Home Remedies
for Hot Flashes

7 Superb Herbs for a Cool Menopause

Women have been using herbs for centuries as home remedies for hot flashes – or hot flushes – with great success. Here are seven wise and wonderful herbs to keep you cool and collected naturally.

Women have been using herbs for centuries as home remedies for hot flashes – or hot flushes – with great success. © Karen Alison

Herbal home remedies for hot flashes

Herbs are powerful, yet gentle. And they have few, if any, side effects. 

Please note that herbs are medicinal and most have cautions – so do not use if you have the health condition mentioned in the caution. Herbs may take time to take effect, so you need to use them regularly and consistently.

Try one or all of these superb home remedies for hot flashes and stay cool…

1. Motherwort

Perhaps the queen of herbal home remedies for hot flashes. Master herbalist Susun Weed says Motherwort lessens the severity, frequency and duration of hot flashes.

Motherwort also helps with many other menopausal symptoms including:

  • stress, anxiety
  • depression
  • cramps
  • uterine pain
  • thinning of reproductive tissues
  • trouble sleeping
  • heart palpitations, lowers blood pressure 
  • water retention
  • constipation.

Use frequently over several months for best effects. As Motherwort can be somewhat bitter, a tincture or herbal vinegar is the easiest way to take it. Hot flushes in progress can often be relieved by taking 10-15 drops of tincture in a glass of water.

Caution for women with menstrual flooding.

2. Pueraria Mirifica  (Thai Kudzu)
and Red Clover

I’ve put these two together because they are both sources of beneficial plant estrogens or phyto-estrogens.

You may have been told that soy is the best source of phyto-estrogens. But many of us are allergic or sensitive to soy. According to the Weston Price Foundation (among others), soy has negative effects on your bones, worsens cardiomyopathy, and can increase the risk of breast cancer.

Pueraria Mirifica to the rescue! It is a root from Thailand that has incredible benefits for menopausal women:

  • treats hot flashes and night sweats,
  • reduces bone loss,
  • alleviates vaginal dryness and atrophy,
  • makes skin look younger,
  • reduces risk of breast cancer,
  • and may even increase your sex drive…

Red clover is rich in phytoestrogens or isoflavones, important B vitamins, antioxidant vitamin C, calcium and magnesium to strengthen your bones and keep you calm, chromium to help balance your blood sugar, and other helpful minerals. It may combat heart disease and best of all, makes a delicious tea!

Both Pueriria Mirifica and Red Clover are natural remedies for hot flashes to help balance your hormones.

3. Sage or Salvia

For night sweats or hot flash sweats, a cup of sage tea works wonders. Sage essential oil and sage tablets are also home remedies for hot flashes.

Use garden sage - Salvia Officinalis. Do NOT use sagebrush or desert sage. Sage works within a couple of hours and effects can last for a day.

A natural antiseptic and anti-oxidant, sage has been known for centuries for its ability to slow the aging process, including keeping your brain functioning well. Sage has been proven clinically to reduce sweating and hot flashes. It also helps with depression.

Caution for women with dry mouth or vagina.

4. Vitex or Chasteberry or Chaste Tree

An all-around natural remedy for hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms, Chasteberry or Vitex reduces...

  • skin problems
  • depression
  • headaches
  • edema
  • digestion problems and bloating
  • cramps and flooding.

This plant has a progesterone-like effect. It stimulates luteinizing hormone (LH) and inhibits follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH.)

Helps with remission of fibroids when taken over 1-2 years.

One source said that Vitex may take a couple of months of daily use to have an effect, however, its many benefits make it worth using continually.

The berries are the active part of the plant. Use as a tincture or take powdered berries in capsules or as an infusion (tea.)

5. Black Cohosh

Black Cohosh root is one of the best known, and most studied, herbal home remedies for hot flashes because of its phytoestrogens (plant estrogens.)

In a study of 120 women, Black Cohosh proved to be more effective than fluoxetine in reducing hot flashes and night sweats. It is also useful for anxiety, mood swings and trouble sleeping. 

Dr. James LaValle suggests taking 20-40 mg, twice a day, standardized to 1 mg triterpenes (27-deoxyacteine.)

Cautions for pregnancy, lactation, those on hormone replacement or birth control pills. High doses may cause nausea, vomiting and headache.

6. Black currant

Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and good for your joints, black currant reduces persistent hot flashes. High in potassium and vitamin C. Helps lower blood pressure. The oil is good for dry, itchy skin.

All the edible parts of this plant are valuable home remedies for hot flashes. You can use...

  • bud macerate
  • black currant seed oil
  • leaves – for making an infusion (black currant tea) or
  • juice concentrates. 

A macerate means the black currant buds have been soaked in a carrier liquid such as water, oil or vinegar so their essence is infused into the liquid.

Black currants are very high in healthy anthocyanins, which improve cardiovascular health and circulation, increase good cholesterol (HDL) and reduce bad cholesterol (LDL), and may enhance good gut flora.

And - here's an interesting one - black currants were shown to reduce eye fatigue from computer use!

Caution for bleeding disorders or pre-surgery.

7. Elder Flower

Elder flower is an herb that can make you sweat, so it might seem like an odd remedy for hot flashes. But it only heats you up if you make a hot tea from the flowers.

Elder will cool you off, too. As a cold infusion (tea) or cordial, it’s one of the best home remedies for hot flashes, as well as a cooling summer drink.

Dr. Bertram von Zabern says that when you take the homeopathic remedy made from elder flowers – called Sambucus – it is an excellent natural treatment for hot flashes.

Herbalist Ruth Chapman points out that elder flower is also antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antihistamine and anti-allergy!

Susun Weed recommends using a tincture made from elder flowers and says there is no overdose for this remedy.

7 Tips for an easier menopause

These herbal home remedies for hot flashes will make your menopausal life easier. So will these 7 tips…

  • Eat a healthy diet with enough protein, magnesium and other minerals, lots of vegetables and very little sugar.
  • Check if you need to go gluten-free to protect yourself from chronic health problems.
  • Free yourself from dangerous hormone-altering chemicals that are in ordinary products you use every day.
  • Heal your gut from inflammation-causing leaky gut syndrome.
  • Do some moderate and fun exercise like dancing, which is good for your brain, too!
  • Release negative stress with EFT Tapping, yoga and meditation.
  • Love and accept yourself unconditionally, no matter what.

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