Essential Oils for Blood Clots and Stroke

by Julie Behling-Hovdal on April 26, 2012

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Do you know someone who has died from a stroke?  Chances are, you do.

In America, somebody dies from a stroke every 3.3 minutes.  Internationally, 4.4 million people annually die from stroke.   As for me, my maternal grandmother Mary died from a stroke in her early 70′s when I was a baby and I have no recollection of knowing her as a result.  Four out of five families in America will be affected by stroke at some time or another.

A stroke can be dangerous even under the best of circumstances when medical care is readily available.  During a potential economic collapse where the medical system may be skeletal at best for all but the super wealthy, those who are at risk for developing a stroke would need to be especially prepared to handle many things on their own.

Whether you are a senior citizen at risk of a stroke, have a family history of stroke, or have any loved ones that could be at risk, it is in each of our best interest to be aware of the symptoms of stroke.  We may need to get loved ones to the hospital in the event of a stroke, if one is available, be equipped to take many matters into our own hands with a stroke if circumstances dictate, and even when medical care is available there is much that can be done with therapeutic-grade essential oils to maximize the chances for recovery of the individual afflicted with stroke.

Read further to learn about the symptoms of a stroke, how to prevent a stroke (including if in an economic collapse blood thinner medications become unavailable), and how to use our essential oils to lessen the damage from stroke and get our loved on the road to recovery even when Western medical care may be unavailable.

***Stroke Symptoms***

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According to, the most common signs of stroke are –

  • Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body.
  • Sudden vision changes.
  • Sudden trouble speaking.
  • Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
  • Sudden problems with walking or balance.
  • A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches.”

If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms, call 911 and seek medical help immediately, if it is available.  Also, begin applying one or more of the essential oils listed below as directed.

Stroke Prevention

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One of the most important things a person can do to minimize their chances for stroke is to quit smoking.  Individuals with high blood pressure, high cholesterol, overweight, or diabetes are also at an increased risk for stroke.  See my new book/ebook  “Medical Preparedness for Adults” for information on specific lifestyle and essential oil I recommend for these conditions.

Millions of Americans take anticoagulants/blood thinners to help with stroke prevention.  Besides the possible negative side effects (which include death from uncontrollable bleeding), another reason to consider going “natural” is to prepare for the event that drugs become unavailable.  If you can’t get Warfarin/coumadin or blood thinner medications or prefer to go natural, I have really good news for you!  There are several essential oils that have proven activity against blood clots!

Natural Blood Thinners –

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***NOTE***  If you currently take a blood thinner medication, work with your doctor as you begin to use any of these essential oils.

If you are at risk for a stroke or developing a blood clot, select one or more of the following essential oils for use.  Each of these essential oils is a powerful antioxidant that can slow down the formation of oxidized cholesterol and foam cells, which can then have a powerful affect against the formation of blood clots.

If you have the Essential Oil Survival Kit, my #1 pick for maximum medical preparedness, you can use Thieves (because it has clove), PanAway (because it has wintergreen), and lemon oil that come in the kit.

Besides these, helichrysum, nutmeg, and the Longevity essential oil blend are each powerful agents with great potential to help against blood clots.

Any of these essential oils (when purchased through us and are therapeutic-grade) can be taken in capsules 2x/day between meals.  Dilute with a small amount of olive oil.  Oral use of helichrysum may be especially effective.

These therapeutic-grade essential oils can also be applied on site 4-6x/day diluted 50/50 with a carrier oil.  A warm compress (hot, wet washcloth) may also be applied to enhance the effect.

Is any of this proven?

A recent study showed that extracts from nutmeg prevents blood clots in rats (  Components from clove have been shown to have antithrombotic (anti-blood clot) activity (  Helichrysum has been shown to have potent protective qualities against the oxidation of lipids (ie cholesterol) (, which is important in minimizing chances for blood clots.

Other Considerations to Help with Blood Clots

Besides quitting smoking, exercising, and eating a healthy diet rich in Vitamin E, there are a handful of supplements from Young Living that I highly recommend not only if you are at risk of blood clots, but if you are serious about optimal health.  These supplements are Omega Blue (a high-quality fish oil enhanced with essential oils to prevent rancidity), Longevity capsules, and NingXia Red.

How to Handle Stroke When There is No Medical Care

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Prevention is the best measure, but if stroke is suspected and no medical help is available, lay the individual in a bed with the head elevated a little higher than the feet.  If the individual is unconscious, turn their head to the side so that saliva or vomit run out of the mouth instead going into the lungs.  Follow the essential oil guidelines below.  Seek additional help from anyone who is a nurse or medic amongst your circle of friends.

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***Please also seek medical care immediately if stroke is suspected***

Thrombotic Stroke (due to blood clots) –

80% of all strokes are caused by blood clots dislodging from a point of origin in the body and traveling to the brain.  It can take a few days for the full symptoms of a thrombotic stroke to be apparent.  Four of the nine oils in the Essential Oil Survival Kit can be used for such strokes — Thieves, peppermint, lemon, and frankincense.

Other essential oils recommended for this type of stroke include Longevity, Aroma Life, Brain Power, helichrysum, cypress, and juniper.

Select 1-3 of the oils listed above and dilute 50/50 with a carrier oil such as olive oil.  Apply 1-3 drops to temples forehead, mastoids, back of neck, and base of throat, tips of big toes 1-3x or more per day.  These oils may also be taken internally in homemade capsules diluted with olive oil 2x/day.

Hemorrhagic Stroke (due to bleeding) –

A hemorrhagic stroke occurs when there is bleeding in the brain, and usually results in the individual getting much sicker much more quickly than those experiencing a thrombotic stroke.

Cypress and/or helichrysum oils should be taken in capsules 2x/day.

***Do not attempt to use cheaper essential oils from health food stores or online venues for blood clots or stroke***


It is my hope that by presenting this information on using essential oils with blood clots and stroke, many more people will be empowered to better handle their own health, whether today or during a disaster scenario.  Best results are usually obtained when using the best of Mother Nature’s medicines and the best of high-tech Western medicine.  I am of the firm opinion that there are no better medicines from Mother Nature than therapeutic-grade essential oils!  Be well!!

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Julie 3 June 2013 crop Essential Oils for Blood Clots and StrokeJulie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines.  In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at


Statements made about the essential oils that come in the Essential Oil Survival Kit and other products offered by Essential Survival have not been evaluated by the FDA.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.  Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

San May 19, 2014 at 9:09 pm

My husband has a blood clot in one leg from ankle to groin and recently had it in the other leg. First he stay on warfin for about 6 months and stop taking, now he is on Xarelto and the doctor says he will have to stay on for life. He also is wearing the compression stocking. Can he use one oil, etc

Julie Behling-Hovdal May 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Hi San -

I am not a doctor and cannot treat or prescribe. All I can do is share the types of things I would personally do. If I were in your husband’s shoes, I would find a doctor who would work with me and help monitor as I slowly incorporate some of the oils.

Best to both of you!

Julie =)

Nina McMullen June 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Hi, You have a great website and I appreciate looking here for valuable info re Young Living EO’s. I am a wholesale member, just helping a few friends with oils and creams. I began by researching Frankincense purness for my 2 year old grandson who has a disease causing seizures. MY current question is: How can I see which oils are NOT RECOMMENDED FOR a person on blood thinners?? the drug is Xarelto due to a recent ankle break, causing a blood clot. I want to make her a healing pain cream, but am leary. I have viewd what helps to thin blood…so those are the ones to avoid. Any advice??

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