high blood pressure,
low blood pressure,
Overview - Heart disease, sometimes
referred to as cardiovascular disease, includes a number
of conditions affecting the heart and blood vessels.
Conditions such as heart attacks, coronary artery
disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and
congenital heart disease are all subcategories of heart
disease. It is the leading cause of death of both
men and women in the US as well as worldwide. The
primary causes are linked to bad habits of our modern
society including over eating, lack of physical
exercise, unhealthy diet, smoking, and alcohol.
description of some of the subcategories and terms
associated with heart diseases follows:
Angina, is a symptom and not an actual
heart disease. It is a symptom of the heart not
receiving enough oxygen which in turn causes the chest pains
termed angina. Go to this page for more information,
Arrhythmia (tachycarida) refers to a number of conditions
where the heart beat is irregular. Some such
palpitations such as a skipped beat or an occasional strong
beat are not uncommon and normal but continued or strong
palpitations can be indicators of life threatening problems
and should be taken seriously.
Arteriosclerosis, also know as hardening
of the arteries, occurs when arteries become thick with
deposits or loose their flexibility thus limiting the amount
of blood that can be delivered. (Atherosclerosis is a
subset of arteriosclerosis and is specifically the build up
of plaque (fats) in the arteries.) See also
Atherosclerosis is a
subset of arteriosclerosis and is specifically the build up
of plaque (fats) in the arteries. Someone with Pad has
atherosclerosis causing them to experience claudication.
Atrial fibrillation is the most common type
of arrhythmia. Misdirected electrical signals in the heart
cause the two upper chambers of the heart to contract
irregularly and fast which does not produce proper blood
Cardiomyopathy refers to problems in the
heart muscle itself (myocardium). People with cardiomyopathy
are often at risk of arrhythmia and/or sudden cardiac death.
Congenital heart disease describes those
heart irregularities that were present at birth.
Congestive heart failure (or CHF), occurs
when restricted arteries or other conditions limit the blood
supply to the heart and weaken it to the point that it
cannot deliver sufficient blood to the body.
Coronary artery spasm is a brief
contraction of the muscles of an artery wall in the heart
that interrupts proper blood flow to heart muscles. If they
continue they may lead to angina or even a heart attack.
Coronary heart disease is when there is
not a sufficient blood supply to the muscles of the heart.
Most commonly this comes from restrictions in the arteries.
Common symptoms are chest pains (angina pectoris) or a heart
attack (myocardial infarction).
Heart attack (myocardial infarction) occurs
when blood flow to part of the heart is blocked such that
the heart muscle is affected. This typically occurs with a
blood clot blocking one of the arteries to or in the heart.
Hypertensive heart diseases are conditions
that occur because of high blood pressure. See this page for
more information, hypertension.
Inflammatory heart disease includes a
number of conditions where heart muscles or tissue become
Palpitations are a common feeling that your
heart is skipping a beat or beating too fast or too hard.
Most of the times they are not serious all though they can
be a signal of an atrial fibrillation.
Pericarditis is the condition where the
covering around the heart (pericardium) becomes inflamed
most commonly from a viral infection and less common a
bacterial or fungal infection.
Peripheral heart disease (PAD) is the
condition caused by atherosclerosis. Someone with PAD has
atherosclerosis causing them to experience claudication.
Valvular heart disease (VHD) describes
those maladies that affect one of the four major valves in
How Oils Can Help. Oils and the experiences of
others for some heart conditions are on separate pages on
this website, they include high blood pressure,
pressure and high cholesterol. Some heart conditions,
including congenital and valvular irregularities, require
specialized medical attention or even surgical intervention.
In these cases oils can be used to help with symptoms and to
facilitate healing. In other cases oils have been
known to help the body in healing itself. See the tab
above Suggested Protocols for more information.
