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Top 5 Natural Cures for Hot Flashes

Aug 04, 2016


Much like the term suggests, hot flashes can be described as a sudden feeling of warmth. Generally hot flashes occur most intensely concentrated on the face, neck and chest. Miserable as they are, many women have found relief for hot flashes with remedies, including one remedy that is free! The best remedy for hot flashes according to over 50 women is Apple Cider Vinegar. Other top remedies for these uncomfortable symptoms are vitamin E supplements, organic blackstrap molasses herbs like black cohosh and oatstraw.

Symptoms of Hot Flashes

An individual experiencing a hot flash is likely to experience reddening of the face as well as intense sweating. Hot flashes are typically considered a symptom of menopause; however, menopause is not the only cause of hot flashes.

The frequency and intensity of hot flashes varies by individual and even by day or week, yet most women who experience hot flashes have them reoccurring for at least a year. Additional symptoms of hot flashes include a spreading warmth or heat over the upper body and face, a flushed or blushing appearance, red or blotchy skin, rapid heartbeat and perspiration over the entire body. Hot flashes often leave the affected individual feeling chilled as the hot flash wanes.

While the specific cause of hot flashes is not known, the common signs and symptoms of the condition seem to be related to the effective functioning of the body’s “temperature gauge” or the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for regulating the body’s temperature as well as monitoring several other basic metabolic processes. The reduction in estrogen many women experience as a result of menopause may cause a disruption in hypothalamic function, triggering the onset of hot flashes.

While some women may never experience hot flashes, others suffer dozens of hot flashes each day. Hot flashes that occur throughout the night are particularly distressing. As such, an effective hot flashes treatment is important to ensure overall comfort and health during an important life transition.

Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is Earth Clinic's most popular remedy for hot flashes. To read more about how to take apple cider vinegar for hot flashes, acv side effects, and reader stories, please see this page.

Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is a simple and inexpensive remedy for hot flashes. 1-2 Tablespoons a day is a typical dose. It can be mixed into coffee, added to oatmeal, or taken straight off the spoon! Women who have ceased menstruating should keep an eye on their iron levels, though, if they are taking blackstrap molasses. It has a high iron content. On the other hand, women who experience heavy bleeding during the time of menopause may find that taking blackstrap molasses helps with anemia and also to reduce the amount of bleeding.

Exercise

Some women find that regular, moderate exercise helps to reduce hot flashes. Sweating that occurs during exercise helps to rid the body of toxins. Exercise increases lymph flow, which is helpful for overall health. Exercise is also helpful to improve the mood. This is most welcome by women who are suffering with hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.

Herbs

There are many herbs that have been used by women for ages to help with hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Herbs can be taken as a tea, infusion, in capsules or in a tincture.

  • Maca Root
  • Black Cohosh
  • Dong Quai
  • Wild Yam
  • Fenugreek
  • Sage
  • Burdock Root
  • Motherwort
  • Chickweed

Peppermint is a cooling herb. A glass of peppermint tea over ice is comforting for anyone who is overheated. Peppermint essential oil can be kept in the purse and a drop can be placed on the back of the neck to help cool you off should you experience a hot flash when you are out. One drop of peppermint essential oil can also be added to a glass of ice water, in lieu of herbal peppermint tea.

Susun Weed, an herbalist famous for addressing women's health issues, recommends oatstraw or red clover infusion for hot flashes in her book, "New Menopausal Years: The Wise Woman Way," She says that this will help to replace the vitamins and minerals lost through the hot flashes. An infusion is like a strong tea.

How to Make an Herbal Infusion

  • Add one ounce of dry herbs (oatstraw and/or red clover) to a quart canning jar.
  • Pour just under a quart of boiling water over the herbs.
  • Cover the jar.
  • Allow to rest for 4 hours.
  • Strain out the plant material (great for your compost pile or for your chickens!)
  • Sweeten with honey or stevia if desired. (No artificial sweeteners, please.)
  • Drink freely throughout the day, with ice if desired.
  • This infusion will keep for 12-24 hours.

