One of the things I realised when I was researching the blog I wrote on Fibrovan was the logic behind thinning the blood. See when our blood is thick and heavy, this promotes more clotting and endometriosis deposits on our insides! We want to reduce the clotting as much as we can and allow the natural flow to be as thin as safely possible. It is a risky to make our blood too thin as this will also reduce the bodies natural ability to clot. We need to be able to clot so if there is a problem, like we hurt ourselves the cut or wound can heal safely without too much blood loss. Make sense? I know we have started to hate the word “blood clot” but it is still a natural and important part of our bodies healing.
When the blood flows naturally, it becomes a natural period again and not something we hate and dispise. As the Chinese describe it…. heavenly water.
I decided to research some other options for thinning the blood naturally which wasn’t in a supplement but in a food. The advantage of this is that nature designs things to ensure we get all the necessary bits to absorb it and use it within the body. It also ensures we don’t take too much and of course it is much cheaper than buying more supplements 🙂
Here are 7 Natural Blood Thinners to reduce Blood Clotting for Endometriosis:
Please note: do not take any of these in high doses if you are already taking blood thinning medication.
Yes you guessed it, this was always my favourite! I usually have at least two cups of ginger tea (home-made of course!) just before and during my period. It tastes yum and is super easy to make!
Dill is also one of my favourite herbs. It is a natural diuretic, which will help with the bloating and urinary issues you may have. You can chew the seeds to even help freshen your breath!
This is seriously a remedy for just about anything. If you have any mucous build-up in the body, bacterial concerns or inflammation, then garlic will be your answer. It kills most infections! Have a garlic mushroom – roast a big field mushroom or portobello and soak it in garlic and olive oil! Yum and boy will it heal things inside, including thinning the blood. Hey, there’s a reason Vampires don’t like it!
4. Licorice Root
This is one I hadn’t realised was blood thinning or so beneficial. It is a really yummy tea – quite sweet! It also helps with inflammation in digestive tracts and helps flush out stuff we don’t want.
5. Cayenne Pepper
This one is super easy to add and has heaps of benefits outside of blood thinning. The big one is to help circulate the blood and invigorate the lymphatic system. Sprinkle on food with care as it can be quite spicy 🙂
6. St John’s Wort
I have always found this to be a great herb for depression or when you are just feeling a little low! Don’t take for too long as it does have sun and light sensitivity as a side-effect. It works wonders on PMS too, so a great one to take just before your period.
7. Ginkho Biloba
This one also stimulates circulation in the body. Also helps with memory and mental alertness. If you suffer from vericose veins and leg cramping then this one is definitely a brilliant one to add.
Okay Mel, so you have a major list here, which one should I take? All of them?
I personally like Ginger but also use St John’s Wort if I am struggling with any kind of sadness. I am also keen to add Ginkho Biloba to support my memory and increase my circulation.
As a guide I find increasing the quantity of any of these during pre-period days and on your period days helps heaps. You may also decide to only take them during those days. (especially when it gets better). I personally just take/drink/eat more of them just before my period and during my period.
Just pick the ones that sound good to you! Garlic, Cayenne Pepper and Dill are never bad to include in your diet and increase to higher quantities during those days. It isn’t necessary to take them continuously and definitely avoid taking Licorice Root and St John’s Wort for too long. (as in months). Mix and match is generally a good rule of thumb and that way you won’t get bored of them!
I don’t get them nasty clots anymore 🙂
A key to any of this is knowing when your period is due 🙂 If you don’t keep a good diary, you can download the ovulation calender which makes this super easy – it also tells you when you are ovulating and sends you an email each day to tell you where you are at.