Herbal recipes to stop hot flashes

March 5, 2012 at 9:01 am in Healthy Living by VN Editors

The pharmaceutical companies can’t seem to figure out how to stop hot flashes and hormonal night sweats, so why not create your own cure? Use herbal recipes to relax, cool down and sleep better, and gain control over your hot flashes and hormonal night sweats.

Menopause and hot flashes

Having hot flashes causes many women to experience stress, and it can make family situations uncomfortable. When you’re burning up and the rest of the family is freezing because the heat is turned off, it’s a problem for everyone. Hot flashes are the most common menopause symptom, affecting more than half of all women who go through the hormonal change. Millions of women around the world suffer with hot flashes and hormonal night sweats, which are essentially night time hot flashes, every year.

With that many women feeling the pain, you’d expect science to have a definitive cure. Well, it doesn’t. By and large the most successful treatment for hot flashes is HRT, hormone replacement therapy, but studies have shown that prolonged HRT can increase cancer risk among women. When compared to cancer, a little sweating doesn’t seem bad. The trouble is, having hot flashes causes a little sweating very rarely — usually, it’s a full-on assault.

Herbal hot flash recipes

Women who experience them are willing to try just about anything to stop hot flashes. During menopause, it’s not strange at all to soak in an ice bath, stick your face in a freeze or strip down to practically nothing at the dinner table. But you do have other options when modern medicine doesn’t provide them. Use herbs to make your own soothing recipes that stop hot flashes.

  • Aromatherapy. You can spend tons of money on special candles, but you can enjoy aromatherapy on your own for way less cost. Add a few drops of essential oil in the scent of your choice to your bathwater. The oil you choose doesn’t matter, just choose a scent that makes you feel relaxed. Stress relief is a wonderful way to stop hot flashes, decreasing their severity and frequency. Stress is a hot flash trigger, and relieving the emotion is one of the best ways to avoid hot flashes and hormonal night sweats.
  • Sage tea. Sage is widely known as a therapeutic herb, used as everything from a liver tonic to a fever reducer. But it’s also helped many women with hormonal night sweats. The natural properties of sage mimic the estrogen hormone that women are lacking during menopause, and it has a calming effect when taken in tea form. To make your own sage tea, place fresh or dried leaves in boiling water. Reduce the heat on the water and allow the leaves to steep for at least an hour. Strain out the leaves. Drink the tea hot before bedtime to improve sleep and reduce hormonal night sweats while you sleep.
  • Face mist. Make your own cooling face mix by combining two teaspoons of aloe vera juice and 5 drops of lavender oil in two cups of rosewater. Spray the mist on your face and neck when you feel a hot flash coming on.

Many herbal ingredients are included in over-the-counter vitamin supplements, like Remifemin, that reduce and stop hot flashes. Scientific studies haven’t found much definitive evidence in herbs that have the reputation of being menopause cures, but some women swear by their herbs while going through menopause. What works for you may defy scientific explanation.

Find more ways to beat the heat of menopause in our free special report, 5 Proven Remedies to Stop Hot Flashes and Hormonal Night Sweats During Menopause.

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