Red Clover Tea: Reduce Hot Flushes and Night Sweats

Red Clover

Red clover tea is an excellent herbal tea with properties that are known to reduce hot flushes and night sweats.

Of the many herbs and botanicals that reduce menopause symptoms, red clover gets a special shout-out because it makes such a nice tea.

In case you’re not familiar with this menopause powerhouse, isoflavones in red clover help the body balance oestrogen, which diminishes hot flashes and night sweats.


According to a study published in Obstetrics and Gynaecology International, red clover also helps with other menopause-related symptoms like low libido, anxiety/depression, sleep troubles and fatigue. And there’s more scientific good news: red clover’s compounds relieve PMS and improve both women’s heart health and the appearance of skin and hair as we age.


A cup of fresh brewed red clover tea has a mild, sweet taste. Find red clover tea at health food stores, by itself or blended with mint and other herbs.

A Multifaceted Approach Improves Menopause Symptoms

A study in 2018 looked at alternative therapies in contrast to prescribed HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). Despite a non conclusive result mainly due to the individuals interpretation of symptoms and the limited clinical support during the trial, the conclusive discussion stated that the safest and most effective way to treat menopausal symptoms will be different for each woman and will involve a multifaceted approach incorporating diet, exercise, supplementation, and possibly reflexology. 

I have worked with clients who have expressed a reduction in their symptoms when they have made dietary changes, commenced taking supplements, introduced exercise (yoga) once a week and received reflexology once a week.

When we look at balancing the hormones it involves the endocrine system.

To romance and create a happy optimum functioning endocrine system you should aim to reduce stress within the body by:

  • Eating foods that are known to be anti-inflammatory and non digestive irritants
  • Free up the organ systems through gentle yoga postures that allow the body to stretch and organs rebalance and settle (particularly important if you have a job where you sit for prolonged time)
  • Take herbal supplements such as Black cohosh, Sage
  • Take vitamins and minerals B6, K2,D3 Magnesium, Boron, Calcium, Omega-3
  • Learn meditation
  • Achieve complete deep relaxation through either deep tissue massage or reflexology.

To make changes in your diet connect with me for a 60 minute video call and hear how easy it is to start working towards a healthier and happier menopause.

For those living in the Southport area (North West UK), I offer Reflexology and dietary advice combined. Click her to enquire.

Sage: A herb that is backed by scientific research that can reduce hot flushes and menopause symptoms.

Sage

A study by Dadfar, F., & Bamdad, K. (2019) looked at the effect of Sage extract on the menopausal symptoms in menopausal women and concluded that tablets were effective in treatment of hot flashes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms in menopausal women. Thus, they can be considered as an alternative therapy for the
individuals who are not able to use HRT. The findings of the current study showed that extracts of sage significantly reduced the frequency, severity, and duration of hot flashes and night sweats and improved the menopausal symptoms in menopausal women. Hence, this safe and effective herb can be recommended for treatment of menopausal symptoms.

When I research topics for my clients I like to support the suggestions with scientific evidence and this study does that.

Adding fresh sage to your daily diet is a great start though taking one tablet a day will guarantee you intake the required amount suggested by research to manage your menopausal symptoms.

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Sage

Hot Flushes: It’s time to say GoodyBye to Yours!!!

Hot flushes can have a profound negative impact on your life and in some cases, lead to anxiety and depression.

Black Cohosh the herb that helps many women regain control of their lives.

There are literally thousands of ‘menopause’ advice posts and suggestions it is difficult to know which way to turn.

I experienced an early menopause at 47 due to a total hysterectomy that included the removal of my ovaries and cervix. The medical practitioners all advised me to take HRT, but I was reluctant due to family cancer history and really wanted to try a more natural way.

I struggled at first with irritability, erratic moods, insomnia, aches and pains and sweats both night sweats and embarrassing ‘Hot Flushes’.

Night after night I read and read again and then after some serious deep research had created myself my own natural menopause box of tricks.

There was a 20 day period from the day I had the hysterectomy until I started my natural menopause kit and within 30 days of taking my concoction I can honestly say I have never had a hot flush again. Now I write this post 14 years later and I no longer take any of my menopause kit, I stopped taking all the natural remedies 12 months after my hysterectomy. Some of my friends and clients who have taken my menopause kit of natural remedies have tried to stop yet symptoms have returned, so they have played around and reduced some of the items, and many feel overall wellbeing both in body and mind. They are all experiencing a natural onset menopause and still have ovaries in place which may be the reason they still present with some of the menopause symptoms when they decrease their kit.

I must stress, you and I have our own unique genetic makeup and DNA structure and therefore what worked for me may not work for you, but if you are feeling the frustrations I did, anything is worth a try.

