How to reduce hot flushes naturally
There is a secret sign language that ladies recognise in each other, accompanied by a sympathetic nod, anytime we see a fellow menopausal woman fanning herself to relieve the rising heat.
It can happen anywhere at any time, and it usually begins with a slight tingle or prickly sensation that quickly demands our full attention to the incoming flush. As hard as we try to diffuse it by thinking good thoughts and taking a few deep breaths, there is just no avoiding the imminent temperature increase, and the best we can do is find a comfortable place to wait out the approaching wave.
Menopausal women acknowledge this universal event that binds us and we will just as quickly and happily share our own stories of discomfort and suffering. Old wives tales about remedies from times gone by may seem far-fetched, but in that moment of quiet suffering, I think we would beg for just about anything. And when it affects our daily lives, sleep patterns and self-esteem, there is not much we won’t try to dial down the discomfort.
Fortunately, time and nature combined with collective wisdom and lived experiences has gifted us with the solutions, to relieve women of what was once accepted as a life stage we just had to put up with. Hallelujah!
Hot flushes are the result of dropping estrogen levels, but it is also important to note the relationship with Progesterone. These hormones work in tandem with each other so addressing one without the other can be even more detrimental. Blood tests offer a good starting point, but Saliva testing can give a much more refined look into the breakdown of these hormones.
We mustn’t forget about the hypothalamus gland, the master gland that keeps all the hormones in check and in balance with each other as well as its other important role, regulating body temperature.
Our bodies work 24/7 to maintain homeostasis, the ability to maintain internal stability by self-regulating processes to compensate for environmental changes. This is true for cellular replication, organ function and hormonal harmony.
It is always easier to deal with a health issue when you have clarity of the cause and that is why the correct testing is paramount.
It makes sense then that if a body function like hormones needs correcting, the best method for rectification would be to give the body what it needs to restore homeostasis. Pharmaceutical preparations can overwhelm or overtake the body’s natural processes to a point where the body requires that medication to function on a permanent basis, rendering the body incapable of recalibrating itself. On the other hand, natural supplements and nutraceutical therapies provide the body with the ingredients it needs to restore harmony, a bit like a jump start to reboot its internal circuits.
The body has a unique and intelligent way of utilising what it needs to keep your health in check. It is truly amazing and if we all just paid a little more attention to the signs of dysfunction as they happen, restoring our yin to our yang would be a far simpler and painless process.
With Nature's Help we have combined the best of nature with the best of science to bring you Meno Cool, a little bottle of loving relief that might become your best friend. Every culture throughout the word has at some point used healing plants as the basis for its medicines. Plant parts used include the leaves, seeds, roots and flowers and will vary depending upon efficacy and toxicity. When used at the correct therapeutic doses and in the right combinations, women everywhere could be getting on with life instead of wasting time under a fan.
The first ingredient of Meno Cool, Black Cohosh is a woodland herb originating from North America, and perhaps one of the most extensively researched herbs used for managing menopausal symptoms, especially hot flushes. Black Cohosh may also bring relief for treating vaginal dryness as it appears to modulate estrogenic pathways, significant because this may also mimic the actions of natural brain chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, stabilising our sense of well-being.
The Sage plant is native to Mediterranean Europe and has a long history of traditional use in supporting the reduction of hot flushes and night sweats. Sage extract is considered superior in terms of efficacy, and research confirms the significant benefits of this mighty plant with knock on effects that improve fatigue and concentration symptoms too.
While hops are well known as the bittering agent in beer brewing native to northern Europe, the female flowers of hops known as seed cones have been traditionally used to treat hot flushes, sleep disturbances, anxiety and sexual dysfunction. Historically, hops were first observed to have some hormonal effect when female hop-pickers experienced changes to their menstrual flow. It is now known that hops contain a potent phytoestrogen that works best when your gut microbiome is also working optimally.
Native to northern China, Mongolia and Korea, Astragalus contains powerful immune system supporting properties, making it one of the best adaptogenic herbs in the apothecary. This means that it has a unique ability to boost daily health, increase energy levels and fight the stress of menopause, soothing hot flushes, night sweats and low mood. Even on its own, Astragalus root is renowned for relieving perimenopause symptoms, so it is ideal to begin using it before the onset of menopause even begins.
The final ingredient in Meno Cool is Betacarotene, a compound recovered from the red-orange pigment found in fruits and vegetables. Betacarotene is a potent antioxidant and carotenoid which the body converts into Vitamin A, an essential nutrient for our immune system, mucous membranes, skin and eye health. Betacarotene protects the body from free radical damage which happens through oxidation and can contribute to several chronic illnesses
Of course, it would be ideal to get all the betacarotene we need from the food we eat to lower our risk of developing cancer, heart disease or cognitive decline, however most people do not consume nearly enough plant food to retain adequate levels for protection.
Meno Cool combines 5 key ingredients at therapeutic doses to harness the best of nature and bring you sweet relief from hot flushes and night sweats. Instead of living in dread when the first waves of summer appear, you could be dancing the steamy nights away without a care in the world. I know which life I would rather be living!
Written by Mona Hecke
Mona Hecke is a degree qualified Naturopath, nutrition specialist and health and wellness writer.
With over 20 years in the health industry, beginning with a focus on children and families, and a bestselling book ‘The Lunchbox Revolution’, Mona is now empowering women through education and conversation to take action and embrace change. Gut health, mindfulness, nutrition, hormones, and menopause are the topics that women want and need to know to create their healthy future.
Mona holds certifications in Lifestyle Coaching, Kinesiology, holistic herbal medicine, and nutrition.
A recognised leader in the health industry, Mona’s strong social media presence and passion for influencing change will continue to be a catalyst for health reform for the benefit of every Australian.