Nobody likes to experience night sweats.
It is frustrating to wake up over and over in the middle of the night drenched in sweat.
It is difficult to deal with and can make many people apprehensive about sleeping.
If you do experience frequent night sweats, however, there is hope.
There are natural remedies that exist to help you combat this situation that will allow you to get a decent nights sleep. In this article we will examine what you can do if you suffer from frequent night sweats.
So…what are night sweats?
First, lets define what night sweats actually are.
Night sweats are really nothing more than excess sweating at night, as you sleep.
Both men and women can suffer from this affliction and it is sometimes the result of an underlying medical condition.
There are numerous causes of night sweats, but each gender experiences different causes. In women, night sweats can be the direct result of perimoenopause or menopause. Some common causes of night sweats in both adults and children can include:
- Weight loss
- Medications such as antidepressants or diabetes drugs
- Infections such as HIV
- Medical conditions such as cancer, autoimmune disorders and anxiety or depression
- Using recreational drugs
While these things can contribute as the underlying cause of night sweats, here are some signs and symptoms that may occur:
- Mood swings
- Vaginal dryness
And how can I treat this?
Now that you know the causes and the symptoms, here are some natural ways to treat night sweats.
- Lavender Oil. Most people use a diffuser when attempting to treat night sweats with essential oils. You simply add 3-4 drops of lavender oil to the diffuser and then allow the aroma to penetrate the room. It’s usually a good idea to this at least once a day and at night prior to going to bed is the best time. Lavender oil is not only a natural sleep promoter, but it also is a sedative with calming properties. Lavender oil will also help to balance your hormones while combating night sweats at the same time.
- Clary Sage Oil. Rather than using a diffuser as with lavender oil, you should take a few drops (3-4) of clary sage oil and gently massage them into your neck and the soles of your feet, using your finger tips. Another method is to put a few drops onto a cloth such as a napkin and then inhale the aroma. It is best to use this method 1-2 times daily. Clary sage oil has muscle relaxing effects and will also relieve stress and help with depression. For these reasons it works well to combat night sweats.
- In order to employ this method you will need some ginger root that you will then grate into a cup of hot water. Usually 1-2” of the root grated is enough. Allow it to steep in the hot water for 5-10 minutes. Add some honey and drink right away. You can do this roughly 3 times daily. Ginger will also help to balance your hormones, as it is a natural source of phytoestrogens. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help to fight inflammation of your body.
- Pomegranate Juice. Simply drink 1 cup of fresh pomegranate 1-2 times per day. Pomegranates are also an excellent source of phytoestrogens, not only that, they are a great source of anthocyanins, polyphenols, and ellagitannins.
- Aloe Vera Juice. Drink 1 cup of aloe vera juice once a day. This is a stress reliever and also a sleep enhancer, as well as another anti-inflammatory.
- Black Cohosh. 20 mg of black cohosh supplements consumed twice daily is the best way for this remedy to work for night sweats. Black cohosh is widely used by women to treat hormone related symptoms. Because of this, it works great for combating night sweats.
- Use 1-2 teaspoons of ginseng tea into a cup of boiling hot water. Simmer it for 5 minutes on the stove and then as it cools off, add in some honey. Once it has cooled sufficiently, drink it right away. You should use this remedy 2-3 times per day. Ginseng is often used to treat menopausal symptoms but you should be careful not to consume too much of it.
- Add 1 tablespoon of powdered flaxseed to a glass of warm water or milk, if you prefer. Mix it well and drink immediately. You should do this once a day. Flaxseed is chock full of nutrients such as omega-3’s, lignans, and fiber. It has health benefits such as being used to treat menopausal symptoms like night sweats or hot flashes.
- Another great way to combat night sweats is through the use of vitamins. Both vitamin E and B are known to be effective due to their antioxidant potential. Restoring any vitamin B deficiency is also helpful. There are many foods that you can eat as well as taking these vitamins as a supplement. Fish, poultry, eggs, sweet potatoes, and almonds are all excellent sources.
- Evening Primrose Oil. 500 mg capsules of evening primrose oil should be taken 2-3 times per day. Evening primrose oil has been widely used to enhance the reproductive health in women but it also has many other benefits. Mainly, it contains properties that can help lower your body temperature, which is useful in combating night sweats. It can also help estrogen levels and symptoms of menopause.
These 10 remedies will all work their magic in helping you combat night sweats, but there are other simple things that you can do in conjunction with them:
- Invest in a cooling mattress or cooling pad.
- Take a warm bath prior to bedtime.
- Reduce your consumption of caffeine, especially after 12 noon.
- Avoid alcohol.
- Exercise every morning.
- Take a cold bath every once in a while for a quick, temporary reliever.
- Stop smoking.
- Turn the temperature down prior to going to bed.
- Stay away from spicy food.
- Use a fan or air conditioner in your bedroom to help lower the overall room temperature.
Most of these remedies are natural but some include the use of medication. It is important to remember that as with any medication, there are some risks involved in using natural remedies.
Herbal supplements are not nearly as regulated as are prescription drugs, and most people will use them by taking pills rather than having them prepared directly from the herb by a trained herbalist.
The amount of the herb can vary greatly in quantity, quality, and purity between brands and even different batches of the same brand.
Herbal therapies can also interact with any prescription drugs that you may currently be taking.
It is always a good idea, to be safe, that you tell you healthcare provider about any botanical supplements you are considering taking before you actually start taking them.
As a final tip, you should also stop all herbal treatments at least two weeks prior to any planned surgery.
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