How to Prevent Sweaty Hands with Tea

Ordinary tea can help prevent sweaty palms.
Ordinary tea can help prevent sweaty palms. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Sweaty palms can be inconvenient and embarrassing, especially when you have to shake hands with someone. Soaking your hands in brewed tea, however, is a popular home remedy that can assist in preventing or reducing sweaty palms. The tannic acid in tea has astringent properties that help close the sweat glands.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 qt. water
  • Pan
  • 4 tea bags
  • Bowl or basin big enough for soaking your hands

Fill a pan with 1 qt. water. Heat until water boils.

Toss four tea bags into a bowl or basin. Pour the boiling water over the tea bags. Let the tea steep for 10 to 15 minutes.

Test to make sure the tea isn't too hot. Place your hands in the tea and let them soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove your hands and dry.

Repeat Steps 1 to 3 every night for a week. Soak hands more often if sweating palms need further treatment.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use black tea for this soak. Herbal teas may not contain the necessary tannins.
  • This process can be used on sweaty feet as well.

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