8 Effective Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

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8 Effective Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

One of the most frequent symptoms of menopause are hot flashes and many women suffer from them severely. Some women don’t want to use hormone therapy prescribed by their doctor due to large clinical trials that showed health risks, and therefore they are looking for natural remedies for hot flashes.

Hot flashes are often caused by the changing hormone levels that are characteristic of menopause. Hot flashes may begin to appear several years before menopause starts and last for years afterwards.

A hot flash is a feeling of intense heat with sweating and rapid heartbeats that may be accompanied by a red, flushed face. Some women feel as if they are going to faint. The hot flash event may occur a few times each week or every few minutes throughout the day.

Hot flashes accompanied with sweating can also occur at night. These are called night sweats and may interfere with sleep. In this case it can affect mood, decrease concentration and cause other physical problems.

I would like to share with you natural remedies for hot flashes that may improve the quality of life of many women. It is important to note that you must consult with your doctor before taking any supplements to make sure they don’t interfere with current medications you take:

Black cohosh

Black cohosh (like this one) is an herb native to USA and Canada. Extracts from this plant are thought to possess anti-inflammatory properties and have long been used medicinally by Native Americans.

Today, black cohosh appears as tinctures, tablets or dried herb and is used mainly to treat symptoms associated with menopause. It is one of the best selling herbs in USA and is also popular in Europe. It is advised to use each product as instructed on package label.

Black cohosh is generally considered to be well tolerated, with few if any side effects. However people with pre-existing liver problems, or those taking any other medication/substance that affects the liver, should either avoid black cohosh or check in with their health care provider prior to use.

The same applies to women who have or have had breast cancer or uterine cancer. Women who are pregnant should also avoid black cohosh as it can induce labor.

Black Cohosh Tea Recipe to Treat Hot Flashes


2 parts black cohosh
2 parts motherwort
2 parts sage
1 part blue vervain
1 part chaste tree berry
Mint to taste
Honey or stevia to taste

Combine all the herbs and prepare an infusion: for each 1 teaspoon of herbs use 1 cup of boiling water, and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and drink 1/4 cup doses throughout the day as needed, up to 3 cups.

Fermented Soy

Fermented soy has a long reputation as being beneficial for hot flashes. Fermented soy foods like miso, natto and tempeh are the best. Tempeh is a type of fermented soybean found in solid sheets that can be cut into any size you want.

It can be added to pasta sauces and stir fries. It can be baked or grilled and can be put on whole grain breads to make a delicious sandwich. Natto is another type of fermented soybean that shaped in smaller chunks and can be added to soups and broths or topping for rice dishes.

Miso is a thick  fermented paste that can be made from soy beans. It can be a base for soup stock or broth, and works well with vegetables and noodles. Read more about fermented foods in my previous article about the top 10 fermented foods and why you should eat more of them.

Avoiding triggers

Although it might be impossible to completely avoid hot flashes during menopause, there are certain triggers that may cause them to be more frequently or more severe. To prevent hot flashes, it is advised to avoid the following triggers: stress, heat, smoking, caffeine, alcohol and spicy foods.


It is a good idea to keep yourself cool and keep your bedroom cool at night. During the day you can use fans and wear light clothes with natural fibers such as cotton. It is also recommended to exercise moderately and maintain a balanced nutrition.

Evening primrose oil

Scientific study confirmed that evening primrose oil can be used to treat hot flashes. Taking 500 mg of primrose oil for six weeks significantly improved the intensity of hot flashes in menopausal women. Women taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, should not take primrose oil.


There are many health benefits of consuming flaxseeds which I’ve already written in my previous article. Although there is no scientific evidence to support using flaxseed, it is thought to decrease the symptoms of menopause, particularly hot flashes.

It is also known as linseed, and is available in both whole seed and seed oil forms. If you buy a whole seed form, make sure to ground the flaxseed before consuming it because the ground form is easier for your body to digest.


Whole flaxseed may pass through your intestine undigested, and that means you will not get all the benefits. You can add ground flaxseed to your yogurt or breakfast oatmeal or sprinkle on top of other dishes.

Flaxseed is one of the superfoods mentioned in my e-book about superfoods which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition or weight loss goals.

Red Clover

Modern scientific tests have shown that red clover contains plant-based chemicals that produce estrogen like effects in the body. These substances have shown potential in the treatment of a number of conditions associated with menopause.

Although there is no conclusive evidence that red clover reduces hot flashes, some women claim that this herb has helped them to reduce hot flashes. Red clover is available in several forms: as an extract, dried herb used for tea, tincture and capsules.

Maca Root

Maca tuber looks like a radish and has been used by native Indians in South America as an important ingredient to improve health for thousands of years.

Maca is a natural hormone-regulator and is widely used to relieve menopausal symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats, mood swings, insomnia, fatigue, low energy, breast tenderness, vaginal dryness and low libido.

Maca root comes in powder or capsules. You can start with 1/4 teaspoon powder daily and increase it gradually if needed to a tablespoon or more daily. You can mix it with water, teas, smoothies, or add it into oatmeal or yogurt. If you don’t like the taste, use capsules instead.

Take Maca early in the day as it may cause insomnia if taken too late at night. It is recommend to take it for one or two months and then take a week off, and repeat. No side effects of maca are known, but most studies have been in animals, not humans.

Dong Quai

Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) root is a traditional Chinese herb that is usually combined with other herbs to treat women’s reproductive problems. Although there isn’t good scientific evidence, some women say dong quai relieves menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. You can find dong quai in a variety of forms, including tablets and powders.

