Mens Health – Heart Health

Men aren’t usually as in tune with their bodies as are women. In the past it was considered “not manly” to worry about physical problems – men were supposed to tough it out and not complain. However, attention to the particular problems that men encounter has become accepted and important, and there are many clinics specifically set up to help with men’s problems.

Ask Yourself

• Did anyone in my family die of a heart attack?
• Is my blood pressure high?
• Can I reduce the stress at work or home?
• Am I smoking or drinking too much?
• Am I physically fit?
• Do I need to exercise more?
• Am I overweight?
• Do I eat too much junk and not enough fish, grain, fruit, and vegetables?

If the answer is “Yes” to any or many of the above questions, you need to make a change.

The following treatment should be used as a starter, and your health professional should be informed of any natural or alternative treatment that you are using. Always consult a professional if symptoms persist or become aggravated.

Heart Health

The biggest problems that men have to address are diet and stress, and their dire consequences. Heart attacks strike men during their middle years, and many could have been avoided if the warning signs had been heeded. There is so much help out there these days – the Heart Association is only a phone call away. The following recipes will improve the circulation, reduce stress, and aid in lowering blood pressure.

Essential Oil to Stimulate Circulation – Black pepper, clary sage, eucalyptus, geranium, ginger, hyssop, marjoram, rose, rosemary

Essential Oils to Reduce Stress – Basil, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, cypress, frankincense, marjoram, sandalwood

Heart’s Ease Blend

• ½ cup (80 ml) grape seed oil
• 20 drops geranium essential oil
• 20 drops clary sage essential oil
• 10 drops bergamot essential oil
• 10 drops rosemary oil
• 5 drops marjoram oil

To make and use

Mix all the oils together in a small bottle and shake to blend. If there’s time, leave for four days before using so the oils have time to synergize or combine well.

Float one teaspoon of the blend onto warm water in a small bowl, and use for massage. Pour two teaspoons of the blend into a bath or footbath, agitate to disperse, and soak in the bath for 20-30 minutes, massaging any floating oil droplets into the skin.

Pour a little of the blend into the palm of the hand, and massage over the body after showering, while the skin is still damp.

Alternatively, just blend the essential oils together to use as an air spray or in an oil burner.

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