High cholesterol is silently increasing the risk of cardio-vascular problems. Luckily, it’s reversible so there’s no need to panic. It is necessary to take measures though, and learn to control your cholesterol levels. Besides food, the use of essential oils for high cholesterol is also an effective option.
It is believed that a 1% decrease in cholesterol reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems by 2%. In my opinion, it is totally worth the effort. In this article, you’ll be reading about:
- A small intro on cholesterol and its vital role in the body’s optimal functioning.
- Some of the best essential oils to use to lower cholesterol, or keep it under control.
- Ways to use these plant essences for the best results.
- Blend recipes to use on a daily basis to manage cholesterol levels.
- More important facts that every adult older than 20 should know about. Learn about correct measurements, and the good and the bad cholesterol. Also, see what some plant substances can actually do to avoid cholesterol accumulation on the arteries.
- Get some healthy tips to lower the bad cholesterol levels and lead a better and longer life.
Best Essential Oils for Lowering Cholesterol! The Whys and Hows, Pros and Cons and Recipes
Simply put, cholesterol is a type of fat that travels through blood with the help of plasma. When there’s an excess, it deposits itself on the arteries and in the cells.
Body cells and liver produce almost all the cholesterol they need for a proper function. Cholesterol is also lost on a daily basis, through desquamation and body waste. Somewhere between 1 and 1.5 grams are lost that way. This lost amount needs to be replaced through diet.
But even so, dietary cholesterol is still a major problem for most people. It is so because it gets into the body in large quantities. The body doesn’t need all that much, and as a result it starts depositing it on the arteries and cells.
This leads to many cardio-vascular problems and weight gain among others.
The liver and intestines produce up to 80% of the cholesterol needed. When there’s too little of it, the body will also start producing more than usual. Only 20% is needed from diet.
I will tell you more about the vital role and function of cholesterol in the last part of this post.
A high cholesterol level can be reversed and maintained under control. Luckily, there is more than one way to do this. Besides a healthier diet, you can also use natural remedies and herbs to lower your cholesterol levels.
Essential oils are very potent plant extracts. There are many different types of essential oils out there. But only some of them can be used to manage cholesterol levels.
Some of the best essential oils for high cholesterol have lipolytic effects. That means they can dissolve or break down fats (triglycerides). I’ve researched and came up with a few very good essential oils to lower cholesterol. Take a look and see what makes them so.
1) Lovage Essential Oil
Lovage is a very lively and strong aromatic plant. It is often used in the kitchen to give certain foods a specific taste and aroma.
It belongs to the Apiaceae family. This makes lovage related to parsley, celery, carrots, etc. Its botanical name is Levisticum officinalis Koch. It is appreciated for its strong detoxifying and anti-toxic effects on the body.
- Lovage oil is good for high cholesterol because it boosts and optimizes digestion. The digestive tract is where the cholesterol is first being synthesized.
- It has important drainage properties. That helps in removing toxins and certain fats from the tissue, joints, liver and kidneys.
- Lovage can tone and boost the activities of the liver and kidney. Their optimal functioning is necessary to maintain good cholesterol levels.
- This oil has lipolytic effects. Thus, when using Lovage essential oil for high cholesterol, it can balance its circulation through the arteries. That in turn, prevents the deposit of a certain amount cholesterol.
- Lovage can also support the activity of the pancreas and lowers blood pressure.
- The oil of Lovage should be used only by adults and teenagers.
- It is phototoxic, which means no sun exposure after using it on your skin.
- Make sure you seek medical advice if you are breastfeeding, pregnant or suffer from certain health problems.
Why I like it:
When it comes to essential oils and cholesterol, Lovage is a must. It is a great digestive oil that, at the same time, can help manage cholesterol levels. On top of these benefits, Lovage oil can be very effective in treating psoriasis as well.
2) Cinnamon Essential Oil
The genus Cinnamomum has many species. The true cinnamon is Cinnammomum zeylanicum (or verum). From the bark and leaves of it, 2 different essential oils are made.
However, Cinnamomum Aromaticum or C. Cassia is a bit milder than the true one. Its effects are almost similar.
- Researchers found that 1, 3 or 6 grams of cinnamon powder/day can reduce the levels of triglycerides. It can also lower glucose and LDL cholesterol. Cinnamon reduces the total cholesterol in people that suffer from type 2 diabetes.
- Cinnamon essential oil is highly antibacterial and anti-infectious. It can be used to get rid of intestinal parasites and/or mycoses.
