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ANSWERS FROM LORYHL:
QUESTION: I am 15 years old and I understand about
going through puberty and all, but I sweat A LOT! I
sweat under my arms, my feet, and my hands. I mean it is
bad to where whenever someone goes to grab my hand I
pull away. Not to mention having a boyfriend and holding
hands doesnít go well with me. They look at me like I
weird or something and itís very embarrassing. I have
tried drionic, but that really hurts because it sends
shock through your body. It is very uncomfortable. I
just donít know what else I can do.
ANSWER: I suggest the following: Google
EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. It is very
simple to do and I can tell you it will help you. You
not only have some physical issues going on, you also
have some confidence/self worth issues, which are normal
for your age.
I suggest you get some Rescue Remedy Flower Essence,
use 10 drops under your tongue and on the very top
of your head rubbed in as you need it, and some
lavender essential oil, put a few drops on your
hands and pat all over where you sweat, very
lightly. This will help to calm your inner angst.
Also I suggest to you, your kidney is under duress,
look at the colour of your tongue, if it s white and
coated, then you are most likely to have
kidney/nerve stress. Start drinking a mild tea with
equal parts chamomile, uva ursi, and raspberry leaf,
drink 2-3 cups per day. We have a blend called
Essence of Peace that is suggested for the inner
tension, and unease that you feel, in close contact
with people, and the sweating. This would help your
ability to stay calm and cool under what you
ANSWERS FROM KAREN
Can you get any results when you first drink the tea, or
is 3-4 months just to get any results? Is it safe?
Say it is really going to be a hot day, can I drink a
few cups of tea in the morning and have results that
same day-----even if the effects aren't lasting ?
I think you misunderstand what herbs are and how they
work. This is not some "magic potion" that you take and
it cures whatever's wrong with you. First of all, there
are never any guarantees, and none have been implied.
Second, it is a lifestyle change. You can't just start
drinking herb teas and still put garbage into your body
and expect to see changes. Herbs don't work that way.
Lastly, herbs are plants and they work gently, with the
body. One cup of any kind of herb tea, with the possible
exception of hemlock, is not going to give you immediate
Sorry you got the wrong idea. Excessive sweating is not
an acute issue. It is chronic and therefore requires
several changes to help the body come back into balance,
the biggest one being the diet. The tea just helps it
all along. If you're looking for "the quick fix" herbs
I have just turned 18. I don't remember having this
problem when I was a younger teen but I have noticed
I've been sweating profusely under my arms. It seems
abnormal that the sweat shows on every
shirt I wear. Strangely, it seems like I sweat more
under my arms when I'm not active than when I'm working
out. I have read in magazines that it is normal to go
through this stage when you are a teenager but it's
getting to the point where I can't even wear certain
types of shirts. Please help.
You are still young, so your hormones are still
changing. That could be all that's going on. Sage tea is
usually very effective for excessive sweating, but for
you, this may not be excessive. It may just be your
hormones. Avoid spicy foods and make sure you are well
hydrated. Try to avoid the impulse to use more
antiperspirants, as they have been linked to Alzheimer's
due to the aluminum content.
QUESTION: My daughter is 14 years old & has a
problem with excessive sweating to the point that it is
embarrassing. What do you recommend she take/do?
ANSWER: A couple of things come to mind. First,
she is probably still going through puberty, so her
hormones are still adjusting. That would be my first
guess as to why this is just coming on now. I have a tea
that seems to be effective for those with excessive
sweating, but this may be something that will clear up
on its own with time. Still, if you're interested, it
can be found at my website at
www.allgoodegifts.com in the Apothecary.
Since I was about 12 years old I can remember having
problems with sweating. I am now 15 and over those years
the sweating has gotten more profuse and problem-some.
Doctors have told me that I am in good health & should
not worry about sweating, but it is definitely an
emotion burden. I sweat under normal conditions (i.e.
heat & exercise) but I do sweat much more than anyone
around me doing the same thing in the same conditions
and always have a lot of facial blushing as well. I
could not say that one area sweats more than another, it
is just most noticeable in the face & back. Knowing that
I sweat a lot makes me feel uncomfortable in social
situations and the stress adds to me sweating even
more. I was wondering if there was any remedy I could
take to reduce sweating even if it is natural & genetic
ANSWER: The best
thing for excessive sweating is sage tea. Also, increase
your intake of Zinc to 50 mg per day. I have a No Glow
Tea and a No Sweat Tincture on my website that have
proven very effective for this. You can find both at
www.allgoodegifts.com in the Apothecary.
