Herbal Remedies to Boost Circulation
Many herbs can aid and support the circulation of blood around your body. Warming teas and tinctures, and even massage, can help to keep veins healthy.
The body’s circulation, the blood and the lymphatic systems, transport oxygen and essential nutrients to every cell in the body and remove carbon dioxide and other waste products. Good circulation is essential for general well being.
Herbs for healthy circulation – The keys to maintaining a healthy circulation are lifestyle and diet. Herbs and spices that stimulate and warm the circulation, such as ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper, can be easily incorporated into meals. To tone the walls of the veins, infusions or tinctures of horse chestnut and yarrow are very helpful. Detoxifying herbs such as cleavers and echinacea can be taken to boost the circulation of the lymphatic system and aid lymph drainage. Massage blends containing essential oils of ginger or black pepper also encourage local circulation, giving relief to cold and stiff joints.
Many spices support the circulatory system. For example, a warming ginger tea will boost a sluggish circulation.
How your body’s circulation works – The body’s circulation is an intricate system of more than 20,000km of blood vessels; from major arteries and veins to tiny capillaries. The heart pumps around blood through this network of veins, arteries and lymph vessels every 24 hours.
Poor circulation is common in common is Western society often associated with low fibre diets and increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Natural herbal remedies can help keep the circulatory system in shape. Herbs and foods rich in antioxidants mop up molecules called “free radicals” from the blood. Free radicals can damage the elastic tissue of the blood vessels, leading to poor tone in the walls of veins. This can cause swollen legs or varicose veins.
Astringent herbs can strengthen these vessels, preventing fluids from leaking into surrounding tissue. Some herbs stimulate the peripheral circulation, dilating capillaries to warm the hands and feet. Blood circulates around the body via a complex network of arteries and veins. You can support your circulation with herbal remedies.