Underarm sweating, with two wet circles forming on your clothes, is truly embarrassing. It is obviously shown in dark-colored clothes looking stained, and this becomes a problem in business and social interactions for both men and women.
In this article, we will discuss some tips on how you can reduce excessive underarm sweating. But first, let us learn what the causes of excessive underarm sweating are.
The Roots of the “Funk”
By now, you probably know that sweating or perspiring is your body’s one way of releasing heat and cooling itself. But excessive sweating is another case that may be caused by over-activity in that part of the nervous system connected to the hypothalamus area of the brain that contains nerve cells sensing the temperature of the overall body and the surface of the skin. When the metabolic rate is increased because of exercise or exposure to hot weather, the body temperature heats up and triggers the nerves to stimulate sweat glands in the armpits to level up on their sweat production.
Aside from “overheat” and exercise, another cause of excessive underarm sweating is strong caffeine intake. If you drink more cups of coffee, tea, soft drink and other drinks or food which contains caffeine that your body can take, the nervous system is once again activated to begin sweating profusely.
Also related to the nervous system are stress and anxiety. When we think too much that we feel too worried or emotional, our basal metabolism increases to provide us with extra energy that makes us start to sweat. Specifically, when we’re overly stressed, our body releases a type of hormone called epinephrine or adrenaline which fires up eccrine and apocrine sweat glands mainly in the underarms, palm of our hands, soles of the feet and forehead.
Above all else, one other reason could be blamed to genetics. If your family genes really has excessive sweating then you’re also prone to be the forbearers of this condition. There’s a medical condition termed for this and it’s called “hyperhidrosis.” It literally means sweating much more than is needed to cool the body. Probable causes are hormone imbalances, high levels of progesterone, an overly active thyroid gland—all increasing the body’s metabolism and heat production which leads to sweating.
Organic Products to Reduce Underarm Sweating
1. Tea Leaves
To prevent armpits to perspire heavily and easily, start drinking one to two glasses of sage, green, black, or sage tea every day. Despite being hot, herbal tea drinks cause your body to perspire less and also help the body to eliminate toxins. If your body is cleansed from these harmful bacteria, it will produce less sweat. Aside from taking tea leaves as a drink, you can also rub the tea leaves themselves onto your armpits and witness the wonders of its astringent and antibacterial properties. Let the juice absorb into the skin to dry the pores and prevent sweat and irritation.
2. Walnut Leaves and Eucalyptus
Speaking of herbs, you can also use blended or grinded walnut leaves and eucalyptus for a lower perspiration level. What’s more, the mixture of this herb paste can also help in removing bad odor in your armpits.
As mentioned above, excessive sweating boils down from the sympathetic nervous system. To solve this straight out, you should calm your nerves and one recommendation of doing this with organic ways is by aromatherapy. By inhaling essential oils of herbs containing natural sedatives like cypress, eucalyptus and lemongrass, you can actually prevent excessive sweating throughout the day.
4. Organic Deodorants
Opt for organic deodorants which contain ammonium alum and potassium alum. Make sure that the product has no aluminum and/or toxic mineral salts but only natural ingredients such as organic fruit extracts, lavender, aloe vera and tea tree oil.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Just add a splash of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water you’re drinking and you’re helping yourself to flush toxins out of your system. This is one of the old-timers golden home remedies that can reduce body sweating largely.
6. Lemon Juice
Lemon juice not only whitens the underarm but also prevents excessive sweating. Apply lemon juice on your underarms before sleeping at night and allow time for it to dry up by itself without patting or wiping it off.
7. Baking Soda
Baking soda works well in absorbing dampness of underarms. Consider applying a mixture of baking soda (or organic talcum powders) with water and two to three droplets of lavender oil in place of usual antiperspirants and deodorants.
8. Malt Vinegar
Before taking a shower or preferably before going to bed at night, trim underarm hair and put an ample amount of vinegar onto your underarm pores and let it sit for about 20 minutes to stay dry. After bathing, do not use any antiperspirant, as pure vinegar is greatly designed for the same objective.
Avoiding and reducing excessive underarm sweating is important to good sanitation, comfort and improving your self confidence. Luckily, there are several ways to prevent this condition with the use of organic products. While there is no best one in the list which fits all individuals (as effects vary depending on the skin and body’s systems), we might as well use and take advantage of them before going for the medical procedures through frustration as some do.
Alexis Thompson is a former Mountain Backpacker and a 26 year old mother of 2 daughters, Sophie and Rhian. She is into almost all types of Music especially The Fray and Hillsong. She also has a passion in Singing and Scrap Booking. Follow her escapades on her Twitter.