Home Remedies for Menopause – Part II

Here are even more recipies for home remedies for menopause symptoms and hot flashes.

Tinctures

Tinctures are a great way to use herbs for hot flashes and menopause symptoms. When you make your own tincture, you’ll have a very cost effective treatment that lasts a long time.

Tinctures contain a lot of alcohol (remember the patent medicines of old?) and must be treated like the medication they are.

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Here is a great video from our affiliate “Mountain Rose Herbs” on how to make your own tincture. The example is for Valerian tincture which is my preferred sleep aid, but the example applies for any other tincture as well.

 

Try it with the following herbs:

  • Black Cohosh Tincture
  • Mother Wort Tincture (check out our page about Mother Wort for the recipe)
  • Vitex / Chaste Tree Berry Tincture
  • Hops Tincture
Black Cohosh Tincture
  • Put 4 oz of Black Cohosh Root into a glass jar (like a mason jar).
  • Add 16 oz of 100 proof vodka (50% alcohol) and let sit for six weeks in a dark and cool place.
  • Shake contents several times during this time and make sure that alcohol covers the herb material.
  • After six weeks filter and put in clean bottle (preferably dark glass).
  • Don’t forget to label with content and date.

Instead of vodka, you can use any other drinkable clear alcohol
such as gin.

Tinctures can be:

  • Mixed in water
  • Mixed in juice
  • Mixed in flavored water
  • Mixed in tea
  • Taken “straight up” with a teaspoon
  • Dropped on a sugar cube
Apple Cider Vinegar for Hot Flashes

Have you heard about using vinegar in home remedies for hot flashes? Apple Cider Vinegar has so many great uses that it is not surprising to find that it also treats menopause symptoms. (This must be the easiest of all home remedies for hot flashes).

Vinegar might also help to restore the damages we inflicted by eating a diet full of processed foods which are known to contain xenoestrogens (industrial compounds that have an estrogen-like effect and are very harmful over time).

Very likely, some of the claims about the effectiveness of Apple Cider Vinegar are a myth, but vinegar has been proven to help with weight loss. So maybe you will not just loose the hot flashes, you may well loose some pounds.

A word of caution: Always consume vinegar diluted. Vinegar is very acidic and can cause burns. If you have any underlying disease, especially diabetes, consult your doctor before drinking vinegar regularly.

Apple Cider Vinegar Cure for Hot Flashes:

  • Mix 2 or 3 teaspoons of ACV in an 8 ounce glass of water.
  • Drink this before or during each meal.
  • You can use apple juice or grape juice instead of the water or sweeten the water with a little honey.

Apple Cider Vinegar Tea:

  • Brew a cup of green tea
  • Add 1 Tbls Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sweeten with honey to taste
Apple Cider Vinegar Tincture for Hot Flashes
and Menopause Insomnia

This tincture uses not just the benefits of apple cider vinegar but also hops and passionflower. These two herbs help with hot flashes because of their estrogen-like substances.

  • Fill a glass jar 1/3 full with equal parts ofhops and passionflower.
  • Pour apple cider vinegar over the herbs until totally covered.
  • Close the jar and shake to mix well.
  • Place the jar in the refrigerator or other cool dark place for three weeks and shake occasionally.
  • Filter the mixture through a coffee filter, pour into a clean bottle or jar.
  • Lable and keep refrigerated for up to a year.

Dosage is 30 drops 3x day (about 1/2 teaspoon).

 This tincture uses not just the benefits of apple cider vinegar but also hops and passionflower. These two herbs help with hot flashes because of their estrogen-like substances.
Stress Relief

The easiest home remedy for menopause symptoms is any form of stress relief. We know that stress is one of the many common hot flash triggers.

Try deep breathing exercises, meditation, yoga, or positive affirmations to help with your symptoms. All these things lower the levels of norepinephrinewhich stimulates the temperature-control system in our brain. (Some of the other known hot flash triggers are spicy foods, sugar and caffeinated drinks).

In his book “Spontaneous Healing” Dr. Robert Weil suggests the following breathing exercise for relaxation:

You can do this exercise in any position but it is best to sit with your back straight while learning the exercise.
Always inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
Don’t blow your breath out because that can create tension in your neck, just open your mouth and make kind of a whoosh sound.

  • Exhale completely through your mouth. Inhale through your nose for a mental count of 4.
  • Hold your breath for a count of 7 and exhale completely through your mouth for a count of 8.
  • Repeat this sequence 4 times at least twice a day.

If you can, do it more often because this exercise is very beneficial to release tension. It does not matter how long you take for each of the steps but the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. The more you practice, the slower and deeper you can breathe.

Other Ideas for Menopause Home Remedies

 

Remedies

Exercise is a known “hot flashes cure”. Women, who exercise regularly, have neither as many nor as severe hotflash episodes. We know that exercising elevates the level of endorphins, which drop when estrogen is deficient. Here are some exercise ideas.

Aroma Therapy: inhale the scent of either basil or thyme, or use the essential oil or dried herb in a bath. Use thyme essential oil for a massage. OurAromatherapy page as many more recipies.

 

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