4 Essential Oils for Heart Health
In the U.S., February is heart health month. It’s with that in mind I thought I’d share with you my favorite essential oils to support heart health. As part of my heart health routine, I take each of the following essential oils daily. In the morning after brushing my teeth, I put 3 drops of each under my tongue (sublingual) and hold for 30-60 seconds. This allows for maximal absorption in my body.
4 Essential Oils for Heart Health
1. Cinnamon Bark* - cinnamaldehyde
- Cinnamon is considered to have a high level of medicinal properties and comes from the bark of the “Cinnamomum” tree.
- There have been a number of studies suggesting that certain compounds found in the cinnamon essential oil may offer a number of health benefits when ingested. Some of those results indicate cinnamon essential oil promotes healthy cardiovascular and circulatory system function, including:
- Promotes the widening of blood vessels, possibly aiding in the treatment of high blood pressure
- Controls diabetes, one way being by regulating blood sugar levels
2. Yarrow/Pom - conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
- Yarrow/Pom essential oil is a combination of extracts from both the yarrow plant and pomegranate seed oil. Pomegranate seed oil is rich in CLA, known as an “omega 5” fatty acid.
- Yarrow/Pom essential oil is important for cardiovascular health because it:
- Includes chamazulene - a powerful antioxidant molecule that has “free radical scavenging properties”
- Contains CLA with fatty acid properties that protect the lining of our blood vessels
- Supports healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels
3. Ylang Ylang - germacrene, beta caryophyllene
- Ylang ylang essential oil comes from the flowers of the herb Cananga odorata genuina. In general, ylang ylang essential oil is known for the chemical compounds that produce a calming and uplifting effect in the body. That said, there are a number of benefits that support heart health, including:
- Supports the reduction of stress and feeling anxious
Synergies between germacrene and beta caryophyllene support healthy levels of inflammation, as high levels of inflammation in the body have negative effects on the cardiovascular system
4. Copaiba - beta caryophyllene
- Copaiba comes from large trees grown in tropical rainforests of South America. Its high concentration of beta caryophyllene makes it another one of my favorite essential oils supporting heart health.
- With more than 1,000 studies on the benefits of beta caryophyllene, Copaiba is another essential oil that when taken internally, supports healthy levels of inflammation in the body, which is essential to cardiovascular health.
How to select the right essential oils for you
If essential oils are new to you, it’s important to do your research before determining which brand to buy. You want to make sure the essential oils you purchase come from a trusted seller (in other words, just because they’re sold on Amazon or in a local drugstore, it doesn’t mean they're formulated for consumption). Always confirm oils you purchase aren’t intended just for topical use.
Personally, my favorite and trusted brand is doTERRA, however there are several companies out there with quality products. I encourage you to do your research, connect with trusted friends and family and determine which brand is right for you.
Always be mindful when using essential oils
It’s important to note that the The Cinnamon Bark* is quite strong and some people are highly sensitive to this oil. When using any oils make sure you understand if you have any sensitivities or allergies to them. You may also use them topically on the bottom of your feet if any of them are too strong for you orally. Always consult with your doctor before starting any new supplement regimen.
Continued education on essential oils
Curious about essential oils in general? Here's a photo of my personal A-Z daily regimen (no joke!). It might look like a lot but there's a purpose for each one.
If you want to know more about essential oils and wellness, let me know in the comments below!
- Dr. Jimmy Lopez
***Sources: www.verywellhealth.com, www.doterra.com, www.webmd.com My personal favorite reference to use is www.myoillab.com (Dr Jeff and Megan Styba)
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