So one of the life changer for me was Black cohosh. I read about this and delved deeper as it has so many conflicting reviews, but the fact it was a natural plant root, I gave it a shot; I was glad I did.

Black cohosh is a herb and it is the root that is used for medicinal purposes. Since 1950’s it has been traditionally used to treat many of the symptoms experienced during menopause including insomnia, sluggish mental function and digestive issues such as indigestion. As it has also been known to relax muscles those with anxiety report less episodes when taking Black cohosh daily. There is some scientific evidence to support the claims made by those who take the root on a daily basis for over a 30 day period. The main noticeable change is the decrease in ‘hot flushes’.

A word of warning though, if you have or have had any form of cancer, you must seek medical guidance prior to taking Black cohosh.

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Balance Hormones and Manage Menopause Naturally: Say Goodbye to ‘Hot Flushes’.

This week has seen a high number of enquiries relating to that life changing symptom ‘Hot Flushes’.

Whether you are in your perimenopause or menopause it is likely you are experiencing one or more of the more common symptoms listed below. If you can identify at least one of the symptoms on the list, then carry on reading this post, it could change your life.

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  • Decrease in menstruation/Absence of menstruation
  • Hot flushes
  • Night sweats
  • Flushing
  • Insomnia
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain
  • Dry skin
  • Sore tender breasts
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Reduced libido or sex drive
  • Irritability
  • Reduced muscle mass
  • Reduced bone mass
  • Thinning hair
  • …… there are many more……

You are unique and no two women will experience the same menopause, one thing that is common and causes the most concern are ‘Hot Flushes’ and night sweats. Many women restrict their daily activities as a result of severe flushes that prevent them from socialising and that in-turn brings further symptoms associated with the menopause such as depression and anxiety.
Managing ‘Hot Flushes’ is the focus of this post.

It is important that I mention here that I do not intend to diagnose or offer treatment, I am merely providing suggestions that have been successful for others. Always consult your medical practitioner prior to commencing any changes in your usual routine.

The menopause can occur at any age, though is more common in women 45+ and is a result of oestrogen levels falling which are necessary for regulating the menstrual cycle as it is the primary female sex hormone.

The menopause is a result of this change in hormone productivity and can cause many uncomfortable symptoms which can limit your daily activity.

These foods are for any woman who is in the perimenopause or menopause stage.

Flaxseeds –  A true power food. They contain omega-3 fatty acids and lignans. They are said to have anti-oestrogen properties and are currently being studied in relation to their ability to prevent cancer.

How to add Flax seeds to your daily diet: Sprinkle on top of your yogurt, add to your smoothie or visit the internet to be inspired. I love this recipe for Flaxseed Crackers.

Now I know I typically advocate all things free from dairy and animal products, though I feel I must inform you of the powerful properties found in Bone broth. If you are truly experiencing extreme ‘hot flushes’ you should notice some relief after consuming bone broth every day. Symptoms should improve after 3-4 days. You need to maintain a regular intake, suggested maintenance intake is three servings a week.

It is excellent for joint health, collagen, flexibility and organ connective tissues. Bone broth has been traditionally used for many years to support prolapse of organs as it helps the connective tissues remain elastic and boost the collagen production.

Bone Broth is traditionally used to prevent prolapse of organs due to its acclaimed power of helping strengthen connective tissues that support organs within the body.

Bone broth also has been used to support healthy skin, hair, nails and reduce dry skin condition.

Many of you will know how much I love fermented foods. They are a true power house of probiotics that can help alleviate many common symptoms. Fermented foods contain natural probiotics and enzymes and the fibre in the vegetables supports your digestive system.

Sauerkraut is also a great source of vitamin C  and K, potassium, calcium and phosphorous. Not only does it reduce inflammation it has been known to help reduce symptoms of depression.

Sauerkraut is the easiest to add to your daily diet and there are plenty of recipes on the internet.

A word of caution here – the shop sold Sauerkraut is often made with vinegar which restricts the growth of Lactobacillus.

Black Cosh is amazing to reduce night sweats.

Dong Quai has been used in traditional Chinese  herbal medicine for many years and this herb has been shown to reduce hot flushes, insomnia and fatigue. Available in capsule form

The essential oil Ylang Ylang is great for massage, and is known to relax the nervous system.

It is a challenge to have a truly balanced diet that delivers all the essential nutrients for maximum cell function. There are many supplements known to support you during menopause, these are the more common ones:

Vitamin D3 –  decreased levels of oestrogen during menopause can be boost by Vitamin D which helps support moods

Vitamin K2 – helps to protect against bone loss and brain health

B6 vitamins B6 is known to help mental clarity and

Boron – helps prevent calcium loss and bone mass loss

Magnesium – can help promote sleep and improve mood.

Collagen – joint pain is common during the menopause, collagen can help reduce skin conditions and joint health