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Oils, blends & products
Please note: The information provided below
is a compilation of suggestions made by
those that have used essential oils and has
NOT been scientifically verified with
clinical tests nor reviewed by medical
experts. It is anecdotal information and
should be treated as such. For serious
medical concerns please seek professional
Oils & Blends:
CypressE, Helichrysum, LavenderEC, Marjoram,
MelissaEC, Protective Blend,
PeppermintEC, RosemaryEC, Ylang YlangEC
Essential oils based
products: Massage Blend Technique, Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)
Basil, Soothing BlendC, Frankincense, Geranium,
GingerC, LemonC, PrimRose, Sandalwood,
ThymeC, Wild OrangeEC
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Editorial note: Just as a reminder the common
protocol if you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack
is to 1) take two aspirin, 2) call 911, 3) call someone
close by to be with you, 4) sit (don't lie down) and 5) wait
for help to arrive. [if aspirin is not available Wintergreen
topically over heart gives similar benefits]
Consistently use the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)
and the Massage Blend Technique spinal treatment.
Make a blend of equal parts Cypress, Helichrysum,
Lavender and Marjoram and apply topically to the chest area
over the heart, the bottoms of the feet (reflexology points)
and the wrists at least two times a day. Supplement with
oils from list below for specific needs.
Or combine 3 drops each Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Ylang
Ylang in a capsule and take one daily.
overview of how oils can supplement these includes:
Peppermint increases circulation
Helichrysum improves circulation and reduces blood
Ylang Ylang has been used traditionally to balance heart
Marjoram helps smooth muscle tissue (heart).
Cypress and Wild Orange ease spasms
Soothing Blend, Lavender and Ylang Ylang ease arrhythmia symptoms
Ginger, Lemon, Rosemary and Thyme improve circulation
damaged by arteriosclerosis
Lavender, Wild Orange and Ylang Ylang settle an increased
Melissa, Peppermint and Ylang Ylang settle palpitations
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Please note: The information provided below is
a compilation of the experiences of others who have
used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically
verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical
experts. It is anecdotal information and should be
treated as such. For serious medical concerns please
seek professional medical attention.
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Our thanks to:
Valerie - In April of 2009, I introduced
the essential oils to my mom and had her start with the
Dr. Mom kit and also on
the LLW pack. She has
been going to the hematologist every two to three weeks to
get a blood shot (procrit) since she had gone into
Congestive Heart Failure in 2001. After she had been
taking the LLW and the oils daily for a month, she went back
for her normal visit to the hematologist and didn’t need a
shot. She ended up not needing a shot for two months!
They gave her a shot at that two month mark and she went
ahead and kept on taking the LLW and the oils daily in her
water. She has since gone five consecutive months
without needing another procrit shot because her blood is
working so well for her now. I can’t wait to see if
she will need a shot at the next visit!
Rob - Massage Blend Technique using Heart Healthy
The Massage Blend Technique is a fairly new spinal
treatment, but is based on experience and an understanding
essential oils and how they enhance systemic benefits and
aid in bringing out bodies back into balance. When
dealing with Massage Blend and the heart, keep in mind that
Massage Blend is not a magic bullet that can cure or heal years
of bad eating or physical habits or reverse the effects of
genetic disorders of the cardiovascular system. But
proper application of the most effective (xxx) essential oils
can greatly aid the body during it’s natural healing
process. For someone who is suffering from heart
disease, consider the benefits of the Massage Blend Technique.
Below is a list of other essential oils options for
someone dealing with cardiovascular disease. These
oils are not meant to replace the oils used in Massage Blend,
which are included and combined for specific reasons and
with specific oils. But substituting certain oils for
Massage Blend oils may be beneficial in dealing with certain
symptomologies associated with heart disease.
Basil (and inflammation)
These oils would be applied using the same method and
order of Massage Blend therapy. Consider rotating between
the above recipe and the original Massage Blend oils on a
weekly or bi weekly basis, administering Massage Blend
2-4 times weekly.
Anonymous - Now being able to
recognize the very beginning of an angina attack before it
peaks, I use Peppermint essential oil to alleviate the initial
symptoms before it becomes necessary to go to meds. My oxygen
supply seems to increase and the symptoms go away.
