4. Do-it-yourself aromatherapy.
Mix 1 ounce (25 millilitres) water and 1/4 ounce (6 millilitres) alcohol (vodka or other odourless alcohol is best; isopropyl or rubbing alcohol will smell of the alcohol, but you can use it in a pinch). Add 10 to 15 drops of one or more of the following essential oils: chamomile, clary sage, geranium, peppermint or lavender. Shake the bottle and spray over your body whenever you feel a flash coming on. You can also pat it on your face, chest, arms and neck.
The spritz won’t stop a hot flash, but it can cool you down fast thanks to the evaporation of the water and alcohol (recall that rubbing alcohol is often used to bring down a fever). The aromatherapy oils all have calming effects. A warning: The oils can stain cotton.
5. Drink a pomegranate blend.
Mix 1 cup (250 millilitres) pomegranate juice with 1 teaspoon (5 milligrams) sugar and 1/2 teaspoon (2 millilitres) lime juice. Refrigerate and drink every time you feel a hot flash coming on. The pomegranate juice mixture is a centuries-old Ayurvedic remedy for hot flashes. There aren’t any published studies on it, but pomegranates contain large amounts of phytoestrogens, which could help moderate some menopausal symptoms. Also important, the powerful antioxidants in pomegranate juice can provide cardiovascular protection-something every menopausal woman should be concerned with.
6. Sleep with a fan blowing on you.
Keeping your bedroom as cool as possible at night will help you sleep. A fan not only cools you down, but dries you off after sweaty flashes. This is also a good time to invest in some high-quality, 100 per cent cotton bedsheets. You’ll find them much cooler to sleep on than synthetic fabrics. (Ditto for your nightgown or pajamas.)