Herbal Remedies for Leg Circulation
If leg circulation has been a problem for you for some time, you might be thinking that things are only going to get worse from here on in. This simply isn’t true, and there are a number of ways to improve leg circulation. One of them is drinking tea!
Healing Infusions to improve leg circulation
When you prepare a herbal remedy, all you need is a cup, a kettle, some filtered or mineral water and the herb itself. So easy.
Dandelion will help reduce leg swelling caused by water retention and poor circulation. Dr. Michael DiPalma says that drinking up to four cups of dandelion tea per day helps to purify your blood, increase your energy levels and target digestion. Simply add some dried dandelion to your cup, fill it with boiling hot water, let it steep for 10 minutes and it’ll be ready to drink. Sweeten to taste.
Rosemary is good for your general blood circulation and is helpful for any condition that leads to you feeling cold and stagnant. It also lifts the spirits, relieves muscular tension and speeds up digestion.
Put some fresh or dry rosemary leaves into your cup, fill with boiling water, steep and enjoy. Add some honey or another natural sweetener if preferred.
Horsetail is full of silica, and used to be used to scour pots and polish wood. It’s been used since ancient Roman times and is featured in Chinese medicinal texts, too. The silicic acid in it strengthens your connective tissues, improving the flexibility and functioning of joints and blood vessels, so if your bad circulation is making your knees stiff, this is a great remedy for you. It works nicely on any type of swelling, rheumatism, gout and relieves fluid retention.
To prepare your horsetail remedy, just soak 1-2 teaspoons of the horsetail in a cup of cold water for 10-15 minutes. Now gently simmer the herb for 15 minutes or more. Strain and drink two cups of the tea every day. When you use it for over two weeks at a time, it will strengthen your bones, your ligaments, tendons as well as beautify your nails, hair and skin!
Hawthorn leaves, flower and berries have been used for a very long time in the British Isles, and natural medicine practitioners use it to make medicinal teas, tinctures and oils. It’s good for the heart, and strengthens the heart muscle, promoting blood flower and lower blood pressure. Great news for people with leg circulation issues.
Hawthorn contains flavonoids, and calcium which strengthens the heart muscle itself. It also calms the nervous system and is antispasmodic.
To make a healing tea, pour a cup of boiling water over just one teaspoon of hawthorn leaves and/or flowers. Drink a cupful every morning and every evening for at least six months, as this gentle herb works gradually.
Olive leaves are most commonly used as an extract. They have been found to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, which then improves blood flow in the legs. It’s great for preventing atherosclerosis in the leg area, and has been related to longevity, peak health and the prevention of some chronic diseases.
The antioxidant content of olive leaves may be the reason why it’s so effective. It’s been compared to vitamin C and green tea in terms of anti-inflammatory power. It also inhibits the sequence of events leading up to certain forms of cancer.
You can take olive leaves as a tea, but it’s best taken as an extract in warm water. Take 1,000 mg daily for a while and see if it improves your condition.
Butcher’s broom is a medicinal plant and the root is actually used as the medicine. It’s great for haemorrhoids, gallstones and atherosclerosis (hard arteries), improving circulation problems which give rise to leg cramps, pain and heavy lower limbs, varicose veins, itching and swelling in the leg area. It is also a laxative, a diuretic and as such reduces swelling marvellously.
You can actually eat the root like you might eat asparagus, but making a tea is also very effective. It works to improve blood circulation in the legs by causing the vessels to constrict slightly, preventing the blood from pooling in the veins.
To make the tea, use a small amount of the root and boil it in a cup of water. Strain and enjoy.