Herbal Remedies for Poor Circulation
Cayenne, or Capsicum, is widely regarded as the most effective herbal remedy for circulation problems. It can help to stimulate your heart, strengthen your arteries, and regulate blood flow. You can mix it with water, take it as a capsule, or use it as a ground red pepper seasoning on your food.
Gingko Biloba, which is best known for improving memory, is an excellent circulation booster, because it helps to increase the flow of blood through the brain. Garlic, when taken on a regular basis, can help tone your heart and circulatory system, lower your cholesterol levels, and cleanse your blood. This, in turn, can help to stabilize your blood pressure, decrease your risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and prevent heart disease. Onion, being closely related to garlic, also provides similar health benefits.
Ginger stimulates body tissues, and is also an excellent remedy for poor circulation. Anthocyanin, the red pigment in grapes, can help to heal varicose veins, and increase coronary blood flow. Pennywort is taken by Buddhist monks to provide clarity in meditation, because it helps to increase circulation.
Prickly ash stimulates the central circulatory system, and hawthorn regulates the heart's rhythm. It increases the force of contraction, so the output of blood from the heart is improved, and it helps to restore the heart muscle. It can also help with high blood pressure.
Since stress is a contributing factor to heart and circulatory problems, there are herbs that are herbs specifically recommended to help deal with stress, and as a result, help with poor circulation. Valerian root, is known as a natural tranquilizer, that doesn't interfere with thought processes or with your ability to carry out complicated mental tasks. It is a calming plant that can be taken for long periods, without becoming habit-forming.
Chamomile tea is very common and is even safe for children. Chamomile is a natural antispasmodic, calming and healing the entire digestive tract. Linden flowers are relaxing, soothing, and have been found to restore the interior walls of the arteries. Fresh lemon balm contains a number of volatile oils that strengthen the nervous system, and it also has anti-viral properties.
Elder flowers, yarrow and peppermint help relaxation, and witch hazel is an effective remedy for eye strain. Put a little distilled witch hazel on cotton balls and place it over your closed eyes to relax and cool them. Marshmallow coats the nerve endings in the digestive tract, when there is any kind of irritation.