Natural Health – Heart Healthy Home Tips

Natural Health – Heart Healthy Home Spa Tips

By Marilee Tolen

I spoke at a lecture along with two cardiologists on Heart Health for Women. I didn’t wear a red dress but I had my red dress pin on! (ordered directly from the box tops of Celestial Seasonings tea!). I was grateful to not only be presenting some of my Heart Healthy Home Spa Tips, but to listen to two female cardiologists present current approaches to cardiac care.

It brought back memories of my Intensive Care nursing days. I used to be an assistant head nurse of a fourteen bed Intensive Care unit. Heart attack patients filled a high percentage of our unit. If they weren’t in the unit for postoperative heart surgery, they were there because of a heart attack or a serious disturbance in their heart rhythm. It’s easy to underestimate heart disease and heart damage in people because the person usually doesn’t look any different on the outside. And more often than not people who have heart disease may not even feel any different for a long time preceding an event.

One of the popular questions to these cardiologists was “how do I know I have heart disease if I don’t have any symptoms?”. The physicians answered the key factors such as genetics, blood studies, and medical history. Stress is also a contributory factor in heart disease. And, although we didn’t discuss this at the presentation last week, I believe ‘issue s of the heart’ play a vital role. It’s not unusual that when someone has a heart-breaking situation it can affect their heart. Energetically, that makes a lot of sense.

Here are three simple, easy, and heart healthy tips pleasures that you can do at home! (Isn’t it nice to think of something pleasurable to keep us healthy instead of a restrictive?)

–Soak Your Feet In Epsom Salts…

-add one cup of Epsom Salt to a tub of warm water

-carefully sit on the side of your tub and soak your feet for 12 minutes

Epsom salts are made up of mostly magnesium. Magnesium is an important mineral that most people are deficient in because of our depleted soil. Magnesium is reported to improve heart and circulatory health, reduce irregular heartbeats, preventing hardening of the arteries, reducing blood clots and lower blood pressure. Epsom salt soaks can also help ease stress and improve sleep and concentration.

–Sprinkle Lavender…

–on your pillowcase at night

–on your wrists and neck in place of perfume

–on your carpet where you spend the most time

–in your car

–in your bath water

Lavender has been shown through research to reduce stress responses and help lower blood pressure.

–Brew a Cup of Green Tea…

–Use one tea bag, or 2 – 4 grams of tea,* per cup

–Fill a kettle with cold water and bring to a boil

–After unplugging the kettle, allow it to stand for up to 3 minutes

–Pour the heated water over the tea bag or tea, and allow it to steep for up to 3 minutes

Green tea is associated with reduced risk of coronary artery disease and has claims that its high antioxidant properties may cut the amount of cholesterol in the artery wall.

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