Monica - Any ideas
for oils to protect hubby's heart? He's on vacation...
is coming home early... not feeling well and thinks he may
have possibly had a mild heart attack. I've made an
appointment for him with the cardiologist on Friday this
week, but in the meantime would appreciate any ideas.
Oh - and for the record, he didn't have any chest pain...
just really tight/sore in left shoulder (front and back),
neck pain, jaw tightness and pain, dizziness, sweating, and
queazy tummy... but apparently, one doesn't HAVE to
have chest pain, and all of his symptoms that he DID have,
were enough to warrant a referral to the heart doctor from
his regular doctor.
Rob - Have him apply Peppermint over his
heart, neck and shoulders at least twice daily and every
time he feels discomfort. The increased blood flow
will ease pain and discomfort. He should cup and
inhale the Peppermint after applying it. Also use the
Massage Blend Technique daily for a week or so. Marjoram,
Basil and Ylang Ylang are also heart healthy oils.
Tamalu - Having had a heart condition, I
know the necessity of minerals to support heart function. I
would "test" him for higher dosages of the VM of the Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) supplement and consider Marjoram, Helichrysum
and Lavender. With my heart concern I used Oregano and
Protective Blend as antibiotics to protect my heart (the hospital
would have put me on antibiotics anyway). I also had
terrific results with White Fir and Birch for inflammation.
I didn't need them very often, and do not need them at all
anymore (the problem repaired itself).
Julie Ann - Emily Wright, an essential
oil expert, told me to use Ylang Ylang and Helichrysum on
the wrists and heart area for heart problems. I would
also add Peppermint and Cypress for it. Layer it
to ramp up the frequency of the oils. One more
thing consider Marjoram, it is for muscles. Your heart
is one big muscle and Marjoram works wonderfully for
restoring the rhythm.
Pat - I also have a heart blend using
many oils others have mentioned that I use and feel that it
really helps. I blend equal amounts of Cypress, Basil,
Lavender, Helichrysum and Peppermint. I put the blend in a
roller bottle and apply it to the heart area, the back of my
neck and the bottoms of my feet.
Annie - My 88
year old mother-in-law is suffering with arrhythmias.
She is also a little weak, maybe this is heart related.
Does any one have experience in this area? By the way,
she will not take the vitamins but is open to using
Pat - Rub this powerful oil blend
topically on her hands, feet and heart: Cypress,
Helichrysum, Marjoram, and Lavender.
Kathy - The blend of Cypress,
Helichrysum, Marjoram, and Lavender sounds great. I
helped an arrhythmia my uncle had with Peppermint
topically on his heart and aromatically every time he
felt them come on. Additionally, we used
some heart healthy oils daily like Helichrysum,
Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend) and Invigorating Blend on his chest and neck morning
and night with a light massage.
Too bad your mother-in-law will not take vitamins
because (...)'s supplements (LLW)
are excellent for the heart.
Nutty - I have a
friend with chronic heart disease. She is not familiar
with essential oils and is skeptical of their ability to
help. Anything I can suggest?
Rob - One thing to consider is that
research has found a clear connection between heart disease
and periodontal health. (see tab on Science and Research)
Even Listerine has used this research to promote the
advantages of regular mouth rinsing. Albeit with a
chemicalized, food colored, alcohol laden, rinse. Still, my
personal opinion is that they are onto something. I would
consider a twice daily routine of oil pulling with VCO,
Oregano, Lemon and switching weekly to using Protective Blend.
This will help both the mouth and the heart disease that can
often accompany it.
Also consider Marjoram and Helichrysum oils massaged over
the heart every night. Both are considered heart
healthy oils. I would also drink at least 3 quarts of
Lemon water (3-4 drops per quart) per day and apply
Grapefruit oil over the liver daily.
