Remedies for Circulation and Inflammation

· October 5, 2016
Swelling or inflammation is more common in your lower extremities, and you can alleviate it using both topical treatments as well as incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your daily diet

A sensation of cold in your feet, legs, and hands is a clear sign of a problem with your circulatory system. It’s usually accompanied by inflammation, which can worsen as the day goes by.

Circulatory problems are more common in middle-aged and elderly people, because the arteries become more stiff with time.

These problems can also develop due to high cholesterol levels, a poor diet, and physical inactivity.

Because of the discomfort they cause in the extremities and the risks that are involved, it’s important to adopt the right measures to stabilize the situation naturally.

With this in mind, today we want to share some home remedies that will improve blood flow so it is transported throughout the body more efficiently.


Hydrotherapy consists of massaging the affected area with strong jets of hot and cold water.

This technique stimulates circulation almost immediately and can significantly decrease inflammation and pain.

What should you do?

  • Heat water to a bearable temperature for your skin and apply it to your inflamed areas.
  • You should then move quickly to jets of cold water, or preferably ice water (only if you can stand it).
  • Alternate this action for five minutes.

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Cayenne pepper

The active ingredient in cayenne, capsaicin, is a compound that stimulates the circulatory and cardiovascular systems to lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

When you add it to your diet you reduce your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.

As if that weren’t enough, it’s a good complementary treatment for varicose veins, cold sensations, and inflammation.

What should you do?

  • Buy some cayenne powder and add it to your smoothies, soups, and other recipes.
  • You can also use it as a base for preparing topical ointments or creams.

Leg lifts

This simple activity is one of the best ways to stimulate circulation in your legs. It’s a good way to reduce fatigue, ease tension, and reduce swelling caused by problems with your circulation.

What should you do?

  • After you get home from work, lie on your bed and lift your legs toward the ceiling.
  • Stay in this position for three to five minutes before resting.

Ginkgo biloba tea

The ginkgo biloba plant has active compounds that dilate the blood vessels and restore elasticity to the walls of your arteries.

Consuming this tea improves blood flow, lowers your blood pressure, and prevents the formation of varicose veins.


  • 1 tablespoon of ginkgo biloba (10 g)
  • 1 cup of water (250 ml)

What should you do?

  • Place a tablespoon of ginkgo biloba in a cup of boiling water and let it steep for 10 minutes.
  • After this time, filter the liquid and consume it as a tea.
  • You can drink this up to two times a day.

Red wine

The beneficial habit of drinking a glass of red wine a day is a great way to maintain good circulation.

Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant derived from grapes, helps cleanse the artery walls and keeps them elastic for improved blood flow.

What should you do?

  • Drink a glass of red wine with the main meal of the day. You shouldn’t exceed this amount because it could be harmful.


Nutritional supplements of omega-3 can have several important effects on your cardiovascular health.

These essential fatty acids cleanse the veins, lower cholesterol levels, and control inflammation to reduce your risk of heart disease.

While it can be purchased in tablets and other medications, the best way to get it is through food.

What should you do?

Try adding foods to your diet such as:

  • Cold water fish
  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Nuts
  • Flaxseed
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds

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Go for a walk

Feelings of tension and pain in your extremities make you feel like the best remedy is rest. While this will give you a slight sense of relief, the fact is that it can ultimately make your problem worse.

Low impact physical activity stimulates blood flow and reduces inflammation for complete and effective relief.

What should you do?

  • Walk for at least 30 minutes a day and be sure to stay well hydrated.

Note that each of the remedies for circulation we mentioned today will reduce feelings of heaviness and cold in your limbs.

Although it might at first seem normal to have these sensations, if you don’t take control of them in time they can develop into a more serious condition.