If you are interested in natural and herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my e-book the Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs: Herbal Remedies Guide

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31 Responses to 8 Effective Natural Remedies for Hot Flashes

  1. Deirdra Storm says:

    I have to say that my biggest help has been to open my hands, ground my feet and allow the power of the hot flash to go out into the world and down into the Mother. A friend noticed that each time I had a hot flash I would hold it in, as it were, and contain it in my chest. She suggested that I let go and see if that didn’t help. It works every time for me and now I see my hot flashes as a gift of power that I share with the Universe.

  2. Jenna says:

    I have also been told that Organic Kale capsules work wonders within 24 hours.

  3. Emily estores says:

    Thanks its very helpfu…

  4. Tilz Matthews says:

    I was told by a dear friend of mine that hot flashes is a woman’s power surge and to embrace it till it washes over and thru me…I haven’t experienced them yet but does anyone else feel this way ?

    • Ella says:

      A wake up call. Hot flashes are the ultimate misery! !!! Don’t believe the crap they are a power of any kind. They make you hot, sticky, irritable, cranky, forgetful among a few things

      • Veronica White says:

        Ella I agree, it feels like you are burning from the inside out!

      • donna says:

        yeah ya right i feel terrible cant concentrate or sleep at night im feeling totally exhausted an so grumpy i’m only 46 an these hot flushes are driving me totally bonkers 🙁

      • Maria says:

        I always drink very cold water at the time of hot flashes,it does help me to ease down.

      • Empress says:

        Finally…thank u sooo much..I agree with you.. in addition to what you said, hot flashes can be embarrassing when in public. Words cannot describe how uncomfortable it is and in a few mins yiunare left with damp clothing…oooieeee

  5. Melzie says:

    I agree with Ella, furthermore people that love and embraces their hot flashes are not having HOT-FLASHES, they are having warm flashes.

  6. Veronica White says:

    Feels like somebody through hot water on your skin

  7. jojolopez says:

    there is also hot flashes for men we called it Andropause men sometimes had the same problem with woman as well they can even trigger it even in their Early 30s to late 50s and sometimes it goes on and off usually guys will take a nice cool shower or both ears will be red hot, some they sweat or just heat up their body seems like having a fever

  8. Becca says:

    My boyfriend calls it “Flashing” and he thinks that He can cause me to have a hot flash when he touches me!It was amusing at first, til he realized “flashing” didn’t always mean “you turn me on” it also could me ” if you touch me again I’ll rip your arm off”. So I eat cold grapes. Keep a baggie next to the bed, and if I get hot he wakes up and feeds them to me.

  9. Niyama says:

    Omega 3s really helped me – I would eat salmon 3x a week and besides black cohosh I also took DIM – ask your Natural Grocers or Whole Foods supplements person about it ( or google it). And stay well hydrated.

  10. wendy says:

    The only thing I have found to work is the Clary calm by doterra. Its a little expensive but omg it works so well that I’m able to sleep at night and my mood swings are gone. And I don’t want to kill anyone lol

  11. Diane says:

    I have had hot flashes for 13 years now. It’s been a nightmare! All day and night! I have tried so many different things and nothing helps. My primary dr told me to see a herbalist. So I did and have been on this regimen for 7 days bow and still no relief. I’m not giving up for at least 6 weeks

    • Jenny says:

      Try to give the treatment more time to see if it helps. The problem is that sometimes it takes time to see what works for you and what’s not, and during this time of experimenting various solutions it can be very frustrating until you find the best solution for you. Sometimes there is not an easy answer. I hope you get well soon, and if something has helped you, don’t forget to share it with the readers.

  12. Yoni Soares says:

    My hotflashes quit since I have eaten two tablespoons of cottage cheese and one tablespoon of flax seed oil…I mix them very very very well and I eat with toasts or filling a sandwich…I was doing Hormonal Reposition and now it´s over..only my delicious mixture

    tips from Brazil..thanks!!!

  13. KaMaBuA says:

    You’ve all heard the saying ” Hot Flashes are only your Inner Child playing with Matches”? Well, I’m here to tell the dumbass who said that ( most likely a Man ), it was a 10~yr long visit from Pele burning inside me that left my normal body temp permanently 5º higher! The only relief I got was from an iced tea my late husband would make for me of black cohosh, dong quai, lemon, red clover & ginger and sprinkling flax & hemp seeds on everything I ate. While those combinations DID noticeably decrease the irritability and mood swings, they “tempered” my heat index to a liveable ( for those around me *G* ) level. (Y)

  14. Rookaya says:

    Thank you for the information, gonna definitely try

  15. donna says:

    I use maca root and no more hot flashes! It is an adaptogenic herb which helps your body to actually regulate its own hormones.

  16. Gladys says:

    thanks guys I will try to g et everything you mentioned

  17. Kirsten lanham says:

    I have been taking Red Clover tablet for a while now. It works for me . When I was in England at the herbalist shop they recommended Sage at night time so I am trying that. Also some Meno Tea.

  18. Susan says:

    Chaste Tree Berry tablets/capsules (Vitex 1000) is a natural hormone balancer. Worked for me.

  19. Maria says:

    I have read all the comments and will try many of the suggestions. I have just started with the symptoms of menopause especially the hot flashes and I can’t see myself just trying to deal. This is insane. Thank you for all the suggestions.

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