Sweating is necessary to maintain our body temperature. However, an excess of it is bad and embarrassing. This can really be a real drag on life as we may have sweaty handshake in social gatherings, clammy hands that keep us from holding hands, and hands perspiration that soaks keyboards and paperwork.
Dr. Ernest Wang, Senior Consultant, Department of Neurosurgery, National Neuroscience Institute (NNI), a member of the SingHealth group.
“Many reasons cause body temperature to rise suddenly – hot, humid weather, rigorous exercise, emotional stress, a panic attack. Even spicy foods can cause excessive sweating.”
Here are some of the good home remedies we can try to cure those sweaty hands and feet.
Organic Rose Water
Rose water helps close the pores of the skin which in turn reduces the amount of sweat produced. For this remedy, we need to boil rose petals in water and strain it. Simply use a cotton ball to apply the rosewater on palms and feet. It will cool down the skin.
Tea has antiperspirant properties. There are two ways of using it as a remedy for sweaty hands and feet. First, we can simply moist tea bags and hold them with our sweaty hands for a few minutes. Another way is by soaking tea bags in hot water, cooling it to a comfortable temperature, and then soaking our feet in it for 30 minutes.
Due to its cooling effect, tomato juice can make us sweat less. It also contains sodium that can keep our palms and feet dry.
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
ACV has drying effects on our hands and feet. It has an acidic nature that can kill bacteria and keep the skin pores tight, thus lessening sweating. For this purpose, simply dilute ACV with warm water and soak feet or palms for about 15 to 30 minutes. Do this every day for the best results.
Coconut oil has natural antiperspirant qualities that eliminate the bacteria that causes sweat and odor and keeps us fresh with its natural fragrance. It also makes our skin soft. Simply take a small amount of coconut oil after a shower and rub into palms.
Dust With Cornstarch
Cornstarch works like talcum powder. Dusting it on our palms will help absorb sweat and keep our hands and feet dry.
Due to its alkaline nature, baking soda can help balance the pH of our feet and palms thereby reducing sweating and preventing feet odor.
Simply mix two to three tablespoons of baking soda in warm water. Then, we need to soak our sweaty hands and feet in it for 20 to 30 minutes.
When it comes to controlling problems of sweaty hands and feet, lemons can be used in three ways:
- Mix lemon juice and salt. Rub the mixture on the hands and wash it away after it gets dry.
- Take lemon and orange peels and dry them. After they turn hard and brittle, powder them. Dust the powder on your hands and feet. Store it in an airtight container.
- Mix lemon juice with vodka and rub it on your hands. Leave it for 15 to 20 minutes and then wash it away.
Applying Rubbing Alcohol
For quick relief, we can just dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol between our toes or on sweaty areas of our feet. Doing this will instantly dry out the feet and stop foot odors. However, we need to be careful when using this remedy as it can dry out the feet too much and lead to skin irritation.
Stay Hydrated and Keep Cool
Drinking ample amounts of water every day can keep us hydrated, thereby cooling down our body temperature which in turn reduces excessive sweating.