Control Hot Flashes with These 8 Home Remedies

June 20, 2016
One of the worst symptoms of menopause are hot flashes. Below, we'll tell you about natural, home remedies to control these hot flashes.

To control hot flashes, use these home remedies before going to bed. Also, once in bed, wear clean cotton or linen clothes.

One of the most common symptoms of reaching menopause are those uncomfortable hot flashes that generally get worse at night.

Even though hormone changes are generally what lead to most discomforts, most women are affected by hot flashes.

In fact, it is estimated that 85% of the female population suffers from this condition during the first and second year of menopause.

While this isn’t a serious health problem, it is oftentimes fairly uncomfortable as it interrupts sleep and can be frustrating.

Fortunately, over the years, several natural remedies have been discovered that can help control these symptoms, so that they don’t become a problem.

Here today, we’d like to share with you 8 pieces of advice. This way you can try whichever ones you like best.

1. Linseed oil to control hot flashes

linseed oil

The fatty acids contained in linseed are extremely healthy for women experiencing hot flashes. Linseed prevents cardiac disease, reduces inflammation, and controls a lot of menopause symptoms.

The oil comes from a plant-base called lignans and acts as natural estrogen to counteract the loss of estrogen with this change.

How to use it

  • Use the oil in your salads, smoothies, or favorite recipes.
  • Take one tablespoon of oil before breakfast, every day.

2. Evening primrose oil 

Evening primrose oil is a known natural tonic for women’s reproductive health.  In this case, it can be used regularly to produce estrogen and freshen skin.

Because it has a high gamma-Linolenic acid content, it will put you right to sleep, preventing any nocturnal interruption.

How to use it

  • Add a few drops to a glass of warm water and drink before going to bed.
  • Also, you can use a small amount to wipe your skin with. Focus on major sweat areas.

Do you want to know more? See: What is Evening Primrose and What are its Benefits

3. Cloves

cloves

Cloves have been shown to have abundant amounts of isoflavones, a type of phytoestrogen that reduces constant hot flashes.

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. cloves (5 grams)
  • 1 cup of water (250 mL)

How to use it

  • First of all, heat the water until it boils.
  • Then, add the cloves.
  • Finally, steep for several minutes, and drink twice a day.

4. Honey water

A simple mixture of honey and water is a great way to control hot flashes. However, simply consuming honey or the pollen can show great results as well. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. honey (25 grams)
  • 1 glass of water (200 mL)

How to use it

  • Add the tablespoon of honey to the glass of hot water.
  • Drink every night before going to bed.

5. Apple cider vinegar

A bottle of apple cider vinegar with some apples

Organic apple cider vinegar contains 30 essential nutrients that revitalize and re-mineralize the body.

Its properties balance the body’s metabolism and help control hormones to mitigate menopausal discomfort.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. pure apple cider vinegar (20 mL)
  • 1 glass of warm water (200 mL)

How to use it

  • First, dilute the apple cider vinegar in the glass of water and then drink it half an hour before going to bed.
  • Remember to avoid using refined apple cider vinegar because it does not contain the same properties.

6. Sage

You can buy sage leaves in herb stores, or in bags sold commercially at the supermarket.

This plant reduces hot flashes, relaxes the body, and will help you get to sleep.

It’s also proven to improve digestion, stop diarrhea, and calm headaches.

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. sage (10 grams)
  • 1 cup of water (250 mL)

How to use it

  • Add the tablespoon of sage to the cup of boiling water, then cover.
  • Next, after 10 minutes of steeping, strain with a colander and drink.
  • Repeat twice a day.

Discover: 6 Healing Properties of Sage

7. Roman chamomile massage

chamomile massage

To control hot flashes from the outside in, use a bit of roman chamomile oil in a massage. This oil is great for reducing not only hot flashes, but also stress. It is also known to help fight depression and insomnia.

Ingredients

  • 10 drops of roman chamomile oil

How to use it

  • Pour the oil into your hands and rub it on the areas that are most heavily affected by sweat.
  • Use every night, and if necessary, use throughout the day as well.

8. Red clover

Red clover infusion is an ancient remedy for reducing cholesterol, improving circulation, and helping to control hot flashes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. dried red clover (10 grams)
  • 1 cup of water (250 mL)

Directions

  • Add the red clover to one cup of boiling water.
  • Steep for 30 minutes, then strain and drink.
  • Finally, drink up to three cups a day.

For best results, remember that you absolutely must improve your diet and increase calcium, potassium, and vitamins D and E.

Also try to wear clean cotton or linen clothes to keep you cool when sleeping.

It is important to check with your primary care doctor to try these remedies to make sure they don’t interfere with any conditions or health problems you may have.

Freedman, R. R. (2007). Menopausal hot flashes. In Menopause. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-012369443-0/50018-1

Morrow, P. K. H., Mattair, D. N., & Hortobagyi, G. N. (2011). Hot Flashes: A Review of Pathophysiology and Treatment Modalities. The Oncologist. https://doi.org/10.1634/theoncologist.2011-0174