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10 Natural Blood Thinners That Help Prevent Blood Clots

  • By Jennifer Mulder
  • 25 March 2019
  • 3 minute read
10 Natural Blood Thinners That Help Prevent Blood Clots | The Health Sessions

This article is written by dr. Sohil from

Blood clotting is necessary at times to prevent the body from losing out on too much blood, but the problem arises when the blood starts getting thicker and forms clots inside the body. Hence in such cases, blood thinners might be necessary. Moreover, too much thinning of blood can also cause a problem as the blood refuses to clot even when a person has a minor injury.

What’s Blood Clotting?

Blood clotting stops the outflow of too much blood from the body, but when the blood forms clot inside the veins or arteries, it can create severe problems. Blood clots may travel to the heart or lungs, preventing blood flow which is a severe medical emergency and can be life-threatening. The blood thinners decrease the chances of stroke and heart attacks in such cases. The existence of blood thinners in one’s system put the person into risks of internal injury. A person has to maintain extreme caution if they are on blood thinners.

Types of Blood Clots

Blood clots can happen anywhere in the body, and some of the types are:

  1. Deep vein thrombosis

In this, the clot forms inside a major vein. Most commonly, this occurs in legs, but the blood can also clot in your pelvis, arms, lungs or brain.

  1. Blood clot in arms or legs

Lower legs are the most common region where clots may occur. The symptoms can be various, ranging from swelling, pain to the area becoming reddish. The symptoms depend upon the size of the clot.

  1. Clot in the heart

A blood clot in the heart is severe as it might stop the blood flow and eventually might cause a heart attack. The symptoms include heaviness on the chest, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath.

  1. Blood clot in the brain

Blood clots in the brain cause strokes. It may cause a severe headache and sometimes the person may also have vision and speaking difficulties.

  1. Blood clot in the lungs

Blood clot in the lungs is called pulmonary embolism. It causes sudden shortness of breath, palpitations, chest pains and breathing problems.

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10 Home Remedies for Blood Clotting

There are some home remedies that help prevent excessive blood clotting.

  1. Turmeric

The golden spice is known to have many medicinal properties and health benefits. A study was conducted in 2012 which suggested people to have turmeric daily to reduce over clotting of the blood.  Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and blood thinning properties.

  1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains coumarin which has anticoagulant properties. It helps in lowering blood pressure and also acts as a blood thinner. However, over-consumption of cinnamon can cause liver damage, and hence long-term cinnamon consumption should be avoided.

  1. Cayenne peppers

Cayenne peppers have high amounts of salicylates which acts as a powerful blood thinning agent. Along with having blood thinning properties, cayenne peppers also lower blood pressure and increases blood circulation in the body.

  1. Vitamin E

Some of the foods rich in vitamin E have blood thinning properties. However, it is advised not to take too much of vitamin E supplements if the person is already on blood thinning drugs. One can easily have foods that are rich in Vitamin E instead. Some of the vitamin-rich foods are-

  • Almonds
  • Whole grains
  • Sunflower oil and seeds
  • Safflower oil
  1. Ginger

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties that prevent blood clotting naturally. It contains an acid called salicylates which may help in the process. However, the actual effects of ginger as blood thinner is not yet evident.

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  1. Garlic

Garlic has antimicrobial and antibiotic properties. Garlic is known to thin the blood and facilitate healthy blood flow inside the body. It can be taken as a supplement or used in food.

  1. Fruits

Some of the fruits containing salicylates and bromelain help in blood thinning. The fruits are as follows:

  • Pineapple
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Strawberries
  • Raisins
  • Oranges

    8. Dong quoi

Dong quoi is a traditional herb used in China. Some studiesthat were conducted on animals show that dong quoi has a significant effect on the time is taken for the blood to clot. The blood thinning effect may be the reason for high coumarin content.

  1. Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba is also a traditional Chinese herb which the Chinese have used since ancient times. A study also shows that this plant has the same effect of a drug used for blood thinning. However, even though the research is not confirmed but it is prevalent in some of the countries including the U.S and is used for memory problems and blood disorders.

  1. Grape seed extracts

Grape seed extracts have antioxidants that might prevent high blood pressure, protects blood vessels and may also have blood thinning properties. Hence it is suggested that people who are already on blood thinning drugs and medications should not have grape seeds.


