Essential oils are widely known for their aromatherapy power. However, many of these fragrant, healthy essential oils can strengthen and support the heart.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are powerful liquid extracts distilled from plants. Essential oils contain the life essence of the plant’s seeds, roots, bark, stems, leaves, and fruit. Essential oils are oxygenating. Their molecular size is small enough quickly penetrate the skin and be absorbed into the tissues. Because these oils are lipid soluble, they can penetrate cell walls and affect the entire body within 20 minutes of contact. The oxygen molecules in essential oils help transport nutrients throughout the body.
Essential oils detoxify the body. They are antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-parasitic, and much more. Some essential oils even have the ability to pass the blood-brain barrier making them effective in the treatment of diseases of the brain. Beyond all of this, essential oil’s aromatherapy properties help promote physical, emotional healing. Heart healthy essential oils, increase blood circulation, transport oxygen, fight free radicals, strengthens, and balances the heart.
How to use essential oils for heart health
Essential oils are very concentrated and powerful. With the exception of only a few of them, they should not be applied directly to the skin. They should be diluted with another oil like jojoba, or almond seed before being applying to the body. Dilute the essential oils using 1 – 3 drops to 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil. See the list below for specific essential oils that help support and strengthen the heart. After the essential oils have been diluted with a carrier oil, apply to and massage the oil into the carotid artery, (sides of the neck), the heart, (chest), and to the feet.
Essential oils for the heart
Cinnamon, Cypress, Geranium, Ginger, Hyssop, Lavender, Marjoram, Melissa, Orange, Palmarosa, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme, Ylang-Ylang.
Note: Be aware that essential oils are very concentrated. A little goes a long way. People with sensitive skin should properly dilute essential oils and test a tiny amount in a small area of skin before applying to large areas of the body.
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