Stimulate Circulation for Vital Energy
Circulation is about nourishment, movement and release. Also known as the cardiovascular system, this bodily function is in charge of pumping blood from the heart to the rest of the body, feeding all the organs with oxygen, and carbon out of the lungs.
Think about the roots of plants and trees, how they circulate nutrients from the soil to the plant’s organs. Our body also has its own roots that supply us with vital energy.
Healthy circulation will ease stagnation, promote the body’s immunity, and get rid of toxins that arise from stresses in the environment.
However, sometimes we may feel physically and mentally drained, especially during the cold and rainy seasons of autumn and winter. Physical imbalances may be irritated during these times, our hands and feet are more prone to coldness and dryness. Adding warming and nourishing protocols to your routine can go a long way.
Follow through to learn more about how you can stimulate circulation with essential oils.
So, how can essential oils help?
A healthy diet and lifestyle, adopting stimulating practices and foods, alongside consistent exercise are at the forefront for long-term health.
But, we don’t have to stop there. There are many ways we can support our body for optimum strength. The best part about it, is that when you feel good, it just becomes easy to feel better. So we say enjoy the process, really! Consider it an act of radical self-love.
Baths, compresses and massages are some of our favourite tools for stimulating circulation. Essential oils can enhance this practice by adding warmth to the body and helping to boost energy through penetrating aromas.
Stimulating Essential Oils for Circulatory Support
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary essential oil is sharp, invigorating and energising. One whiff of its piercing scent can wake you up by stimulating the circulatory, nervous and digestive systems, alongside improving concentration.
Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
A penetrating and energising stimulant for the mind and body, black pepper essential oil can improve blood flow and elimination of toxins, making this spice useful for cases of arthritis, joint tightness and muscle spams.
Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
A floral and refreshing scent, geranium essential oil is calming and sweet. It can soothe water retention by stimulating the circulatory and lymphatic systems while relaxing our mind and spirit.
Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)
Ginger essential oil is an exceptional root for circulatory and digestive support. It is anti-inflammatory, warming, spicy and energising for cold and dry symptoms.
Nourishing Practices for Circulatory Support
Massaging your body with nourishing oils can calm muscle and nerve tension by facilitating circulation. It is a great way to release stress in the body, relaxing the mind and soothing pain.
Circulatory Stimulating Essential Oil Blend
2 drops rosemary essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil
1 drop black pepper essential oil
2 drops cypress essential oil
30 ml carrier oil of choice (jojoba, sweet almond, olive oil etc)
- Blend ingredients in a 30 ml bottle. Store in dry, cool place and use when needed.
- For oil massage, apply the blend on your hands and massage against sore or tender areas. Incorporate long, soothing strokes towards the direction of your heart.
Baths are comforting ways to treat yourself after a long, hard week. Warm water can relax muscles and ease tightness in the body, while adding essential oils and salts to this practice can enhance your experience by promoting relaxation. Additionally, the warming oils in hot water can help the body ‘sweat out’ unwanted toxins.
Circulatory Stimulating Bath recipe
1 cup Epsom salt
3 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops ginger essential oil
a handful of fresh rosemary sprigs
Prepare a compress by soaking a towel in warm water with essential oils for circulatory and anti-inflammatory support.
Take caution with the temperature as you don’t want to burn your skin.
Add 5 drops essential oil in warm water. Soak a towel and squeeze out excess water, then apply on strained area for as long as needed.
- In cases of varicose veins, do not massage directly on affected area.
- Use essential oils with caution if you have very irritated or sensitive skin.
- This information is not intended to replace professional medical service. Always consult a qualified health provider, seek medical advice if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or suffering from any serious health problems.