Heart palpitations or an irregular heartbeat can be a matter of concern to the ones who suffer from it. Many patients wonder if it is a sign of something serious and whether they can actually die from it. Several factors are known to cause heart palpitations including anxiety, excess alcohol consumption, acid reflux, etc. Heart palpitations are certainly not normal but rarely do they indicate something serious. Let us study some natural remedies for irregular heartbeat:
1. Seeds from kernel of peach stone
This is one of the most popular folk remedies[i] for treating heart palpitations. Each morning, eat 5 kernels of peach stone to get considerable relief. Do not stop this remedy but continue taking it for at least 6 weeks. Most patients get complete relief in a few doses.
2. Motherwort and other herbs
This is a popular herbal remedy[ii] to stop heart palpitations at night when lying down especially for menopausal women. Boil 1 tbsp of dried motherwort leaves in a cup of water. Drink this tea 3 times a day. Other top herbs to calm a racing heart are ginger and hawthorn. Take these in the form of tincture, tea or use them fresh or dried in your recipes.
3. Blackstrap molasses
Blackstrap molasses contain potassium which is very beneficial for treating heart palpitations. Take one tablespoon of it when your symptoms are pronounced. You can even mix molasses up with some apple cider vinegar, some oatmeal or other any other food, though straight from the spoon is mighty tasty as well.
4. Magnesium and other supplements
Taking a daily dose of 400 mg of magnesium at bedtime can prevent heart palpitations every day. Make sure you are also getting adequate potassium, zinc and other minerals. If possible, take a daily multivitamin and mineral pill as certain underlying deficiencies could also lead to palpitations. Other supplements to aid the heart and stop it from racing are: Boron (3 mg), Turmeric capsules (400 mg), COQ10 (800 mcg), Garlic capsules, Omega 3 essential fatty acids, Vitamin D 3 (100 mg). Flaxseeds, L-carnitine (200 mcg) and selenium (500 mg) are also beneficial. B complex vitamins are a must too.
5. Diet to prevent heart palpitations due to anxiety
Many doctors prescribe Xanax and other harmful drugs to treat anxiety which is a factor behind irregular heartbeats. Instead, focus on good nutrition and avoid caffeinated drinks, sugar, Aspartame or MSG based foods. Focus on fruits and vegetables along with lean meat like chicken and fish. Cook your meals in olive oil. (Some people experience heart palpitations after consuming coconut oil). Limit your gluten intake.
6. Avoid alcohol
Beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages can trigger heart palpitations. So avoid drinking these especially in the evening to prevent heart palpitations while lying down at night.
7. Take Apple cider vinegar with caution
While some people have experienced reduced symptoms after taking apple cider vinegar (ACV), there are those who experience severe racing heart as one of the side effects of taking ACV. It is best to mix apple cider vinegar with Blackstrap molasses to prevent palpitations.
8. Take Aloe Vera juice with caution
Like Apple cider vinegar above, some people have taken Aloe Vera juice to reduce and prevent heart palpitations. However, there are those that believe that Aloe Vera juice depletes potassium levels from the body and could give rise to heart palpitations. So if you have been consuming a lot of Aloe juice, and are suffering from heart palpitations all day, then try and limit its intake or discontinue use for a few days.
9. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne is another wonderful remedy for irregular heart beat sufferers. Take a teaspoon or two of Cayenne with some water or juice. You can also keep Cayenne pepper pills handy at all times.
10. Cold showers
If your heart starts racing and you develop sweaty palms and frenzied thoughts, take a cold shower. Cold shower promotes blood circulation so you start to feel much calmer within a few minutes. If you live in a cold country, take tepid showers for a few minutes. In case you are not fond of this remedy, you can also simply soak your hands and feet in a bowlful of ice for a few minutes to get your heart beat back to normal.
The next time you experience heart palpitations, use these remedies to see the difference.
[i] Secrets of Oriental Physicians
By Paul M. Kourenoff
[ii] The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Natural Remedies
By Chrystle Fiedler