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Hot Flashes

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also Hormonal Balance and Menopause

Hot flashes are one of the common symptoms of the menopausal change as the body naturally rebalances the hormonal levels during that period in life.  This may be during menopause, premature menopause, or induced menopause.  They can also occur at times other than menopause if there are significant changes in hormonal levels. 

Usually the face becomes flushed and red and there is suddenly a feeling of being very warm or hot in the face, neck, and/or chest.  This may also be accompanied by perspiration, chill, or an increased heart rate.  The intensity and frequency varies widely with different individuals.  Some experience very uncomfortable hot flashes multiple times a day where others may have mild annoying experiences only multiple times a week.  Hot flashes with intense perspiration at night are called night sweats.


[search helps: hot flush, perimenopause]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Balance, Clary Sage, Geranium, Peppermint, Whisper, Ylang Ylang

Essential oils based products: Life Long Vitality supplements

Also consider: Citrus oils, Cypress

Suggested protocols:

Root cause.  Go to Hormonal Balance elsewhere on this website for more detailed information.  Simply stated using the supplements in the Life Long Wellness pack coupled with hormone balancing oils such as Clary Sage and the blends Balance and Whisper have provided excellent long term relief.  Here are some successful protocols:

  Apply Whisper to the ears daily or more often.

  Horrible hot flashes - apply Whisper and Ylang Ylang to neck and ears (like perfume) morning and night.

  Balance, Clary Sage (Geranium even worked better), and Peppermint on the back of the neck every morning.  Reapply Geranium and Peppermint mid afternoon or more often if needed.

Symptoms.  For relief during a hot flash episode Peppermint applied to the back of the neck (and even the soles of the feet) has an immediate cooling effect.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Brenda - I know a lady experiencing hormonal issues.  Usually, when people get on the Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang and Peppermint on their feet, they haven't had any hot flashes.  She is doing this and still is having them and I don't know what to try next.  She is also experiencing some tightness in her neck and chest that she thinks is from stress.  She says Breathe helps a little.

Pat - She needs to try Balance and/or Whisper

Deb - In addition to those oils, I have found that nutrition plays a big part of it.  The LLV is a great product for that.

Cindy - Frankincense works amazingly for me. I found this out when I started adding a drop of Frankincense to my moisturizer. Hot flashes stopped. When I stopped the Frankincense, the hot flashes started again. I have been out of Frankincense for about a week, and the flashes have started up again.

Kristi - I have had great success controlling hot flashes with Whisper and Ylang Ylang in the morning and before bed, I wear them on my neck, by my ears, just like perfume, and my hot flashes are controlled. BTW, my hot flashes were horrible!


Ann - Can I use Balance, Peppermint and Clary Sage as a replacement as a daily estrogel use?

Jeannie - I started having hot flashes last April and they were gosh awful.  I didn't want to use synthetic drugs nor bio-identical replacements.  I began with Balance on the back of my neck, along with Clary Sage and Peppermint every morning, then by 3:00pm I usually need to reapply the Clary Sage and Peppermint.  It wasn't giving me the relief I desired so I switched to Geranium instead of Clary Sage and have been relatively free from hot flashes since (as long as I use them consistently),  If I get hot, I apply the Peppermint to keep a hot flash from coming on.  I also smell divine and get lots of compliments from the Geranium scent!

I am not sure of your entire situation or medical history but I am totally comfortable using these oils in lieu of any type of estrogen replacement.  I highly recommend this protocol.

Brooke - I have a friend who at lease for 3 months after she gets an AromaTouch Technique doesn't have any hot-flashes!  May not work for everyone - but just an idea!

Rosemary - Before there was doTERRA, I and many of my friends were on a nutritional product that stopped our hot flashes. I am now doing the LLV and the Slim and Sassy shakes and still have had no hot flashes.  I believe proper nutrition plays a big part. 


Debbie - My brother -in -law was flat in bed for three solid weeks with a back injury. He is 52 years old.  His wife was so scared, she enrolled in nursing school worrying that he could possibly be disabled.   He called me desperate.  I sent Balance, Lemongrass, and Peppermint.  He could not afford much.  His wife was debilitated with hot flashes.  They were so bad she didn’t even want to go to church and she is president of a church organization and needs to be there!  I also sent Clary Sage for her.  They called me within one day after having received and used the oils.  They were all but in tears.  My brother -in -law was out of bed, working and lifting.  Her hot flashes were completely gone after one day's use. 



