Natural treatment for heart palpitations – Cinnamon and valerian

Natural cures for heart palpitations

Heart palpitations are irregularity or abnormality in the heartbeat which is characterized by feeling like the heart is beating too slow or too fast or it is fluttering. This feeling can last from just a few seconds to as long as hours. There are many causes which could lead to heart palpitations such as hormonal or biological conditions, psychological factors and external stimulants. Some of the most common causes for heart palpitations are use of illicit drugs like cocaine and marijuana; nicotine or alcohol; excessive intake of caffeine; strenuous exercise; high levels of adrenalin due to stress or anxiety; low blood sugar; an electrolyte imbalance in the body; overactive thyroid and anemia. [1,2] Also people who suffer from panic attacks and pregnant women are having increased chances of getting heart palpitations. Also there are some prescription medications which can cause heart palpitations. You should know that the heart palpitations are actually a symptom and not a disease [2]. They can accompany other symptoms, such as sensation of constriction in the throat and shortness of breath. There are some cases when heart palpitations can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition, especially when they are accompanied by symptoms like vomiting, nausea, sweating, chest pain, blurred vision, fainting and dizziness. If you experience some of the mentioned symptoms, then you need to talk with your doctor as soon as possible. In the most cases heart palpitations are harmless and they resolve on their own. You need to talk with your doctor if you suffer from heart palpitations before you start using some of the below mentioned home remedies for heart palpitations.

Heart palpitations home remedy treatment

Increase magnesium intake: There are some cases when magnesium deficiency can lead to heart palpitations. Magnesium can ensure smooth functioning of your heart and nervous system as well as better blood circulation in the body [3]. You should eat magnesium – rich foods like low fat yogurt; dark chocolate; bananas; avocados; cold – water fish; peanut butter; oatmeal; quinoa; seeds like pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds; nuts like cashews and almonds; spinach, Swiss chard, kale and other dark green vegetables. Also you can take magnesium supplements, 350 mg per day. Talk with your doctor if this is the correct dosage for your condition.

Lavender: This natural cure acts by calming the anxiety levels which can lead to heart palpitations. The lavender infused baths can  help to ease the panic attacks and it can help to calm down the excessive brain activity. [1]

Blackstrap molasses: This is a very simple home remedy which can help you to control the heart palpitations. It is rich in magnesium, calcium, iron and potassium which mean that it can help to prevent these deficiencies in the body which cause heart palpitations. It is very effective for treating anemia which is the leading cause for heart palpitations. You should stir one tablespoon of blackstrap molasses into one cup of water and then drink it. Also there is another option and that is to mix two teaspoons each of apple cider vinegar and blackstrap molasses into one cup of water. You should follow either of these home remedies once per day.

Cold water: When you have a decrease in your fluid intake, then this can make your heart more prone to irregular heartbeats. This is a reason why you should drink one glass of cold water because it will help you to restore your normal heartbeat. Also it can help to reduce dizziness, anxiety and stress. You should splash cold water on your face because this is also working well for heart palpitations and panic attacks. Also you can take a cold shower. The cold water will help to shock the nervous system and it can help to get the heartbeat back to normal. [4]

Natural cures for heart palpitations

heart palpitations natural cures

Deep breathing: This is one of the best ways which can help you to deal with heart palpitations. It can ease the anxiety and panic attack which in turn will help to normalize the heart rate. The deep breathing can also help to relax the body and it can increase the oxygen supply to your brain. You should sit comfortably in a cross – legged position. You should take slow and deep breaths through your nose which will allow your belly to expand with each inhalation. You should breathe out slowly through your mouth. You should repeat it a few minutes until your heart rate slows down. Also you can make yoga and meditation because they can help to prevent the heart palpitations.

Coughing: If you cough vigorously for a few minutes, then this can help to break the pattern of a heart palpitation. This will cause the pressure to build up in your chest which will put your heart back into a normal rhythm.

Valsalva maneuver: This is an ancient technique which can help to restore the fast heartbeat to a normal. It can cause physical intervention which can stimulate the 10th cranial nerve (the vagus nerve). This in turn will lead to slowing of your heart rate. Firstly, you need to pinch your nose, close your mouth and then try to breathe out forcibly. This technique will accelerate your heart rate and then it will slow down your heartbeat. If you suffer from heart disease, then you should not use this home remedy. [5]

Valerian: Valerian is a very effective home remedy for people who have heart palpitations due to anxiety or panic attack. It has relaxing effect which can calm you and it can restore the normal heartbeat. Also it can promote sleep. You should add ten drops of valerian tincture to one glass of water and then drink it to get a quick relief. Also you can take valerian supplements for a few weeks as a preventative measure. You need to talk with your doctor about the proper dosage and you should not take this supplement for longer than a few weeks. This home remedy is not recommended for pregnant women. [6]

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is also a very effective home remedy for heart palpitations. It has many chemicals and nutrients, including potassium and manganese which are good for the heart. Also it can help to improve the blood flow to the heart, reduce high blood pressure and prevent excess buildup of bad cholesterol (LDL or low – density lipoprotein). You should mix one teaspoon of cinnamon powder in one glass of warm water and then drink it. Also there is another option and that is to mix together one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and then consume it. You should follow some of these home remedies once per day in a period of few days. [7]

Motherwort: This home remedy can help to cure heart irregularities by making the organ stronger. This natural cure was used in the traditional medicine by people who were prone to nervous temperaments and associated heart conditions. Also this natural cure can help to circulatory system with its antioxidant and anti – inflammatory properties.

Lemon balm: The lemon balm is also known as Melissa officinalis. This is a very effective home remedy which can help you against the heart palpitations. This home remedy has a tonic effect on the circulatory system and heart [1]. Also it is working as a mild relaxant which can help to reduce the anxiety. Lemon balm can help to normalize the overactive thyroid. In one cup of hot water you should add one teaspoon of dried lemon balm. You should cover it and then steep it for five to ten minutes. You should drink one cup of this home remedy whenever you have heart palpitations. Also you can include the lemon balm in your cooking or you can take lemon balm supplements after you have talked with your doctor.

Hawthorn: This is a very effective home remedy for the heart palpitations. It can help to increase your blood flow to the heart and it can improve the cardiac muscle contractions which in turn will help to steady the heartbeat [8]. You can take the hawthorn in supplement form. The general dosage of it is from 160 – 900 mg per day and it should be taken for 3 – 24 weeks. You need to talk with your doctor before you start taking this supplement because it can interfere with certain medications. Also this herb may not be suitable during pregnancy.

Passion flower: This natural cure has many therapeutic applications and the heart palpitations are one of them. It can ease the anxiety and it can help to cure anemia which means that it can relax both cardiac and nervous systems.

Cayenne: This natural cure acts as a stimulant on the heart muscle and it can smoothen out heart arrhythmias. It can enhance the overall heart health by strengthening the muscle and balancing circulation.


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