Angina

angina

Angina is a symptom not a disease.  It is a symptom of the heart not receiving enough oxygen which in turn causes the chest pains termed angina. The pain is noted as a tightness or pressure in the chest.  Some with severe angina describe it as a severe or very heavy pressure on the chest.   There are two common and one unusual type of angina.

  • Chronic angina – this occurs with physical activity or other times (stress, high altitude, over eating, even smoking) when the heart is working harder than normal.  This usually lasts a short time (5 minutes) and may subside with rest.  Essential oils can help relieve the discomfort and shorten the duration of such occurrences.
  • Unstable angina – This condition requires medical attention since there is an immediate risk of a heart attack.  When the symptoms described above occur with no physical activity or other reason why the heart should be working harder than normal then proper precautions for a heart attack should be followed.
  • Variant angina – This is rare symptom that comes on without warning and is caused by a coronary artery spasm or tightening.

Any of these symptoms are exacerbated by CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) where plaque, caused by fat and cholesterol, builds up in the artery limiting the oxygen being taken to the heart muscles.

Oils & Blends:  Ginger, Peppermint, Wild Orange, Wintergreen

Suggested protocols:

Apply Grounding Blend and Wintergreen topically (dilute with a carrier for those with sensitive kin) directly to the heart area and/or reflexologypoints on the feet or hands. Alternate with Peppermint or Ginger. Inhalation using cup and inhale or diffusing may also be considered.

Editorial note: Just as a reminder when angina symptoms occur with no physical activity or other reason why the heart should be working harder than normal then proper precautions for a heart attack should be followed. 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]

Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.