Thursday, August 21, 2008

Calming Heart Palpitations with Herbs, Foods, and Herbal Remedies

Heart palpitations can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime. They can be uncomfortable and even scary, but are not always an indication of an unhealthy heart condition. Some common triggers can be menopause, anxiety or stress, an overactive thyroid gland, or a reaction to the consumption of alcohol, nicotine, or caffeine.

One of the most important things to do if you are having palpitations is to relax, and reduce stress. Regular exercise and relaxation techniques can help to reduce the amount of stress experienced on a daily basis, and breathing techniques can help you deal with stressful situations.

Replacing sugary and soda drinks with tea and fresh fruit and vegetable drinks can be highly beneficial, especially drinks that are rich in antioxidants, such as green tea, blackberry, cranberry, and many herbal teas. Artichoke leaves boiled in water (much like a tea) are rich in beneficial antioxidants. Fresh garlic is extremely healing, and has been used for centuries as an aid in heart health, and is reported to hault heart palpitations. There is an old folk remedy that calls for apple cider vinegar over a sugar cube or mixed into a tablespoon of honey or a glass of cold water, and is said to stop palpitations.

Other helpful herbs include: green tea, licorice, St. John's wort, lime leaves, orange leaves, basil, melissa, sage, and rose petals. You can also use essence of melissa, chamomile, and rose oil for aromatherapy healing.

If you are able to determine the triggers that cause your heart palpitations, you can learn to avoid them. These triggers can include food, stress, caffeine intake, tobacco, and even spicy foods. Incorporate foods that are high in vitamin E, which helps to reduce the risk of blood clots.

Heart palpitations can be a minor symptom of stress or improper diet, but if you are experiencing them on a regular basis, or are experiencing chest pain, sweating, or fainting, there could be a more serious underlying problem or an existing medical condition, such as thyroid or heart disease, and you may need the advice of a trained medical professional.


  1. The Garlic itself is an accepted herbal medicine due to it is known to treat heart problems and especially an effective way in lowering blood pressure.. it also lowers the level of bad cholesterol which reduces the risk for heart attacks..

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