- The oil also has stimulant properties. They help with a good digestion and a better functioning of the organs.
- It also improves the blood circulation and it’s very good for digestion.
- Only adults should use Cinnamon essential oil for high cholesterol.
- This oil is very strong and should never be inhaled directly from the bottle. It can burn and irritate the mucus membranes.
- It can cause allergic reactions because of its high content in Cinnamaldehyde.
Why I like it:
That sweet and warm fragrance of cinnamon… who doesn’t like it?! Besides smelling so nice, Cinnamon essential oil is good for many bacterial infections. Acne prone skin can also benefit from its effective properties. It also goes very well in perfume blends.
3) Helichrysum Essential Oil
Helichrysum italicum is among the best essential oils used to lower triglycerides. It can deal with such a wide range of problems, whether health or beauty related. It is also a good cholesterol essential oil, and here’s why:
- Helichrysum or Immortelle essential oil is very good for blood circulation. It can deal with many related problems, including cholesterol, which travels by blood.
- It has decongestant properties, which help the blood flow easier. A more fluid blood may lead to less cholesterol deposits.
- The oil can also help lowering cholesterol by breaking it down and carrying away from the arteries.
- Helichrysum oil is a powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
- The oil is hemostatic too. This means it can stop any kind of bleeding, including within damaged blood vessels or tissue.
- The oil of Helichrysum boosts and regulates the activity of the liver. It is neurotonic and it can also regulate the nervous system and the production of hormones.
- Helichrysum should not be diffused or inhaled directly from the bottle. It can burn and sensitize the mucus membranes.
- The oil should be avoided if you’re taking anticoagulants. Avoid it if your menstruation is very abundant also.
- It may cause allergic reactions.
Why I like it:
Helichrysum is very good at maintaining the elasticity and tonus of the blood vessels. It can lower blood cholesterol, but it can also heal scars and acne.
Other very good essential oils for high cholesterol you could use:
Lemongrass, garlic and onion have been found to be very effective essential oils for lowering cholesterol levels. Check their links to see what science says.
As a general rule, all essential oils, regardless of their type, must be tested for allergic reactions first. Dilute a drop and rub it on a sensitive skin area. Wait for a few hours before using them in larger quantities.
How to Use Essential Oils for High Cholesterol
Essential oils are very potent substances that need to be diluted. Their dilution can be done in a carrier oil, salt, milk or honey. For skin applications, the best dilution is of course, essential oil + carrier oil.
You should add up to 30 drops of EO per Oz carrier oil for local applications. Applied undiluted, these oils can cause allergic reactions. They can also cause sensitization, burning and/or irritation.
I don’t recommend taking oils internally, without medical approval. Some of them can have harmful or toxic effects. A specialized doctor is able to give you the right dosage. That usually depends on age, sex, medical history, health condition and others.
Apply your oil blends on the stomach area with clockwise movements. Use them 2 times a day, before each important meal to boost digestion and absorption of nutrients. That’ll help the body process the food correctly. Plus, it’ll also improve blood circulation, preventing some cholesterol deposits.
Some carrier oils can also be taken internally. They can be Olive and Coconut oil, plus cod liver oil. While these oils don’t necessarily do any harm, a doctor will tell you how much to take to have the desired effect.
Seek medical guidance if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, elderly or a child!
Blend Recipes to Lower Your Cholesterol Levels
Now that you know what oils are good and why, let’s see how you could enjoy their benefits right away. Check the following recipes and choose one to put to the test for a few weeks. It is also recommended to rotate your oils and blends to enjoy a wide range of benefits.
Lowering Cholesterol or Preventive Blend Recipe
- Lovage EO: 3 ml
- Helichrysum EO: 3 ml
- Cinnamon: 1 ml
Keep this blend in a glass bottle and mix 15 – 20 drops with an Oz (30 ml) carrier oil. Massage the stomach area and some pulse points with it, twice a day. As preventive measure, use this blend for 3 weeks before each important meal. If you’re over 50, repeat this therapy every 2 – 3 months.
If you want to treat high cholesterol, use the blend for 20 days a month, twice a day. Always before an important meal.
This blend is meant to rebalance your cardiovascular system. It should be taken as a complementary treatment, with other medicines. Just make sure there’s no interaction between them. The essential oils for high cholesterol used in this blend can:
- Drain toxins from the liver.