Vitamin Supplements

  • Vitamin E
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • B-Complex
  • Zinc
  • Iodine
  • Selenium
  • Boron

Dietary Changes

Some women find that avoiding sugar and processed foods makes a big difference in the number of hot flashes they are experiencing. Oat (oatstaw) is an herb indicated for menopause, making oatmeal an excellent addition to the diet. Oatmeal is a relaxing and nourishing food.

Baths and Showers

Adding 1 cup of sea salt or epsom salt to a bath will allow the body to absorb the minerals. Baths are relaxing to most people. But when you are taking a bath for hot flashes, be careful not to take a bath that is too warm, especially before bed.

Obviously when convenient, a cool shower will be helpful. Cold showers are actually a home remedy for a variety of conditions! Please see this page for more information.

Read on and learn specific details of the remedies used by our readers for hot flashes. Have you tried a natural remedy for hot flashes? Please be sure to share your experience with us!

Additional Pages of Interest:

Menopause
Perimenopause

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Posted by Kaluki (Victoria, Bc, Canada) on 07/29/2011
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Acupuncture has been very helpful in treating my temperature fluctuations, as well as fatigue, aching bones, stomach pain, and moodiness. I go to the student clinics, which are less expensive, and I find the students gentler and more willing to listen than the fully credentialled acupuncture doctors I've seen. Although that was just my experience. Unlike Western allopaths, alternative practitioners take a much more inclusive history, so expect to spend more than 15 minutes. Caution: acupuncture is not an overnight cure; it is a healing journey. And yes, sometimes it hurts, so clear communication is vital between you and your practitioner.

I only wish I'd realized what an amazing effect acupuncture would have six months ago -- I could have gone back to work months ago! :) I've been going at least twice a week, where possible, and I believe that if a person is going to try it out, that s/he should probably commit to enough time/sessions to give it a fair trial.

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Posted by Alice (Lincoln, CA) on 10/06/2007
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I was feeling very bad in many different ways (mostly from anemia) when I found your site. The most pressing problem I was having was high blood pressure and water retention that had come on quite suddenly and was making me feel like I might explode. The DR gave me meds, of course, they really weren't working (avg BP 160/95 with meds)and I thought I should try other methods rather than have him raise the dosage, and besides, why was I suddenly having this problem?

I had tried ACV along with my mother many years ago when I was a teenager to help with winter athritis and sore throats, but I had forgotten about it. So after reading about it on your site, I immediately started by having 2tbls ACV 1/4tsp baking soda and a little agave nectar for sweetner in a mug of hot water. Within a couple hours of my first mug I was up and about feeling better. My grown son could not believe the transformation. He happened to come by for a visit right when I was drinking that first dose and I changed right before our eyes. I'm so glad he was here to see it so I know I'm not imagining things. I continued using it at least twice a day. The first night I felt so good in my skin, it was wonderful. It took several weeks to get off the BP meds, I had only been on them several weeks before starting ACV so I think I had not become dependent on them. Other people should be very careful about changing their BP meds, DR should monitor this. The water retention problem got better and better each day and finally disappeared after a couple weeks. Last BP check at DRs was 135/85, not bad.

Amazingly, and without me expecting it, my hot flashes that had appeared with a vengence at the same time as the high BP, completely disappeared at that first mugful. It took me a couple days to realize it, but I have not had one since, not ONE hot flash since, and they were rolling in just about one an hour, and believe me they were very thoroughly HOT.

I very patiently waited before writing in to you, and it is over 5 months later now, and I have my mug once a day or more, even while staying away from home (I have been sad to leave organic ACV behind in hotel rooms because I don't know of a good way to travel with it by air). I believe my digestion is better and elimination more regular though I would not have said before that I was particularly troubled in that area. It helps my overall sense of well-being. I can certainly tell if I haven't had some for a day-- I just feel off without it.

I have to add, though, sometimes my ACV doesn't sound good, it kind of hits my stomach funny, gives me a hollow feeling, and sometimes I feel like it heats me up, not quite a hot flash, but not desirable for someone who's had too many hot flashes. I don't know what this aversion is all about, but I manage to make myself have some, even if just a more diluted version of it and in cooler water. I am always glad that I did. After reading more, I think I will try the baking soda in water alone, or the lemon juice with baking soda in water next time the ACV just doesn't sound good.

