Home Remedy for Hot Flashes

Home Remedy for Hot Flashes

Are you in need of a home remedy for hot flashes?  Does menopause have you awake at night to find your heart is beating faster, you are soaked in perspiration, your skin is flushed and blotchy, and you just can’t get that quality sleep?

Those moments of intense heat and sweating can be quite uncomfortable, so I’ve prepared a list of some natural remedies you can take, as well as some general advice to help reduce the frequency and severity of these troublesome episodes.

First, let’s take a quick look at some of the common triggers to better arm yourself with the knowledge you need to live more gracefully during this transitional period of your life.

Avoid These If You Can

First and foremost, hot flashes are caused by low levels, or a deficiency of estrogen production in your body.  We had a closer look at this issue here, and saw that there are a number of lifestyle choices that exasperate this problem, like smoking, and diets high in refined sugars and glutenous grains.

I know that it might seem like you’ll have to give up a lot of the fun things in life, so instead think of it as trading them in for more energy, vitality, a better quality of life, and yes, less hot flashes!

So, here are some other accepted triggers that I advise you to avoid:

  • Spicy foods.  You’ll just have to miss your favourite Mexican restaurant for awhile and foods that contain cayenne, ginger and pepper.
  • Hot drinks.  Especially stimulating caffeinated drinks, including colas, black teas and coffee.  This may be tricky at first if these have been a consistent part of your life, but trust me, the healthy rewards are worth it.
  • Tight Clothing.  Layers are your friends!
  • Alcohol.  Sorry ladies, this does include wine.
  • Stress and anger.  The time to zen is now.
  • Hot weather, hot tubs, and hot rooms.  Makes sense right!

Take The Matter Into Your Own Hands

Like many uncomfortable and distressing symptoms that can be experienced in life, including hot flashes, we can limit or reduce them altogether when we vector towards health with a holistic perspective.

This means eating a well balanced diet that is high in fresh, whole foods, and an abundance of fruits and vegetables.  It means staying hydrated and relaxed, lots of fresh air and sunshine, and getting consistent, regular exercise.

Tips and Tricks

If you do feel a hot flash coming on, reduce the layers of your clothing (I told you they were your friends), sip ice water, and keep your mind calm and meditative.

In fact, the more meditative practices you can add to your day, the less stress there will be to trigger an episode.  Here’s a link to a quick look at some simple meditative practices that don’t take the skills of a Tibetan monk to implement.

It can also be helpful to keep an ice pack next to your bed for those particularly stifling night-time episodes and sleep in cool, cotton bed linens.

There are also some very effective herbal home remedies that you can implement to your regime to further help in your efforts to reduce your hot flashes.

Mother Nature’s Medicine Cabinet

Even with herbal supplementation, it is advisable to do your homework beforehand and ideally consult with an experienced and knowledgeable expert.  This is to ensure you are taking safe dosages, and that you will not be conflicting with any other prescription medication that you may be taking.

  • Black Cohosh.  This herb, which is high in phytoesterol, was used by indigenous groups to help with menstruation and menopause.  Recent clinical studies have shown it to be effective in reducing hot flashes.  Not to be taken if you have a liver disorder, and please consult your local naturopath if you are already taking estrogen supplementation.
  • Red Clover.  Also effective in reducing hot flashes due to its high amounts of phytoestrogens.
  • Flaxseed Oil.  Flax contains plant lignans, which are similar to estrogen.
  • Dong Quai.  Helps to stabilize blood vessels, thus helping to reduce the symptoms of menopause.
  • Evening Primrose Oil.  Has a cooling effect on the skin, and is another herb that is wonderful for menopausal symptoms as it helps regulate production of estrogen.  Doubles as a sleep aid.
  • Chickweed.  Also helps to cool the system and has been reported to reduce the number and severity of hot flashes.
  • Motherwort.  Drops from this tincture are another great ally against hot flashes as well as easing stressed nerves, anxiety and insomnia.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, but the herbs here will work nicely with the other lifestyle adaptations recommended.

Closing Words

As always, look to the cause of your issues as the first step in reducing symptoms and enjoying better health.  Low estrogen, which causes menopausal symptoms, are usually due to poor daily health practices related to diet and lifestyle.

Start your efforts there and supplement with a home remedy for hot flashes as necessary!

I’m here to help you and answer your questions and comments, so please don’t be a stranger!  Join the conversation and let’s build our healthy lifestyles together.

Until next time!

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