Heart palpitations are characterized by having a “too fast” or “too hard” heartbeat. It may feel as though your heart is skipping a beat, fluttering, or pitter-pattering. In some cases, they can be felt in the neck, throat and chest. Typically, these are related to anxiety, stress, caffeine, alcohol, and other stimulants or emotions.
You may have a thyroid issue, anemia, low BP/BS levels, or be suffering from hormonal changes or medication side effects. There are, of course, some heart conditions that coincide with heart palpitations:
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart valve conditions
- Previous heart attack
- Congestive heart failure
- Heart muscle conditions
Remedies for Heart Palpitations
There are certainly many things you can do to prevent heart problems and conditions, as well as improve your overall health. Drinking more, and plenty of, water is a great start. A couple of ripe guavas when eaten on an empty stomach can provide tons of nutrients and vitamins.
Either drink less, or quit drinking alcohol all together. The same goes for smoking. Start devouring vegetables and fruits regularly. Keep track of your blood pressure, and meditate to keep your stress levels down. Avoid caffeinated foods and drinks, and start getting between 6 and 7 hours of sleep each night. Below are 6 natural remedies to treat heart palpitations.
1. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm offers amazing heart and circulatory benefits. Not only does it equalize your thyroid if it’s overactive, but it eases stress, relaxes and calms anxiety and nerves. The antioxidants it contains provide a huge boost to health, along with eugenol, which eases inflammation. Simply take a teaspoon of dried lemon balm and mix it into a boiling hot cup of water. Let it steep, covered, for 5-10 minutes and drink it.
Known as “the healthy herb”, you can give your heart health a huge boost. Hawthorn not only improves the blood flow from and to your heart, but strengthens the muscles contracting around it. Hawthorn is typically taken as a supplement, but you should always discuss it with your doctor before you begin taking it.
As a tonic or tincture, valerian offers calming effects that can bring your heartbeat back to normal, help you sleep, and eases stress. If you’re using the tincture, drop 10 drops into a full glass of water. Drink the entire glass. For supplementation, please discuss it with your doctor. Valerian does become unsafe to continue to take after a few weeks.
A lack of magnesium can cause your blood pressure to skyrocket, and cause the heart muscle to develop a cramp or spasm and stops beating. All you really need to do to increase your magnesium intake is to start eating foods like spinach, swiss chard, sesame seeds, quinoa, cashews, cold-water fish, dark chocolate and avocados.
Cinnamon is much more than its delicious scent and a flavors. As a home remedy, it naturally boosts your heart health with potassium and manganese. Taking a teaspoon and mixing it into a glass of water each day can provide your heart with massive benefits. Cinnamon keeps cholesterol from building up, improves blood flow, and reduces your blood pressure.
Blackstrap Molasses and Apple Cider Vinegar: Packed with iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium, blackstrap molasses is an excellent remedy for heart palpitations. Mix 1 tbsp. into a glass of water and drink daily. To make this drink even more powerful, mix 2 tsps. of blackstrap molasses and 2 tsps. of apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink.
Though, in most cases, heart palpitations may just be a harmless beat, it shouldn’t be ignored. You’ll never know when it’s a symptom of something worse. Lifestyle changes, and making use of natural home remedies can prevent a deadly attack.