Thank you so much for this site. I am determined to continue trying things until I feel like I remember I once felt--really well and useful.

Replied by Kolokea
Vancouver, Wa
11/11/2009
I use vineger and baking soda to unclog my kitchen sink. Vinegar is an acid you pour it down the sink that is plugged and let it sit for 5 minutes. Then you add the baking soda and this causes a chemical reaction. The vinegar and soda start to fizzle and break up the clog in the drain.

I have never heard of using the two to cure hot flashes. What will this do to my system over time?

I started getting hot flashes two years ago. I went to a health food store and they recommended Proestergin Cream. I checked it out on the computer and it seemed to work for a lot of people. I used the cream for 3 days and noticed immediate relief. After taking it a week my hot flashed when away. After some time I learned when I could miss or when I needed to increase the dozes. I went for a whole year without hot flashes. Now the cream isn't working for me. I have switched brands and gone from Yam extract to Soy extract...nothing works any more.

I will try the ACV tonight, wish me luck...

Replied by A1aweb
Deltona, Fl
01/24/2010
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I tried the ACV and baking soda for hot flashes and it works for me. I had been having hot flashes every hour and couldn't sleep at night - this remedy is a lifesaver.

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Posted by Jodie (Oak Park, IL) on 05/23/2008
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My allergies were the worst ever this spring so after reading about cures on your website I decided to try ACV and cayenne. Not only did it eliminate my allergy symptoms, but the unexpected side benefits are great! My chronically runny nose -gone, constant throat clearing -gone, red rimmed eyes -gone, HOT FLASHES - GONE! My complexion is clearer and I have more energy. This is unbelievable. I use generic ACV and don't feel the need to switch to unfiltered.

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Ottawa, ON, Canada
11/02/2008
I have just stopped taking estrogen pills, I have been on them for 5 years, now my doctor wants me off them. I have not slept for 2 weeks now,so I will try the acv for sure. I did try it many years ago for stress and I had alot of energy. I felt great, I would put 2 teaspoons of avc and one tablespoon of pure honey with one eight ounce glass of warm water. It is really not too bad to drink.

And for a UTI try one to two capsules of cayenne, the other morning I woke up at 3 in the morning with the urge to go. I never wake up in the middle of the night to got to the bathroom, and I thought to myself aw here we go again, another UTI infection. I had some Cayenne capsule so I took one in the morning and drank water all day. I took another one before supper with more water, well that was the end of that. I had been cured the same day.

My daughter told me about this site, it is great.

Linda

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Posted by Kay (Jackson, Ms) on 03/31/2011
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I have tried the apple cider vinegar and baking soda, believe me this really works. I have been using it for 2 days now and my hot flashes are almost gone. I will tell anyone that is suffering from night sweats and hot flashes to try this for yourself. It really works.

Replied by Lorraine
Zolfo Springs, Fl
05/21/2011
I'm really interested in this!!!! What is the recipe for this? Thank you, Lorraine

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Posted by Brooklyngurl (New York, US) on 10/10/2014
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After getting off of the Estradiol patch I started taking 2 tbsp of ACV + 1 tbsp of Magnesium + 1/4 tsp of Baking soda. I take this 3 times a day.

Life is good now. The flashes are gone. The magnesium healed the asthma and the baking soda helped with the
Acid Reflux.

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Lansdowne, Pa
10/10/2014
What type of magnesium do you take? I can't seem to get rid of my hot flashes.

