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Essential Oils and Heart Health

February. Even with an extra day this year, it's the shortest (yet longest) month for many, filled with cold weather and gray skies. February brings us a combination of American Heart Month and Valentine's Day. Both focus our attention on the affairs of the heart, so it's a good match!

In the larger picture, we all know that eating right, exercising, and monitoring  blood pressure and cholesterol are vital to our heart health. Recent studies also show that essential oils can play a significant part in improving heart health.

As aromatherapists, we very rarely recommend the ingestion of essential oils. Instead, we use them diluted in a carrier oil for application on the skin or undiluted when diffused or inhaled through a smelling stick. If you are new to essential oils, we urge you to consult with an aromatherapist (we have two at YBN) and your healthcare provider. They can recommend the best essential oils for your needs and the safe administration of each essential oil.

Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate essential oils into your everyday life to help defend against heart disease.

Lavender. Keep your heartbeats steady by tapping into the sedative properties of lavender. Lavender essential oil can help reduce hypertension and is an excellent addition to any blend.

Ginger. Most people think of ginger for stomach upset. Still, some studies indicate that Ginger essential oil boosts the cardiovascular system by supporting healthy arteries.

Bergamot. Independent studies conducted in Taiwan (2011) suggest that Bergamot essential oil may help reduce heart rate and blood pressure.

Cinnamon. In addition to its anti-clotting effect on blood platelets, cinnamon essential oil can help reduce inflammation and encourage the body to heal.

Your Body Needs carries the highest quality essential oils for your health and well-being. Stop by or give us a call, and we'll be happy to answer your questions and make recommendations for your best life.

As a bonus, here's one of our favorite blends just for your heart!

Anti-stress Balm
Mix together, and apply as needed to the chest and solar plexus and breathe deeply.

1 oz. carrier oil (sweet almond oil, aloe vera oil, or grapeseed)
1.5 drops lavender
3 drops basil or holy basil (uplifting and antidepressant aroma)
2 drops ginger
1 drop cinnamon bark

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