Here are some additional ideas for home remedies for menopause and hot flashes.
If you have not read the first part with recipes for teas, tinctures and the apple cider vinegar cure for hot flashes, just click on the link on the left and then come back here.
“Wear Cotton, light clothing, drink plenty of water, turn down the thermostat and turn up the fan”! we are sure that these are among the things you have tried when the first symptoms of menopause and hot flashes started.
But here are some more ideas for home remedies for menopause symptoms and hot flashes:
Use your freezer for a hot flash travel remedy:
Just put a bottle of water (make sure it’s plastic) in the freezer. This makes a great instant ice pack when the hot flashes strike. After the water melts, drink it or refreeze it. (I use this actually for my tension headaches as much as for hot flashes. It is also great on the golf course in the summer.)
Certainly you can also use the frozen peas or corn, but when you travel, the water is a great idea.
Vitamin E for Menopause – Not just internally
Lots of women have good luck with Vitamin E for hot flashes. The recommended dose is 400I.U. twice a day. Make sure that it is safe for you to use Vit E because it can have a blood thinning effect.
If you don’t want to use Vitamin E supplements, incorporate Vitamin E-rich foods into your diet, such as whole grains, Almonds and some other nuts.
Vitamin E is also a great lubricant and can help with vaginal dryness. Open two capsules or use about 1/2 teaspoon of liquid vitamin E. You can also mix in a little almond oil. Use it generously in and around the vagina.
We found a reference that drinking beet juices is a good natural remedy for hot flashes. Beets are very healthy with lots of great nutrients including vitamin C. Beets also contain nitrates which lower the blood pressure and help to provide oxygen to the brain and other parts of the body (per article from WebMD on Nov. 3rd 2010).
You probably want to go to a health food store to find some commercial prepared beet juice. Personally, I love beets when they are cooked. However, I juiced some raw beets when I had a brand new juicer – it tasted like drinking dirt. I probably did it all wrong.
Menopause Insomnia Tincture
The following herbs are all great home remedies for menopause insomnia. You can mix them together or use them alone for a sleep aid. If you use a mix, adjust the proportions to your personal preference. Chamomile has the mildest, valerian the strongest effect.
The more valerian you add, the stronger the anti-anxiety and calming effect. (Be careful with valerian if you have not used it before. Valerian effects vary between individuals).
- German Chamomile (flowers)
- Hops flowers
- Valerian root
You can make these herbs into a tea but the hops and valerian are not very tasty. Plus tinctures last for a year or more and you don’t have to brew a tea when you can’t the sleep.
|Fill a glass jar about 1/3 full with the herbs, pour clear alcohol over the herb mixture until all the plant material is covered and let stand in a cool dark place for 5 – 6 weeks.
Filter the tincture with a coffee filter to get the plant material out. Dosage is 15 – 20 drops for insomnia.
Home Remedies for Menopause and Hot Flashes from our Readers
By Diane from Boise: I have always loved to plant herbs in my garden and have grown them for years. Lately I have grown a lot of different sage. Here is my home remedy for hot flashes recipe for “home-grown” Sage Chamomile Tea with Mint:
- 1 tablespoon dried sage
- 5 Chamomile Flowers (or 1 tablespoon if they are crushed)
- 1 teaspoon dried mint (I have peppermint but you can use whatever kind of mint you like).
- Pour 2 cups of boiling water over the herbs and let stand for 10 min.
I never really measure and just use the amount I think should work. If you use too much of the herbs it will get too strong. The mint is very flavorful, so a little goes a long way.
I don’t use sugar or any sweeter but you can add honey or sugar if you like.
I drink this at during the day but also at night before going to bed and think is it helping with my hot flashes and night sweats. Plus it tastes real good.
By Morgan: One teaspoon of bee pollen, mixed with applesauce, 3 times a day.
I tried stopping this several times as a test, and each time the night sweats came back after a couple of days. It really does seem to work (at least for me)!
By Linda from MI: There are many recommendations for the use of essential oils to alleviate hot flashes.
My favorite is to rub a drop of peppermint essential oil on the back of my neck when a hot flash starts.
Immediately layer lavender oil on top of that and wait for the therapeutic soothing effect.
The peppermint oil immediately produces a cooling effect, while the lavender is believed to be calming.
By Denise from Sarasota, FL: For hair and skin problems drink Stinging Nettle tea. Stinging nettle tastes real good too.
Summary about Home Remedies for
Menopause and Hot Flashes
These ideas were just a glimps of the many home remedies for menopause and hot flashes.
There are all sorts of things you can do with the herbs we have listed on the Hot-Flash-Era website. You can make them into a tea, a concoction or a tincture. The good smelling herbs like rosemary, chamomile and lavender make great aromatherapy products.
Put them into a hot bath for relaxation (a good stress reliever that helps with numerous menopause symptoms) or make them into natural room refreshers or lotions. Rub a little of your favorite essential oil on the inside of your wrist and enjoy the fragrance.
Have some fun with trying your own home remedies for menopause and please send us your recipe.