Supporting Your Circulatory System with Herbs
The circulatory system is responsible for transporting blood and oxygen throughout the body, making it essential for overall health and wellbeing.
Certain herbs have been traditionally used to support the circulatory system and promote healthy blood flow. Let's explore some of these herbs, why they are effective, and how they can be taken.
Hawthorn (Crataegus spp.)
Hawthorn is a herb that has been traditionally used to support the cardiovascular system. It contains flavonoids and oligomeric procyanidins, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Hawthorn is also believed to improve circulation by dilating blood vessels and reducing blood pressure. Hawthorn can be taken as a tea or tincture.
Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba)
Ginkgo is a herb that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to support cognitive function and improve circulation.
It contains compounds called terpenoids and flavonoids, which are believed to improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and reducing inflammation. Ginkgo can be taken as a supplement, tea, or tincture.
Garlic (Allium sativum)Garlic is a herb that has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. It contains allicin, a compound that has been shown to improve circulation by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Garlic can be added to food or taken as a supplement or tincture.
Cayenne (Capsicum annuum)
Cayenne is a herb that has been used for its medicinal properties for centuries. It contains capsaicin, a compound that is believed to improve circulation by dilating blood vessels and increasing blood flow.
Cayenne can be taken as a supplement, tincture or added to cooking.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
Ginger is a herb that has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It contains compounds called gingerols and shogaols, which are believed to improve circulation by reducing inflammation and improving blood flow.
Ginger can be used in cooking, but can also be used in tinctures and teas. Ginger is often also used topically in warming creams. When massaged into skin, it helps to promote circulation.
Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Bilberry is a herb that has been traditionally used to support the cardiovascular system. It contains compounds called anthocyanins, which are believed to improve circulation by dilating blood vessels and reducing inflammation.
Bilberry is often used in tinctures.
Herbs can be a valuable tool in supporting the circulatory system and promoting healthy blood flow. Hawthorn, ginkgo, garlic, cayenne, ginger, and bilberry are just a few examples of herbs that have been traditionally used for this purpose. Herbs can be taken as teas, tinctures, supplements, or used topically as creams or poultices.
As with any herb or supplement, it is important to check with a healthcare professional before using herbs to support the circulatory system, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking any medication. To learn more about how herbs can support your wellbeing, feel free to get in touch with our clinics by tapping here.
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