Herbs that can Boost Your Circulation
Cayenne can be used both internally and externally for poor circulation. Skiers and mountain climbers have been known to sprinkle cayenne powder into their socks to keep their feet warm. It can be put onto unbroken chilblains. (These are swellings caused from cold, moist conditions on the feet). It can also be rubbed onto arthritic joints or areas of back pain. (Some cayenne can be VERY hot and caution is necessary. Always make sure you avoid getting any in your eyes and always wash hands after use).
Internally, cayenne stimulates the heart, helps regulate blood flow and over time, may strengthen arteries and capillaries.
Cayenne helps to get the blood flowing into the smaller blood vessels and capillaries. It assists the process of cells receiving oxygen and giving off their waste products.
Cayenne may increase the efficiency of pumping blood around your body, and it could help cleanse arteries. Research has shown that “hot” herbs and spices can raise metabolic rate by as much as 25%, and so can even assist in weight loss. Cayenne is very definitely a wonderful herb for a healthier life.
Ginkgo Biloba is another all-round circulation booster. It is most widely known as an aid to improving memory, due to its ability to increase blood flow through the brain. In Germany, Gingko is also commonly used by physicians to treat varicose veins – these are veins that have become swollen or knotted.
Gingko Biloba, like Cayenne, improves blood flow and apparently strengthens blood vessels. Gingko can also be anti-inflammatory. It can relax the lungs, improve blood flow to the heart and so can be an excellent herb for both stimulating and strengthening the circulatory blood vessels.
Modern research shows that a regular intake of Garlic can help lower cholesterol levels in the blood. It also cleanses the blood, tones the heart and circulatory system, and apparently helps prevent heart disease.
It may also help with high blood pressure and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis - a degenerative disease of the arteries characterised by patchy thickening of the inner lining of the arterial walls, caused by deposits of fatty material.
It has a warming effect on the body and this is excellent for circulatory problems and it helps alleviate cold hands and feet. Ginger is also well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and hence its use for joints and connective tissues. Ginger stimulates all tissues of the body and is fantastic for poor circulation.
It has numerous beneficial properties and again these include blood cleansing and maintaining healthy bacteria in the gut. It can act as an antibiotic, boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure and help maintain a healthy heart.
Hawthorn is valued for its strengthening and normalising effect on the circulation system. Studies have shown it dilates the blood vessels and outer lying parts of the body, thereby greatly improving blood flow. Also, it improves the pumping action, and helps control both high and low blood pressure and may slow down a fast beat.
Onion is a close relative to Garlic, and it can increase blood circulation and can relax muscles. It is generally a good idea to eat more of this great food.