15 Home Remedies For Hot Flashes And Prevention Tips

Reviewed by Dr. Abby Kramer, DC
Written by Shaheen Naser

If you are experiencing sudden sweating, flushing, and heat, chances are you have hot flashes. The factors that cause hot flashes vary in frequency and severity but are mostly attributed to hormonal changes in the body. In this article, we list out a few home remedies for hot flashes you can try to stay cool.

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What Are Hot Flashes?

Hot flashes are inner feelings of intense heat that are not caused by an external source. A wave of feverish heat takes over you, and this can be characterized by flushing and sweating. But what exactly causes them?

What Causes Hot Flashes?

A hot flash is mostly a result of hormonal changes within your body. Such reactions may be triggered by a number of factors:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Pregnancy, especially during the first two trimesters
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hot drinks and spicy food
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco use
  • Hot climate
  • Caffeine
  • Certain medications like tramadol and tamoxifen
  • Medical conditions like spinal lesions
  • Menopause (it is one of the main triggers of hot flashes in women)

Although hot flashes are more commonly associated with women undergoing menopause, they can affect men as well (where low testosterone levels are the culprit).

Following are some of the signs and symptoms of hot flashes.

Signs And Symptoms Of Hot Flashes

The common signs and symptoms associated with hot flashes are:

  • A sudden feeling of feverish heat that may last for about 30 seconds
  • Redness or flushing of skin
  • Excessive sweating (night sweats)
  • A feeling of anxiety
  • Palpitations
  • Chills

Hot flashes are no fun, and you may want to get rid of them as soon as you can. If you are among those who want to opt for natural remedies, look no further. Listed below are the remedies that can help.

Home Remedies To Treat Hot Flashes

  1. Black Cohosh
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Vitamins
  4. Ginseng Tea
  5. Flaxseed
  6. Evening Primrose Oil
  7. Passion Flower
  8. Warm Water Bath
  9. Essential Oils
  10. Ginger
  11. CoconutOil
  12. Green Tea
  13. Aloe Vera Juice
  14. Tomato Juice
  15. Omega-3 Supplements

1. Black Cohosh

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You Will Need

500 mg black cohosh supplements

What You Have To Do
  1. Consume 500 mg of black cohosh supplements daily.
  2. Alternatively, you can also consume black cohosh tea.
How Often You Should Do This

You must consume 500 mg of black cohosh supplements 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

The roots and rhizomes of black cohosh relieve inflammation and anxiety and also aid sleep. Hence, it is one of the best remedies for relieving hot flashes (1).

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and mix well.
  2. Drink this solution.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this 1 to 2 times daily.

Why This Works

Raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar possesses powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce the intensity of hot flashes (2).

3. Vitamins

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Vitamins B, C, and E help relieve hot flashes.

Studies have shown how the antioxidant properties of vitamins C and E can help improve the condition (3),(4). Similarly, folic acid (or vitamin B9) has also been proved to reduce the severity and duration of hot flashes in menopausal women (5). You can either take supplements (after consulting your doctor) or include these in your diet by consuming citrus fruits, leafy vegetables, soy, and nuts.

4. Ginseng Tea

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 teaspoons of ginseng tea
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add about two teaspoons of ginseng tea to a cup of water.
  2. Bring this to a boil in a saucepan.
  3. Allow it cool a bit and add some honey.
  4. Drink the tea right away.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this thrice daily for effective results.

Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory and anti-fatigue properties of ginseng provide relaxation and restore energy (6). Additionally, ginseng has a calming effect and can aid sleep. All of these properties help treat the condition (7).

5. Flaxseed

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You Will Need

1-2 tablespoons of powdered flaxseed

What You Have To Do
  1. Add a tablespoon or two of powdered flaxseed to your favorite cereal or juice.
  2. Mix well and consume.
How Often You Should Do This

You must consume this twice daily.

Why This Works

One 2007 study had linked flaxseed consumption to reduced hot flashes. Flaxseeds were found to reduce the symptoms as well as the intensity of hot flashes, making them an excellent remedy to combat this condition (8).

Caution

Stick within the prescribed limits. Excess intake of flaxseeds can cause diarrhea or flatulence.

6. Evening Primrose Oil

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You Will Need

500 mg evening primrose oil supplements

What You Have To Do

Consume 500 mg evening primrose oil supplements.

How Often You Should Do This

You must do this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

Evening primrose oil supports the overall hormonal function of our bodies. Since hot flashes are caused by hormonal imbalances, taking primrose oil supplements can help treat hot flashes. The same has also been proved in an Iranian study (9).

[ Read: 22 Benefits Of Evening Primrose Oil For Skin, Hair, And Health ]

7. Passion Flower

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of passion flower herb
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of passion flower herb to a cup of steaming hot water.
  2. Let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add some honey as per your requirement and consume the tea before it turns cold.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this tea 3 to 4 times daily.

Why This Works

Anxiety is one of the worst triggers of hot flashes. Passion flower contains certain bioactive compounds that help you relax, and this reduces the severity and duration of hot flashes (10).

8. Warm Water Bath

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You Will Need
  • Warm water
  • 1-2 cups of Epsom salt
  • A few drops of essential oil
What You Have To Do

1. Fill your tub with some warm water and soak in it for a while.
2. Alternatively, you can also opt for a warm shower.

How Often You Should Do This

You must do this once daily, preferably every night.

Why This Works

A warm shower or bath will help relieve the symptoms of hot flashes – as it can lower the internal temperature of your body, thus helping you stay cooler (11). Epsom salt can aid in detoxifcation, which can help the body detoxify excess hormones, helping to reduce hot flash symptoms. Adding essential oils can also provide further support in the bath.

Caution

Do not use very hot water as it may have a reverse effect on your condition.

