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 Circulation

Essential Oil Tips

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

Cypress Essential Oil

Massage a 50:50 blend of Cypress Essential Oil and carrier oil into your arms and legs in the direction of your heart 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. 

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Patchouli Essential Oil

To stimulate circulation rub Patchouli and carrier oil in a 50:50 blend on the effected area.

Stimulates circulation in the legs and treats varicose veins.

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Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary blended 50:50 with a carrier oil can be massaged into effected areas to stimulate your cardiovascular system, treat varicose veins and overcome exhaustion.

Hardening of the arteries or arteriosclerosis can also be treated this way and, as a result, you may find issues like headaches and heart palpitations are reduced.

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Cooling Oils

Eucalyptus Radiata Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Radiata can help with symptoms such as fevers and sinus infections. Massage a couple drops into your temples or around your sinuses.

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 Euvalyptus Essential Oils.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

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

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Sweet Basil Essential Oil

Apply Sweet Basil topically to cool a fever or inflammation.

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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 carrier oil at 50:50 will help stimulate your circulation and provide relief for arthritis, aching muscles and joints, neuralgia, stiffness, and sprains. Massage the area with the blend whenever needed.

This will also provide relief for a condition called chilblains which is a painful, itching inflammation of your hands and feet brought on by cold temperatures or poor circulation.

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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.

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Clove Essential Oil

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

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

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Are you suffering from poor circulation; concerned about slow blood flow to your brain; cardiac fatigue after exercising?

Mix Tea Tree with a carrier oil in a 50:50 blend and massage it over your limbs, back and abdomen.

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Essential Oils to Use for Blood Circulation

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