Poor Circulation Can Lead To Disease

What Is Poor Circulation?

Most of the systems in the body are affected by the vitality of the blood flowing around it - a poor circulation can result in major ill health. Essential oils may stimulate improvement in your circulation. Most people are unaware of how vitally important it is to our health to have a good, strong circulation of blood around our bodies. We just make an assumption that blood will circulate of its own accord at the right strength and pressure.  Not necessarily...

The Results of Poor Circulation

The initial outcome of this slow movement of blood is lack of nutrition and oxygen. If the blood can't reach certain organs or tissue, or is slow to circulate, then it's not able to provide the nourishment each cell needs to survive. You will feel run-down, lethargic.  Probably irritable.  And certainly prone to certain health problems. Slow blood circulation also reduces the flow of lymph. This is vitally important to remove toxins and harmful agents from your system via the blood. Carbon dioxide must also be removed. The main cause of a slow blood flow around the body is atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. A long term outcome of poor circulation could well be heart problems, stroke, varicose veins, kidney dysfunction and tissue damage.


  • Numbness in the toes and fingers
  • Cold hands and feet (not just in winter)
  • Tiredness
  • Headaches
  • Tingling feeling in the extremities
  • Water retention
  • Muscle pain during exercise which is relieved at rest
  • A limb changes colour
  • Paleness in skin colour
  • Slow digestion
  • Constipation
  • Lack of energy
  • Leg cramps when exercising
  • Open sores on the legs which take time to heal


  • Atherosclerosis 
  • Lack of exercise
  • Junk food
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Raynaud's Disease
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Hypothyroidism


If you suffer from this condition it is best to have it checked and properly diagnosed by a doctor. Monitoring its current impact and its potential for more serious conditions will be an ongoing concern.

Using essential oils in a healing remedy will certainly help you feel better and could improve the circulation.

And remember to maintain a good wholesome diet, ramp up that exercise regime and keep your blood pressure and cholesterol levels down.

Essential Oils for Poor Circulation

Essential oils used for poor circulation will stimulate blood flow in the veins, lymph movement in the lymphatic system and help shift the toxin build up throughout your body.

If you suffer very  badly from poor circulation then apply these recipes three times a day over your arms/legs and heart area. As your symptoms (cold feet/blue hands etc) ease off then reduce the application times down to once a day.  Do not give up if symptoms aren't relieved quickly - it can sometimes take weeks, but the essential oils and massage will help.

Recipe One

Geranium and Rosemary for Poor Circulation


  • 5 drops Geranium essential oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 5 drops Hyssop essential oil 
  • 5 drops Black Pepper essential oil
  • 5 drops Ginger essential oil
  • 30ml carrier oil


Make them up into a massage blend and rub over the chest area.  

Other essential oils you can substitute are:

Cedarwood for lymph circulation or Sage and Sandalwood for blood circulation.

Recipe Two


  • 5 drops Black Pepper essential oil
  • 5 drops Rosemary essential oil


Mix these together and use three to five drops of the combination in a bath.


Increase both essential oils to 15 drops each and add to 30mls carrier oil. Massage over chest/heart area and either legs or arms to increase circulation.

Recipe Three


  • 3 drops Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops Basil essential oil
  • 3 drops Sage essential oil


Mix these together and use three to five drops of the combination in a bath.


Increase Peppermint to 11 drops, Basil to 8 drops and Sage to 11 drops and add to 30mls of carrier oil. Massage over the heart area and your arms/legs.