Heart conditions can cause very serious health problems. Luckily, there are many natural ways and methods to prevent most of them in your daily routine. Among the best prevention methods is the use of essential oils for heart health.
Even though all the organs are important, a good heart is necessary for the better functioning of the body. I will start the article by telling you important things about natural heart care. You will also find out about the role of Aromatherapy in heart health.
I will share with you the results of an important study on the impact of essential oils on heart rate. As with everything else in life, a sense of measure is also necessary when using essential oils.
The second chapter of the article will be about 15 essential oils you can use to care for your heart and make it stronger. A strong heart leads to a better health and more energy. Finally, you will learn a few Aromatherapy blends that can help you maintain its integrity for many years to come.
Did You Know?
- In 65 – 70 years’ lifespan, the heart beats about 2.5 billion times, constantly.
About Natural Heart Care
The heart is the power engine of the body. It’s a muscle that pumps blood non-stop. Blood is what carries all the nutrients to all the cells in the body. Besides nutrients, it also transports oxygen, which is just as vital for the good functioning of the cells.
There are two vital statistics that can be used to monitor the heart. One is the pulse, and the other is the blood pressure.
Tip on how to measure your pulse:
In the morning, right before waking up place the index and middle finger of the right hand on the left wrist. You should then count the pulsations for 15 seconds and multiply the result by 4. A normal heartbeat (pulse) should be between 60 – 100 beats per minute. Anything less or above should be reason enough for a consultation.
Generally speaking, there are lots to do to prevent heart conditions. From eating habits and the quality of food, to an active lifestyle, enough rest and less stress, can all contribute to the health of your heart.
Doctors usually suggest people to keep their cholesterol and blood pressure under control. An ideal weight is also recommended to avoid heart problems. Daily cardio (rapid heartbeats for at least 15 minutes) can work wonders on your heart and overall health. Cardio is also recommended for weight loss.
If you know you have a history of heart conditions in your family, then it’s all the more important to prevent them. Aging affects our organs too. It cannot be stopped, but the way it happens can be controlled and improved.
By caring for your heart, your whole body will be healthier. It doesn’t even matter if you have already suffered from a stroke or you have a healthy heart. Prevention is always the key to a good health.
Aromatherapy and Heart Care
The use of essential oils is beneficial not only for the skin and body, but for the mind as well. They can stimulate the brain and induce peaceful feelings. That way, inhaling from a certain oil can help slow down a rapid pulse. Less stress in one’s life can do wonders, and Aromatherapy can help with that.
Essential oils (EOs) are extracted from various plant parts:
- Leaves (Peppermint oil)
- Flowers (Rose oil)
- Fruits (Juniper oil)
- Roots (Ginger oil)
- Bark (Cinnamon oil)
- Resins (Frankincense oil)
They contain tens of tiny, active molecules with various properties and benefits. These molecules are so tiny that they can penetrate deep into the skin and bloodstream (local applications), and brain (inhalation).
One significant study so far, has discovered that one hour of inhaling essential oils is very beneficial. They can lower the blood pressure and heart rate. But inhaling oils for more than one hour did the exact opposite. At this study, there have been a hundred people exposed to essential oils in SPAs who participated.
That’s why it is always best to diffuse essential oils for 15 – 20 minutes per hour. Or only 2 or 3 times a day. Their diffusion also requires a well-ventilated room to avoid nausea or headaches from strong scents.
Moderate diffusion can also purify the air you breathe, which is great from so many points of view. It has been demonstrated that the cardiovascular system can be harmed by air pollution.
When it comes to using essential oils for heart health, less is always better. They are very concentrated substances. Imagine one drop of Peppermint essential oil equals 20 cups of peppermint tea! That is why essential oils must always be diluted in vegetable oils before being applied onto the skin.
Vegetable (carrier) oils are rich in fatty acids and leave a greasy film on the skin. Essential oils don’t contain fatty acids, but their molecules don’t mix with water either. They only mix well with fat (or bath salts and honey).
Even though, when you diffuse EOs you don’t blend them with vegetable oils, they should be used in small amounts. 5- 10 drops are usually enough to diffuse and inhale for 15 – 20 minutes.
