“What can I Use for Hot Flashes?”
HOT FLASH a la Menopause
by Jeanne Rose
Menopause is also called the climacteric and though I well know that climacteric relates to the word climax, that is, the end of child-bearing years (not withstanding the fact that physicians around the world are artificially creating child-bearing women in their 60s), I continue to think that climacteric really has to do with the inner climate of a menopausal woman. Maybe we get these psychedelic rivulets of heat bouncing off our heads and ears because the ‘inner’ climate no longer can adjust the thermostat of the body. The hypothalamus just doesn’t know when to adjust. In any case, having returned from a trip to Dayton and Washington, Texas as well as a highway run down I 10 to New Orleans, I learned a bit more about hot flashes and how to stop them in their tracks.
Susan Spencer and I harvested my Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), the essential oil of which is particularly high in geraniol, as well as some of the Peppermint scented Geranium, (P. tomentosum), which contains piperitone, and sent it off to Hubert Germain-Robin, a man who distills the best brandy in the United States and is developing expertise in the art of essential oil distillation. He mixed the two plants together and distilled them by a water maceration and then steam, and obtained about 5 liters of hydrosol, which included the essential oil. I took a 4-ounce spray bottle of this precious fluid with me on my trip and whenever I felt that old hot flash coming on I would immediately give my face and particularly my ears a spray with the hydrosol.
Instant relief! Plus the added benefit of herb water/hydrosol hydrating my face and causing one of my students in Washington, Texas to comment on my fabulous complexion.
Hydrosols are great for hot flash especially the Peppermint and the Rose Geranium. I believe you will find this a quick and convenient method of containing those wet rivulets of heat that course through your body throughout the day.