Brooke – I have a question from a friend.  She suffers from severe hot-flashes to the point her flesh feels like it is burning.  She sweats profusely during the night, and is really struggling with this.  She is starting the LLW, but are there any other suggestions.  I tried to watch the presentation of Dr. Hill's (the Hormone Webinar #1), but the presentation cuts out less than half-way through and I didn't get to hear very much.  Any thoughts are appreciated!

Sue - The oils I use to help are Balance, Whisper and Frankincense along with doing the AromaTouch Technique. I would recommend the advise in Dr Hill's Hormonal talk. She sounds like she is on the right track starting on the LLW.  I would suggest the GX and PX program as well. Get her to do a saliva test to see where her Progesterone level is at. I bet is super low. Which means her estrogen will be high. If she is having hot flashes she is probably having other symptoms as well. From anxiety, bloating, mood swings, depression, and sugar cravings. All covered in Dr Hill's talk.

Ellen - This is what has helped me tremendously-- In the morning I put Balance and Peppermint on my neck/shoulder area and Clary Sage on my forearms.  Before bed, I put Clary Sage on both my ankles. It took about 1-2 weeks before I noticed that it was actually helping.  But, now I'm sold on it.  It has helped me sooo much and I would recommend anyone try it.

Brooke - Thanks!  Keep up the info!  I also heard from someone that she had a lady that put a drop of Whisper behind each of her ears 20 minutes before bed and it took care of the night sweats....just a thought!


Lisa - Any suggestions for Pre Menopause symptoms?

Jan - I know that Whisper behind the ears works well for hot flashes. Also Clary Sage around the ankles is good for keeping hormone levels up.

Joni - Emily taught that Peppermint right at the base of the neck will stop a hot flash.  Not two minutes after she mentioned that I had to go grab my Peppermint for my own hot flash, it worked wonders.

I have noticed a huge decrease in hot flashes since being on the wellness pack.  They are now few and far between, and when it does happen, it is very mild.

I was also advised to use Marjoram and Clary Sage in the crooks of my elbows and the back of my knees to help balance hormones.


Debbie - Does anyone have a good regimen for serious hot flashes?  My sister-in-law wakes up in heavy sweats in the night.

Anon - Using the Wellness Pack supplements will eventually help balance hormones after some time, but for more immediate results Clary Sage will do the trick for hot flashes.  Also consider the Whisper blend.  Simply rub your ears, front and back, and your lobes with the oil or blend.

Pat - These will make a huge difference in hormone balance but if in the mean time hot flashes do occur put Peppermint on the back of the neck and forehead.  The Peppermint will provide a cooling effect.

Jenyce - I haven't had any personal experiences with hot flashes (yet), but have heard of Peppermint, Geranium, and Lemon working great. Maybe applying them to the back of neck and feet would be good. As for Clary Sage, that can influence hormone balance so that will help, along with Cypress and the Balance blend. Mix it with a carrier oil and massage into abdomen, lower back, and feet.

Monica - According to Emily Wright, the Whisper blend is an excellent hormone balancer, to help keep things on an even keel, so to speak.  Peppermint is of course cooling.  I've got a friend in the throes of hot flashes, so we've been putting Peppermint on the brain stem area and soles of her feet; Whisper on  the reproductive reflex points on her feet and lower abdomen.  So far, so good.


Brooklyn - Are there any oils for Hot Flashes?

Lynda - Clary Sage is supposed to be very good for that.  You can also try Balance orYlang Ylang.  Give it some time though,

Lil - Never had one, but heard a few times that women use Peppermint successfully.

Pat - I know that Clary Sage works well. Terri went off her estrogen patch and used Clary Sage exclusively. Also Peppermint really cools you off.  

Tamalu - We have a beautiful friend who applied Whisper to her ears and completely eliminated her hot flashes.  After learning of this, we have several on our team who have duplicated it, with identical results. Smells great, too!  It's worth a try.

Rob - Wow, how cool is that.  Made me wish I had hot flashes. While on the subject of Whisper.  Men, try Whisper as a cologne with a drop of Clove, Frankincense and/or Vetiver to "man it up" a bit.  It's awesome!!

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