Hot flashes are the sudden, feverish increases in body temperature caused by the fluctuation of hormones during menopause.Standard medical treatments include estrogen and progesterone therapy as well as prescription antidepressants. However, according to Ellen Phillips, author of "Everything You Need to Know About Menopause," you may reduce the symptoms of hot flashes by preparing and drinking sage tea. Sage contains flavonoids, volatile oils and tannins. These medicinal properties have an anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and astringent properties that may be helpful for treating hot flashes. Always consult your doctor before taking any alternative treatment.
Prepare an infusion of sage tea. Bring 8 ounces of water to a boil in a kettle. Pour the water into a tea cup.
Add 4 tablespoons of dried sage to the hot water. Cover the cup with a pot cover or small plate and let the mixture steep for at least 4 hours.
Strain the tea with a sieve. Drink the tea cold or warm it up again in the kettle. Add honey and lemon juice to taste. Drink sage tea at the onset of a hot flash. You may also drink a serving as a preventative measure for hot flashes. According to Ellen Phillips, one serving of sage tea can prevent hot flashes for up to 2 days.