Drinking cold water or splashing it over the face and wrists can help quickly cool the body
There is some scientific evidence that certain supplements and herbs can help ease the intensity and frequency of hot flushes. It’s always best to consult an alternative health practitioner before taking any supplements, and allow two to three weeks to see results.
Plant-based oestrogens or phytoestrogens are thought to help by increasing the effect of the hormone on the body. Lentils, linseeds, sesame seeds, wholegrains and beans like soy beans are all good sources.
The most effective dose of linseeds was found to be 40g per day, usually split into two servings. Study findings show fewer hot flushes and reduced vaginal dryness. Add freshly ground linseeds to cereal or smoothies.
In a study, women who took 330mg of licorice extract three times daily for eight weeks reduced the severity and frequency of hot flushes. Benefits typically lasted for two weeks after women stopped using the supplement. However, if high blood pressure is a problem, you should give licorice root a miss.
Taking a 255mg dose of valerian three times a day for eight weeks was found in a study to reduce the number and severity of hot flushes. Valerian may also improve sleep quality.
Taking these may help reduce excessive sweating.