Can you stop hot flashes naturally? If you have hot flashes and they are driving you nuts, then you need to read this. When I was a younger woman I was freezing–all the time (in my 20s and 30s). I kinda laughed at my mother and grandmother with their hot flashes. I mean, what kind of crazy women turn the air conditioner down to 68 degrees?! A woman approaching, or in menopause, that’s who.
Then, I bought this protein powder from a health food store. I was trying to avoid dairy at the time, and I never even drank soy. But, apparently, the masked ingredient was guess what? Soy. The hot flashes started slow at first. Then, they kept increasing (while I drank plenty of protein powder in my morning almond milk shake). Pretty soon, I was in the “Oh my gosh, can these stop already?!”
When I discovered the protein powder contained soy, I stopped immediately. Scrambling for natural remedies, and trying not to run my air conditioner bill up, I found out that there were tons of natural remedies to help stop my hot flashes. I used a few, which brought them to an end and a normal cadence returned to my body. Rest assured, I have used all that I will share and they do work. You do not have to be miserable!
As I learn, I will regularly update this post so you can get what you need.
**Remember, I am not a medical healthcare professional, but only a mom sharing her first-hand experience.
Stop your hot flashes naturally.
You can add these herbs to a glass of water, or any other drink. Typically, each herb works well with one dropper full, unless otherwise stated. If you use the essential oils, you can dab them on your neck, feet or wrists. Or, you can add them to coconut oil and rub them on your skin.
This is probably the most widely used herb for stopping any sort of feminine issues. In my early stages of peri-menopause, this herb worked super. I used it quite a lot on hot flashes and even anxiety from hormonal shifts in my body. This did not work later (by itself) when I had problems with the soy.
Vitex or Chaste Berry
You can find this herb with both names, but typically, I see it listed as vitex. This is a nice herb to help with excessive pain in your menstrual cycle and just good old fashioned moodiness associated with your periods. This may also help raise your progesterone levels. I have used vitex in conjunction with wild yam when my hot flashes seem a bit out of control.
Obviously a traditional Chinese herb that has for centuries healed women’s female issues. Some studies have claimed they are not effective in stopping hot flashes, however, as I documented below, it was just what I needed with two other herbs (see 3 Sister Herbs).
Geranium oil helps to balance your estrogen levels. If you know you need this, it may work. I had short term success with it, but I was approaching menopause, so this may not have worked as well. I needed more progesterone.
Wild yam is an herb and is frequently chosen as a natural progesterone treatment for women approaching and in menopause. I personally use a progesterone cream with wild yam and it also stops my hot flashes. I used it once a day for awhile, but then found I had to increase it to twice a day. Gauge what works for your body.
Seriously, if you stopped working out (I did), or you hate to work out, get moving. When you read Dr. Sara’s books, you quickly find out that your body has 7 hormones. The hormone that really kicks in when you work out is testosterone. When you approach menopause, testosterone begins to drop. So, when you work out, you not only re-build muscle tone (which also decreases), but you pump more testosterone into your body. This, in turn, balances your hormones. It will stop hot flashes.
You need to find a diet that works well for your body and your family’s medical history. For some, it means eating gluten-free. For others it means avoiding meat and eating plenty of lean vegetables. But, most agree to drink plenty of water and get an extra dose of your omega 3 fatty acids.
Eat lots of cruciferous veggies
Eat your broccoli, cauliflower and Brussel sprouts. They contain sulphoraphanes, which help balance estrogen. You can even get these from adding a daily dose of broccoli sprouts to your salads.
Don’t eat or drink soy.
Unless you are seriously low in estrogen, that is. If you went through early menopause, this may be a hot flash solution for you. Soy has been known to produce estrogen in your body, so it may be a solution for your body.
The 3 Sister Herbs
I saved this for last. These herbs were something I stumbled on when I had my soy incident. Nothing was working, so I was willing to try anything! Outside of exercise, it was the only thing that stopped them dead in their tracks. I had complete relief within 5 days. Believe me, I was flat out miserable. Are you ready? They are Vitex, Dong Quai and black cohosh. I cannot tell you why it took all three to stop them, but it did. So, I would say that if you try these herbs independent of each other and they don’t work, try them together for a short time. And I stopped eating the soy protein powder!
The Take Away?
Not only is stopping hot flashes a personal one size does not fit all issue, but it also changes. What worked during peri-menopause, does not necessarily work in menopause. And, I suspect, once I finish menopause, things may yet shift again.
Don’t skip the work out. Drink water. Keep some of these natural remedies on hand, and eat well. You do not have to live with hot flashes, I don’t! It is possible to not be miserable and have your hormones balanced.