Each of us encounters a problem of perspiration or sweating every day, especially during hot summer days. Perspiration is common physiological process by means of which our body responds to increased intake of fluids, heat, increased physical activity or stress. This process is important to all people; it is a tool of thermal regulation that maintains a stable temperature level in our body.
Our body compensates for overheating by sweating and uses sweat to drain poisonous substances as well. This process is natural, normal and healthy; however, excessive perspiration may weaken the body and even cause health problems.
How Does Perspiration Work?
There are approximately two million sweat glands in the body. They are located in the lowermost skin layer and they expell sweat to the surface of the epidermis (top skin layer) through spiral outlets. The perspiration mechanism is controlled by the nervous system. Sweat is a salty fluid containing waste substances and urea, but 99% of it is water. We usually sweat the most in our palms, feet, armpits and under breasts.
When Do We Consider Perspiration Excessive?
It is very difficult to determine what degree of perspiration is normal and adequate, since it is a highly individual issue. A person can best tell by themselves, when they notice a change or a fault in their thermoregulation system. They usually recognize that something is off by noticing that perspiration begins to burden and weaken them significantly. Excessive perspiration may have many various causes. They include infectious diseases, menopause in women, untreated diabetes, hyperthyroidism, obesity, bad lifestyle, abstinence symptoms when going off certain medicinal drugs or habit-forming substances, high blood pressure and some diseases of internal organs. Excessive perspiration may also be caused by fear, stress, depression and anxieties.
In most infectious diseases, the disease course includes fever or elevated temperature. In such cases, the body sweats more. It is necessary to compensate excessive sweating with increased intake of fluids in order to prevent dehydration. Fever is a defensive response of the body against infection, bacteria and viruses since they do not work well in higher temperatures.
During menopause and in periods of other hormonal changes such as puberty or pregnancy, so-called hot flashes are frequent, accompanied with increased perspiration. When the hormonal balance is restored, the perspiration process regulates itself as well. Increased sweating and increased urination usually occur in cases of untreated diabetes, in which case do not hesitate and seek out medical help immediately.
Hyperthyroidism is also accompanied with symptoms such as excessive sweating. In case of a disease affecting some internal organs, the patient may also encounter excessive perspiration. These include mainly diseases of lungs, kidneys, heart, gallbladder or pancreas. It is a secondary symptom of a disease and it will vanish when the disease is cured.
Another problem characterized by excessive sweating is high blood pressure. Excessive perspiration is frequently caused by obesity; in that case, weight reduction helps significantly. Be careful about your lifestyle as well. Eating too much hot, fried or too-hot food also increases perspiration. Excessive use of alcohol or coffee also has adverse effects. Sweating is controlled by the nervous system and it is therefore understandable that any deviation from normal may be responded to by excessive sweating. This may occur in stress, anxieties, fear, stage fright, etc. Excessive sweating may not always manifest in the whole body, but in some cases, it is localized to the regions of armpits, feet or palms.
How to Fight Natural Perspiration in a Natural Way
The most common measure we usually use against sweating is deodorant. Deodorants protect us against sweating, wet stains on our clothes and from the unpleasant smell. However, we can also fight unpleasant sweating in a natural way.
Incorrect lifestyle makes these problems even worse, whereas healthy and balanced diet helps mitigate them. The most significant and first recommended step is to start avoiding coffee, caffeinated beverages, spicy and overly salty foods. Also avoid foods poor in proteins. Make fresh vegetables, fruits and easily digestible foods daily parts of your diet. You can also fight excessive sweating by using some herbs. Sage would be the go-to-herb as it contracts sweat glands. In summer, drink a litre of sage tea a day. Even our great-grandmothers knew and applied these recommendations. You can also try a combination of sage and hyssop. These two herbs combined have a much stronger effect against sweating. We also recommend taking baths with these herbs.
Another agent suitable or even miraculously working against sweating is a bath with a bit of baking soda. You can also spread a small amount of baking soda onto your armpits; it neutralizes the smell. Instead of baking soda, you can also use a common children's powder with azulene. After taking a shower or a bath, powder your palm slightly and smear the powder on shaved armpits or also feet if necessary. Perspiration is also mitigated by apple cider vinegar. All you need to do is add a bit of into a glass of water and drink it. You may also pour a cup of apple cider vinegar into a tub of hot water and enjoy a bath in it. Another deodorant is not traditional or well-known, but it works very well - a mixture of vodka against perspiration. However, this mixture is not for drinking, but for splashing by means of a sprayer. Mix two portions of water and one portion of vodka and spray your feet with it. It neutralizes the smell and mitigates problems with perspiration.
