Hot Flashes
Natural Remedies

Top 5 Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

Essential Oils
Posted by Tina (Houston, Usa) on 10/22/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I resolved hot flashes very quickly using good quality essential oils on the body.

1. Soak in sea salt baths once daily. Upto 20 mins of soak with atleast 1 lb sea salt in the water.

2. Take a shower with soap and water after this.

3. Dry off, and liberally apply lavender essential oil, or a combination of lavender, tea tree and rose oils (1:1:1) on your front and back solar plexus, heart, navel chakras. (Google to find a pic of these chakras so you understand locations).

4. Re-apply oils upto 4 times daily, and especially before bedtime and upon waking up.

This combination of oils (after salt baths) adds green and pink prana to the aura, and this in turn keeps the chakras in a normal size. This prevents the body from getting hot flashes.

Nothing has helped resolved my hormonal issues aka hot flashes like this protocol.

And please, find therapeutic grade essential oils, because this stuff gets ingested into the body, so quality is crucial.

Good luck, I KNOW you will be free of hot flashes after this. Tina

Posted by Madeline (Sacramento, Ca) on 09/22/2012
1 out of 5 stars

I was taking Turmeric for a very large boil, information from this site that worked incredibly, thank you so much, but I definitely still experienced hot flashes and night sweats the 5 days I was on turmeric. My experience was Nay to turmeric for hot flashes.

B Vitamins
Posted by Ttsm (Melbourne, Florida) on 08/18/2012

B Complex contains Niacin and Niacin taken in high doses can cause flushing.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, Stevia
Posted by Singprays (Stillwater, Mn) on 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. :)

Dietary Changes, Cool Showers, Acupuncture
Posted by Tina (Houston, Usa) on 02/14/2012

Applying either blue chamomile essential oil, or a combination of peppermint and lavendar essential oils (1:1 ratio) on your front and back solar plexus, navel and heart chakras in the morning and just before bed does wonders to keep hot flashes to a mimimum.

Dietary Changes, Cool Showers, Acupuncture
Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 02/14/2012

Hello again, Sage is the other herb for hot flushes.

Dietary Changes, Cool Showers, Acupuncture
Posted by Maria (Gippsland, Australia) on 02/13/2012

Hi Lucy, Have a look into boron for this as well.

Yarrow is recommended by Maria Treben.

Dietary Changes, Cool Showers, Acupuncture
Posted by Lucy (Vic, Australia) on 02/13/2012

Thanks for your lovely encouraging words - and to know we're not alone with these horrible constant hot flashes. I am in about month 3 I think of these hot flashes and I didn't sleep at all last night... I just flashed one after the other with cold periods in between. I feel like I'm withdrawing from drugs! Its a nightmare. I am doing acupuncture too... This will be my 4 session today and it helped alot with my moods and feelings... Not so much yet with the heat. I am taking the cooling herbs but I am still not getting better. I hope one day this ends, because like you, I feel like I am dying!

Dietary Changes, Cool Showers, Acupuncture
Posted by Jackie (Atlanta, GA) on 02/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Hot flashes are THE WORST! I just got through several months of absolute hell! I got some great herbs from a chinese medicine woman in Atlanta and took them for 4 days- and the flashes were gone!

Mine were as severe as can be- she also gave me the food guidelines- and even after they left- I kept up with all of the above to keep them away.

What worked for me is below:

1) Go gluten free- NO WHEAT. There are alot of great gluten free products on the market including pasta, crackers and bread that make this do-able.

2) Avoid SUGAR- nothing with cane sugar - try to go easy on fruit also because it is very high in sugar

3) NO ALCOHOL at all until you get the hof flashes in order (this is the worst because I LOOVVVEEEE wine! ) - this is probably the worst culprit and made a huge difference.

Once you get the flashes in order- if you need a glass- just 1/2 glass occasionally.

4) According to Chinese Medicine- the kidneys need to be strengthened- that is the reason for the urinary urgency. I think to get the urinary urgency part in check- you need chinese herbs.

5) Really pay attention to your food - you would be surprised how much of a difference this makes- EAT COOLING FOODS:

Meats- Fish and Pork are cooling- Beef, Shellfish and Chicken are heaty and will make you hotter than you already are.

Vegetables- no potatoes, carrots, these are heaty foods- go for green veggies and squash which are cooling. I got amazing relief from eating Green Cabbage.

Rice- Brown Rice, not white

Fruits- go easy- if you need fruits- blackberries are good- just things lower in sugar

Juice- No Orange or citrus juice- if you must have some juice- drink apple. Watering down is good too.

