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Cool Remedies for Hot Flashes

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.

Vitamin C

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.

Red Clover

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.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 17-time book author and board-certified doctor of natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and her new book The Probiotic Promise. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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12:11PM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

11:51PM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thanks for this information, chaste berry is also helpful to treat the hot flashes that occur during menopause.

3:33PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Great stuff! I will be trying some of this stuff for sure!!
Thanks so much!!

8:29AM PDT on Jul 9, 2013


10:30AM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

YES all of the above or any of the above. The time to start preparing for menopause is [at least] in your 30s. Especially if there are or have been problems with menstrual cycles, fertility etc.
Vitamin E, a good natural vitamin E, is always good for women, 200iu daily. Take with a meal containing fats and/or glass of milk, to be absorbed. Also Cranberry juice/tablets, raspberry juice,. Vitamin B complex, 1 daily or 2 if stressed. Relax often!

4:11AM PDT on Jul 5, 2013

Thank you :)

11:38AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

good advice

2:27AM PDT on Jul 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing

6:58PM PDT on Jul 3, 2013

Not there yet but now I will be prepared.

4:39AM PDT on Jul 3, 2013


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