Healthy blood flow plays a vital role in our health and well-being.
The circulatory system is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrients to our organs and tissues via blood vessels like arteries, veins, and capillaries.
When blood flows well throughout the body, we experience a healthy flow of vital energy, known as prana or chi.
Poor circulation can lead to irregular blood pressure, varicose veins, potential blood clots, cellulite, and even heart disease.
Luckily, there are several ways to improve your blood circulation naturally:
- Drink plenty of water
- Use essential oils and aromatherapy.
- Exercise frequently
- Avoid prolonged periods of sitting, standing, or lying down.
- Practice specific yoga poses like Legs Up The Wall Pose, Downward Dog, Forward Fold, and Shoulder Stand
- Practice regular dry skin brushing
- Get regular massages or practice self-massage
- Manage your stress
- Stop smoking
- Reduce alcohol
Essential Oils As Home Remedies To Improve Circulation
Essential oils (EOs) are highly concentrated plant extracts containing hundreds of active compounds known to influence the body’s many processes, including blood circulation.
Many EOs are also highly anti-inflammatory and provide pain relief while helping to increase circulation.
Keep reading to learn more about the best EOs for healthy blood flow.
The Best Essential Oils To Increase Blood Flow
Black pepper essential oil
It helps dilate blood vessels and can increase blood flow locally.
Cypress essential oil
This oil is highly anti-inflammatory and can help stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage. It can also help warm cold limbs.
Ginger essential oil
Ginger is effective at reducing swelling and aiding the body’s detoxification processes.
Wintergreen essential oil
It is known to be effective at thinning the blood like aspirin and may even help reduce blood clots.
Other EOs known to help improve blood flow are:
- Clary sage
- Rosemary essential oil
- Sage essential oil
- Lavender essential oil
How To Use Essential Oils For Blood Circulation
Always dilute EOs with a carrier oil before applying directly to your skin.
Stick to 2-3 drops of EO per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil to create a DIY massage oil.
You can use it during a massage session with a massage therapist, or you can practice the yogic art of self-massage for some self-care.
Regular massage improves poor blood circulation, invigorates the lymphatic system, and soothes the nervous system.
You can also add 3-5 drops of EOs to hot water to create warm compresses.
Place the compress on your abdomen and legs.
Always opt for 100% pure essential oils that are therapeutic grade.
If you can, choose certified organic oils that are free of dilutions.
Mixing different EOs to create essential oil blends enhances and maximizes the oils’ collective medicinal power.
When used safely and adequately, EOs usually offer little to no side effects.
Perform a patch test on a non-affected area of the skin and wait 24 hours to confirm no allergic reaction.
If you experience any adverse reaction to any oil, discontinue use immediately and consult your healthcare provider.
Be aware of each oil you use contraindications as some EOs aren’t suitable for children or pregnant or nursing women.