Of course with all of this couple it with exercise and
quality eating like your life depended on it (which it
Judy - What oils
would you recommend for someone who has had a heart attack a
short time ago. They can't afford much so if they could only
one or two oils which would you suggest for them to
Pat - Frankincense and Marjoram.
Rob - Peppermint and Marjoram.
Apply twice daily, 4 drops of each massaged over the heart
area. The Peppermint increases oxygen flow and the Marjoram
is a very heart healthy oil for the heart muscles.
Tammy – Also consider Geranium and
Lavender for the possible anxiety?
Phil - I have a
good friend that has been fighting an increased heart rate
for the last few months. The doctors have been
experimenting with different prescriptions with no luck so
far except some very nasty side effects. Are there any
essential oils that are supposed to decrease heart rate?
Rob - I have a friend that used use a
nitro spray for an increased heart rate and angina, but now
uses Ylang Ylang and Calming Blend to calm his rate. Apply
a few drops over the heart area and massage in, then cup and
inhale. Also I have heard that for some, Peppermint can be
calming to the heart.
John - Ylang Ylang, Marjoram and
Frankincense would be oils that I would use. Spinal
treatment to the back or front and inhale the oils. Yes! I
forgot Calming Blend! That would be good too.
Kathy - My aunt has
had radiation, which has in turn hardened her heart valve.
She has just gone through Chemo and double mastectomy this
past year and is cancer free now. But now she is
worried about going though heart surgery. Is there any
oils or blends or protocols that anyone knows about that
Deborah - cardiology is my expertise
having been in the field for over 25 years.
Unfortunately, there are no oils nor anything holistically
that can alter this type of situation. When a person
has aortic valve stenosis or mitral valve stenosis, it means
that the valve flaps are no longer able to fully close.
They have become hardened, may have calcium buildup on them
and/or have become stiffened. She will probably have
valvoplasty (which is a procedure that uses a balloon
inserted into the valve and inflated to make the opening a
little bigger) or if she may need valve replacement surgery
(either a mechanical or porcine valve). In the
meantime, as well as, approaching any of these treatments,
she can always benefit by any of the wonderful oils to help
calm, relax, and elevate her mood.
Pat - These oils are known to improve cardiovascular
Helichrysum improves circulation and reduces blood
Ylang Ylang has been used traditionally to balance
Marjoram helps smooth muscle tissue (heart)
Cypress improves circulation and lymphatic drainage
Rosemary is also a powerful oil for heart conditions
Use these oils individually or in a blend of equal
amounts and rub them on the carotidal arteries (side of
neck) and the heart area. The heart reflexology points
will give the best results.
folks recommend for children
Diet and Nutritional
complements to essential oils
Cayenne Pepper (ground or fresh) is known for its
vascular healing properties, and is heart food. The
problem with cayenne is you have to start out real small
and slowly adjust to the heat. Start with a pinch and
gradually get to 1 teaspoon. It will strengthen veins,
heart, and blood.
One way to get cayenne Pepper down is in Apple
Blasters (I make these when we have colds as well)
3 apples, juiced
1 Lemon, juiced
1 knuckle sized Ginger root, juiced
Cayenne to taste (my kids can do 1/4 teaspoon at a
You can also add a drop of Lemon essential oil, or
Protective Blend and get away with it. Mix it well.
Another heart food is Hawthorn Berry. The syrup/herb
can be picked up at a Herb store.
What Science & Research are saying
Hedieh Ghavidel - This well written and informative article
on heart attack was on Press TV, Tehran on 3 December 2008.
