Sweating is healthy. However, increased perspiration is the manner in which the body regulates the water and mineral content, while regulating body temperature and removing toxins from the system through the skin. Sweating is the action caused due to sweat glands.
Although it is normal to sweat more during hot weather, exercise, and fever, as a means to regulate body temperature, some people are prone to excessive sweating, due to their natural constitution. Other factors that cause excessive sweating are stress, anxiety, obesity, alcohol consumption, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, menopause, AIDS, Hodgkinâ€™s disease and tuberculosis.
Although sweating is a healthy reaction of the body to get rid of toxins, if there is no definite cause for excessive sweating, the symptoms can be alleviated through treatment with medicinal herbs.
Sage: The herb has a calming action on the sweat-producing nerve fibers. The herb gets into action of suppression of perspiration after about two hours of taking sage juice, tincture or tea, and the effect lasts for days. About 4tbsp. (20 sage leaves) should be added to two cups of water and brought to a boil, and kept in simmer for five minutes. Strain and drink every evening.
Sage, Horsetail and Valerian: Mix together 5 tbsp. of sage leaves, one tbsp. each of valerian root and horsetail, and pour a cup of boiling water over 1 tbsp. of this mixture, and then boil again. Strain and drink one cup everyday, or as per requirement.
Tormentil root, oak bark, witch hazel, walnut leaves and eucalyptus: Bathe feet and hands in equal parts of these herbs. Add 5 tbsp. of this mixture to 2 qt. of water and boil for five minutes. Strain and add 1 qt. of cold water.
Nettle leaves, strawberry leaves, sage, walnut leaves: Use 2 parts each of stinging nettle leaves and wild strawberry leaves, with 3 parts each of sage leaves and walnut leaves. Add a cup of boiling water to 1 tsp. of this mixture and drink at bed time.
Dried hops, nettle, rose, strawberry, walnut and sage leaves: Boil four cups of water, add a tsp. each of dried stinging nettle, dried hops, fresh or dried strawberry leaves, fresh rose petals, fresh walnut leaves and 3 tsp. of dried sage leaves. Remove from heat, and allow it to steep for an hour. Strain and sweeten it with honey if necessary.
Peppermint, lemon balm and fennel seeds: For anxiety related sweating, drink tea made of lemon balm, fennel seeds and peppermint at bed time.
Astragalus: Reduces excess sweating and balances the sweat response by increasing or decreasing sweating as needed.
Schisandra Berry: Astringing in activity reduces night sweats and inappropriate sweating.
Few other herbs useful in treating excessive sweating are Asparagus, White Peony root, Osha, Schizonepeta, and Rehmannia.
Lavender, Rose or Orange oil: If excessive sweating causes odor problems, add few drops of antibacterial Chinese peppermint oil to the bath water, or add two drops each of rose, lavender or orange essential oil to bath water for a pleasant fragrance.