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Posted by Penny (Wind Gap, Pa) on 01/15/2012
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Black Cohosh is good, but my physician, whom uses ONLY natural cures, also says Black Strap Molasses works well. I've used it in the past for night sweats, and it worked. But now the Hot Flashes are driving me nuts, so back onto the molasses I go. Your BEST options are to use a table spoon of ORGANIC Black Strap Molasses twice daily along with 3 Tablespoons of ORGANIC Apple Cider Vinegar With MOTHER. It must have MOTHER in it for the ACV to work its best. If you do your research, you will find that ACV with Mother has MANY other benefits as well, such as boosting metabolism, supporting the thyroid, cleansing your body, etc.... Personally, I always just took a medicine cup full of the ACV, drank that like a shot then followed by a glass of water. It burns a bit going down, but what a way to clear flem. Haha I stopped taking it for a while because I would forget, but then my symptoms stopped. Its been at least 18 months now. But the hot flashes are now back, not so much my night sweats, but the hot flashes are constant throughout the day making me feel gross scanky. Good luck to you ladies, hope that I helped a bit as well to get you through this oh so wonderful time in our lives.... NOT. Blessings!


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Posted by Carolyvette (Raymond, New Hampshire) on 12/21/2010
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I have been drinking a homemade ginger-stevia-acv mix and my hot flashes are still present but much lighter and last a minute or two. My night sweats are gone. Have been drinking as many as 4 glasses per day. Trying to drink as much as 8 glasses per day in hopes my hot flashes will go completely away. Ginger adds a wonderful tasting crispness. The mixture is quite pleasant to drink, better than drinking just Apple Cider Vinegar with water and honey. I use raw green stevia. Add 1 gallon of water to a large pot on top of the stove. Take a palm size piece of ginger, peel and grate. Using a hand held blade mixer is best. One you would use to mix individual drinks. Put this grated mixture in one gallon of good water, along with 1 heaping tsp. of green or white stevia. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let simmer for 15 minutes. Let cool and using a funnel and ladle pour back into the gallon container. When cooled, put ice into an 8 oz. glass and fill 1/4 to 1/2 full, add water to top off, then add 1 to 2 tablespoons acv. You can put more or less water or Apple Cider Vinegar depending on your taste. Enjoy and good health. Oh yes and do use _____s ACV. It is available in most stores. Green stevia is bought in health food stores in bulk. :)

Replied by Special01
Indianapolis, In, Usa
12/22/2010
Calcium tablets and vitamin E should help with Hot flashes. Watch your sugar and caffeine intake. Both of those triggle hot flashes. My cousin will have a hot flash within 20 minutes of consuming sugar.
Replied by Singprays
Stillwater, Mn
07/05/2012
Ginger is wonderful in this drink however, ginger is a natural warmer which can hinder hot flash relief so use with caution. :)

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Posted by She (Richmond, Virginia, United States) on 10/28/2012
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I went off my hormone patch and progesterone as I just don't want to take synthetic hormones anymore! I drink apple cider vinegar with baking soda 3 xs a day and just started applying Clary Sage oil morning and night and that seems to help. This site is wonderful for all types of remedies.

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Somewhere, Europe
10/28/2012
She, how do you apply the Clary Sage oil?
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
10/29/2012
I apply it directly from the bottle usually around my lower abdomen where I use to put my hormone patch. Doesn't get rid of flashes but definitely helps!

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Posted by Skyblueyez2 (Greenville, Sc) on 10/02/2013
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Hot Flashes: I just posted another reply a few minutes ago on another section (Remedies I think), and just wanted to let you all know that the ACV with the Mother, along with Honey, LOTS OF HONEY, seemed to work for me for about a week. Then I got sick to my stomach and had to re-live it all over again, if you know what I mean! YUCK!

I know that's not what anyone wants to hear, but when it happened, I had to start looking for something else or I might have gone CRAZY for sure! My mom's friend said vitamin E 400 IU, so off to the store I went! I just picked up the store brand of it the day before yesterday. I took one softgel 1/2 hour before dinner, and haven't had anything more than a 'warm fuzzy' since taking it just 3 times so far!

Also, bought the ACV capsules, (before I got sick), and I wasn't sure about them, but I tried it anyway today and it's been a great! I also took Vitamin C 1000MG (orange chewables), and I think this might just be the best I have felt in almost two years!

I know that we are all different, and that what works for one may not work for the other, but I highly recommend trying this combo. We really do have to keep doing what's best for us, so why not, right? I pray you will all enjoy Flash Free days and Peaceful nights from this moment on!

