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SWEATING TEA DESCRIPTION
TO PROMOTE SWEATING
Sweating tea is used to support the body during flu, fever, and colds. It helps to expunge microbes and mucus from the body while moving fluid and breaking up infection for expulsion. This herbal blend recipe promotes sweating, increasing circulation and helps provide relief from nausea and vomiting often associated with the flu. This formula is energetically bitter, cool, and dry and will benefit someone with a head cold, common cold, flu and a fever they want to break up with body aches. Those with the stomach flu can sip the tea as tolerated to help provide fluids and soothing for the stomach. Do not use during pregnancy as some of the herbs are contraindicated for pregnancy.
Angelica: Angelica, also known as Dong Quai in Chinese is considered as a powerful diaphoretic herb. It is suggested angelica can cause capillary and blood vessel dilation in our skin. This can lower blood pressure and induce sweating, thereby removing toxins from our body.
Boneset, a traditional herb used for fevers and body aches.
Borage: The presence of flavonoids and viburnic acid in borage is considered to be responsible for its diaphoretic property.
Cayenne: Experts recommend cayenne pepper as a natural source of capsaicin. It is suggested that the presence of capsaicin in cayenne can generate heat-in the body and promote sweating. Sweat production can help in removing toxins such as uric acid, bile, sebum, fats, etc from the body.
Elder: The presence of flavonoids and viburnic acid is considered to be responsible for its diaphoretic property. This property in elder can promote sweating by stimulating the sweat glands and remove toxins from the body. Elderflower is used for fevers and mucus congestion.
Elecampane: It is believed that the phytochemicals, known as inulin, in elecampane may help in reducing blood pressure. This might promote sweating and removing toxins from the body.
Garlic: It is suggested that garlic can stimulate the activity of sweat glands. This can promote sweating and remove toxins from the body.
Ginger encourages sweating and increases circulation.
Peppermint is used to soothe the stomach and clear sinus congestion.
Yarrow is useful for feverish conditions and encourages sweating.
TO REDUCE SWEATING
Hyperhidrosis is a disorder that causes you to sweat excessively, most often on your hands, feet, face and under your arms. There may be other medical reasons for you to sweat heavily, including the use of some medications and menopause-induced hot flashes and night sweats. Natural remedies, such as drinking tea may provide you with some relief. Consult your health care provider before using any new supplement or home remedy to treat your perspiration problems.
SWEATING TEA RECIPES
SWEATING TEA RECIPE INDEX
SWEATING TEA TO PROMOTE SWEATING RECIPE
Diaphoretic or sudorific herbs induce involuntary perspiration that helps to reduce fever, cool the body, and speed the elimination of toxins from the system. These herbs are useful in fevers, colds, and detoxification formulations. Peppermint is considered one of the premium herbs used as a diaphoretic because of its effectiveness and safety.
Mix together each of:
1 tablespoon White Yarrow
1 tablespoon Boneset
1 tablespoon Catnip
1 tablespoon Thyme
1 tablespoon Peppermint
1 tablespoon Sage
1 tablespoon Lemon Verbena
If you would like to substitute any of those herbs, use Linden, Elder Flowers, Pennyroyal, Ginger, or Horehound.
Steep 1 heaping teaspoon of the herbal mixture in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten with Honey. Drink warm every 3 to 4 hours. If profuse sweating is desired, drink every hour.
An Ayurvedic blend of naturally warming Ginger, which has been traditionally used to support healthy digestion and activate the body’s internal energy, along with Lemongrass, Licorice, Peppermint and Black Pepper for a warming and spicy tea enjoyable any time of day. It can help warm up cold hands and feet, and will also promote sweating that is needed to rid the body of toxins.
SWEATING TEA TO REDUCE SWEATING RECIPE
Drink herbal tea made with Sage Leaves to combat your excessive sweating. Sage is an astringent herb, which causes drying in your body. Sage herb has many qualities that make it an excellent anti-perspirant herbal remedy. The leaves of sage has tannic acid in them. This acid, due to its astringent properties, constricts the sweat glands and help in reducing perspiration. Sage is also anti-bacterial and anti-fungal and thus restricts the growth of bacteria that give rise to sweating. Take 1 teaspoon of dried sage leaves and boil them in 1 to 2 cups of water. Let it cool down till it reaches room temperature. Use this water to thoroughly clean your armpits, hands, feet, soles or wherever you get more sweat. Apply this at least three times a day. Make sage tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of sage herb in a cup of hot water for 5 to 7 minutes. Do not let it sit too long or it will become too strong. Have this tea before going to bed at night. You may also add some Lemon Juice and Honey to the tea. You can cool the tea and drink half a cup in the morning and half in the evening. Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of sage herb in a foot basin filled with hot water. Let it steep till the water becomes tolerably warm. Now soak your feet in this water for 20 to 30 minutes daily. This cures your foot sweating. Note: Do not take Sage Tea if you are breastfeeding. It will dry up your milk supply.
