Given where the United States lies geographically, most if not all of us understand the issue of sweat once the summer heat rolls in. No matter how many lakes, rivers, pools, or oceans we jump into or how much deodorant we buy, we’re often stuck in a sweat fest for at least half the year if not longer.
For a lot of women especially, this fact means makeup sliding around, failing to protect shirts from irremovable stains, and hair becoming a frizzy, dampened mess. For those looking to combat excess sweat, you can try using a few natural, holistic remedies. Not every method will work for everyone, but anything that possibly takes some of the problem off your shoulders is well worth a try.
One of the most common products out there can also be effective as a natural antiperspirant—baking soda. The alkaline properties within baking soda can help for balancing the acids out in sweat that allow bacteria to flourish. Baking soda also absorbs odors and lowers pH levels in bodily areas that are especially prone to sweating—hence why it’s so commonly used in natural deodorants.
Apple Cider Vinegar
While the results may vary between individuals, apple cider vinegar can work well toward boosting overall health in addition to managing one’s sweat issue. To use, mix a tonic together that includes a splash of the vinegar, fresh-squeezed lemon, one teaspoon of Manuka honey, and newly grated ginger in some hot water. If you’re in a hurry, you can always try applying the vinegar topically on your underarms for helping to curb sweat. Rub a little on some cotton pads and apply them to your underarms before going to sleep, rinsing after you wake up.
Due to antiperspirant properties and high tannic-acid, black tea is astringent, which causes it to tighten sweat glands and make individuals sweat less as a result. Just make the tea as you would normally (temporarily excluding your usual sugar, Manuka honey, or milk) and let the tea steep between 15 and 20 minutes. From there, you just dip cotton pads in the black tea and dab them on your underarms—and the sweat should be gone.
For those who don’t use herbs very often, sage is said to contain antifungal and antibacterial properties, helping to reduce the bacterial growth that could cause excessive sweating. Additionally, sage leaves have tannic acid—like black tea—which thereby constricts the sweat glands and reduces extra perspiration. Sipping sage tea can be helpful for cutting down on sweat, but it’s better to boil two cups of water with one tablespoon of dry sage leaves. After boiling, let the water cool down to room temperature before using it to clean areas that get disproportionately sweaty. It’s also best to do this every day for the best results.
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