My husband sweats terribly under the arms. He can be in
an air-conditioned room and his shirt will be wet under
the arms. He ask me to try and find something to help
this problem. It is driving him crazy. He ruins so many
shirts! He has to be very careful about deodorants or
they will get hard in the armpit area after a few times
of being worn and then washed. I am sure it is due to
the sweat mixed with the deodorant. Do you have any
suggestions on a natural remedy to help with this
The problem is more common than you may think. Excessive
sweating not caused by a natural response to certain
conditions such as heat, exercise, strong emotions or
medications is called diaphoresis and is attributed to
the sympathetic nervous system. (That's the part not
under our conscious control) Your husband should avoid
cinnamon, ephedra, green tea, Japanese mint juniper
berries, kudzu, lobelia, mate, red cedar, sassafras and
yohimbe. Also, make sure he's taking Zinc every day, at
least 30 mg. Coffee, tea and other stimulants will
exacerbate the problem, so make sure he cuts back on
those. Sage is the best herb for this condition. I have
a tea I developed called No Glow Tea. You can find it on
my website at
www.allgoodegifts.com under Teas in the Herb Shoppe.
My husband takes Wellbutrin and Klonipin and has
excessive sweating as a side effect. I have heard that
sage works well for sweating. What herbs would help even
though the sweating is made worse from the medications.
Yes, Sage is very good for sweating. I have a
special tea that I developed called "No Glow" Tea. (I
need to have one called "No Sweat" fro the men!!!!)
Anyhow, you can find it on the website at
www.allgoodegifts.com under Teas in the Herb Shoppe.
I am one of those persons that can sweat profusely just
by sitting down and doing nothing. I had found a formula
that is suppose to stop Profuse Sweating but I do not
have access to some of the products and I have not found
any companies or products as of yet, until I was in the
internet and came across your webpage. The following
ingredients made into an infusion usually begins to
reduce sweating two hrs. After drinking a couple of cups
of this tea when cooled. the formula is as follows:
Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, then add 1tsp. each of
dried hops, dried stinging nettle, fresh-cut rose
petals, fresh or dried strawberry leaves, fresh walnut
leaves, and 3 tsp. of dried sage leaves. Cover, remove
from heat and steep fro an hour. Strain and sweeten with
honey if necessary. Have you ever heard of this
infusion or do you have something similar that can help
with excessive sweating. Also do you have a catalog of
your products that I can order. If so send me one to
I haven't heard of that particular remedy, but
some of the ingredients are used frequently to aid those
suffering from excessive sweating. I can certainly
make a custom blend for you. Go to my website at
www.allgoodegifts.com and in the Herb Shoppe under
Teas, select CUSTOM in the drop down menu. Then in the
comments section of the checkout, put "No Sweat Tea". I
don't have a catalog, but all of my products are listed
on the website. Go have a look around! Also, if there's
something you don't see, but you'd like, let me know. I
specialize in custom formulations.
QUESTION: I am the founder of an non-profit
organization called Overcomers Foundation. We
reach out to help people who suffer from a medical
condition called Hyperhydoris(excessive sweating). It is
mostly caused by a overactive sympathetic nervous
system. People who have this condition also suffer
with anxiety as well. I am trying to find out what herbs
will be beneficial if helping people with Hyperhydrosis.
ANSWER: I have several clients who have suffered
with hyperhydoris and have just developed a special herb
tea I'm very excited about called "No Glow" Tea. It
contains hops, nettle and sage, all very good herbs to
aid in this type of condition.
Also, since you will be concentrating on this
particular condition, I'm wondering if most of your
clients are suffering from hyperthyroidism? My research
shows that hyperhydoris is a side effect of the
condition. I have several excellent teas for this
condition as well and am developing some tinctures if
you or your clients would be interested.
SWEATING UNDER ONE ARM
I have a problem with just one of my underarms sweating
for no reason. I don’t know what it is caused from.
Could it be from lack of circulation in my arm? And
what can I do to make it stop???
Sweating under just one arm is a little strange. Have you
spoken to your doctor about it? I would seem medical
advice on this one. There are things you can try for
abnormal sweating, but if it's only occurring under one
arm, there may be something else going on. Check with your
ANSWERS FROM DAVID BRILL
I have reviewed your answers regarding excessive sweating and
appreciate the inf.. However you give no indication as to how
these herbs should be used. FYI...excessive sweating is know as
hyperhydrosis. It's cause is unknown....sweating occurs at
inappropriate times.....i.e. at rest etc. My sweating occurs in
the under arm region and is profuse. It has nothing to do with
external factors such as heat. I am not obese and am in good
health. Stress compounds the situation a bit but is not the
underlying cause. I also blush a bit and was wondering if there
are any remedies for this. The blushing also happens at
inappropriate times. I ma not a shy person nor do I suffer from
any social phobias. If you need any other inf. please feel free to e
mail me. Also where can these herBs be purchased?
ANSWER: I normally recommend alcohol extracts, i.e.
tinctures and you would follow directions on the bottle if you are not
seeing an herbalists who would formulate a protocol for you. You
would put the number of drops recommended in water, juice or hot
tea. You could also do the herbs as teas.
