Whether you know its coming or it creeps up on you, menopause is the fact of life. Night sweats, hot flashes is one of the major symptoms of menopause and perimenopause (the period before actual menopause). It is a deep sensation on the upper portion of the body.
A quick feeling of heat especially in upper part of the body with sweating and flushed red face, increased heart beat (for 20-30 minutes), tingling in the fingers, insomnia, lack of concentration, unconsciousness, mood swings, impaired memory, anxiety, depression and irritability are commonly perceived by the women, probably due to the decline in estrogen and progesterone level just before menopause.
Hot flashes can also be triggered by consuming caffeinated drinks, wearing tight clothes, having spicy food, consuming alcohol, smoking, etc. Read this article to find out effective ways to get rid of hot flashes.
Home Remedies for Hot Flashes
1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with ½ tbsp of baking soda in a glass of warm milk. Drink this mixture on an empty stomach ½ an hour before every meal. It is one of the most effective home remedies for hot flashes, which act as panacea.
Note: Always dilute organic apple cider vinegar and then consume it.
2. Flax Seed
Incorporate flax seed in your diet or use flaxseed oil while cooking. It contains substances similar to estrogen that helps eliminate the symptoms of menopause.
3. Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Have at least 2 servings of fish every day. It helps absorb extra cholesterol and also provides relief from the symptoms of the hot flash.
Make sure that you consume an adequate amount of calcium in your everyday diet (1200 mg approx.). Eat dairy products, fish, eggs and green leafy vegetables on a daily basis.
Increase intake of foods rich in soy as it has estrogen-like compounds, which help reduce hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.
Herbal Remedies for Hot Flashes
Sip a cup of sage tea on a regular basis to get relief from hot flashes. Steep sage leaves in hot water for 5 minutes and drink this herbal decoction a couple of times to enjoy its benefits.
7. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)
Boil red clover in water and drink this solution; or consume as directed by your physician. This is very effective as and when you perceive the symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, breast pain or tenderness and premenstrual symptom.
50-100 mg of pycnogenol must be taken two-three times a day as it is very effective in alleviating menopausal symptoms, diseases related to reproductive system, painful menstruation etc.
9. Black Cohosh
Take at least 20 mg of black cohosh daily or as directed by the physician. It is commonly used to treat the symptoms of menopause, menstrual pain, premenstrual syndrome, weakened bones, acne and starting of labor pain in pregnant women.
The dosage depends upon the nature of ailment and varies from person to person. This herb is used to cure several ailments like menopausal symptoms, erectile dysfunction, cancer, heart diseases, hepatitis C, fatigue, high blood pressure and other related conditions.
Note: This herb must be taken after consulting a physician.
11. Dong Quai
Dong Quai is used for the treatment of various medical conditions like premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms. A cream containing dong quai must be applied after consulting a physician.
Note: Women who have blood clotting problems like haemophilia or those on drugs like warfarin (Coumadin) for blood thinning must consult a physician before its use as this may lead to excessive bleeding.
12. Evening Primrose Oil
Apply evening primrose oil over your breasts, vagina or on the affected area to get relief from breast pain, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause.
13. Chickweed Tincture
Include this herb in your daily diet. Prepare tea or use it in the tincture form to reduce the symptoms of hot flashes.
This plant helps treat the hormonal imbalance in women and stimulates the body to keep hormones working properly. If you are under medication, it is suggested to consult a doctor before taking this supplement.
15. Vitex/Chaste Berry
Include vitex in your diet. It helps lower the estrogen levels and raises progesterone levels, and thus, helps in reducing hot flashes. This dried fruit is used in several herbal preparations. One can have its capsules, tablets or tinctures. To know the correct dosage, consult a pharmacist to avoid any side effects.
16. Wild Yams
This herb contains isoflavones that help relieve the menopausal problems, which may reduce blood clotting and maintain the strength of bones. Consult a healthcare professional about its adequate dosage.
17. Chamomile Tea
Steep some chamomile leaves in water for 10-15 minutes and strain this decoction. Have it three times a day to get relief from diverticulosis, colitis, fever, flatulence, headaches and menstrual pain.
Hops soothe the central nervous system and helps relieve tension, anxiety, nervousness, restlessness, and insomnia. Have 100 mcg to 250 mcg of standardized hops extract for 3-5 weeks to lessen the recurrence of symptoms of menopause.
19. Lady’s Mantle
This herb helps relieve heavy bleeding, cramps and balances hormonal balance during menopause. It is an anti-estrogenic herb that regulates menstruation cycles. Take 5 – 10 grams of this herb. Prepare tea and have this infusion thrice a day in between the meals.
20. Lavender Tea
Have a cup of lavender tea before going to bed for effectual results. This helps in treating headaches, anxiety, nervousness, muscle spasms, etc., caused due to change in hormones during menopause.
21. Lemon Balm
This herb helps relax the digestive system and circulatory system resulting in lower blood pressure, bloating, gas, spasms, heartburn, upset stomach, vomiting and heartburn. Prepare a cup of tea from fresh lemon balm leaves or take a few drops of its tincture. Do not consume more than 30 drops.
- Alternatively, lemon balm oil can also be used.
22. Licorice Root
This herb adjusts and boosts hormone metabolism, and thus, aids in regulating the hormonal imbalance caused during menopause. Steep one tsp of licorice root in a cup of hot water for 20 minutes and strain afterwards. Have it once a day. Long-term usage is not recommended.
Note: Do not intake overdose of this extract as it may be dangerous.
23. Milk Thistle Seed
It is an antidepressant and helps relieve the problems like menstrual irregularities, erratic mood swings during menopause, fibrocystic conditions, PMS. Besides, it is a powerful anti-oxidant that boosts up the immune system. Consult a doctor for its adequate dosage.
Note: Before you start taking any of the above mentioned herbs, consult your doctor.
- Consume foodstuffs rich in vitamin D, as they help absorb calcium. Also vitamin C and E must be consumed, since they help reduce the frequency and symptoms of hot flashes.
- Sip cold water slowly to get instant relief from heat rash.
- Wear cotton and loose fitted clothes at night.
- Prefer an air-conditioned room and keep away from direct sunlight.
- Exercise regularly and lose some weight as obese people are more prone to hot flashes. Practice yoga, breathing exercises, meditation, and acupuncture therapy to relax yourself.
- Keep ice cold water in a flask on your bedside table and sip it as and when required.
- Involve yourself in activities like swimming, dancing, listening to music, etc.
- Consume healthy diet rich in vitamin E and C.
- Have cool shower and wash your hair on alternate days.
- Lever detox and colon cleanse are a must twice every year. This will promote optimal health and keep all organs and hormones in balance.
- Avoid taking stress.
- Stay away from diet control pills, spicy and oily food, as these aggravate the symptoms of hot flashes.
- Shun caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee.
- Do not smoke and keep away from passive smoking too.
- Say ‘NO’ to alcohol.
- Avoid stepping out in heat or where environment is very hot.
- Do not wear tight clothes.
- Stay away from tight fitting clothes like turtle neck and synthetic clothes especially at night, as they lead to more perspiration.