Peppermint Oil for Hot Flashes and Hot Flash Balm Recipe {The Perimenopausal Homeschooler}

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The past couple of months have felt like a constant hot flash. Yes, for two months or so I have felt like I am having a hot flash that never stops. Sounds fun, right?


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For a very long time, I took Remifemin for my hot flashes and nighttime wakefulness. About a year ago I went off of it for a while. The hot flashes and waking in the middle of the night didn't return. I'm guessing that I'm very close to that "menopausal moment," and it seemed like the missing hot flashes were confirming that thought.

I was wrong.

At first the hot flashes were an occasional happening. I pulled out my trusty book, The Change Before the Change, to look for helps that I may have forgotten since I wasn't sure that Remifemin would be needed.

My second step was to pull out my Reference Guide for Essential Oils {my distibutors get this book for free when they sign up under me} and look up what essential oils are helpful for hot flashes. I found some recommended oils that I have in my possession, so I was very excited to try them out.

The Reference Guide for Essential Oils lists several essential oils that are helpful for hot flashes: peppermint, clary sage, EndoFlex (a Young Living blend of oils), bergamot, fennel, Dragon Time (a Young Living blend), and Mister (a Young Living blend).

Once again, my Young Living Everyday Oils Kit came through for me!

I pulled out the peppermint oil and gave it a try. You have to be very careful when applying peppermint oil without diluting because it can sting some people {called contact sensitivity}, so I always dilute it before applying. At the time, I didn't have a bottle of peppermint oil that was already diluted, so I put one drop of sweet almond oil {my carrier oil of choice} and one drop of Young Living Peppermint Oil in my palm. After rubbing my palms together about 3 times to warm the oil, I simply rubbed it on my inner wrists and back of my neck, along the spine.

I didn't have to wait long before I knew whether it would cool me down. It worked fabulously! Hot flash be gone! 

Since the peppermint oil was very effective in treating hot flashes, I wanted an easier way to carry and use the peppermint oil for those hot flashes that happened while I was out and about. You know, so as not to attract all sorts of stares and an eventual audience while in the midst of a hot flash…

"What's that lady doing with all of those bottles? And what is she rubbing all over her sweaty, flushed self?"

Yeah. No, thanks.

Then I had an idea.

What about making a 2% dilution of peppermint essential oil in a base very similar to lip balm? Then I could put it in a lip balm tube and rub it on my wrists.

I loved the idea and set out to make it happen! And you know what? It works great! So easy to make, convenient to carry anywhere, and knocks the hot flashes out!


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Hot Flash Balm Recipe


1.5 teaspoons oorganic coconut oil

2.5 teaspoons organic sweet almond oil (or organic olive oil)

2 teaspoons grated beeswax (or beeswax Pastilles)

10 to 13 drops Young Living peppermint essential oil


Put the coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and beeswax into a double boiler. If you do not have a small double boiler, you can put the oils in a small glass jar and put the jar in a pan of water, with something under the jar to keep it lifted off the bottom of the pan (a metal lid works well) and out of direct reach of the heat. You want the water to heat the oil. Any harsh heat can destroy the healing properties of the essential oil. Gently heat (no boiling!) until the beeswax is melted.


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Remove from heat and let cool for about 20 to 30 seconds. Add the peppermint oil and gently stir with a bamboo skewer, chop stick, or wooden spoon. (Anything except metal)

Once mixed, immediately pour the balm into containers to cool. You can use lip balm tubes, small tins or lip balm tubs.

This amount filled one lip balm tube and one 1.25 ounce tub for me.


Enjoy your cooling Hot Flash Balm!


Disclosure: I am not a doctor. This is not intended as medical advice.  am just sharing what has worked for my family. Please do your own research.


8 thoughts on “Peppermint Oil for Hot Flashes and Hot Flash Balm Recipe {The Perimenopausal Homeschooler}

  1. My mom has been having constant hot flashes and I wanted to make this for her since am just starting the oils. could you also make this using a roller and roll it on your wrists??

  2. Can I use fractionated coconut oil instead of almond or olive oil? It’s my normal carrier oil, so I have some on hand

  3. Used a concoction of 15 drops peppermint oil, 15 drops of clary sage and 15 drops of Almond oil. Put it in a roller jar and used it on neck, spine and wrists before sleep. Only one night sweat woke me up! A far cry from where I was. I will be using this nightly. I’m 64, hysterectomy in 2011 and last year developed night sweats! Not fun. Dr says it’s mostly stress causing the sweating. I have been under some. Don’t want to do medications and she really didn’t recommend them at this point. Can’t wait to see if my sleep can be totally sweat free soon!

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