If you are female and approaching the age of menopause or perimenopause, you will probably want to know that many women are successful at calming hot flashes using essential oils.  One of the most effective oils not only helps relieve night sweats, it also is proven to promote deeper sleep.

According to researchers shown in the Journal of the Chinese Medical Association, breathing in the scent of lavender can reduce hot-flash frequency and intensity by 53%. These researchers say the scent lowers stress hormone levels and also activates the hypothalamus (the brains temperature control center) to ward off hot flashes and night sweats.

Other research shows that lavender improves sleep. One study showed that those who breathed the scent of lavender essential oil before bed spent more time in deep sleep and were 50% more energetic the next day than people who didn’t inhale the scent.

If you want to get these benefits, try mixing 3-4 drops of 100% pure lavender essential oil into a dollop of unscented lotion and rubbing it into your skin. Or you can just pour a few drops of the oil onto a tissue or cotton ball and place it on your nightstand.

 


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