God Bless & keep posting! You are all so wonderful, and I am so grateful to you all for taking your time out so that I could find relief. You Rock!!

'Warm' wishes!!

Skye :-D


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Posted by BRENDA (Matney, USA) on 09/13/2007
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I READ IN WOMAN'S WORLD TO NOT TO TAKE B VITAMINS. MY HOT FLASHES WENT AWAY FOR AWHILE BY NOT TAKING ANY B VITIMANS. SO IT DID HELP SOME

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London, United Kingdom
07/24/2008
I have recently started having the most awful hot flushes going literally dripping wet after a shower and after putting on make up. My hair goes flat and lifeless. I have noticed on your site that B vitamins have an effect on your hot flushes and I take them. I shall stop the B vitamins and multi vitamins and try apple cider vinegar (I used to take it for reflux and its great). I will then report back whether or not this has worked.
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Hi,

I read about taking B complex increases hotflashes. This happens to me and I would like to know why. Can someone explain why?

Regards,
Marleiza
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Liverpool, Uk
04/11/2011
I have suffered for a very long time with hot flashes and they are getting me down. I have just taken my my very first ACV so will let you know how I got on. Thank you to everyone for your useful information, hopefully no more flat hair days. Sue Liverpool UK.
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B Complex contains Niacin and Niacin taken in high doses can cause flushing.

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Posted by Kalki (Mumbai, India) on 07/19/2011
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My friend was recommended Bach Flower Remedies for her hot flashes - at least 30 in the daytime, hardly 2-3 hrs of sleep due to hourly hot flashes - of very severe intensity. She was given Walnut, Rescue Remedy and White Chestnut initially. Within 3 days there was a difference in the number but not so much in the intensity. After 2 weeks, when she ran out of the remedy mixture, a review was taken and Oak given as it was indicated by her reaction to the hot flashes - that is, one should buck up and carry on and not be deterred by it all. She is a reliable person and gets more than her fair share at work and within the extended family. Scleranthus was also added as she went from cold to hot within seconds and had mood swings also.

It worked miracles. She is free of hot flashes for the first time in 4 years. It's been a month now and she has been advised to continue for at last 2 months before seeing if she can discontinue them. I've since looked it up in the Net and books and find Walnut on its own is usually good enough. But my friend also needed her character remedies.

Please don't go in for HRT or other therapy for want of an alternative. These remedies are supposed to be very gentle. I thought I would pass on this info on behalf of my friend.


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Posted by Liz (Boston, Massachusetts) on 06/15/2013
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Have you tried Black Cohosh for your hot flashes? When I went through early menopause (I was only 42), my female M.D. Recommended it and I'll be darned - it worked!


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Posted by Deborah (Nashvile, TN) on 03/15/2009
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I started getting hot flashes about a month ago. I started taking black strap molasses 2 weeks ago after a chance encounter with someone who told me she was using it for her hot flashes. I figured what the heck, might as well try it. It's natural and cheaper than going to the doctor. Whatta ya know....it works!! I am truly and pleasantly surprised. I wish I had gotten the name of the lady who told me about this. My husband would like to thank her. No more arguing over the thermostat at night.


Posted by Joyce (Atlanta, GA) on 07/29/2008
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Purchased some blackstrap molasses 5 days ago for the first time and I cant believe after only taking 2 teaspoons for 3 days, I am no longer having hot flashes. I am shocked and will continue to take this for my usual low blood count. I feel so enegetic. I shared information with co-worker and picked her up a bottle too. Lets keep sharing this information so others will know the benefits of BSM. Joyce


Posted by Suzy (Chrisman, Illinois) on 07/14/2008
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Hi, I just had to tell you what a blessing your site is! I just started using two tablespoons of molasses daily for my arthritis and hot flashes.Wow I just can't believe it works !!! Within two days my pain has almost gone away and no hot flashes and as an added bonus I have so much more energy! I am 53 and I don't feel or act like I am ,any longer!! God bless who ever came up with these {inexpensive} remedies. I am going to try some of thr rosacea remedied, I hope they work too. Thanks. Suzy



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