Essential oils for circulation

Poor blood circulation can result in different ways: cold extremities, body tensions and stiffness, heavy legs, headaches… The use of essential oils selected according to their molecular composition, combined with self-massage techniques to potentiate their action, will help to decongest blood and lymphatic vessels to free up blood circulation.

Cypress essential oil

This essential oil is rich in α-pinene, a molecule with anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to be an excellent venous and lymphatic decongestant, allowing a better circulation of these two fluids in the body.

Camphorated Rosemary essential oil

This essential oil is rich in camphor and 1,8-cineol, which are molecules with anti-inflammatory, decongestant, and tonic properties. The essential oil of camphorated rosemary will therefore have a relaxing action on the muscles, in addition to facilitating blood circulation in the body.

Clary Sage essential oil

Rich in linalyl acetate, clary sage essential oil has soothing and analgesic properties that promote relaxation, which will help the action of other essential oils.

Atlantic Cedar essential oil

Rich in α-cedrene and β-funebrene, this essential oil is known to be an excellent venous tonic due to its anti-inflammatory activity.

Peppermint essential oil

Peppermint essential oil contains menthone and menthol. In addition to its ability to increase blood flow, its refreshing effect will be appreciated during the massage.

Synergistic effect of these essential oils

The use of these essential oils in synergy will increase their activity to obtain even more effective results. The high concentration of cypress essential oil in the synergy allows a strong decongesting action and therefore a better blood and lymphatic circulation. The essential oils of camphorated rosemary, Atlantic cedar, and peppermint, excellent venous tonics with anti-inflammatory properties will thus increase and improve circulation in the body.
Thus, thanks to the combination of all these properties, this synergy will invigorate the body, allowing the blood circulation to reach again the extremities like the hands and feet which will then warm up. Combined with massages, this synergy also helps to relieve body tensions and stiffness, heavy leg sensations, or headaches.

The right gestures to maximize the effect of synergy

This ritual, developed specifically for blood circulation problems, combines the chemical and biological effect of essential oils with the draining and mechanical stimulating effect of massage.
The pressure exerted with the hands on the feet and legs will mechanically stimulate both the venous system and the lymphatic system located just under the skin. Thus, the effect of the massage will help to boost blood circulation in the extremities (hands and feet), while soothing heavy leg sensations and muscle tension.
In circular massages at the temples, the decongesting action of the synergy relieves headaches.

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