Blood Circulation

Maintaining good blood circulation ensures that oxygen-rich blood flows through your tissues, not only feeding your cells but also keeping a constant temperature throughout your body.

Essential oils can be used to assist in cooling or warming your body as circumstances dictate.



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Slow blood circulation can cause many problems from minor "sleeping limbs" to more serious and potentially dangerous conditions. 

These conditions are caused by a lack of proper levels of oxygen reaching the different areas of your body.

Symptoms of poor circulation can include:

  • Chest pain
  • Chilblains
  • Cold hands/feet
  • Decreased mental ability
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle cramps
  • Slow digestion
  • Slow healing 
  • Tingling in extremities
  • Water retention

Essential oils can help improve circulation by improving the health of your blood vessels and stimulating your blood flow and lymphatic system functionality.

Oils that Enhance Blood Circulation

note: What follows are brief introductions to oils that are
useful for the subject condition, ailment or concern.

For more information or methods of application,
click the "More on ..." link that follows each description.

Cajeput Essential Oil

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To increase circulation in your extremities, massage the oil in the direction of your heart.

Cajeput Essential Oil can improve blood circulation and treat hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

Create a 20:80 blend of Cajeput and carrier oil and apply to the area of concern

More on Cajeput Essential Oil and how to use it.

Cypress Essential Oil

Blend Cypress Essential Oil with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut at a 50:50 ratio and massage arms and legs to improve blood circulation. Also this blend can be massaged over your heart.

Cypress is well known for its positive effects on hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

Cypress essential oil helps flush out toxins from your body promoting better overall health and improved blood flow. Your veins will contract stimulating improved blood flow. 

More on Cypress Essential Oil and how to use it.

Patchouli Essential Oil

To stimulate blood circulation rub Patchouli and fractionated coconut in a 50:50 blend on the effected area.

Stimulates circulation in the legs and treats varicose veins.

More on Patchouli Essential Oil and how to use it.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary Essential Oil can be used to increase blood circulation, treat varicose veins, stimulate the cardiovascular system and overcome exhaustion.

Arteriosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries" can also be treated and you may find that heart palpitations and headaches are reduced.

Massage the effected areas with Rosemary and fractionated coconut oil.

More on Rosemary Essential Oil and how to use it.

Cooling Oils

Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Radiata will help ease symptoms like fevers and sinus infections. Massage two drops around your sinuses and on your temples.

Eucalyptus essential oil promotes better circulation by relaxing your blood vessels enabling more blood to circulate through them.

Fibromyalgia has been known to respond well to the improved circulation resulting from the use of Eucalyptus Essential Oils.

More on Eucalyptus Radiata and how to use it.

Peppermint Essential Oil

To assist with heat exhaustion rub Peppermint Oil diluted 50:50 with fractionated coconut on your temples, shoulders, ears and neck. This works wonders for a headache or when you are feeling exhausted.

More on Peppermint Essential Oil and how to use it.

Sweet Basil Essential Oil

Apply Sweet Basil topically to cool a fever or inflammation.

More on Sweet Basil Essential Oil and how to use it.

Warming Oils

Black Pepper Essential Oil

Massage a 50:50 blend of Black Pepper and carrier oil and massage the affected area. This will provide relief for aching joints, sprains and muscles.

Blending with a fractionated coconut at 50:50 will help relieve arthritis pain and improve circulation in aching muscles and joints. You may also find it helps with chilblains, stiffness, sprains and neuralgia.

More on Black Pepper Essential Oil and how to use it.

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon can be used as a massage to stimulate circulation and metabolism. Use a mixture of mild oils where cinnamon composes less than 10% of the blend.

Cinnamon oil can also be taken internally in a drink such as herbal tea, juice or water.

More on Cinnamon Essential Oil and how to use it.

Clove Essential Oil

For a warming action that stimulates blood circulation massage with a 25:75 blend of Clove oil and carrier oil. Rub the area over your heart, around your neck and on the bottoms of your feet.

Add a drop of clove to a damp washcloth and apply to your temples and forehead.

More on Clove Essential Oil and how to use it.

Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger Essential Oil can assist with blood circulation and is very helpful when blended with other oils like:

For the exact recipe and how to apply it go to my Ginger Oil page.

More on Ginger Oil and how to use it.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil can assist with poor blood circulation and cardiac fatigue.

Create a blend of Tea Tree and carrier oil to use as a massage on your limbs, abdomen and back.

More on Tea Tree Essential Oil and how to use it.

Single Oils for Blood Circulation

Blends for Blood Circulation

Circulation Blend

Source: Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Add oils to an empty essential oil bottle:

Allow to mix for a few hours then apply using a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.

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