One of the unpleasant experiences caused by fluctuating hormone levels during peri-menopause and menopause are hot flushes (aka hot flashes.) It is a good idea to note triggers when this happens (stress, alcohol – especially wine, coffee, sugar, spice foods, over exercising?) Try dressing in layers so you can easily remove one when needed.
Here are some natural remedies to try:
– sage is commonly used by modern herbalists to reduce the severity of hot flushes as the antioxidant compounds can help regulate body temperature – try brewing a dozen sage leaves in hot water and drink either as a hot tea or use as the base of an iced tea
– try making a drink with cooling cucumber and fresh lemon juice
– fresh young ginger (as opposed fresh old ginger) is cooling – try making an iced ginger ale with fresh ginger, honey and mineral water
– fresh young coconut water – preferably sipped straight from the coconut if you can get your hands on one – can be cooling
– eating water melon can have a cooling effect on the body
– keep fresh 100% fruit icey poles in the freezer
– move into the yoga pose – child’s pose
– spray yourself with a cooling atomiser and/or sit by a fan
– keep pieces of aloe vera in the fridge and apply to pulse points
– Arbonne (no affiliation) do a beautiful cooling Rescue and Renew Gelee – it is a body moisturiser that I have found useful applied to pulse points
– take calming deep breaths (see my journal piece on breathwork) to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system
– use some CBD to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system
I also find it useful to verbalise what you are experiencing, to the company you are in the presence of. That way, they’ll understand why you are stripping off to your underwear in your local cafe!