For skin applications, the blending dose is between 6 – 30 drops of EO per Oz. carrier oil. Depending on the area you’re using the blend on, you can use a more concentrated dilution. For face blends, however, 6 – 12 drops of EO are usually enough.
Even though they are natural and don’t present as many side effects as drugs, essential oils should still be used with caution. Find here a complete list of interactions, precautions and side effects in case of high doses.
Some essential oils for heart health may interact with certain medications. They can be blood thinners, diuretics or even other heart related treatments. To avoid complications it is always best to do a thorough research before using an essential oil. You should also ask for medical advice if you are not sure about the dosage.
Did You Know?
- The heart pumps about six thousand quarts of blood each day! And it does so without taking any kind of break, for years and years. So, you can understand how worn out this muscle must be without adding extra pressure on it.
15 Essential Oils for Heart Health and Care
Vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids are all important for the strengthening of the heart. Antioxidants are also greatly appreciated for their strong effect over human health.
They can protect against premature aging caused by sun damage and free radicals. Antioxidants have the ability to prevent cell and tissue damage. By doing so, they can actually avoid cellular damage formation and diseases.
Essential oils contain antioxidants too. Vitamin E is one great antioxidant and it has a light molecular weight. This means it can make it into the essential oil after steam distillation. Other great antioxidants with small molecular weight are vitamin B3 (Niacinamide) and vitamin C.
Unfortunately, they are soluble only in water (they mix with water) so they don’t make it into the oils. But the hydrosols (or floral water) are a great environment to preserve these great water-soluble antioxidants. You can apply hydrosols on your face as toners.
Hydrosols are a by-product of the steam distillation process of essential oils extraction. Most essential oils have a floral water too.
The best way to make use of essential oils for heart health is through diffusion and skin applications.
Diffuse your favorite essential oils into the air, or do steam baths with 1 – 2 drops of EOs. You can also pour a drop on your palms and cup them over the nose. Inhale deeply for a few minutes.
Or, you can drop some essential oil on a cotton disc and keep it right next to you. Use either method to chase away stressful feelings and nervousness.
Blend an essential oil with carrier oil as per the guidelines I gave you and massage your pulse points and heart area or chest. The oils will reach the blood quite fast, and their scent will help you relax. Let’s see what they are.
Lovage essential oil.
This oil is one of the best essential oils for heart health. It is hypotensive, meaning it can lower the blood pressure. It is great at balancing the levels of circulating lipids. They are lipid metabolites important in many physiological and biological processes in the body.
Lovage oil supports the pancreas, and liver and kidney too. It cleanses these last two vital filters of the body. It also drains the toxins out of the skin, joints and liver and kidney again.
This oil is a great blood thinner and it can be used to improve hypocholesterolemia too. This ailment represents an abnormally low level of cholesterol in the blood. Once again, a balance is required. High cholesterol is associated with heart diseases, but low cholesterol can have consequences too.
Combine Lovage with Helichrysum and Rosemary ct. Verbenone essential oils to keep your blood vessels supple and young. These 3 make a very good combination of essential oils for heart health.
Rosemary (Verbenone chemotype) oil.
This oil has an overall effect on the nervous system and the hormones. It can also help with mild depression feelings because it’s uplifting and balancing. It is a liver regulator also, which means it can lower blood pressure as well.
This essential oil has great sedative qualities. It can also lower the blood pressure and calm down spasms of the cardiorespiratory plexus. It’s a great oil to use when managing stress and nervous tension.
Whenever you feel restless, depressed or you have problems sleeping, Rose Otto is a great aid. This oil promotes calmness and a sense of well-being that can calm down the heart rate as well. A good sleep can help your body recover and stimulate the regeneration or body cells. Palpitations can also be quieted with Rose Otto (essential oil).
This is another great essential oil for heart health. If you have low or high blood pressure, Ginger oil can help stabilize it to normal parameters. It is a spicy oil. This means it can stimulate the circulation by dilating or contracting the blood vessels.
Clary Sage oil.
It has mild hypotensive qualities, helping with the lowering of blood pressure. This oil also has antispasmodic effects. When inhaled, it can also uplift and energize the mind and body.