  1. Since most of the food listed above have high or moderate blood-thinning properties, it is advised to consult a doctor if you are already on blood thinning drugs or medications.
  2. Anticoagulation medications and drugs have severe side effects so be prepared and ask your doctor for tips on how to deal with them healthily.
  3. Avoid things that can cause injury. While you are taking blood thinning medications or aiming for anticoagulation, it is essential that you avoid damages of any kind as the blood might take a considerable amount of time to clot. As a result, you might lose a lot of blood.
  4. Seek help if you have an injury, major or minor, especially if there are added symptoms after getting hurt.

Natural blood thinners have no significant side-effects while the drugs and medications have serious side-effects. One has to be extremely cautious while taking these drugs and hence, natural blood thinners are better and safer. Blood clotting is a severe problem which can prove to be fatal too. Therefore, one has to go for regular check-ups and maintain caution.

Author Bio: Dr.Sohil Guntagani is a proficient writer who firmly believes in the age-old remedies and holistic medicine as a primary cure for several diseases. After graduating from Rajeev Gandhi University Of Health Sciences, He embarked on a journey to find the truth about holistic and natural remedies. During his travel and research, he found the purpose to enlighten and empower others with this knowledge and help them led a much healthier and stress-free life.

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Thank you for including this post in your weekly round-up Claire! And for supporting other health bloggers by sharing their work.

Great post and information - I have shared a link on my regular feature Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for You! Claire (PainPalsBlog) x

Thank you soo much may God bless you in many ways ☺

I'm sorry, the blog post is a few years old so the giveaway has been closed for a while now. Perhaps you can use some of the tips above to create a care package: puzzles or magazine, (free) samples of body care products if your dad is still in the hospital, a gift card for iTunes? I also like the Gifts in A Tin from DIYMommy: (Scroll down for an overview) or an edible gift like the five bean soup IF he's medically allowed to eat that of course!: Hope your father feels better soon!

I was going to leave a comment for the give away... For my dad cuz he had his gull bladder taken out a fue hrs ago but congrats... Is there a cheep way i can make something for him?

Being careful with what you eat might be a good idea if you're feeling sick or have stomach aches. Luckily, there are still plenty of things listed you can do to entertain yourself :-) Feel better soon!

When I am I'll myum doesn't let me eat so some wouldn't work 😢🍕

Hi Darci, thank you for your message. Unfortunately the guide is not available yet as a hardcover and a paperback. If that changes in the near future, I will let you know. Warm regards, Jennifer

I would like to buy this book in hard cover or paperback instead of e-book for a friend

thats #6

Super useful habits Nat! I also need to mentally unwind before bedtime or I'll be laying awake all night with thoughts racing through my mind.

A few things that help me ( I suffer from insomnia) is by not taking my phone to bed with me, i finish checking emails, social media etc in the living room and go to bed to switch off. Something else I do is turn on my essential oils diffuser an hour before bed so the room is scent with a relaxing mist of essential oils such as lavender, or vetiver which is like a sedative and incredible for helping me unwind. Another thing that work well when i can't switch my brain off is to write a quick list of everything i think i need to be dealing with now and highlighting only the ones that need to be taken care of the next day. Helps me not to feel so overwhelmed and in turn helps me fall asleep easier.

I'm touched by your kind words Darla, thank you. It's perfectly normal that you're resentful and feel sorry for yourself. You've had a lot to deal with. Not just experiencing horrible symptoms on a daily basis, but also having to adjust the plans you had for your future and your sense of identity. To me, positivity in the face of adversity is not about having an irrealistic rose-colored view of life. But I do believe that trying to find the good in little things each day can help make the bad ones more bearable. It's a challenge, but your insightful comment tells me that you're up for it ;-) Let me know if there's anything I can do to help. Good luck, be gentle with yourself and take care Darla!

Dr.Jen the Zen one, first off you rock! Since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 4 years ago and 2 years ago double pneumonia that left me with heart failure with 28% left undamaged it has seriously limited my mobility energy patience and unfortunately my positive attitude. 52 years on this planet, I lived a happy-go-lucky , look on the bright side, things will be better tomorrow, or crack a silly joke and get over it type of life. Now for the first time in my life I find myself having to work at being positive. Anger and resentment and even the dreaded " poor little me" mindset is trying to set up permanent residence. And tonight I find your blog and it gives me hope I just want to say "Thank you" Darla

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