- Help the liver regenerate.
- Lower cholesterol levels.
- Improve digestion.
- Lower blood pressure.
Do not use this Aroma blend if you have kidney failure, use anticoagulants, are pregnant or breastfeeding. It is totally prohibited to children under 6 years old.
Recipe for Natural Cholesterol Management
- Cinnamon EO: 5 drops
- Garlic EO: 10 drops
- Lemongrass EO: 10 drops
- Olive oil: 1 Oz (30 m)
Mix all these oils together and shake the blend vigorously before each use. Apply before each meal and massage it really well into the stomach area. Eat small meals and exercise regularly, and take your medication while using natural remedies.
The effect of these natural remedies is not instant, so you know what to expect. There’s a need for a few weeks’ treatment to start seeing improvement over your cholesterol levels. This type of treatment must also be accompanied by a healthy lifestyle and diet.
Important Facts to Know about Cholesterol, with Tips to Lower Its Levels
Cholesterol is not as bad as most people think. It is so only because modern diets contain a lot of bad fats and cholesterol.
More and more people die of heart problems every year. And high cholesterol is the main culprit. But in a normal dose, cholesterol has a vital and indispensable role.
It helps to:
- Produce and maintain brain and heart cells.
- It also produces tissue cells and maintains their cement intact. That’s how the skin stays elastic and whole.
- Cholesterol also helps producing certain hormones, including estrogen and testosterone.
- It dissolves bile acid.
- It helps with vitamin D synthesis. This vitamin is essential in fixating calcium in the bones.
- It also maintains inflammations in the body low.
So the body is able to synthesize cholesterol on its own (80% of it all). When we have an excess intake of cholesterol, it will deposit in the tissue as fat and on the walls of the arteries.
In time, this will put a huge strain on your heart. It will have to beat more often to pump more blood through the tight blood vessels.
A person can get older much faster because of all this tear and wear. The metabolism becomes slower and your energy levels can drop, etc.
Most importantly, those cholesterol deposits can turn into clots that can cause strokes or heart attacks.
What causes high cholesterol levels?
- An unhealthy diet, with many saturated fats and cholesterol.
- Bad lifestyle habits (smoking and drinking in excess, consuming too much coffee, etc.)
- Lack of exercise.
- Genetics and/or family history.
The total cholesterol in your blood is made of:
- HDL (high density lipoproteins).
- And LDL (low density lipoproteins).
The HDL is the good cholesterol, which protects the heart and cells. It also prevents certain diseases. LDL is the bad cholesterol, the one taken from food.
It’s unhealthy to have either a low level of good cholesterol or an excess level of bad cholesterol. They can both lead to cardiovascular problems. The goal is to maintain the two in a balance.
A normal and healthy level of cholesterol should be 130 or less LDL, 60+ HDL and 150 or less triglycerides. Your total cholesterol should be around 200. After the age of 20, everybody should test their cholesterol every 5 years.
If you suffer from high cholesterol, you should eat lots of veggies and fruits! Here’s why:
Plants contain some organic molecules called sterols and stanols. They look a lot like cholesterol and that helps in blocking cholesterol absorption. The body will then treat cholesterol as waste and eliminate it.
You can eat grains, fruit juices, nuts, cereals and vegetable oils like Olive and Avocado to get these beneficial substances.
As you can see, plants don’t give only essential oils for high cholesterol. They can also trick the body into eliminating actual cholesterol.
Tips to Lower Cholesterol Naturally
It is very fortunate to be able to lower the levels of cholesterol. And all in a pleasant manner, I’d say. A bit of exercise, a healthier diet and less weight are all good for health and self-confidence.
- Limit the excess of fat food (butter, cheese, fat meat, pastries, etc.)
- Use only extra virgin olive oil, soybean, peanut or avocado oils and avoid fried foods as much as possible.
- Maintain an optimal weight. Know that even a little weight loss helps in decreasing the cholesterol levels.
- Exercise for 20 – 30 minutes daily, if possible.
- Eat fruits and legumes as much as possible.
- Give up smoking.
Changing old habits is not an easy task. It will take time and a lot determination, but if you value your health, you’ll have to do it.
A healthy diet and lifestyle, plus the use of essential oils for high cholesterol can make a huge difference in the way you feel and live your life.
Make sure you seek medical guidance if you’re not sure what your cholesterol situation is and what treatment to follow. Do you have a natural remedy you use to lower your cholesterol? How does it go?