Drink an herbal tea combination made with Sage Leaves and Red Raspberry Leaves for helping with menopausal hot flashes and night sweats.
Add a cup of Green Tea to your nightly routine if you suffer from hyperhidrosis. The high concentration of antioxidants in green tea can be beneficial to excessive sweating problems. The antioxidants can flush your system of toxins that cause you to sweat and cause your sweat to take on a bad odor.
Stop excessive sweating by lowering your body temperature. Instead of drinking hot teas, try them on ice. According to the North American Menopause Society, cold drinks can help your fluctuating hormones regulate your body temperature more effectively, which can lead to fewer hot flashes. People who are not menopausal can also benefit from a cooler body temperature to prevent sweating.
A herbal blend of Valerian Root, Astragalus, Sage, and St. John's Wort have a long history of use in herbal medicine combating excessive sweating.
OTHER HOME REMEDIES TO REDUCE EXCESSIVE SWEATING
Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is the mother of home remedies as it is used for various conditions, including sweating. This vinegar balances the pH level of your body areas like armpits or feet so that bacteria find it difficult to thrive there. Here are some ways how to use ACV for eliminating sweating. If you suffer only from armpit sweating, apply some apple cider vinegar to this area at night and go to sleep. In the morning, just wash off with water. If you suffer from sweaty feet, wash your feet properly with mild soap and warm water. Dry it and then apply some apple cider vinegar. You may also soak your feet. Add about half a cup of apple cider vinegar to about a liter of water. Soak you feet in this solution for about 15 minutes to help reduce perspiration. If you suffer from generalized sweating, its better to consume apple cider vinegar internally. Either add 1 to 2 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water and have it daily or add 2 teaspoons of Honey to two teaspoons of vinegar and have it on an empty stomach in the morning.
Baking Soda: There are certain acids present in sweat which not only help bacteria thrive but also produce foul smell. Baking soda is alkaline in nature and thus lowers pH level of your sweating body parts by counteracting with acid there. It not only reduces perspiration but makes you get rid of body odor too. Just dust some baking soda where you sweat the most. You may also make a natural deodorant with baking soda.
Homemade Baking Soda Deodorant: Commercially available deodorants are loaded with chemicals that may harm your skin. And they are not meant for people who perspire a lot making them ineffective most of the time. The solution lies in making your own deodorant at home with baking soda as the main ingredient. Baking soda is known for controlling sweat. When mixed with a fragrant essential oil, they may also keep you refreshing for the whole day.
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
3 to 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil (Lemon Essential Oil or Vanilla Essential Oil are other options)
A few drops Water
Mix water with baking soda to get a thick paste like consistency. Add your choice of essential oil to the paste. Apply to your armpits. You may or may not wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes.
Lemon: Lemons have been traditionally used to control sweating and may be beneficial for sweaty armpits. Its citric acid eliminates bacteria and its pleasant fragrance works as a natural deodorant. However, you should not use lemon (or other citrus) before stepping out in sun as they will then give you dark underarms. You may apply it at bedtime. Cut a lemon into two halves. Take one half and rub it under your arms squeezing its juice with gentle hands. You may go to sleep with it still on your skin or wash it off after 15 to 20 minutes. You may also use lemon juice with baking soda.
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
Mix equal parts of lemon juice and baking soda into a smooth paste. With the help of cotton pad, apply this mixture under your arms to get rid of sweaty armpits. Wash off after about 20 minutes.
Coconut Oil: Coconut oil has been used in some parts of world, especially Asian countries like India and Sri Lanka for various purposes. One of the uses of this oil as a massage oil for its wholesome benefits for the body. If you do not suffer from generalized sweating, you can omit the massage part and just use coconut oil under arms. Coconut oil has lauric acid in it which can eliminate bacteria that cause sweat with odor. One of the myths attached with coconut oil is that it stains clothes but if you take a small amount of oil and massage it well into your skin, it will not even stain your clothes. The light fragrance of the oil also keep you refreshingly fresh. You just have to take a little coconut oil onto your fingers and rub it under your arms to get rid of sweating. Or make this natural deodorant using coconut oil and baking soda at home.
Coconut Oil & Baking Soda Deodorant: You can make a natural deodorant using coconut oil and baking soda. You now know the benefits of baking soda as well as coconut oil in combating sweat and its odor. If you feel its a little cumbersome to mix the ingredients every time you need to apply it, you can make a deodorant using these ingredients and store it to use it daily just like you have been using those commercially available deodorants and antiperspirants.
3 teaspoons Coconut Oil
3 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Shea Butter
2 teaspoons Arrowroot Powder (Optional)
2 to 4 drops Essential Oil
Using a double boiler, melt coconut oil and Shea butter over medium heat until they are just melted. If you do not want to use double boiler, heat some water in a sauce pan. Place coconut oil and Shea butter in a glass jar with lid. Leave the jar in the hot water into the saucepan. This will melt both your ingredients. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot and mix well. Add the essential oil. Store it in a jar. If you wish, you can fill it up into an old deodorant stick. This will melt though when its hot. You may keep this stick in refrigerator so that it does not melt.
