Essential Oil Treatments for Anemia
Anemia is a condition of the hemoglobin cells ferrying oxygen around the body. If the body can’t receive enough oxygen as required in the tissues and cells it becomes fatigued and weak. The condition is related to vitamin B12, folic acid, iron insufficiency or blood loss.
The exact causes are easily determined by a doctor. Essential oils can help the blood and sugar balance, in the process alleviating a number of symptoms related to the issue. Citrus and ginger essential oils help a lot by enhancing iron absorption. Others you can use for anemia include: Angelica Root, Black Pepper, Lemon and Lime.
What is Anemia?
Anemia is a relatively common blood disorder, specifically a condition affecting the hemoglobin, or red blood cells, which are responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. Red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow, and certain nutrients are needed for this process to occur as it should, including iron, vitamin B12, folate, and other food-based nutrients. Typically, a person is anemic if they have less red blood cells than is normal, meaning less oxygen is carried to the various bodily organs. There are three main types of anemia; anemia caused by large-scale blood loss, by decreased production of red blood cells, and increased breakdown of red blood cells. If the body is not receiving the amount of oxygen that it requires in the tissues and cells, it becomes fatigued and weak. The exact causes are easily determined by a doctor or other medical professional, although the condition is associated with a deficiency in vitamin B12, folic acid, and/or iron, which all lead to decreased production of red blood cells. Causes of increased breakdown for red blood cells are rarer, and include infections (e.g. malaria), genetic conditions (e.g. sickle cell anemia), and autoimmune diseases.
Symptoms of Anemia
Symptoms of anemia can range from the mild to the more severe, depending on how fast the onset of the condition is, which will largely depend on the cause. Symptoms of slow onset anemia include tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath, dizziness, and physical fatigue. Fast onset anemia include thirst, confusion, a fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, body temperature changes, feelings faintness, sometimes leading to actual loss of consciousness. In very severe anemia, the sufferer will be visibly very pale.
When seeking to treat anemia using alternative and herbal remedies, it is important to first establish the underlying cause and type of anemia that you (or your patient) is suffering from. As such it is important to seek medical assistance, at least initially, before attempting to self-treat using essential oils and/or aromatherapy.
Essential oils can help the blood and sugar balance, and in the process alleviate a number of the common symptoms related to the issue. In particular, citrus (such as lemon, orange, and grapefruit) and ginger essential oils can be extremely beneficial, as they promote iron absorption within the body. Others you can use for anemia include: Angelica Root, Black Pepper, Rosemary, Thyme, Ylang-Ylang, and Lime. Lemon oil is particularly recommended, because it is has large amounts of a substance called ‘limonene’, which has a number of medical benefits that have been proven in clinical studies, and helps with circulatory problems involving the blood.
Some herbs also contain iron, so are excellent for use by anemic individuals; these include dandelion, burdock, mint, seaweed, and linden flowers; in addition to being a source of iron themselves, these substances can also assist the body to absorb more iron from dietary sources, and from any supplements that are being taken.
In terms of treating the symptoms of anemia, Asian ginseng is very effective as a general tonic that helps to alleviate the fatigue associated with anemia; it also helps to the lower cortisol levels, helping the body to deal with stresses. Other essential oils can be used to help re-build strength in the body, and increase overall vitality and wellbeing following an episode of anemia, and to help bring the body back to a healthy and balanced state.