Sweating is a natural body function. Everyone does it. Your body flips the sweat switch to help you cool off. However, when a person’s excessive sweating becomes a daily headache and continual embarrassment, it is most likely hyperhidrosis.
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a health condition that affects 15 million people in the United States alone. Those suffering from hyperhidrosis tend to sweat up to five times more than the average person.
While there is no medical cure for hyperhidrosis, there are natural hyperhidrosis solutions that can help. Read on to learn about some of the best home remedies for hyperhidrosis. Some work so well you may believe you’ve found a natural cure for your hyperhidrosis symptoms!
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a condition that falls into one of two categories:
The main difference between primary and secondary hyperhidrosis is that people with secondary hyperhidrosis tend to experience generalized sweating in large areas of the body, including at night.
People with primary hyperhidrosis typically sweat from their hands, feet, underarms, groin and face (where a large proportion of sweat glands can be found). They also tend not to sweat excessively while sleeping.
Sweating is a natural body function. Everyone does it.
Hyperhidrosis can be incredibly frustrating and embarrassing, and managing symptoms can be exhausting. Common symptoms of hyperhidrosis include:
At Ejis, we believe that no one should feel embarrassed about something as natural as sweating. Many people choose to try hyperhidrosis natural treatment options instead of expensive or invasive medical treatments.
Keep reading to learn about 14 of the top all-natural hyperhidrosis treatments. Before you try one, we recommend consulting a doctor to discuss possible contraindications, especially if you’re taking medications for hyperhidrosis or another medical condition. We've even put together an Amazon list of sweat-proof essentials if you want to purchase them there.
Apple cider vinegar is an incredibly versatile product. You can use it to clean, preserve food, and even to help with some skin conditions. It can also be used to control the odor-causing bacteria that contribute to hyperhidrosis symptoms like bromhidrosis. Use apple cider vinegar as a natural astringent by applying it to your skin with a cotton ball before bed and washing it off in the morning. Best of all, apple cider vinegar is something you can usually find at your local grocery store!
Both baking soda and cornstarch help absorb sweat, lower pH levels, and block odors. Create your own natural deodorant by mixing baking soda with an equal part of cornstarch and applying it to clean, dry underarms. For best results, apply this all-natural hyperhidrosis remedy several times a day.
Did you know that some foods make you sweat? If you’re consuming them, they could be contributing to your hyperhidrosis symptoms. Many people find making simple adjustments to their diets help relieve the symptoms of hyperhidrosis. Here are some suggestions:
Whatever else is going on in your life in addition to managing hyperhidrosis, you deserve a break. Draw up a bath and pour in some Epsom bath salts – they act as an all-natural hyperhidrosis treatment. Specifically, Epsom bath salts act as an astringent and can help reduce body odor. If you soak for 20 minutes once or twice a week, you’ll be more relaxed in general, and conquer your hyperhidrosis symptoms.
Lemon juice is another all-natural deodorant and hyperhidrosis home remedy you may want to try. To get the best results, apply fresh lemon to your underarms at night, then shower in the morning to remove any residual lemony-fresh scent.
Lifestyle changes can minimize excessive perspiration.
Some of the easiest home remedies for hyperhidrosis don’t require you to eat, drink, or apply anything – they’re simple lifestyle changes you can make to help reduce the chance for odor-causing bacteria to win the day. Here are a few suggestions:
Both sage and black tea can be used as a topical, all-natural hyperhidrosis treatment. The tea helps to control sweating and reduce odor-causing bacteria because the tannic acid in the tea constricts and reduces pores.
To make this home remedy for hyperhidrosis, steep the tea for several minutes, then allow it to cool to room temperature and apply it to affected areas. You can also prepare enough to soak your hands and/or feet. Repeat several times a day, if needed.
We all know salt absorbs moisture – that’s why you occasionally encounter a solid salt-shaker if you live in a humid climate. You can take advantage of that property when it comes to managing sweat. The easiest way to use salt is by applying it to sweaty areas as soon as the sweating begins. The salt absorbs the sweat without residual odor.
For a more intense option, consider mixing salt and lemon juice to make a citrus scrub. Apply and wash it off in the shower or before bed each night.
Schisandra is an herbal remedy made from dried fruit, and is used to treat night sweats and spontaneous sweating. As such, it can be a great home remedy for hyperhidrosis since it’s all-natural and helps alleviate your hyperhidrosis symptoms.
A plant-based tincture, St. John’s Wort is known to help ease symptoms of depression and menopause. While these medical conditions might not seem related to hyperhidrosis, they actually can be. Both menopause and depression can contribute to secondary generalized hyperhidrosis. As such, a home remedy like St. John’s Wort that helps treat those conditions is also beneficial in helping with hyperhidrosis symptoms.
Like several of the other home remedies for hyperhidrosis on this list, tea tree oil is a natural astringent and helps reduce odor-causing bacteria. To boot, it’s probably the best smelling option on the list. To use tea tree oil as a natural hyperhidrosis treatment, apply it using cotton balls to underarms or other sweaty areas once or twice daily.
If you are using a concentrated essential oil, be sure to combine with a carrier oil before applying to your skin.
Valerian root, also known as nature’s Valium, can be beneficial in reducing anxiety and reducing symptoms of menopause. As with St. John’s Wort, this makes Valerian root an effective natural hyperhidrosis treatment since it helps treat some of the causes of secondary generalized hyperhidrosis.
One of the most embarrassing aspects of hyperhidrosis is sweating through clothing, leaving visible wet marks for the world to see. To help reduce or limit the occurrence of sweat marks and pit stains, consider adjusting your wardrobe.
Ejis undergarments make it possible for people with hyperhidrosis to wear clothes they usually avoid.
Ejis sweat proof boxer briefs and undershirts (buy in our shop or on Amazon) are designed specifically for people suffering from hyperhidrosis. Our sweat proof undergarments feature a waterproof layer designed to protect clothing from wet marks. They are made from soft micro modal or cotton material fused with odor-fighting silver. Ejis undergarments make it possible for people with hyperhidrosis to wear clothes they usually avoid.
Try out these other wardrobe changes to help minimize the appearance of sweat marks:
You can usually find witch hazel at grocery stores and pharmacies, and it is commonly used to treat a number of skin conditions. You can use witch hazel as a natural astringent by applying with a cotton pad and washing off after 30 minutes. This helps control odor-causing bacteria. Plus it’s gentle enough to use on your face, which is ideal if you struggle with a sweaty face as part of your hyperhidrosis symptoms.
Finding effective home remedies for hyperhidrosis and its symptoms takes time and patience. Using natural hyperhidrosis solutions may be an effective, affordable and safe way to treat and manage excessive sweating… and the first step to finding a sense of normalcy again.
If you're ready to take control over how hyperhidrosis is affecting your life, Ejis products can help. We have sweat proof undershirts, sweat proof underwear, and anti-odor dress socks to help manage sweat wherever it affects you most.
This article was originally published in June 2019, and updated in January 2020 and April 2020.