Black Tea: Black Tea can be useful for sweating feet. Black Tea has tannic acid in it. This acid has anti-perspirant and astringent properties. The astringent properties make the sweat glands constrict so that they may not transport much sweat to the outer skin. On the other hand, anti-perspirant properties reduce perspiration. While you can always wet tea bags and hold them under arms to control armpit sweating, tea bags actually make a great foot soak to get you rid of feet sweating.
1 to 2 Black Tea Bags
1 Liter Hot Water
Fill a foot bath basin with hot water. Place the tea bags into the water. Let them steep till the time water gets warm enough to soak feet. Soak your feet in this water for 20 to 30 minutes.
Water & Other Fluids: Drink lots of water and other fluids to stay well hydrated. One of the tasks of sweating is to maintain body temperature and keep you cool. Another task is to get the toxins out of the body. If you drink a lots of water, you help your body in maintaining its cool temperature and also in flushing out toxins through urine. Therefore, your body needs to produce less sweat. Water also keeps you calm and composed when there occurs stressful situations. Stress, as you know, is one of the major causes for sweating. It is therefore a good idea to drink a lots of water. Why only water, you should actually have other fluids too so that you can replenish the minerals that you lose through sweating along with toxins. Some of the drinks that you can have along with water can be found in the following list. Chamomile: The fragrant chamomile has antibacterial, astringent, and deodorant properties, making it ideal for sweat remedy. While its anti-bacterial properties can eliminate the odor producing bacteria, the astringent properties can constrict the sweat glands to produce less sweat. The deodorant properties does not need to be expressed as it will keep you fresh throughout the day by countering the body odor due to excessive sweating. There are several ways to use Chamomile for sweating.
- Make some chamomile tea by steeping 1 teaspoon Chamomile herb in a cup of water and drink it.
- Soak a cotton ball or pad in cool Chamomile tea and wipe under the arms and other sweaty areas of your body.
- Add a few drops of Chamomile Essential Oil in your bath water.
- Dilute Chamomile Essential Oil with Coconut Oil and rub your sweat prone body areas with this. Precaution: Those allergic to asters, chrysanthemums, ragweed, etc. should avoid using chamomile.
Witch Hazel: Witch hazel is the natural astringent derived from the leaves and bark of witch hazel shrub native to North America. Witch hazel has been used as a traditional remedy for various conditions like sores, bruises, swelling and general skin care. It can be found easily in most of the homes in America. Witch hazel extract contains tannins, gallic acid, catechins, flavonoids, essential oils like carvacrol, eugenol, and hexenol, choline and saponins. Although you can use witch hazel for generalized sweating, it is especially useful for stopping facial sweating. Perhaps this is the reason why witch hazel is extensively used in aftershave lotions. Due to its strong astringent properties, witch hazel shrinks the pores of skin thus preventing sweating. Take a cotton pad and soak it in witch hazel extract. Apply to your sweaty body parts like armpit, feet and even face.
Tomato Juice: Along with all its goodness due to its antioxidants, tomatoes are also astringent that help shrink pores. It also has cooling effects. Having tomato juice is a folk remedy for sweating but it seems to work well in reducing sweating as experimented by many people. Just have 1 to 2 glasses fresh tomato juice daily for a week. Thereafter you may reduce the amount and have it on alternate days. You will yourself notice the difference in the amount of your perspiration.
Magnesium: Consume Magnesium-Rich foods to help reduce sweating. Deficiency of magnesium too sometimes lead to profuse sweating. On the other hand, excessive sweating continuously for longer hours everyday may also lead to deficiency of magnesium in your body. It is like a vicious cycle. Therefore, have magnesium-rich foods because this mineral also helps regulate body temperature. It also decreases anxiety which is yet another cause of sweating. You may also opt for magnesium supplements after consulting your doctor. Here is a list of some foods rich in magnesium that you can add to your daily diet.
Green Leafy Vegetables: Include Broccoli, Potatoes, Whole grains, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, Bananas, Avocados, and Apples in your diet to help control sweating.
Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is an excellent natural astringent and an anti-fungal agent too. Therefore, it is extensively recommended by herbalists to control foot sweating. You just need to apply a little oil where you sweat more. Take a little tea tree oil in a cotton ball. Apply on your sweat prone body areas like armpits, back of the neck, feet, face, groin area, inner elbows and behind the knees etc. If you find it too strong, dilute the oil with water. You can add 4 to 5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil to half a cup of water and then use this solution in the same way.
Wheatgrass Juice: The very healthy wheatgrass juice is also good to control sweating. It is a very rich source of such nutrients as vitamin A, C, B-12, B-6 and folic acid. It prevents sweating by controlling the activity of acids and toxins in your blood. Actually it helps neutralize and dilute toxins in the blood so that they need not be flushed out through sweating. You just need to have one glass of wheatgrass juice daily to reduce your sweating considerably.
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