This oil is good at almost everything. It has calming and soothing properties for the nerves. Lavender can also help improve the blood circulation, making it great for coronary issues. It can lower the blood pressure and strengthen the heart muscle as well.
This is one of the happiest essential oils for heart health. It induces feelings of joy and happiness and can uplift your mood in a matter of seconds. This in turn will quiet down your blood pressure and heart rate. It is a great tonic for the body in that it maintains a good circulation and a strong immune system.
This oil has good astringent properties, meaning it can make blood vessels contract. By doing so, the blood pressure will lower. It can also stimulate cell renewal and tone up all the vital processes in the body, including the heart.
This is a very refreshing essential oil. It can uplift and relieve anxiety symptoms and protect against oxidative stress. It is considered to have antispasmodic qualities and it can stimulate the blood circulation as well. This will lead to increased metabolism and more oxygen in your body and brain.
As another one of the best essential oils for heart health, Lemongrass has strong astringent properties. It can also act upon the nervous system and prevent blood clotting. It is a great antidepressant to use. A stress-free life will result in a lowered blood pressure.
Lemon is possibly the most popular astringent. This essential oil can help the vessels contract and tone up the heart and all the other organs. It is great at relieving stress symptoms and strengthening the immune system. It can also help you sleep better, which is always a plus and a great preventive measure.
A very grounding and warming essential oil, Frankincense can improve the quality of life. It can do so by improving the sleep and chasing away depression and stress. The oil has strong toning qualities. It can also improve the circulation.
This is another one of the best essential oils for heart health as it can stimulate a proper circulation. It has anesthetic-like effects, and it can calm down spasms and nervousness. Be careful though, it has narcotic effects if used in large doses. Do a bit more research before using this oil.
Tip: You can also use Vitamin E in your blends. It can defend against oxidation and the formation of artery-clogging plaque.
Did You Know?
- Belly fat produces a lot of inflammation! Inflammation is a major decisive factor in heart conditions. It creates plaques on the blood vessel walls, which compromise the proper irrigation of the heart. A dysfunctional irrigation may lead to heart attacks.
Aromatherapy Blends for Heart
Because there are many heart conditions, I thought I’d put all the above mentioned oils to use. I will give you 3 blend recipes with essential oils for heart health. You can choose whichever you need, or you can adjust them according to your needs.
Overall Heart Care Blend Recipe
- Rosemary ct. Verbenone EO: 4 drops
- Neroli EO: 4 drops
- Rose Otto: 4 drops
- Sweet Almond oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Blend all the oils together and shake well before each use. You can massage a moderate amount of this blend on your chest and heart area, going up the neck and throat. You can do so 2 – 3 times a day for a period of 2 – 3 weeks, and then take a week break.
This blend is meant to improve your blood circulation and lower high blood pressure. At the same time, the oils will also help you reduce stress and anxiety feelings.
Abnormally Rapid Heart Rate (Tachycardia) Blend
- Lemongrass EO: 4 drops
- Ginger EO: 3 drops
- Helichrysum EO: 2 drops
- Lemon EO: 4 drops
- Avocado oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Blend all the ingredients well for a massage of the pulse points. You can also apply it and massage it into the heart area. You can do so a few times a day or before you feel your blood pressure and heart rate lowering. Without Avocado oil, mix all these essential oils for heart health together and add 4 – 5 drops to your diffuser. Do not keep it on for more than 15 – 20 minutes/hour.
Venous Congestion Blend
- Camphor EO: 2 drops
- Lovage EO: 3 drops
- Helichrysum EO: 3 drops
- Arnica oil: 1 Oz. (30 ml)
Blend and shake well the ingredients before use. Apply along the veins (but not on them) with gentle movements towards the heart.
Stress and heart conditions usually go hand in hand. Essential oils can help you find the peace and relaxation you need to heal your mind and body. After that, they can also help with the improvement of the circulation and that of the heart rate. Depending on each person, there is an oil that can help with most heart related issues.
Use essential oils for heart health and take care of yourself. It is always better to prevent than treat. And luckily, heart conditions can be prevented if one sees the signs early.
Have you ever felt like using essential oils for your heart care? If so, which ones did you end up using and what were the results?