Research shows most people wait up to two hours after the
onset of heart attack symptoms before seeking medical attention,
either because they are uncertain about their symptoms, think it
is a false alarm or are afraid to acknowledge what is happening
to them. Clot-busting medication and other treatments which can
restore blood flow and save muscle are only effective in the
first hour after the attack. Therefore, it is crucial to
immediately seek medical care in order to prevent death. Like
any other muscle in the body, in order to function, the heart
needs blood flow to carry oxygen to it. When there is not enough
oxygen, the muscle begins to suffer and gradually die. The
buildup of cholesterol in blood vessels in the form of plaque
narrows the arteries, restricting the amount of blood flowing
through them. In the absence of adequate blood supply, the heart
muscle begins to ache, resulting in angina. If the plaque
ruptures, a small blood clot can form within the blood vessel
blocking blood flow. When that part of the heart loses its blood
supply completely, the muscle dies and a heart attack occurs. No
one knows why some people develop heart disease and others do
not. A number of clues and risk factors have been identified
which can help determine high-risk individuals for heart attack
such as: Those with a family history of heart disease, smokers,
drug abusers, diabetics, individuals with high blood pressure,
high cholesterol and/or triglycerides levels or high
homocysteine levels, sedentary individuals and those under
Drinking 10-20 cups a day can provide protection against
Depression and heart attack are often linked; therefore,
treating depression is important. An underactive thyroid may
increase the risk of heart attack. Large doses of vitamin D -
over 1000 units a day- can be dangerous for people with heart
disease. People with high blood pressure should avoid cold
weather as lower temperatures increase blood pressure, putting
strain on the heart and sometimes triggering a heart attack. One
third of heart attacks occur without warning and are referred to
as 'silent heart attacks'. The elderly and diabetics often
experience this form of heart attack. The remainder are preceded
by months or even years of symptoms, most commonly angina -
chest pain aggravated by stress or physical exertion and
relieved by rest. Most people complain of intermittent angina,
shortness of breath and unusual fatigue in the days or weeks
leading up to a heart attack. A constant sensation of heartburn
that persists for days and is not relieved with antacids can be
a sign of impending heart attack. Heart attack symptoms commonly
include: - Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that
lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back.
Discomfort can be described as pressure, squeezing, fullness or
pain. - Pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, stomach -
Shortness of breath - Profuse sweating - cold sweat - Nausea
and/or vomiting - Light-headedness In women and the elderly,
heart attack symptoms are sometimes so vague that they can be
unnoticed. The only complaint may go extreme weakness or
Eating walnuts every day may reduce the risk of heart attack.
Nevertheless, women are more likely to experience shortness
of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. How to react:
If you think you may be having a heart attack DO NOT WASTE ANY
TIME IN SEEKING MEDICAL ASSISTANCE as any delay can result in
greater damage to the heart. Stop what you are doing, sit down,
stay calm and assess the situation. Inform someone about what is
happening. If discomfort and sweating does not go away,
IMMEDIATELY call for emergency help. Do not drive to the
hospital yourself as there is always danger of suffering another
attack. If you have nitroglycerine pills, take one every five
minutes, up to three pills in total. Take an aspirin and chew it
as it may help prevent a blood clot. CPR coughing -- vigorous
coughing -- may help you remain conscious long enough to call
for help. Preventative measures against heart attack:
Antioxidant-rich foods (especially red onions), almonds, sesame
seeds and grains, and omega-3 fatty acids help reduce the risk
of heart attack. Eating approximately seven walnuts a day may
reduce the risk of heart attack by 8 - 10 percent. High fiber
diets, especially whole grain breakfast cereals along with foods
rich in vitamins B6 and B12 (leafy green vegetables and fruits)
and folic acid (beans, asparagus, and spinach), reduce the risk
of heart attack. Green tea has good antioxidant properties.
Drinking 10-20 cups a day can provide protection against heart
attack. Ginkgo biloba and Ginger root strengthen the heart and
are helpful for chest pain. Rosemary and primRose can help
manage angina. To relieve stress and help relaxation, add a few
drops of Lavender, Sandalwood orYlang Ylang essential oil to a
tissue and inhale the aroma throughout the day.
Ginkgo biloba strengthens the heart and is good for chest
Do not eat too much red meat, fat, salt, sugars or white
flour. Eliminate fried foods, coffee, black tea, colas and
alcohol from your diet. Do not smoke and avoid second hand
smoke. Exercise more. Chest pain is ALWAYS an emergency
condition as aside from heart attack it may be caused by a blood
clot in the lung or an aortic dissection or tear. Therefore, it
is extremely important to seek medical attention even when one
is unsure that the symptoms are heart-disease related.
