Blood clots are the body’s natural protection to stop bleeding from a cut or other injury. On the other hand there are situations when blood clots form within blood vessels that range in severity from mild to dangerous. As the veins are disturbed by the clot the condition of thrombophlebitis or swelling of the veins can occur. Clots that form inside the small veins near the surface of the skin result in superficial thrombophlebitis (or superficial phlebitis) and may cause local pain, redness, and swelling but are not dangerous. When blood coagulates inside larger blood vessels or the heart and remains in place it is called thrombus. The swelling of veins in this situation is called deep vein thrombosis (or DVT). If such a blood clot dislodges and travels in the blood vessel it is called an embolism and can result in severe health concerns. The most dangerous of embolism types include blood clots within the arteries of the heart that cause a heart attack. Blood clots in the heart or the main artery to the brain (carotid) that then travel to the brain give rise to a stroke. Or a blood clot in a deep vein (often the legs) that then travels to the lungs culminates in what is called a pulmonary embolism.
Some of those most at risk for these types of disorders are those that are obese, pregnant immobile, smokers and users of oral contraceptives. Certain diseases, types of cancer and surgeries increase the risk and there is some genetic disposition and also increased risk for those over 60.
As noted above blood clots range from helpful to very severe health situations. If you believe you are potentially dealing with a severe type immediately seek competent professional assistance. There are a number of anecdotal experiences of blood clots being reduced with essential oils and research (see Science & Research tab) that report that with increased Omega
3 fatty acids such as essential oils based supplements (Life Long Vitality) there is improved cardiovascular health.
Consistent use of the Life Long Vitality supplements improves the balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids that is shown in research to improve cardiovascular health. Proper hydration is important, drink lots of water.
Deep vein thrombosis
Blood clots in major blood vessels can be life threatening and should be treated with professional medical attention. This can be coupled with helpful essential oils as described under superficial phlebitis below.
Superficial phlebitis (and DVT after clots are addressed)
If painful: Lightly apply (do not massage or rub oils directly) by patting or spraying soothing oils along affected area. Some oils suggested are Massage Blend, Soothing Blend rub and Peppermint.
Healing: Apply 2 – 3 drops each of Cypress and Helichrysum to the bottoms of the feet 2 or 3 times per day. Some have coupled this with the same oils also taken internally in a capsule daily. If the area is not painful the Cypress and Helichrysum can be applied directly to the area and followed with a hot compress to drive in the oils.
Note: Some find Helichrysum initially gives a tingling or painful feeling as it heals but this is temporary and will go away.
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