Excessive sweating occurs when you sweat more than you might expect due to the surrounding temperature or your activity level or stress.
The underlying cause of extreme sweating is overactivity of the nerves that trigger the sweat glands.
This can be triggered by certain medications, menopausal hot flashes, obesity, substance abuse, low blood sugar, an overactive thyroid, a heart attack or an infectious disease like malaria or tuberculosis. Even nutritional deficiencies as well as an unhealthy diet and unhygienic lifestyle can contribute to excessive sweating.
Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the most effective home remedies to deal with sweaty palms and feet is apple cider vinegar.
It has natural astringent properties that help control excessive sweating by keeping the pores tight. Also, when taken internally, apple cider vinegar helps balance the body’s pH level.
Plus, apple cider vinegar boosts your body’s metabolism to fight obesity, one of the reasons behind hyperhidrosis.
- Rinse the area that sweats the most with lukewarm water. Then, use a cotton ball to apply some raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar on the area. Leave it on overnight. The next morning, take a bath or shower and then apply some baby powder. In case you have sensitive skin then mix dilute the apple cider vinegar with an equal amount of water and then apply.
- Alternatively, make a solution by mixing equal parts of apple cider vinegar and rosewater. Apply it on the affected area 2 or 3 times a day.
- Also, you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a little honey to a glass of lukewarm water and drink it twice daily.
Another home remedy to deal with hyperhidrosis is cornstarch. It works as a natural antiperspirant, which helps absorb moisture and neutralize any unpleasant odor.
Plus, as cornstarch is easy enough to carry around with you, it is also a convenient option for people who travel a lot.
- Mix equal amounts of cornstarch and baking soda and store it in an old talcum powder bottle.
- Remove excess sweat from the areas where you perspire most profusely with some tissue or paper towel.
- Dust some of this mixture onto the areas.
- Use this simple remedy as needed.
Lemon is another simple and readily available home remedy for treating sweaty hands as well as feet. It works as a natural deodorant.
Plus, lemon helps eliminate bacteria and keeps you smelling nice and fresh.
- Squeeze the juice out of a fresh lemon into 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mix it up into a smooth paste. Apply it on the areas where you sweat most profusely. Wait 10 minutes, then rinse off the paste. Repeat once daily.
- Alternatively, add the juice of 1 lemon to a cup of water. Soak a washcloth in it and rub it all over your body. Leave it on for 20 minutes, then take a bath or shower. Do this once daily.
- Another option is to sprinkle some salt on a piece of lemon and gently rub it on the affected area until the area becomes dry. This remedy slows down the activity of the sweat glands.
Note: Do not go out in the sun immediately after using lemon juice, as it temporarily causes your skin to become more sensitive to ultraviolet light.
The cooling and astringent properties of tomatoes can also help control the problem of sweaty hands and palms.
Being a natural astringent, tomatoes help shrink pores and block the ducts that secrete sweat. Even drinking tomato juice can help lower the body temperature, which in turn will reduce sweating.
- Simply cut a good-sized slice of tomato and rub it over the areas of your body where you are experiencing excessive sweating.
- Alternatively, apply freshly extracted tomato juice on the sweaty parts of your body and leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse it off with lukewarm water. Do it once daily.
- Also, you can drink 1 cup of fresh tomato juice daily for a week, and slowly reduce the dosage to 1 cup every other day for another week.
Another natural remedy that has strong astringent properties is sage. In fact, it is an age-old remedy for treating sweaty hands. It helps dry up the excess oils and prevents excessive sweating.
Plus, sage tea is rich in vitamin B and magnesium, which help reduce overactivity in the sweat glands.
- Put 2 or 3 sage tea bags in a large bowl of water. Cover and allow it to steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Soak your sweaty hands in this water for 20 to 30 minutes, 1 or 2 times daily. Similarly, you can soak your sweaty feet in sage-infused water.
- In addition, drink a cup of warm sage tea on an empty stomach every morning for maximum benefits. To make the tea, add 1 tablespoon of fresh or dried sage leaves to a cup of hot water and let it steep for 5 minutes. Strain it, then add lemon juice and honey for taste.
- Also, include this herb in your daily cooking whenever possible.
Note: Drinking too much sage tea may cause a headache.
Eat Magnesium-Rich Foods
One of the causes of sweaty palms and feet can be a deficiency of magnesium in the body. Magnesium helps control sweat gland activity to prevent excessive sweating. It also neutralizes odor-producing chemicals.
Some magnesium-rich foods are almonds, avocados, bananas, beans, pumpkin seeds, soy milk, cashews, walnuts, potatoes with skin, yogurt, whole grains and green leafy vegetables.