Have you ever suffered from night sweats or hot flashes? Then you know just how miserable they can be! So, rather than talking about what causes night sweats and the frustrations with excessive sweating, I’m going to cut right to the chase and serve up the natural remedies that may just surprise you.
Most of you have already done the research on why you are having dreadful night sweats and have probably done your share of research on what you can do to stop them or make yourself more comfortable in the process. But I bet there are a few natural remedies you have overlooked or have not yet discovered – remedies that I am going to share with you here.
I myself suffer from night sweats and hot flashes, and I have to say that the most annoying part of it all is waking up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, with soaking wet sheets, and having to scoot over to a “dry spot”. The next morning is always great fun, having to change the sheets in hopes that it doesn’t happen again that night, because, quite honestly, I don’t always have time to do laundry on a daily basis, nor do I own a week’s supply of sheets. So, believe me when I say that I sympathize with you ladies.
I have decided to save the best for last, and give you some simple and easy “quick fixes” first. There are several foods and beverages we put into our bodies that can definitely trigger hot flashes, which are a little different then night sweats, but the fact is — if you suffer from one, you probably suffer from the other as well, right?
Try to avoid these stimulants or “triggers” to help avoid hot flashes:
- Caffeine (yes ladies, that includes chocolate as well)
- Hot drinks
- Acidic foods such as citrus and pickles
- Spicy foods (I know this is a tough one, even for me)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Hydrogenated or saturated fat
- White sugar (If you’re like me, switching to sugar in the raw is an easy choice)
Other stimulants that can cause hot flashes, but might be a little harder to keep under the radar are:
- Hot weather
- Hot tubs and saunas
- Unexpressed anger
- Intense exercise and lovemaking
As with anything, I would try to find a nice balance with all of this, unless of course you don’t mind enduring those hot flashes.
Now moving on to natural herbal remedies. There are several herbal remedies (plants) that can cool your system and increase oxygen. Hot flashes deplete vitamin B, vitamin C, magnesium and potassium, which is where these natural herbs can come into play to help replenish these needed nutrients. Some of these nutrients can also be found in food or by taking supplements. If you have a nutritionist or herbalist, I would highly recommend discussing your options with them before testing any of these out. As with any medicine, natural herbs are quite powerful and a particular one may be more suited for you than another.
Natural Herbal Remedies to Help Reduce Hot Flashes and Nightsweats:
Dong Quai is an emmenagogue and has been reported to help relieve menopausal problems such as hot flashes, as well as mental and emotional upset.
Black Cohosh is used for the treatment of dysmenorrheal and menopause. Clinical studies have shown it to relieve hot flashes and depression.
Licorice Root is believed to reduce estrogen while increasing progesterone. This root is very powerful and useful in treating a number of conditions such as female hormonal problems, abdominal pains, insomnia, infection, peptic ulcers and malaria.
Motherwort has been found to relieve many symptoms such as frequency and duration of hot flashes, ease stressed nerves and relieve insomnia and anxiety.
Progesterone Cream – this is a cream that you rub onto your abdomen prior to menstruating to help balance your estrogen and progesterone levels. It is generally done for 3-6 months depending on your symptoms. It would be important to speak to your physician about this, and it would probably be a good idea to have your estrogen and progesterone levels checked prior to using this. It not only aides in balancing your hormones…assisting with hot flashes and night sweats, it also helps reduce cramping.
Evamist Spray – Developed by Dr. John Buster, a reproductive endocrinologist at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Buster’s spray is made naturally and is an alternative to estrogen patches, pills and gels. You simply hold the spray to your skin, the hormone absorbs in the body, and the hot flashes will likely fade. I myself have not tried this spray, however a friend of mine has and said it worked wonders for her.
Sage & Alfalfa – A 2005 study at the School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, found that in a controlled trial, sage and alfalfa reduced severe hot flashes by 60% compared with a placebo.
No More Drenched Sheets!
Now for the most exciting remedy of all! I wanted to save the best for last, because although many of these natural remedies assist with the hot flashes and night sweats, they do not necessarily make them go away 100%. And, if you’re anything like me, you want to be as comfortable as you can throughout this process.
As I mentioned above, the most frustrating thing for me is waking up in the middle of the night covered in sweat with drenched sheets, and I have personally tested–and can say with certainty that it has brought me much comfort and peaceful nights of sleep. So what is it?
Bamboo Sheets – I know it probably sounds a little crazy, but if you understand the properties of bamboo sheets, then you will realize why they make all of the difference in the world for people suffering from night sweats.
Here’s what I found when sleeping on bamboo sheets…I still have night sweats of course, but the difference is that the sweat is absorbed and wicked away so quickly that I do not wake up in a puddle. Instead, I wake up with a damp coating of sweat and the sheets above and below me are about 10% damp compared to 100% drenched. I simply roll over to the other side of the bed and within an hour the sweat is literally gone…evaporated into thin air! One might think, “but you still have to wash them since they still got a little damp because they will smell like sweat,” and that is another wonderful trait of bamboo sheets…they are odor resistant (the same wonderful traits apply to bamboo clothing as well)!
Unique Characteristics of Bamboo Sheets for Night Sweats:
- Absorb sweat and wick it away – Bamboo fabric is made from viscose from bamboo. The individual fibers have cross sections filled with micro-holes and micro-gaps. This gives bamboo fabric the ability to absorb moisture 3-4 times that of cotton. The same characteristics give it its amazing wicking abilities.
- Odor resistant – amazingly, we’ve done case studies on bamboo socks, t-shirts and sheets and found this fabric to resist odors under the worst of circumstances.
- Thermal regulating – Bamboo fabric stays 2-3 degrees cooler in warmer temperatures and 2-3 degrees warmer when it’s cold.
These qualities alone make bamboo sheets the best natural remedy for night sweats. But with that said, you will also find bamboo sheets to be the softest sheets you have ever slept on, and they are antimicrobial and hypoallergenic.
I hope that you find this information to be just what you were looking for in trying to resolve your night sweats using natural remedies. If you have any natural remedies that have worked wonders for you, please share them with us.