Much like the term suggests, hot flashes can be described as a sudden feeling of warmth. Generally hot flashes occur most intensely concentrated on the face, neck and chest. Miserable as they are, many women have found relief for hot flashes with remedies, including one remedy that is free! The best remedy for hot flashes according to over 50 women is Apple Cider Vinegar. Other top remedies for these uncomfortable symptoms are vitamin E supplements, organic blackstrap molasses herbs like black cohosh and oatstraw.
Symptoms of Hot Flashes
An individual experiencing a hot flash is likely to experience reddening of the face as well as intense sweating. Hot flashes are typically considered a symptom of menopause; however, menopause is not the only cause of hot flashes.
The frequency and intensity of hot flashes varies by individual and even by day or week, yet most women who experience hot flashes have them reoccurring for at least a year. Additional symptoms of hot flashes include a spreading warmth or heat over the upper body and face, a flushed or blushing appearance, red or blotchy skin, rapid heartbeat and perspiration over the entire body. Hot flashes often leave the affected individual feeling chilled as the hot flash wanes.
While the specific cause of hot flashes is not known, the common signs and symptoms of the condition seem to be related to the effective functioning of the body’s “temperature gauge” or the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for regulating the body’s temperature as well as monitoring several other basic metabolic processes. The reduction in estrogen many women experience as a result of menopause may cause a disruption in hypothalamic function, triggering the onset of hot flashes.
While some women may never experience hot flashes, others suffer dozens of hot flashes each day. Hot flashes that occur throughout the night are particularly distressing. As such, an effective hot flashes treatment is important to ensure overall comfort and health during an important life transition.
Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is Earth Clinic’s most popular remedy for hot flashes. To read more about how to take apple cider vinegar for hot flashes, acv side effects, and reader stories, please see this page.
Blackstrap molasses is a simple and inexpensive remedy for hot flashes. 1-2 Tablespoons a day is a typical dose. It can be mixed into coffee, added to oatmeal, or taken straight off the spoon! Women who have ceased menstruating should keep an eye on their iron levels, though, if they are taking blackstrap molasses. It has a high iron content. On the other hand, women who experience heavy bleeding during the time of menopause may find that taking blackstrap molasses helps with anemia and also to reduce the amount of bleeding.
Some women find that regular, moderate exercise helps to reduce hot flashes. Sweating that occurs during exercise helps to rid the body of toxins. Exercise increases lymph flow, which is helpful for overall health. Exercise is also helpful to improve the mood. This is most welcome by women who are suffering with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.
There are many herbs that have been used by women for ages to help with hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Herbs can be taken as a tea, infusion, in capsules or in a tincture.
- Maca Root
- Black Cohosh
- Dong Quai
- Wild Yam
- Burdock Root
Peppermint is a cooling herb. A glass of peppermint tea over ice is comforting for anyone who is overheated. Peppermint essential oil can be kept in the purse and a drop can be placed on the back of the neck to help cool you off should you experience a hot flash when you are out. One drop of peppermint essential oil can also be added to a glass of ice water, in lieu of herbal peppermint tea.
Susun Weed, an herbalist famous for addressing women’s health issues, recommends oatstraw or red clover infusion for hot flashes in her book, “New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way,” She says that this will help to replace the vitamins and minerals lost through the hot flashes. An infusion is like a strong tea.
How to Make an Herbal Infusion
- Add one ounce of dry herbs (oatstraw and/or red clover) to a quart canning jar.
- Pour just under a quart of boiling water over the herbs.
- Cover the jar.
- Allow to rest for 4 hours.
- Strain out the plant material (great for your compost pile or for your chickens!)
- Sweeten with honey or stevia if desired. (No artificial sweeteners, please.)
- Drink freely throughout the day, with ice if desired.
- This infusion will keep for 12-24 hours.
- Vitamin E
- Evening Primrose Oil
Some women find that avoiding sugar and processed foods makes a big difference in the number of hot flashes they are experiencing. Oat (oatstaw) is an herb indicated for menopause, making oatmeal an excellent addition to the diet. Oatmeal is a relaxing and nourishing food.
Baths and Showers
Adding 1 cup of sea salt or epsom salt to a bath will allow the body to absorb the minerals. Baths are relaxing to most people. But when you are taking a bath for hot flashes, be careful not to take a bath that is too warm, especially before bed.
Obviously when convenient, a cool shower will be helpful. Cold showers are actually a home remedy for a variety of conditions! Please see this page for more information.
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