9. Essential Oils

a. Peppermint Oil

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of peppermint oil
  • Diffuser
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a few drops of peppermint oil to a diffuser and inhale the aroma.
  2. Keep the diffuser next to your bed before you go to sleep.
  3. You can also put a few drops of peppermint oil on a tissue and inhale its strong vapors.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this daily.

Why This Works

The menthol in peppermint is widely known for its soothing properties. It helps you relax and reduces stress and anxiety. These soothing and calming properties of peppermint oil help reduce the severity of hot flashes (12).

b. Lavender Oil

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 drops of lavender oil
  • Diffuser
What You Have To Do
  1. Add two to three drops of lavender essential oil to a diffuser.
  2. Keep this near your bed before going to sleep and inhale its soothing aroma.
How Often You Should Do This

You must do this on a daily basis.

Why This Works

Lavender oil has multiple uses. From reducing stress to inducing sleep, it is an effective remedy for all stress-related issues, including hot flashes. The pleasant aroma of lavender oil calms your mind and helps you relax, making it a great natural remedy for hot flashes (13).

10. Ginger

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You Will Need
  • 1 inch of peeled ginger
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Put an inch of ginger in a cup of water and bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes and strain.
  3. Let the tea cool for some time before adding honey.
  4. Drink it before it turns cold.
  5. You can also use raw ginger in your daily diet.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink ginger tea 3 to 4 times daily.

Why This Works

Ginger’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are great for your overall health and can also help you relax and calm down. This herb also balances your hormonal activities, naturally healing hot flashes (14).

11. Coconut Oil

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You Will Need

Coconut oil (as required)

What You Have To Do
  1. Indulge in a coconut oil body massage before going to bed.
  2. You can also add coconut oil to your daily diet.
How Often You Should Do This

You can do this every night or 2 to 3 times in a week.

Why This Works

Coconut oil is a rich source of fatty acids with excellent anti-inflammatory properties, which make it a soothing and cooling remedy for hot flashes. A good massage with coconut oil relieves stress and anxiety, which are major symptoms of hot flashes (15).

12. Green Tea

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of green tea
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a teaspoon of green tea to a cup of hot water.
  2. Steep for about 5 minutes and strain.
  3. Add a little honey and drink the tea.
How Often You Should Do This

You must drink this at least thrice daily.

Why This Works

Although caffeine intake should be avoided while dealing with hot flashes, green tea is an exception. This herbal tea contains catechins that exhibit strong antioxidant properties, which are great for your overall health. Green tea can also help fight fatigue and stress that often accompany hot flashes (16).

13. Aloe Vera Juice

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You Will Need

1/2 cup of aloe vera juice

What You Have To Do

Consume half a cup of aloe vera juice.

How Often You Should Do This

You must drink it once daily.

Why This Works

Aloe vera is a rich source of various phytonutrients. Some of them are phytoestrogens that mimic the activities of estrogen. As you know, decreased estrogen level is one of the major causes of hot flashes in menopausal women. Thus, consumption of aloe vera juice can restore your hormonal balance and, in turn, treat hot flashes.

[ Read: How To Make Aloe Vera Juice At Home ]

14. Tomato Juice

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You Will Need

1 cup of tomato juice
What You Have To Do

Drink a cup of unsweetened tomato juice.

You can either make it at home or buy it from a health store.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink tomato juice twice daily to combat hot flashes.

Why This Works

Tomatoes are good sources of lycopene, which alleviates symptoms like stress, anxiety, and fatigue. The juice is also a rich source of antioxidants and promotes overall health and healing (17).

15. Omega-3 Supplements

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You Will Need

1000 mg omega-3 supplements

What You Have To Do
  1. Consume omega-3 supplements.
  2. You can also increase your dietary intake of omega-3s by consuming fish like salmon, sardine, and mackerel.
How Often You Should Do This

You must consume this supplement 1 or 2 times per day.

Why This Works

Omega-3 fatty acids are another potential treatment for hot flashes. A Canadian study found that omega-3 supplements could reduce both the frequency and intensity of hot flashes (18).

Caution

Consult your doctor before taking any additional supplements.

Although there is nothing much women can do to prevent hot flashes altogether during menopause, they can wait it out and stay away from triggers with the help of the tips listed below.

Prevention Tips

  • Wear lightweight clothes.
  • Exercise daily. Try deep breathing, swimming or even dancing or cycling.
  • Limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
  • Quit smoking (nicotine).
  • Avoid eating spicy foods.
  • Follow a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish.

Hot flashes refer to feelings of intense heat in the absence of an external heat source. It presents as flushing, feverish heat, and sweating and is often caused due to hormonal changes triggered by multiple factors, including anxiety, stress, alcohol consumption, tobacco use, menopause, some medical conditions, and certain medications. Vitamins, black cohosh, warm water, essential oils, flaxseed, passion flower, evening primrose oil, omega-3 supplements, and tomato juice are a few of the natural ingredients that you can use to get rid of hot flashes and balance your hormonal levels.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean when you wake up in sweat?

If you wake up in sweat, it most probably means that you have had a night sweat. Night sweats are often associated with hot flashes, but they usually occur while you are asleep.

Can you have hot flashes when you still have your periods?

Yes, you can have hot flashes while you are on your periods. This is mainly because of the fluctuating hormone levels that occur during menstruation

Which type of doctor treats hot flashes?

Women often visit their gynecologists for managing hot flashes. However, you can also visit primary health care providers or a general physician for the same. Holistic treatments are proven to be very effective to treat hot flashes, such as chiropractic, kinesiology, homeopathic and herbal remedies, and acupuncture.

How long do hot flashes last?

Hot flashes usually start to fade away in 6 to 24 months. But for some women, they may last for the rest of their lives, but with milder symptoms.

 

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