Though incorrect, people often associate hot flashes with menopause. Hot flashes occur during the time called perimenopause, which is the transition towards women’s bodies no longer producing estrogen and progesterone. Hot flashes can be annoying when the upper half of your body sweats heavily and are often accompanied by a reddened face.
I remember watching my mother go through them years ago; she would often turn on the air conditioner in the car, attempting to cool off. As a teenager, I’m sure that I ungratefully squealed about being frozen at regular intervals. Now she has my belated, yet full sympathy.
So not only do women suffer hot flashes naturally, there are triggers that cause them or exacerbate them during this time; I call this insult to injury. These triggers can include: stress, caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, tight clothing, heat and cigarette smoke. If you notice that any of the triggers cause you more hot flashes, do your best to reduce or avoid them.
Besides the obvious of staying cool and wearing light, breathable clothing, you can find relief with a homemade cooling spray. The key ingredient is peppermint essential oil which as cool properties, besides being anti-inflammatory and soothing.
Hot Flash Relief Spray
- 1 oz Aloe vera gel
- 1 oz Witch hazel
- 5 drops Peppermint essential oil (or Lavender essential oil if you prefer)
- 2 oz Glass bottle with spray top (preferably amber or blue glass)
- To the glass bottle add the aloe vera gel, witch hazel and peppermint essential oil (Be careful when dispensing the essential oil as it can sometimes drip out fast. You don’t want more than the recipe calls for)
- Firmly cap the bottle with the spray top and shake gently to mix ingredients
- Label the bottle with the name, ingredients and date made
- With each use, gently shake the bottle to mix and apply to face and neck; taking precaution not to get the spray in the eyes or mouth.
This spray will last from 6-12 months if kept in a cool location. Though the initial cost of the ingredients may be around $20, they will last you a long time. Be sure to store any essential oils in a cool, dark location. This spray can also double as a general cooling spray during the summer when you need a burst of cooling mist.
Until next time, discover the power of essential oils.
Menopause and Hot Flashes. (2014, June 13). Web MD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/menopause/guide/menopause-hot-flashes.