Herb Body Powders
Powders absorb sweat, prevent chafing and mitigate potential skin inflammations.
Easy Body Powder
Put ten to thirty drops of any nice-smelling essential oil into one cup of maize starch. Stir the blend with your fingers and it is ready to use.
Refreshing Body Powder
Very hot days are a great opportunity to try lavender and grapefruit essential oils for their refreshing smells. Prepare 50 g of arrowroot or maize starch, two tablespoons of white cosmetic clay, seven drops of lavender essential oil and seven drops of grapefruit oil. Mix the arrowroot or the maize starch with the cosmetic clay. Drop the oils in and mix everything together well with your hands. Store the whole batch in a closed jar and let it rest for several days. Essential oils and the powder soak the smells perfectly and become ready to use.
Calming Body Powder
Prepare two tablespoons of dried nice-smelling rose petals, 50 grams of arrowroot or maize starch and two tablespoons of white cosmetic clay. Then prepare eight drops of lavender essential oil, five drops of rose essential oil and one drop of ylang-ylang essential oil. Rose, lavender and ylang-ylang make the powder smell wonderful and refreshing. Arrowroot and maize starch deal with the sweat. First, grind the rose petals into powder and mix them with the arrowroot or maize starch and cosmetic clay. Drop the oils in and mix everything together well with your hands. Store the whole batch in a closed jar and let it rest for several days. Use as necessary.
Easy Calming Body Powder
The preparation is the same as in the refreshing body powder. Only replace essential oils in that recipe with ten drops of sandal essential oil, three drops of lavender essential oil and three drops of sage essential oil.
Sage is very efficient and strongly reduces perspiration effects. This deodorant also uses hornbeam extract that cools and cleanses and extract from grapefruit cores which kills the smell-inducing bacteria. Prepare 60 ml of hornbeam extract, 30 ml of alcohol-based sage extract, 10 drops of grapefruit cores extract, 10 drops of sage essential oil and 5 drops of patchuli essential oil. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle. Shake well before use and apply onto armpits or other troublesome regions as necessary.
Light Herb Deodorant
Prepare two tablespoons of dried wild-thyme, two tablespoons of dried sage and two tablespoons of dried lavender. Then also a quarter litre of hornbeam extract, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of freshly grated lemon skin. Put the wild-thyme, sage, lavender and lemon skin into a jar, pour the hornbeam extract over them, close the jar and let the herbs steep for a week. Then strain everything and pour the liquid into a clean spray bottle. You can also add a bit of apple cider vinegar, shake everything well and apply as necessary.
Cypress and lavender essential oils in combination with extract from grape cores prevent bacteria from spreading and remove bad smell. Prepare 60 ml of hornbeam extract, 10 drops of grape cores extract, 10 drops of cypress essential oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before using. Apply onto armpits as necessary.
Cleansing Baths to Refresh You and Mitigate Sweating in Hot Days
Hydrotherapy is a traditional method of cleansing and regenerating the body.
Cleansing Bath with Epsom Salt
This bath is based on Epsom salt and cypress, ginger and grapefruit essential oils. Prepare 250 g of Epsom salt, 3 drops of cypress essential oil, 3 drops of grapefruit essential oil and three drops of ginger essential oil, one tablespoon of vodka or fat milk. Begin to draw a hot bath and add the Epsom salt. When the bath is full, add the essential oils, milk or vodka. Mix the bathwater in order for the salt and essential oils to spread well in it. Remain in this bath for 15-30 minutes. Rinse your body with cool water after the bath.
Oak Bark Bath
Oak bark is used in traditional alternative medicine for baths that are anti-inflammatory, help against frostbite, calm skin inflammations and remove excessive sweating.
We use oak bark externally - we prepare a concentrated decoction. Prepare 30-40 g of dried oak bark per one litre of water and boil it for 5 minutes, then add it into your bathwater.