How I Healed My Heart Palpitations Overnight

heart and stethoscope in vintage style

Have you ever lived with heart palpitations? If you haven’t, let’s just say it’s quite an aggravation!  The palpitations are not normally a sign of anything really serious, but they are a sign that something in your body needs attention.

A couple months ago I woke up to my heart pounding and beating irregular. It was a far too familiar feeling, as I lived with them for many, many months when I was a teenager/young adult.  It’s not that the palpitation are painful, they are just very annoying.  It’s kind of like being aware of your heart beating non-stop.  Of course I know my heart is constantly beating and working to keep me alive, but I don’t want to be aware of it all the time.  Heart palpitations are feelings of your heart fluttering, pounding, skipping beats, beating fast, beating slow.  The palpitations can occur in the chest or throat, and they can get worse when you bend over and do various activities.  For me they occurred some at night too, so there was little rest from them.

When I suffered from palpitations years ago, I knew nothing about natural health, nor had I considered the concept of figuring out the cause of health issues instead of dealing with symptoms only.  So let’s just say that I suffered for a long time.  I saw more than one doctor who all told me I was completely healthy and just prescribed me an anti-depressant (which I did not take).  I eventually found my way into natural health and was treated by a natural chiropractor.  I don’t remember everything he had me take, but the natural supplements he gave me certainly took care of the palpitations too!

Causes of Heart Palpitations

There is more than one condition that causes heart palpitations, so it may be difficult to know the cause if it isn’t something you’ve already dealt with.  There may be one cause, or there may be a few different ones.  When our bodies react by causing something like irregular heart function, our body is trying to get our attention and let us know that something is wrong and needs corrected.  Our bodies are not asking us to take medication to merely try to correct a symptom.  Our body needs nourished and healed.

Anxiety and stress is probably the biggest underlying cause of heart palpitations.  Most of us lead very busy, stressful lives, and we don’t eat diets that give us enough living nutrients to help our bodies handle the stress.  This results in symptoms like heart palpitations, panic attacks, feelings of be overwhelmed, unable to handle life, depression, being anxious and fearful to do normal activities.  When I began to experience the heart palpitations, I figured it was due to anxiety and stress.  When I first experienced these almost 20 years ago, it was a side effect of medication I was taking.  I really compromised my health all those years ago by taking the medication and all these years later I’m finding myself with some of the same symptoms.  But this time I know how to treat it safely and naturally.

Other possible causes of heart palpitations

  • Anemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Thyroid Disease

How I Healed My Heart Palpitations Overnight 

I have been reading this year in Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes For Vibrant Health.  This book has a lot of great information on panic attacks, anxiety, depression, and healing the nervous system.

This paragraph in her book caught my attention:

“Symptoms of mental distress or disorders such as irritability, nervousness, panic attacks, excess fear, depression, or suicidal tendancies often indicate a B-vitamin deficiency….B vitamins are most effective taken as a complex.”

Dealing with mental or emotional distress often calls for healing it from several different angles. I was already drinking a nerve tonic (soon I’ll have to share my favorite-so-far recipe also taken from this book), but after reading about B-vitamin deficiency, I knew I needed to add it to my regime.  I purchased Garden of Life Raw B Complex. Buy the complex here.

The morning after taking a dose of the B Complex, my heart palpitations were completely gone, and they have not returned since.  For me, I was already working on my nervous system and adrenals, so a B-vitamin complex was the missing key.  I am still taking a B-vitamin complex daily as I continue to heal my nervous system.

My body was so depleted of B-vitamins that it was sending an emergency signal to me by causing my heart to malfunction.  A doctor would have just prescribed medication to regulate my heart beat, but my body was not crying out for medication to force it to perform better, it was crying out for healing.  That’s how God created our bodies.  Our bodies let us know that something is seriously wrong by sending signals of malfunction – our quest is to find out the root and work to heal it.

If you are dealing with heart palpitations, or even just mental or emotional distress, I believe a B-vitamin complex is essential to take.  I highly recommend a good company like Garden of Life, because not all supplements are made the same, and it’s possible that you won’t see benefits by taking an inferior quality (like something from Wal-Mart).  It’s very important that it be a complex of b-vitamins and not just a single vitamin.

If you don’t find relief by taking B-vitamins, don’t give up – it doesn’t mean you can’t heal naturally.  Be sure to add herbs that help the nervous system.

If you don’t know what is causing your heart palpitations, be sure to seek medical advice to make sure it’s nothing serious.  You may be suffering from something like anemia or thyroid disease (which can be healed naturally too).  Find the root cause of your symptoms, and start the healing from there. 