Normally the redness and flushing is a sign of heat, vessels close to
the skin expand to allow more blood into the area; the sweating is
also associated with heat. The water removes heat as it
evaporates off your skin. The redness and flushing brings blood to the
suface removing heat or bringing heat depending on the ambient
temperature and your bodies reaction to it.
As I stated above I would need to know more about you to create a
Sweating is also associated with emotional issues, nervousness and
anxiety. If this is associated Nervine herbs such as fresh Oats
would be appropriate, for stress use Adaptogen herbs.
You do not say if you are on any medications but they can affect
If you cannot find what you need locally, we mail order every day
please call and we will send it to you. I would begin with Sage
The herbs generally associated with excess sweating are:
Sage, Latin Name Salvia officinalis, combines well with lycanthimum
(ox eye daisy) for excess sweating
White Peony root, Latin Name: Paeonia albifloria is an amphoteric to
sweating, reducing excess sweating or increasing loss of sweating, it
balances and harmonizes the sweat response, increases or decreases
sweating as needed.
Astragulus, Huang Qi, Yellow Leader, Latin Name: Astragulus
membrananceus (beware there are other species being used as a
substitute) is an amphoteric to sweating, reducing excess sweating or
increasing loss of sweating, it balances and harmonizes the sweat
response, increases or decreases sweating as needed.
Schisandra berry, Wu wei zu, 5 flavor fruit, Latin Name: Schisandra
chinesis (northern) S. sphenanthera (southern, is preferred species)
Astringing in activity: puckers the jing, night sweats, inappropriate
QUESTION: I am having a problem under my arm pits. It started
years ago and it was only about once or twice a year. My doctor
prescribed antibiotics to clear it up which worked well. But I would
like to find an alternative because the problem has gotten worse. I'd
normally have a large pimple/bump filled with pus and it would be very
sore. I'm almost unable to move my arm due to the pain. If I
didn't get attention sometimes it would burst and all would be
fine. If I couldn't stand it any longer, I'd go to the
doctor. It would sometimes get as large as a ping pong
I think it was caused by my
sweating under the arm area and may be a reaction to the deodorant I
used. But I have switched to different
deodorants/antiperspirants. And now I'm even trying the
no-alcohol, all-natural kind. One of them was a tea tree oil
natural deodorant and Origins deodorant. But even while using them the
problem has become more severe. Now they constantly occur under
my arm pits and they are smaller (more like large pimples) and they
burst and the pus comes out. But then another one appears soon
after that. This is happening under both arm pits.
I sweat under
my arms quite badly and can not go without something. I've tried
that and it just won't work for me. After about half the day I
can't stand myself (the smell)
Can you help to
clear up this problem and offer some something to either prevent it or
to use the next time it occurs? Your assistance would be greatly
ANSWER: I would try violet, viola species, and use in combination with, red clover and burdock root. Fresh is best for violet leaf, juice the leaves and add to black cherry juice do a shot a day until things clear or find a herbal tincture which is made from the fresh leaves, the other two herbs mentioned would also help to relieve congestion like this.
My thought on the antiperspirant use is you may be allergic to the aluminum used to shrink the sweat glands and stop perspiration, I would go off any antiperspirant which contains aluminum which is most, if you need to use something use a deodorant to cover the smell. But I think I would try to control the sweating internally see my answers on controlling sweating with herbs online and avoid deodorants and antiperspirants until the problem clears up. Better to use soap and water in the restroom and cleanse and bath the area several times a day to remove the sweat buildup and odor.
QUESTION: I was told cayenne pepper would be good for excessive sweating.
Do you think this is true? Also, is there anything better?
ANSWER: I may be able to help but it is hard to tell with the information at hand.
Why do you have excess sweating, menopause, pregnancy, diabetes, weight problem? I would not use cayenne for this condition, unless it was homeopathic in nature, cayenne causes sweating.
The herbs generally associated with excess sweating are:
Sage, Latin Name Salvia officinalis, combines well with lycanthimum (ox eye daisy) for excess sweating
White Peony root, Latin Name: Paeonia albifloria is an amphoteric to sweating, reducing excess sweating or increasing loss of sweating, it balances and harmonizes the sweat response, increases or decreases sweating as needed.
Astragulus, Huang Qi, Yellow Leader, Latin Name: Astragulus membrananceus (beware there are other species being used as a substitute) is an amphoteric to sweating, reducing excess sweating or increasing loss of sweating, it balances and harmonizes the sweat response, increases or decreases sweating as needed.
Schisandra berry, Wu wei zu, 5 flavor fruit, Latin Name: Schisandra chinesis (northern) S. sphenanthera (southern, is preferred species) Astringing in activity: puckers the
jing, night sweats, inappropriate sweating.