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Aromatherapy Massage for the Cardiovascular System

Using aromatherapy for cardiovascular system massage

The cardiovascular system comprises the heart, veins and arteries, and its basic function is to ensure adequate circulation of blood around the body. As fresh blood reaches every cell in the body, sugars, iron, salts, oxygen - and particles of essential oils - are exchanged for waste products such as carbon and skin and are excreted through breathing, urination and sweating.

The heart is the most vital of the body's organs and is central to our existence. It is also the strongest muscle of the body, and works continuously - night and day - from the moment we are born till the moment we die. The heart pumps blood around the body, taking freshly oxygenated blood from the lungs to all parts of the body, and de-oxygenated blood from the body to the lungs for oxygenation.

Any problem of the cardiovascular system requires medical attention. However, aromatherapy massage, alongside lifestyle changes, can help to prevent cardiovascular problems arising in the first place, and can stimulate the circulation. Varicose veins are a minor cardiovascular problem and massage of any kind is contraindicated over varicose veins.

How aromatherapy massage can help the cardiovascular system

  • The heart benefits from aromatherapy massage because regular treatments relax the whole body and reduces stress and tension, which can contribute to high blood pressure, strokes, angina and heart attacks. Essential oils that are cardiac tonics include rosemary, lavender, rose, peppermint, garlic and marjoram.
  • Blood pressure fluctuates according to activity, eating, caffeine intake, emotional stress and so on, but normal blood pressure ranges betwen 10/60 and 140/90. Unnaturally high blood pressure is called hypertension. Aromatherapy massage with relaxing, calming essential oils that can gently lower blood pressure, such as marjoram, ylang ylang and lavender, is beneficial. Garlic capsule can also be taken.
  • Unnaturally low blood pressure, called hypotension, also benefits from aromatherapy massage with stimulating essential oils that can gently increase blood pressure, such as rosemary and thyme.


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