Perio.org (American Academy of Periodontology) lists
16 recent studies on the connection between an unhealthy
mouth and heart disease. The most recent is
included for quick reference.
Healthy Gums and a Healthy
Heart: The Perio-Cardio Connection
Clinical recommendations encourage
cardiologists to examine the mouth and periodontists to
ask questions about heart health.
CHICAGO - June 1, 2009 - Cardiovascular disease, the
leading killer of men and women in the United States, is
a major public health issue contributing to 2,400 deaths
each day. Periodontal disease, a chronic inflammatory
disease that destroys bone and gum tissues that support
the teeth affects nearly 75 percent of Americans and is
the major cause of adult tooth loss. And while the
prevalence rates of these disease states seems grim,
research suggests that managing one disease may reduce
the risk for the other.
A consensus paper on the relationship between heart
disease and gum disease was published concurrently in
the online versions of two leading publications, the
American Journal of Cardiology (AJC), a publication
circulated to 30,000 cardiologists, and the Journal of
Periodontology (JOP), the official publication of the
American Academy or Periodontology (AAP). Developed in
concert by cardiologists, the physicians specialized in
treating diseases of the heart, and periodontists, the
dentists with advanced training in the treatment and
prevention of periodontal disease, the paper contains
clinical recommendations for both medical and dental
professionals to use in managing patients living with,
or who are at risk for, either disease. As a result of
the paper, cardiologists may now examine a patient’s
mouth, and periodontists may begin asking questions
about heart health and family history of heart disease.
The clinical recommendations were developed at a
meeting held earlier this year of top opinion-leaders in
both cardiology and periodontology. In addition to the
clinical recommendations, the consensus paper summarizes
the scientific evidence that links periodontal disease
and cardiovascular disease and explains the underlying
biologic and inflammatory mechanisms that may be the
basis for the connection.
According to Kenneth Kornman, DDS, PhD, Editor of the
Journal of Periodontology and a co-author of the
consensus report, the cooperation between the cardiology
and periodontal communities is an important first step
in helping patients reduce their risk of these
associated diseases. “Inflammation is a major risk
factor for heart disease, and periodontal disease may
increase the inflammation level throughout the body.
Since several studies have shown that patients with
periodontal disease have an increased risk for
cardiovascular disease, we felt it was important to
develop clinical recommendations for our respective
specialties. Therefore, you will now see cardiologists
and periodontists joining forces to help our patients.”
For patients, this may mean receiving some
unconventional advice from their periodontist or
cardiologist. The clinical recommendations outlined in
the consensus paper advise that periodontists not only
inform their patients of the increased risk of
cardiovascular disease associated with periodontal
disease, but also assess their risk for future
cardiovascular disease and guide them to be evaluated
for the major risk factors. The paper also recommends
that physicians managing patients with cardiovascular
disease evaluate the mouth for the basic signs of
periodontal disease such as significant tooth loss,
visual signs of oral inflammation, and receding gums.
While additional research will help identify the
precise relationship between periodontal disease and
cardiovascular disease, recent emphasis has been placed
on the role of inflammation - the body’s reaction to
fight off infection, guard against injury or shield
against irritation. While inflammation initially intends
to have a protective effect, untreated chronic
inflammation can lead to dysfunction of the affected
tissues, and therefore to more severe health
“Both periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease
are inflammatory diseases, and inflammation is the
common mechanism that connects them,” says Dr. David
Cochran, DDS, PhD, President of the AAP and Chair of the
Department of Periodontics at the University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio. “The clinical
recommendations included in the consensus paper will
help periodontists and cardiologists control the
inflammatory burden in the body as a result of gum
disease or heart disease, thereby helping to reduce
further disease progression, and ultimately to improve
our patients’ overall health. That is our common goal.”