Emergency natural hot flash cures and prevention strategies

 Fast hot flash meltdown cures

In the middle of a hot flash? Want relief NOW? Try one or more of these ‘cures’, then move into ‘prevention’ mode with the herbs, supplements and suggestions below.
hot flash cures, natural hot flash remedies, menopause, perimenopause

  • Dab undiluted Lavender essential oil on your inner wrists or temples, as needed.
  • Sniff Vitex essential oil
  • Cooling your neck will refresh your overheated body, stop hot flashes and help to promote deeper sleep when used for night sweats. Buy a U-shaped flax or grain-filled pillow made for the neck and store it in the freezer until you need it.
  • To help cool off, spritz your body with Peppermint Cooling Spray: Add 2 drops Peppermint essential oil to a spray bottle. Add ½ oz vodka and shake to disperse the oil. Add 2 oz purified water and shake again before spraying.
  • Research indicates 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) in 1 cup water (could use flavored water to improve the taste of ACV before breakfast and dinner can reduce and eliminate hot flashes within 1-3 days!

While you treat the urgent problems that menopause presents, it’s always a smart choice to help build up your body so it has what it needs to balance itself.

Deeper acting, longer-term cures for hot flashes (and more!!)

When women experience conditions such as menstrual irregularities, PMS, menopausal problems, fibrocystic conditions and erratic mood swings, special attention should be directed to the health of the liver, which is known in Chinese medicine as ‘the seat of anger’. Your liver is a hard-working filter organ that has several hundred functions. Its health is tied to the health of every cell in your body – including sex hormones and organs.

A holistic approach to hot flash prevention would include a whole-body cleansing program (I recommend the Isagenix 30-day cleanse) to remove accumulated toxins from the liver, kidneys, colon, blood, and lymph; attention to the basics such as exercise, phytoestrogenic foods and herbs, lots of water, actively managing your stress levels and ensuring you get good quality sleep.

Allergies or sensitivities to certain foods can trigger hot flashes and so it follows that removing those foods can eliminate them. Many women report that their hot flashes disappear when they give up sugar in any form. Note that eating a small amount of fruit daily – especially berries, apples and cherries – is helpful despite the sugar they contain. Hot flash relief can happen when you eliminate gluten (wheat, rye products, etc.) and night-shade vegetables which include potatoes, peppers of all kinds, tomatoes and eggplant.

Also, I shouldn’t have to say this because you already know that smoking damages your entire body, but if you still smoke, quit. Smokers experience more hot flashes than non-smokers. Avoid or cut down on spicy foods, coffee, tea, red wine, chocolate.

Phytoestrogenic food and herbs help your body avoid dramatic crashes in estrogen levels that have been linked to more intense hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. Regularly consume herbs and foods that can ease the effects of your ovaries’ irregular declining estrogen production. Beneficial herbs include flaxseed, licorice root, nettles, fennel, red clover, and black cohosh. (See below for herbs that are specifically helpful for hot flashes.) Foods include alfalfa, apples, beans, carrots, cherries, garlic, onions, peas, dried sea vegetables, sweet potatoes, oats, milk, olive oil, and many other fresh fruit and veggies.

Clinical studies have found that women who engage in regular physical activity are half as likely to experience menopausal hot flashes as women who don’t…Most experts recommend an aerobic, weight-bearing workout three to five times per week for 35 to 45 minutes.

Herbal remedies are particularly helpful for hot flashes and hormonal imbalance. Loose herbs are available at many natural food stores or on the Internet.

  • Mistletoe tea is an excellent remedy for heart and circulatory complaints. Herbalist Maria Treban recommends it to “counteract and prevent cancer, normalize blood pressure, reverse lack of energy, calm heart flutters, dizziness, heavy menstruation, hot flushes and feelings of anxiety during menopause. Mistletoe tea, drunk for a few years, brings relief and you will pass through the change naturally. Since Mistletoe benefits the whole glandular system, it also aids the metabolism. At the same time it favorably influences the pancreas, so that through drinking Mistletoe tea over a long period, diabetes loses its original cause. It is excellent for hormonal imbalance – 2 cups per day.”
  • Red Sage leaf tea is helpful for menopausal disturbances, specifically for reducing or eliminating hot flashes, painful menstruation, anxiety and mood swings. Drink a cup of sage tea twice daily (if you dislike the tea, take 5-8 drops Red or Green garden sage tincture in a glass of water twice daily).
  • Motherwort – Has a nervine effect (tones and strengthens the nervous system) and cardio-tonic effect.  It is a useful, relaxing tonic for aiding menopausal changes. It is a specific herb to reduce over-rapid heart beat (tachycardia) brought about by anxiety or hot flashes.
  • Black Cohosh is an amazingly effective short-term treatment to reduce or eliminate hot flashes. It has mild sedative, anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties. If you want most of the following benefits, this herb may be the one for you: regulate delayed menstruation, calm the nerves, ease agitation, alleviate water retention and breast tenderness, cure headaches and migraines, treat incontinence, reduce night sweats, vaginal dryness, depression and relieve joint pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and rheumatism, improve lack of sexual interest and fatigue related to the hormonal changes of menopause and the menstrual cycle.  Black cohosh effectively treats menopausal irritability, mood swings and sleep disturbances. Do not use if you have a liver disease, menstrual flooding, suspect pregnancy or are breast feeding. Large doses can cause flushing, low blood pressure and depressed heartbeat. Potential side effects – headache, dizziness, visual disturbances and nausea. Symptoms are more common and more severe when preparations are made from dried roots.
  • Seaweed (Sea Vegetables) Herbalist Susun Weed has found that sea vegetables have wide-ranging beneficial effects because they have so many vitamins and minerals.Eat daily to prevent and heal osteoporosis, breast cancer, mastitis, uterine cancer, irregular menstrual cycles, ovarian cancer, fibroids, ovarian cysts, infertility, fibro-cystic breast distress and premenstrual/menopausal problems such as water retention, emotional freak-outs, chills and hot flashes, fatigue, lack of lubrication, loss of calcium and general irritability.” I have 1 to 2 tsp ground dried sea vegetables in my breakfast shake every day.
  • Damiana is useful for hot flashes, depression, vertigo, PMS and constipation. It is an excellent strengthening remedy for the nervous system and has a reputation as an aphrodisiac.
  • Dong quai is one of the best female tonic herbs. It balances hormones, is a blood tonic and relieves hot flashes. Dong quai increases blood flow to the pelvic area and can be used over time to strengthen the uterus.
  • Supplements to Reduce Hot Flashes
    • Calcium/magnesium – 1,500 mg daily
    • Vitamin E – 300-800 iu of natural source vitamin E is a specific remedy for hot flashes
    • To reduce hot flashes drink 2 liters/quarts water daily and supplement with 800 mg Evening Primrose Oil three times a day

Emergency natural hot flash cures work, but for prevention, go for the lifestyle changes that will enhance your life now and beyond menopause!

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