Cool Remedies for Hot Flashes
Stop suffering from the effects of hot flashes. There are many great natural remedies to help restore hormonal balance. Here are some of my favorite cool remedies for hot flashes:
A traditionally-used plant of the native people of Peru as far back as 3800 BC, maca is a root that provides a tonic for the whole endocrine system of the body, thereby helping to balance hormones, restore depleted glands, and improving the body’s ability to cope with stresses of all kinds, including hormonal changes. Most women who’ve used maca notice a significant drop in hot flashes. Dosage varies from product to product so it is best to follow package instructions and choose certified organic as much as possible. It’s available in both powder and capsule format.
Black cohosh is an herb that has been used by Native Americans for hundreds of years to treat hormonal imbalances linked to menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms. Today, herbalists use the herb or its extract to treat a wide variety of hormonally-linked symptoms, including: hot flashes, irritability, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and vaginal dryness. A typical dose is two to three cups of tea daily, one teaspoon of extract two to three times daily, or in capsule form (follow package instructions).
Clary Sage Essential Oil
Due to estrogen-like properties, clary sage essential oil can help balance hormones in both menstruating and menopausal women. It may decrease excessive menstruation, lactation, and alleviate menopausal symptoms like hot flashes. The most direct route affect hormones in the brain is through inhalation; however, diluting sage essential oil diluted in a massage oil like sweet almond or grapeseed and massaging it onto the abdomen can also be beneficial.
Discover the aromatherapy blend I use for stubborn hot flashes when other remedies aren’t working…Aromatherapy Blend
To deal with hot flashes that just aren’t responding to the more common remedies, I blend together 8 drops of each: basil, bay laurel, peppermint, clary sage, and star anise together in 50 mL of a carrier oil like sweet almond oil, and blend together. My clients rub a few drops of this remedy on the insides of their wrists or arms whenever they are having hot flashes up to three times daily. This remedy has worked for my clients when all else fails. And, it tends to work within a few days for most people.
Hot flashes can also be a sign that your adrenal glands (two triangular-shaped glands that sit on top of the kidneys and help our bodies cope with all sorts of stresses) are overwhelmed. Give them a boost by deep breathing, cutting back on caffeine, and supplementing with vitamin C. The adrenal glands use more vitamin C than any other organ or gland in the body. Vitamin C is essential to manufacture adrenal gland hormones. A typical dose to assist with adrenal stress is 500 to 2,000 milligrams and sometimes higher. Of course, a qualified health professional should be consulted when using higher doses or before beginning any new supplements. With regard to hot flashes, vitamin C takes some time to help rebuild the adrenal glands so you’ll most likely notice improvement over time.
Ginseng also helps boost the adrenal glands, thereby helping with hot flashes over time. Rosemary Gladstar recommends eating 1/8 inch of ginseng root daily or taking 1/4 tsp. of ginseng tincture twice daily to reduce the intensity and occurrence of hot flashes. Many health food stores contain boxes of glass vials of ginseng. These vials are usually individual servings of drinkable ginseng extract.
Because hot flashes can be a sign of estrogen imbalances, the herb red clover can sometimes help restore balance. Red clover contains natural estrogenic substances known as isoflavones that can help boost low levels of estrogen in the body. A typical dose is 2 to 3 cups of red clover tea daily.
Isoflavones have been shown in studies to lessen the difficult symptoms many women face during the menopausal years, particularly hot flashes. In addition to red clover, you can also obtain more isoflavones in your diet by drinking 1 to 2 cups of organic soy milk daily and eating MSG-free miso soup three to four times per week. Many restaurants claim their miso soup is free of MSG, but they may still be using ingredients such as chicken base or soy sauce that contain the harmful ingredient. When eating soy or taking soy supplements be sure to choose ones that are organic and guaranteed to be free of genetically-modified (GM) ingredients. Or, stick with red clover or chickpeas instead if you want to avoid soy (see information above).
Consult a qualified health professional prior to using herbs and supplements or if you have any serious health condition.