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Understanding Angina and Essential Oils

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Health Description

Angina is a symptom not a disease.  It is a symptom of the heart not receiving enough oxygen which in turn causes the chest pains termed angina. The pain is noted as a tightness or pressure in the chest.  Some with severe angina describe it as a severe or very heavy pressure on the chest.   There are two common and one unusual type of angina.




  • Chronic angina – this occurs with physical activity or other times (stress, high altitude, over eating, even smoking) when the heart is working harder than normal.  This usually lasts a short time (5 minutes) and may subside with rest.  Essential oils can help relieve the discomfort and shorten the duration of such occurrences.
  • Unstable angina – This condition requires medical attention since there is an immediate risk of a heart attack.  When the symptoms described above occur with no physical activity or other reason why the heart should be working harder than normal then proper precautions for a heart attack should be followed.
  • Variant angina – This is rare symptom that comes on without warning and is caused by a coronary artery spasm or tightening.

Any of these symptoms are exacerbated by CHD (Coronary Heart Disease) where plaque, caused by fat and cholesterol, builds up in the artery limiting the oxygen being taken to the heart muscles.

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

Essential Oils to Use For Anemia:

Oils & Blends: A Grounding Blend, Peppermint, Orange, Wintergreen (dilute)

Suggested Ways to Use:

Apply a grounding blend and Wintergreen topically (dilute with a carrier for those with sensitive skin) directly to the heart area and/or reflexology points on the feet or hands. Alternate with Peppermint or Ginger. Inhalation using cup and inhale or diffusing may also be considered.

Editorial note: Just as a reminder when angina symptoms occur with no physical activity or other reason why the heart should be working harder than normal then proper precautions for a heart attack should be followed. The common protocol if you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack is to 1) take two aspirin, 2) call 911, 3) call someone close by to be with you, 4) sit (don’t lie down) and 5) wait for help to arrive.

Experiences & Testimonials

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of the experiences of others who have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

John – I have a friend that has had to often uses meds to control angina attacks.  I gave him some Peppermint the other day and he says he is thrilled because he puts a few drops on his hands, rubs them together, then massages the oils into his upper chest and neck area, and then inhales from his hands.  It immediately alleviates the symptoms.

Rob – I used to have angina pains quite often.  Most usually at night and especially after a big meaty meal. To alleviate pain and discomfort, I would literally have to sleep sitting up in a chair.  (not very comfortable)  I tried many different oils to help the issue.  Peppermint gave some relief as did a Grounding Blend rubbed on my chest. But the most effective oils so far is a Soothing Blend.  I just rubbed a couple drops on my chest above my heart area and then would cup and inhale from my hands and instantly the discomfort would go away.  I have also used Wintergreen and Birch with success in a similar way. I am assuming the acetylsalicylic acid found in a Soothing Blend, wintergreen and birch may be a positive contributing factor.  Please do not hesitate to see a healthcare professional if angina pain continues, or is frequent. Also, I have recently started a plant based diet.  Everything I eat is vegan plus no sugars or fried foods,  I have not had ANY angina pains since.

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