Natural Help for Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating of the body. The excessive sweating experienced with hyperhidrosis far exceeds normal sweating. In some people who have hyperhidrosis, the sweat literally drips off their hands. In a normal person, when their body temperature rises, the nervous system automatically triggers the sweat glands. But for those who have hyperhidrosis, the sweat glands become overactive and call for more perspiration even when the nervous system is not triggered.

Hyperhidrosis usually affects the palms of the hands, soles of the feet and underarms.

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  • Over sweating that disrupts your daily routine (Wetness)
  • Night sweats that occur for no apparent reason
  • Fungal Infections (Such as ringworm or warts)
  • Rashes (Such as eczema)
  • Depression, social and emotional effects (Having clammy or dripping hands and perspiration-soaked clothes can be embarrassing.)


  • Genetic/Hereditary
  • Certain medications and substance abuse
  • Menopause/hot flashes
  • Glucose control disorder/Low blood sugar
  • Hyperthyroidism/Overactive thyroid
  • Some types of cancer
  • Heart attack
  • Infectious diseases (Such Tuberculosis)
  • Parkinson Disease
  • Stroke
Natural Help:
Consider your food intake. Avoid foods that promote sweating and offer hot and warm properties.
  • Some typical food thermal properties to avoid:
    • Warm: Chicken, raspberries, lamb, shrimp, garlic, coffee, cuttlefish, green onion, guava, organ meats, rosemary, seeds and nuts, wine.
    • Hot: Black pepper, black cumin, cinnamon, ginger, green pepper, red pepper beef, nutmeg, mustard, curry.
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  • Burdock can direct the body to eliminate fluids in other ways such as urinating instead of through the sweat glands. Use the tincture over the tea because of its bitter taste. Using this in excess can have a mild laxative effect, so follow tincture instructions for daily use.

  • Magnesium deficiency can cause excessive sweating. Take up to 400mg of magnesium twice a day. This should help control excessive sweating within 1-2 weeks. Discontinue after 4 weeks, if the magnesium does not help, as it is not a deficiency that is causing your excessive sweating.
Sage Herb
Sage’s constituents have a normalizing effect on both the sweat glands and the nervous system. Sage can also strengthen the body’s metabolism and glandular function. Sage can control night sweats and excessive perspiration. Results should show within 2-3 weeks.
  • Sage Tea: Fresh sage is more potent than dry, so use fresh whenever possible.
    • 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaf or 1 teaspoon dried sage
    • 8-10oz  water
    • Pour boiling water over sage, cover, and let steep for 10-15 minutes. Strain sage out, sweeten with honey, if desired, and enjoy once a day.
  • You can also use the Sage on location. Place 1-2 drops Sage essential oil in 2 Tbl. Carrier oil or natural lotion and apply directly to problem areas. Dried Sage powder can be used in shoes or socks to help with sweaty feet.
  • Cautions: Sage can cause heavy vaginal bleeding or excessive bleeding when injured, if too much is taken,  for too long. If this occurs, discontinue use for a couple of weeks. If you are pregnant, have epilepsy, or high blood pressure, avoid using Sage, especially in its essential oil form.
Witch Hazel
  • Witch hazel is a powerful astringent which can be applied in liquid form to the skin. Witch Hazel is especially effective for facial sweating.
    • Using a cotton ball, apply a thin layer of the witch hazel oil to the face.

Tea Tree essential Oil
Tea Tree Essential Oil can help with any skin fungus issues that have come from excessive perspiration.
  • Tea Tree is considered an astringent and anti-fungal agent. Tea tree will not only help dry the skin out, but also help fight fungal infections.
  • Apply 1-2 drops, mixed with carrier oil on location, as needed.
Clary Sage Essential Oil for Sleep Hyperhydrosis
Clary Sage can be used, but keep in mind that Clary Sage tends to have more of a nervine and sedative and is recommended to use only at night. It also has a high emmenagogue effect and should not be used during pregnancy or if heavy menstrual bleeding is present. 
  • Evening Foot bath: 
  • 1/2 Cup Epsom Salts
  • 4 drops Clary Sage EO
  • 2 drops Coriander EO
  • Add to warm bath water and soak for 10-15 minutes before bed.

Natural Deodorant:
A person with hyperhidrosis tends to use very strong deodorants that may harm the body further. By making your own deodorant, you have the ability to control and treat excessive sweating on the spot, and it can be used in conjunction with internal remedies.

  • Follow the recipe here, but use 6 drops Tea Tree and 4 drops Sage for the essential oils.  (Because of Sage Essential Oil’s high Thujone content, it is recommended to give the body rest and alternate with Clary Sage Essential Oil.)

Author: Kammie