural remedies in this article for controlling excessive sweating, a problem that affects 3% of people.

When You Sweat Too Much

Sweat is created in the sudoriparous glands and is excreted via skin pores with the objective of cooling the skin. This is why it has a necessary function for your thermal equilibrium and also for eliminating excess fluids from the body.

In some cases, the glands are too active and produce sweat although the body doesn’t need to be cooled.

This can be due to, in the first place, hereditary factors, but there are also some medications and diseases that can cause it.

Lastly, changes in the nervous system like stress, anxiety, or emotional tension can also increase sweating.

It is important to watch out for food that contributes to sweating more. Also, look for natural remedies, as there are some antiperspirant products on the market that are not recommended at all for your health because they completely cut off the way to eliminate toxins from the body that, if closed off, can cause illness in the long run.

A Proper Diet

Spices like cayenne pepper, pepper, or ginger increase the body’s temperature and as a result, the amount of sweat. They are used precisely to lower fevers because they make you sweat, but in this case, if you suffer from excessive sweating, you should try to avoid them as much as possible.

You should also avoid very hot food and drinks.

Thirdly, foods rich in iodine are not a good idea either because they can make the problem worse. For example:

  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Onion
  • Garlic

It is also important to avoid excessive meals in general. They cause stress for your body and can increase sweating.

On the other hand, eating astringent food is good for you, like:

  • Tea
  • Lemon
  • Acerola
  • Berries
  • Quince
  • Tomato

In regards to tomatoes, you can make gazpacho or tomato juice to drink everyday.



Salvia contains vitamin B, which helps reduce the activity of the sudoriparous glands and therefore sweating.

You can drink it in an infusion or as an extract, or even include it in baths. You can also eat salvia leaves in salads, sauces, or in batters as well.

Lastly, its essential oil is found in many natural deodorants, which is why you can also apply it in small drops directly to your skin or even make your own natural deodorant.


Lycopodium Spores

Lycopodium spores, also known as vegetable sulfur, absorb sweat as they stop the proliferation of bacteria that causes bad odor. They can also prevent irritation and rashes that may appear. Apply every morning and night to the areas that have more transpiration. Avoid any open wounds.

Red Clay Baths

At least once a week, you can take a hot bath with red clay powder. The clay absorbs toxins from your body and the bath will also help you relax your nervous system.

Put five tablespoons in the bath and bathe for a half hour. After, rinse yourself with cold water.

Witch Hazel Water

Witch hazel has an astringent action that reduces excessive transpiration and leaves your skin clean and dry. You can find witch hazel water in herb stores. Spray your body with it before getting dressed and also when you notice excess sweating. It is an excellent remedy for fighting facial sweating, for example.

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Final Advice

To conclude, we recommend that you wear clothing made with natural fabric, like cotton, that is loose-fitting so that it allows you to breathe.

Also, don’t forget that people that suffer from excessive sweating lose a lot of liquids. That is why it is important to drink water throughout the day, especially between meals.

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