What about you?  Have you ever suffered from heart palpitations?  How have you dealt with it?

A Calming Tea For Frazzled Nerves



stress

Last week was one of those weeks that felt like the busiest of my life {though how could any week compare to the week of your wedding? :) }.  One thing after another found its way filling up the spaces on my calendar.  Along with the busyness of each day, I had little down time to rest and inadequate sleep.  All of this finally caught up with me a few days ago and I found myself very overwhelmed and under a lot of stress.

Besides reevaluating my activities and praying for help, I knew my body needed something to help me physically handle the stress better.  I grabbed a handful of herbs I have on hand to make a calming tea.  There are several herbs that can help calm, relax, and reduce stress, and I love mixing different herbs together that I have on hand.

These are the herbs I tossed together:

Chamomile

  chamomile

Lavender

lavender

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mix equal amounts of herbs into a container.  I had fresh lemon balm but dried chamomile and lavender, so I doubled the amount of lemon balm since it wasn’t in its more concentrated dried form.  {Yes, this was lemon balm I am actually growing myself! There is hope for me as a gardener! :) }

Place 2 tsp. of this herbal mixture per cup of boiling water.  Remove from heat, cover, and steep for 10 minutes.  Strain and drink.  If I were having a very stressful day or trying to treat a nerve disorder, I would make 3 cups each day and sip on it all day long.

stress

Did it help?

Yes!!  I have to say that after drinking my tea, I felt a huge difference.

I’m so thankful for herbs that can help us without negative side effects.

If you don’t have any calming herbs on hand, you can buy them individually.  Bulk Herb Store also has these 2 herbal mixes that are great in times of stress, or as a daily tea to enjoy:

Stress Zapper Tea and Stress Buster Tea

What herbs do you use for those stressful days?

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How To Make A Nerve Tincture

Raise your hand if you ever get stressed! {Me!!}  Stress is nearly impossible to avoid.  Though I am a firm believer that we should strive to find rest in God in times of trouble, we are human, and stress seems inevitable at times.
I like to keep a nerve tincture on hand.  This nerve tincture contains an amazing group of herbs that relax, calm and bring rest.  This tincture is safe for babies as well as adults.
It can be used for:
  • Sleeplessness
  • Seizures
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Relax a Mother’s Muscles Threatening to Miscarry
  • Relax a person going through great mental or physical stress
  • Calm a person that is high-strung 
  • Help a baby with colic or that has trouble relaxing

What are the herbs and how can they help?
{I buy my dried herbs from Bulk Herb Store.}

Alfalfa ~ extremely rich in vitamins and minerals.  When our bodies are under any kind of stress, it depletes our nutrients.  Alfalfa is perfect for replacing what is lost
Chamomile ~ soothing and relaxing to the nerves.
Catnip ~ helps induce sleep {But will not make you feel drugged like prescription medication.  It helps you sleep if that is what you’re trying to achieve.}
Hops ~ a relaxing nerve tonic.  Relieves tension, anxiety, restlessness, agitation.  Helps insomnia.
Oatstraw ~ high in nutrients that are vital to a healthy nervous system.
Passionflower ~ a great sleep-aid.  Helps control seizures.
Peppermint ~ helps colic and relaxes digestive system.
Valerian ~ relieves anxiety and hypertension.

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Instructions for making a glycerin tincture

{Recipe used with permission from the Bulk Herb Store.  These amounts are for dried herbs.  Double the amount of each herb if using fresh}:
1/2 cup Alfalfa
1/4 cup Chamomile
1/4 cup Peppermint
1/4 cup Passionflower
1/4 cup Catnip
1/4 cup Oatstraw
1 tbsp. Hops
1 tbsp. Valerian {If making this for a baby or child, it is recommended to leave this herb out.  Valerian is not recommended for children.}
Place dried herbs in a quart jar.  Pour 2/3 cup boiling water over herbs and soak for a few minutes.  Fill the jar to the top with glycerin.  Put a lid on the jar and place in a crockpot full of water.  Place a towel first in the bottom of the crockpot under the jar.  Turn the crockpot on low and leave for 3 days, stirring the tincture once a day.  After 3 days, strain the herbs from the liquid and bottle the tincture!  You can do a cold glycerin tincture without using heat, but the heat helps extract the properties.

Recommended Dosage:
For a small baby ~ 5 drops
Older Child ~ 1/2 tsp.
Adult ~ up to 2 tsp. or more

Have you ever made a tincture to help nerves or sleeplessness?

Not a DIY person?  Consider Dr. Christopher’s Nerve Formula!


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