There are many symptoms of menopause and perimenopause. Different women experience different mixes of symptoms, depending mostly on hormonal makeup and lifestyle, and most women report the experience of hot flashes. Research shows eighty-five percent of American women experience them within the first year or two of menopause.
Sadly, up to half of women continue to have them regularly for years following the onset of menopause. Below are some helpful natural remedies for balancing the body and mind during “the change.”
11 Remedies for Hot Flashes
1. Black Cohosh
Black Cohosh is a plant used widely in Europe for treating menopause and hot flashes. Studies show Black Cohosh to be just as effective as pharmaceutical estrogen in providing hot flash relief and one study showed Black Cohosh was effective at preventing excessive sweating.
2. Flaxseed Oil
Fatty acids, such as those found in flaxseed oil, have been thought to be effective in reducing menopausal symptoms. Flax contains plant lignans which are similar to estrogen, possibly causing estrogen levels to stabilize in menopausal women.
3. Evening Primrose Oil
A general tonic for women’s reproductive health, evening primrose has a cooling effect on the skin and regulates the production of estrogen. It can act as a sleep aid due to its high gamma-linolenic acid count, and increased prostaglandin production.
4. Chickweed Tincture
Daily servings of this herb have been reported to lower both the number and severity of hot flashes.
5. Red Clover
A plant containing high amounts of phytoestrogens known as isoflavones has been shown to help reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes.
6. Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic treatment options such as Ferrum phosphoricum (good for reducing redness), Belladonna (an excellent herb for sporadic, rapid hot flashes), Sanguinarina (counteracts hot flashes on the face, neck, and ears) and Kali Phosphoricum.
7. Other Western Herbs
Other similar-acting plants include sarsaparilla, spearmint, licorice root, damiana, chaste berry, wild yams, motherwort, and red raspberry leaf.
Try drinking a few cups of organic sage tea daily. Sage tea can be found at your local grocery store or online. Besides providing hot flash relief, sage helps with digestion, infant diarrhea, and headaches.
9. Vitamin C
Some women have found that bioflavonoids found in Vitamin C can help reduce the frequency of hot flashes. In order to get hot flash relief, I would recommend eating more foods with Vitamin C.
10. Vitamin E
Studies have shown that antioxidants in Vitamin E play a significant role in reducing the symptoms of hot flashes. In order to get hot flash relief, take the recommended serving of a Vitamin E supplement or eat more foods with Vitamin E.