Underarm sweating can be lessened by the application of antiperspirant substances. The compounds used to control perspiration can come from both mineral and plant sources. If you are experiencing difficulty controlling your underarm perspiration, please consult with a licensed health care practitioner for suitable treatment.
Aluminum-based compounds are often used as active ingredients in antiperspirant products. Aluminum is used because it forms a temporary plug inside the sweat ducts preventing sweat from flowing to the surface of the skin. According to the National Cancer Institute, reports in the media and Internet have suggested a link between aluminum-based antiperspirants and breast cancer due to the possible increase in estrogen that these compounds might produce. Estrogen has the ability to increase the growth of breast cancer cells. The National Cancer Institute states that there is no conclusive evidence that aluminum-based antiperspirants contribute to breast cancer.
Sage is an herb native to the northern Mediterranean coast which grows about two feet tall. It is used as flowering decorative herb in gardens and is as a spice in cooking. Sage also has medicinal and cosmetic functions. The University of Wisconsin Urban Horticulture website states that sage is known for its antiperspirant qualities. Sage purportedly also help reduces swelling and kill germs as well. Sage has a high concentration of an oil that might harm your liver if taken in high dosages, so avoid taking it internally for more than a couple of weeks.
Albert Y. Leung’s “Chinese Medicinals,” available on the Purdue University website, describes Ma Huang as an herb native to China with medicinal properties. It is often associated with treatments for asthma. Leung says that the roots of the plant contain antiperspirant properties. It is used to treat night sweat and uncontrolled or excessive perspiration. Preparations include powders for dusting affected parts or liquid extracts or decoctions for washing. Ma Huang became illegal in the United States in the mid-2000s due to reportedly serious adverse health effects in some people. It is still legal to use in many other countries. (See reference 3)
National Cancer Institute: Antiperspirants/Deodorants and Breast Cancer
University of Wisconsin Urban Horticulture: Fruits and Vegetables – Sage
Purdue University: Chinese Medicinals