Essential Oils, Self Help, Herbs, Gemstones and Reflexology for Arteriosclerosis.
The term arteriosclerosis means thickening and hardening of artery walls. Deposits of fatty substances collect along the artery walls. Arteriosclerosis leads to scaring and calcium deposits, which result in hardened and narrowed blood vessels. Eventually it can cause the total obstruction of an artery, and destruction of nearby tissue.
Alternately, arteriosclerosis can cause blood vessels to widen or rupture into an aneurysm. The vital organs that are most affected by this condition are the heart, brain and the legs. Strong risk factors are high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Improper diet is a major cause of this condition; saturated fats, deep fried foods, too much meat and too little fibre, fresh vegetables and fruit.
Other contributors are coffee, caffeine-loaded colas, alcohol, and a diet rich in sweets, fast food and refined foods.
Atherosclerosis is a common form of arteriosclerosis in which fatty substances form a deposit of plaque on the inner lining of arterial walls. Moderate and advanced atherosclerosis can be halted and reversed without drug treatment with dietary changes and working to keep levels of serum cholesterol low.
Recommended Oils: Juniper, rosemary, black pepper, lemon, ginger, birch, red thyme
*Massage Oil Blend for Arteriosclerosis:
- 8 drops ginger
- 10 drops rosemary
- 10 drops lemon
- 2 drops red thyme
- Diluted in 30ml vegetable oil
- Apply the oil to your whole body once a day.
*Bath Synergistic Blend for Arteriosclerosis:
- 10 drops lemon
- 5 drops black pepper
- 5 drops red thyme
- Blend together in these proportions and use 4 drops per bath
*Source: Worwood Valerie Ann, The Fragrant Pharmacy. Bantam Books, 1991
- Consume antioxidants that fight free radicals, such as vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as absorbable minerals and trace minerals.
- Make sure you ingest essential fatty acids such as flaxseed oil.
- Coenzyme Q10 is a powerful antioxidant, and garlic contains agents that help to regulate fat and cleanse the arteries.
- Lecithin and citrus pectin emulsify fat in the arteries.
- Limeblossom: guards against the deposition of cholesterol with long-term use. This can be taken as a tea three times a day over a period of time.
- Garlic: has blood thinning qualities and helps reduce high cholesterol levels
- Siberian ginseng tea: reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Hawthorn leaves, blossoms and berries: reduce cholesterol levels. Take 1 cup of hawthorn tea or 20 – 30 drops of tincture in water.
- Cayenne: lowers cholesterol and inhibits platelet aggregations by dilating the arteries.
- Yarrow and Dandelion Root: act as diuretics, helping to circulate the blood through the kidneys to avoid water retention.
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