Do you ever have to dry your palms on your slacks or dress before reaching out to shake someone’s hand? If you do, you are already aware of the embarrassment and aggravation caused by sweaty hands. The good news is that you can chill those sweaty hands and restore your confidence through the use of a number of remedies which you already have in your household.

These remedies may be added to your overall treatment regiment upon the advice of a physician, so ask about how they might interact with other treatments. With those cautions in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of the proven ways to chill your sweaty hands.

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1. Powders

The first thought of many when they encounter sweaty hands is to reach for an absorbent powder like baking soda, talc or cornstarch. According to Herbalist Jeanne Rose, this works for light sweating, but more profuse sweating will benefit more from a substance which has both astringent and absorption qualities.

2. Black Tea

When it comes to reducing the effects of sweaty hands, black tea is a viable remedy to consider as well. In addition to being a viable treatment to some of the causes of sweaty hands, black tea has astringent properties, according to Botanical Online, which will help shrink the sweat glands and draw out the excess moisture.

3. Sage

An age-old remedy for helping to dry out sweaty hands is sage. Sage also works as an astringent as well as an antioxidant. Iranian researchers point to its wide variety of uses for conditions which cause the symptoms of sweaty hands to emerge.

4. Magnesium

A major cause of sweaty hands which is not linked directly to a specific health condition is magnesium deficiency. In fact, one of the first symptoms of this mineral deficiency is sweaty palms and feet. According to studies in Israel, magnesium plays a significant role in helping to regulate body temperature and temperature acclimation.

5. Stay Hydrated

Also among the most important consideration to keep in mind when dealing with sweaty hands is dehydration. Another factor associated with maintaining an optimal body temperature involves your level of hydration. When properly hydrated, water will help to balance out your core body temperature throughout all areas of your body, Alex Silbajoris reported in Sciencing.

6. Manage Stress

Stress is another one of the factors associated with sweaty hands. Excessive nervousness and stress will cause your palms to sweat just as it will cause increased hyperhidrosis, German researchers have determined. Among the related psychological issues associated with stress is increased anxiety and blood pressure which contribute to hyperhidrosis.

7. Stop Smoking

An additional cause of sweaty hands comes from smoking cigarettes or other herbal smokes. A post in Cure Excessive Sweating, reports that nicotine causes the release of acetylcholine, which stimulates the sweat glands causing you to sweat more. The site also points to increased anxiety, dizziness and heightened blood pressure as side effects of both nicotine and substances found in cannabis, which also contribute to increased sweating as well as some of the other conditions which contribute to it.

8. Witch Hazel

An American native herb, witch hazel is also a viable candidate when it comes to drying out your sweaty hands. It also contains tannins similar to sage and black tea which help to shrink sweat glands and draw out excess moisture due to astringent qualities, which are documented by Doctor Ax.

A Note of Caution

In general, where hyperhidrosis in the hands or sweaty hands is concerned, the greater dangers do not lie in the treatment of the condition as much as in ignoring the condition or not seeking a solution.

With that said, there are some cautions to raise in the use of witch hazel which are related to skin irritation when used in high concentrations or overuse which can dry out your skin too much. In addition, its usage can cause photosensitivity and cause you to sunburn more easily.

In addition, unless directed by a healthcare professional, magnesium is best obtained via natural, nutritional sources rather than through supplementation. There are a wide variety of food sources of magnesium which can easily be included in your diet.

Apart from the presence of dehydration, acute or chronic stress, or a deficiency of magnesium, sweaty hands are a symptom of a more serious medical condition. Do not look to the remedies we listed as all-inclusive cures if your condition continues, but seek the advice and treatment of a healthcare professional.

General Information about Sweaty Hands

The medical term hyperhidrosis is used to label and define excessive sweating. It is a condition that can affect any part of the body. An underlying cause of the condition is often related to hyperactivity of nerves which trigger sweat glands. It can be related to a number of other issues including:

  • Prescription or OTC medications
  • Substance abuse
  • Hot flashes
  • Obesity
  • Low blood sugar
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Heart attack
  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis

For obvious reasons, the more critical conditions on the above list should not be treated using the home remedies listed here without the advice and direction of a professional healthcare provider.

In Conclusion

Self-confidence and comfort are a must if we are to be able to enjoy healthy interactions with other individuals. It is a great embarrassment to approach someone to shake their hand with sweaty hands. If you have to wipe your hands on your slacks or dress often, because you just and keep your hands dry, then consider using one or several of the proven remedies we have laid out in our list. Your questions, comments or success stories are also welcome, so please add them in the section below.


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