Sweating is the process of production of fluids which are secreted by the sweat glands inside the skin. Sweating is a natural process and is considered a healthy sign. When human beings perspire, it helps their body to control water and mineral content. Sweating also helps to eliminate waste from the body through pores of skin thereby maintaining a balanced temperature. Sweating is produced by sweat glands which in turn are of two types. They are eccrine glands and apocrine glands. Eccrine glands are found all over the skin and apoccrine glands are found only in the armpits and groin area and develop only at adolescence. Sweat contains water, minerals, lactase and urea. Water is the main composition.
Sweat smells due to fungal growth over skin. Sweating occurs as temperature rises and the natural tendency of body to homeostasis results in sweating. Sweating also occurs after strenuous physical activity. Sometimes sweating is triggered by stress, high fever, anxiety and obesity. Few people perspire more than others. Though perspiration is good, heavy perspiration can be irritating and leads to other skin eruptions. There are herbs to control excessive sweating. They are natural and are totally safe.
Effective Herbs For Controlling Sweating
The word sage is derived from the Latin word ‘salvare’ which means ‘to save’. Sage is a perennial plant which has a sweet fragrance and has silvery green leaves. The active compounds present in the plant are magnesium, tannins, potassium and volatile oils which are used as antiperspirant. Sage fibers soothe the nerves which produce sweating. They help to control excessive sweating. Pregnant women are advised to consult a doctor before its use.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can be used to cure excessive sweating of feet and palms. It has very good anti fungal properties. It is not consumed though. Take one tablespoon of tea tree oil in about two liters of water and soak your hands and feet in it for 10-15 minutes. Tea tree oil also gives relief from foul smelling feet that come from excessive sweating.
Schizandra is found in United States and China. It grows as a vine and produces red small berries in clusters. Those berries are further dried and used for various medicinal purposes. Schizandra is especially used to cure perspiration which occurs due to emotional breakdown like stress and anxiety. It has the property to calm the nervous system and thus help cure the symptoms of anxiety and stress. It is consumed in the form of tablets. People with gall bladder or kidney stones are advised to consult a doctor before consumption of this herb. Even pregnant ladies should avoid this herb.
The extract from walnut leaves is also useful in treating excessive perspiration from feet and palms. Walnut leaf from black walnut trees are only used for this purpose. The protein found in walnut leaf creates a barrier between the skin and the sweat glands. As the link between skin and sweat glands get cut off, it results in drastic reduction of sweating. It can be added in bath tub during taking bath.
The roots of this plant is collected and dried. The dried root is either added to tea or hot soup and is brewed. This liquid helps in curing excessive perspiration. People with skin allergies should consult a doctor prior to consuming this herb.