NO SPICY FOODS at all. No cinnamon, nutmeg- both are warming.


6) Take cool showers- I do a warm shower then end with making it as cold as I can stand it.

7) Acupuncture helps also- I do this weekly to balance hormones

8) For me- the fatigue was because I was napping through the flashes at night and not getting enough sleep. It is important to try to get some sleep- try to read at night instead of watching TV or being on the computer- that riles you up more.

9) The sadness of the life shift passed once I stopped sweating to death, and once my body got back in balance. It feels like you are dying- but it is really that your body is trying hard to balance itself and needs assistance. It will get better.

Dietary Changes
Posted by Liz (Adelaide, Sa) on 02/12/2012
5 out of 5 stars

This works for me for hot flashes - . No sugar, avoid processed food. Give it a try, just for 2 days and you will see a difference

Apple Cider Vinegar, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Penny (Wind Gap, Pa) on 01/15/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Omega 3
Posted by Timh (Louisville, Usa) on 12/25/2011 2073 posts

Vi, from the Omega 3 plant oils, I have read that Evening Primrose Oil is the absolute best for menopausal problems. How they compare to fish oils I dunno. It is easy to get the fish in the diet, and suppliment with Flax, Sun & Safflower, Borage. Also, when one takes therapeutic doses of Omega 3's, it is advised to also increase Vit-E up to 800 or more iu's daily to protect the fragile unsaturated fats from free radical damage.

Omega 3
Posted by Vi (Nanaimo, British Columbia) on 12/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Just wanted to share this with anyone who may be suffering with hot flashes and can't seem to get relief.

I tried pretty much everything on the market for menopause/hot flashes, including Promensil and other herbal remedies, hormone creams, visits to mainstream doctors (who wanted to put me on the pill!! ), naturopaths, etc. without any help or relief.

It was getting so bad that I was having what felt like one lo-o-o-ng hot flash. It just wouldn't let up! (Anyone who deals with this knows just how incapacitating it is! )

I started taking 2000 mg omega 3s and added some B6 500 mg for arthritis. While I didn't see a big difference for the arthritis, I realized that my hot flashes had finally stopped. To find out if it really was the omega 3, I quit taking it for a few days, and sure enough, the hot flashes were back.

This has been a Godsend and I truly hope this info helps someone in the same hot boots!

Thanks for the great website too!

Coconut Oil
Posted by Laura (Houston, Texas, Usa) on 12/17/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I am a 42 yr old female w/ blood type A . I have tried soy products and organic ACV to eliminate hot flashes that I have experienced for the last 5 years or so, with little success. The only thing that completely has gotten rid of them has been replacing ALL polyunsaturated oils in my diet, like vegetable, canola & sunflower oils, with organic, unprocessed coconut oil. (I still eat a little uncooked olive oil occasionally). I have not had 1 hot flash in the last 3 months that I have been using it and that is a record for me! Be sure to get the Extra Virgin Coconut oil! Yes, it is a saturated fat, but it turns out this type of saturated fat does not clog arteries or make us fat as previously thought. It also has given me great energy and better sense of well being. I still eat the naturally occuring fats in fish, raw, unroasted nuts & avocados, but have replaced EVCO for all other fats, including butter. A little EVCO on an english muffin with honey or jam tastes amazing! I have also eliminated soy from my diet.

Posted by Chris (Troy, Mi) on 08/22/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Four months ago hot flashes started coming in very strongly for me. Based on intuition, I started taking a food based zinc supplement and in 2 days the hot flashes were down about 95%!! It's amazing!

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.

Good luck to you!

Bach Flower Remedies
Posted by Kalki (Mumbai, India) on 07/19/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Lorraine (Zolfo Springs, Fl) on 05/21/2011

I'm really interested in this!!!! What is the recipe for this? Thank you, Lorraine

Pine Bark
Posted by Moi (Redmond, Wa) on 05/17/2011

Hi Carol,

Did you notice if you were bloated with the pine bark? I have tried so many remedies and the ones that worked always caused me to be bloated which was just so depressing as I have already gained a ton of weight over the past few years. Thanks

Pine Bark
Posted by Carol (Rockledge, Florida) on 05/16/2011
4 out of 5 stars

This is an update on the pine bark extract. It started working again and very well, but I noticed every three or four months that it would not work 100 %. The one really great think about pine bark extract is there are no known side effects and it is a strong antioxident. Anyways so every few months I would have about three weeks of mostly no hot flashes, just occasionly would get warm. After about a year I upped my intake to two pills per day. Worked wonderful for a good year at least. I am now going through actual menapause I believe, since I haven't had a period for about five months. Pine Bark still works amazingly well, but here and there I will get a hot flash. Decided to up it to three per day because I don't want to have them at all. I figure my body is going through the severe change right now. So three a day is working well, just having an occasional semi flash! Still swear by this stuff, since no side effects.

Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 05/14/2011

Regarding the dangers of Vitamin D3 maybe you would like to read the book The Vitamin D Revolution, or any other on Vitamin D (I reviewed it in the book section). There is a lot of misinformation out there, it pays to be informed!

Posted by Flower Grandma (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) on 05/14/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I had night sweats for more than ten years and finally last summer they stopped completely, as well as my monthly period. I was very happy to move on with the next phase of my life, but earlier this year the hot flashes came back with a vengeance. I was undergoing a series of tragic circumstances in my life and I would have a never ending rolling wave of heat from the moment I put my head on the pillow until 6:00 the next morning. I thought that stress had caused them to come back and I tried ACV, iodine, vit E, GABA, borax, Dim Plus and every other cure I could find. When reading through the latest posts several days ago, someone mentioned about D3 and hot flashes and I finally made the connection.

Earlier this year I read an article about the dangers of too much D3 and I decided to cut out my supplementation which was at the same time all these events began. For the last couple of days I've been taking 5000iu morning and night and I've had only a couple of flashes in total. I'll be reducing that to one a day once the flashes are completely gone. Thanks to all the contributors to this wonderful site, you've helped me with many wonderful changes in my life.

B Vitamins
Posted by Sue (Liverpool, Uk) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Kay (Jackson, Ms) on 03/31/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Mesem (Toulon, France) on 02/26/2011

You might not like this but I have read several times that women who exercise seriously ie sweat, increase pulse and respiration are much less likely to get breast cancer and much less likely to have menopause problems such as hot flashes.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, Stevia
Posted by Special01 (Indianapolis, In, Usa) on 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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, Stevia
Posted by Carolyvette (Raymond, New Hampshire) on 12/21/2010
4 out of 5 stars

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. :)

Vitamin E
Posted by Madeline (Jersey Shore, New Jersey) on 09/14/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I used 1000IU of vitamin E and on the first night I noticed a big difference. I have continued and will continue because it work. Vitamin E 1000IU for hot flashes try it.

Posted by Maui Nurse (Maui , Hawaii) on 08/24/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Vandana, I agree about Turmeric being an excellent herb. It's being used in Brazil for cancer treatments. I use it when my hayfever allergies flair up. I visited Ahmedbad in 1980 and stayed for 3 mos. I'm sure it has changed a lot. Aloha, Maui Nurse

B Vitamins
Posted by Marleiza (Barbados, W.I.) on 04/26/2010
0 out of 5 stars


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


Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by A1aweb (Deltona, Fl) on 01/24/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Baking Soda
Posted by Kolokea (Vancouver, Wa) on 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...

Donate Blood
Posted by Theo (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) on 11/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

My friend's Mom started having hot flashes before menopause. She fixed the problem by donating blood regularly. She is now in menopause and does not get hot flashes.

This makes a lot of sense too for those in menopause. Without their monthly periods, women start accumulating more iron and whatnot in their bodies. Perhaps that leads to the hot flashes because their bodies are not used to it.

Posted by Crystal (Salyersville, Ky, USA) on 09/19/2009

Thanks Dalene!! I will for sure get some soy milk powder today,,I pray that it works for me. I hope it taste good.

Posted by Dalene (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 09/19/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Soy milk powder cured my hot flashes. I also tried everything under the sun, but the soy milk poweder was the only sure thing. If I miss one dose, they're back! I take a tablespoon in the morning, with tea or over cereal, doesn't matter. Take another dose in the evening if necessary, works like a charm!!

Ted's Remedies
Posted by Crystal (Salyersville, Ky, USA) on 09/18/2009

I am also having a problem with sweating. I take ultram and that is one of the side effects but m sweating s crazy! I look like I have taken a shower from the leas little activity. I sweat profusely just sitting in 80 degree weather. I have lupus and fibro with a host of problems. I have recently (about 3 wks) started the borax and baking soda, magnesium 250 at bedtime. I was already taking vitamin d-3 and sublingual b-12. My RX meds include 2-50 mg ultram morning and night and zanaflex at night. I have been doing oil pulling for about 2 wks but not everyday. After I strted the magnesium about a week ago I have been staing dizzy,,if I try to turn my head it feel all swimmy.

If anyone has any suggestions to the sweating or the dizziness please,,please respond. thanks

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