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|Home Remedies for Hot Flashes
Almost 80 percent of menopausal women experience hot flashes,sudden episodes of warmth that begin on the chest, neck, or
face and spread throughout the body. Hot flashes are caused by the dilation of peripheral blood vessels, which raises skin
temperature byseveral degrees.
The skin becomes red and warm for a few seconds to a couple of minutes and is usually accompanied by sweating, which for
some women can be profuse. As the flush of heat subsides, cold chills often follow as perspiration evaporates and cools the
body.The intensity and frequency of hot flashes varies greatly,and while most women experience approximately one hot flash
daily, some are troubled by numerous flashes throughout the day and night. I have friends who refer to their hot flashes as
|This is a great example of choosing to see the physiological changes of menopause in a positive light! But even with a
positive attitude, these fluctuations in body temperature can be extremely uncomfortable.
Other symptoms that often accompany hot flashes include increased heart rate, heart palpitations, breathlessness,
headache, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, weakness, numbness of hands and arms, and itchy skin. Hot flashes that occur
during the night disturb normal sleep patterns and can cause insomnia, fatigue, and irritability.
Although the exact reason for hot flashes is not known for certain, they appear to be caused by the natural decrease in
estrogen and progesterone that occurs during menopause. The drop in hormones affects the pituitary and hypothalamus, the
glands that regulate temperature. Hot flashes are often the first sign of menopause and appear to reflect the body's efforts to
adjust to a different balance of hormones. They tend to begin while a woman is still having menstrual periods, and usually
occur during the menstrual flow. Hot flashes typically cause the most discomfort during the first year or two of menopause
and tend to subside as the body adapts to lower levels of estrogen. However, some women still experience hot flashes
almost a decade after completing menopause.
Home Remedies for Hot Flashes #1
Eating foods rich in phytoestrogens, especially soy foods, has been shown to decrease the intensity of hot flashes by helping
to balance estrogen levels. Try to eat one or two servings of soy foods such as tofu, tempeh, and soy milk each day. Dietary
supplements that help to relieve hot flashes include vitamin E and bioflavonoids. In clinical studies, vitamin E has been shown
to reduce the incidence of hot flashes. Take 400 to 800 I.U.S of natural vitamin E in the form of d-alpha tocopherol daily. If
you suffer from hypertension or diabetes, check with your doctor before taking large amounts of vitamin E. Bioflavonoids are
found abundantly in citrus fruits, especially in the white inner rind and pulp. Bioflavonoids have phytoestrogenic activity and
have been shown to markedly reduce the incidence of hot flashes. Eat one or two servings of fresh citrus fruits daily,
including as much of the white inner peel as possible. In addition, take supplemental bioflavonoids combined with vitamin C,
which helps to strengthen adrenal function. Take 1,000 units of vitamin C combined with bioflavonoids three times a day.
Home Remedies for Hot Flashes #2
Herbs have been used for centuries by women to prevent and relieve hot flashes. Cool herbal teas can be sipped throughout
the day to keep your body well-hydrated. Try fragrant herbs such as chamomile, linden flower, and mint, which make
delicious teas and have a calming and soothing effect on the mind and body. Many herbs, such as black cohosh and the
Chinese herb dong quai, are rich in phytoestrogens, plant estrogens which help to normalize hormone levels. Taking these
herbs regularly helps to balance hormones and prevent hot flashes.
A cup of sage tea is a time-honored remedy for relieving hot flashes, particularly those that occur at night.
Home Remedies for Hot Flashes #3 - Aromatherapy
Relaxing baths ease physical and emotional tension and are a wonderful treat for relieving the discomfort of hot flashes.
Avoid hot water, which can raise body temperature and trigger hot flashes. Draw a tub of tepid water, and add one cup of
baking soda as a skin soother. Essential oils add fragrance and subtle healing properties. Lavender, geranium, clary sage,
and rose essential oils all help to balance hormones and promote relaxation. Add 5 to 10 drops total of one or more essential
oils to a tubful of water.
You can enjoy the cooling and relaxing benefits of aromatherapy throughout the day by carrying a spray bottle filled with a
refreshing facial mist.
Home Remedies for Hot Flashes #4 - General Guide Lines
Simple measures can help to alleviate hot flashes. Avoid overheating your home or workplace, and dress in layers that make
it easy to add or remove clothing as needed. Natural fibers such as silk and linen help to maintain a comfortable body
temperature by allowing perspiration to evaporate quickly. Keep a small paper or bamboo fan handy for quick cooling during
a hot flash. Natural-fiber bedding will help to keep you comfortable during the night. Use pure cotton or linen sheets, and
instead of one heavy blanket or comforter, sleep with thin layers of cotton or wool blankets and a lightweight down comforter
that can be added or removed as needed.
Emotional stress is often a trigger for hot flashes. Practices such as deep rhythmical breathing and meditation create a calm
internal environment that keeps your body and emotions in balance. You can also relieve emotional and physical tension
with regular exercise such as a daily half-hour brisk walk. Avoid walking in the hot sun, though, because excessive heat can
bring on a hot flash. During hot weather, walk in the early morning or evening. Other types of exercise that have a calming
and cooling effect are swimming, tai chi, and yoga. The long, slow stretches of yoga and the gentle, flowing movements of tai
chi are excellent for creating a deep sense of peace and relaxation and are wonderful practices for bringing the body and
mind into harmony.
|Home Remedies for Hot Flashes #5
Homemade Hot Flash Relief Herbal Tea
2 tablespoons garden sage
1 tablespoon motherwort
2 teaspoons anise seeds
2 cups water
Pour boiling water over herbs, cover, and let steep until cool. Strain, and drink one cup of cool tea before bed.
|The aromatic oil that gives garden sage (Salvia officinalis) its characteristic scent and flavor has strong astringent properties
that reduce perspiration by up to 50 percent. Motherwort is a wonderful herbal ally for menopausal women; it has relaxing
properties and helps to calm the heart palpitations that often accompany middleof-the-night hot flashes. Anise seeds are a
source of phytoestrogens and add a pleasant sweetness to the tea that helps to soften the bitterness of the motherwort.
Insomnia often accompanies hot flashes that occur at night. If you are troubled by sleeplessness, add to the formula one
tablespoon of passionflower, a pleasant-tasting herb that has gentle relaxing properties.
|Home Remedies for Hot Flashes #6
Cooling Aromatherapy Facial Mist
1/4 cup aloe vera juice
1/4 cup rosewater
5 drops rose or lavender essential oil
Combine ingredients in a glass spray bottle and shake well. Mist skin as often as desired.
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