Blood Clots: Treatments & Home Remedies

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

The treatments and home remedies for blood clots include blood thinners, canola oil, mustard oil, safflower oil, bread, beans, cereals, brussels sprouts, asparagus, broccoli, cayenne, vitamin-C, banana, apricot, spinach, raisins, gingko, bilberry, turmeric, ginger, onion, garlic, spinach, pepper, clove, orange juice, and skim milk. Furthermore, you should drink plenty of water, avoid smoking, reduce obesity, use heating pads, and decrease your intake of alcohol and sleeping pills.

Blood clots form naturally when we are injured to stop our blood from flowing out freely. But sometimes, these clots form inside your veins and block a healthy vessel. They don’t dissolve on their own and can lead to a variety of problematic situations. This may happen in any blood vessel and must be taken care of immediately.

This problem usually affects obese people, but those suffering from other clinical conditions can also cause it and result in a very dangerous situation. If the clot is not cured, it may require surgery or even amputation of a limb. There are many home remedies to reduce blood clots and it’s always beneficial for patients at high risk to use these to stay active and healthy, either as a treatment or a preventative method.

A 2D medical illustration of a blood clot

Blood clots, which block major blood vessels, can be quite painful and, in rare cases, even cause death. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Treatments & Remedies for Blood Clots

Let’s take a look at the treatments, home remedies, and lifestyle habits to treat and prevent the clotting of blood.

Medical Treatments

Generally, blood thinners or anticoagulant medicines are used to treat blood clots. Other times, surgery can also be performed in order to treat them.

Canola Oil & Mustard Oil

These oils contain low levels of fat and should be used for cooking purposes, rather than high-fat oils.

Beans, Cereals, Sprouts & Asparagus

These are all rich in folate content which has certain metabolic and enzymatic properties which make brittle arteries more flexible.


Broccoli is rich in fiber and is considered good for patients suffering from vascular disorders.


Celery contains an active compound that acts to lower stress hormones, which thins or narrows blood vessels. This way, blood vessels maintain their optimum diameter.

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum)

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin which helps in preventing platelets from sticking together.

Vitamin C

This powerful vitamin is an antioxidant and actively works to maintain proper vascular health.

Banana, Apricot, Spinach & Orange Juice

All of these keeps the vascular system active and maintain proper blood pressure.

Lean Beef

Intake of lean beef may also help in lowering blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. [1]

Skim Milk

Skim milk contains the calcium needed for platelet functioning but it must be of the skimmed variety as fat deposits on the walls of blood vessels, thereby thinning their diameter.

Avoid Obesity

Obesity is caused due to a high-fat diet, which results in the deposition of fat on the walls of blood vessels. This leads to a reduction in the diameter, increasing the chances of clots, and associated health concerns like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.


Physical activity of all kinds is important, because constant activity keeps blood flowing through various body parts, keeping the vessels clear.


Gingko reduces fibrin content, a protein that is important in forming blood clots.

Bilberry, Turmeric & Ginger

Bilberry, turmeric, and ginger can reduce platelets from becoming clumped, which leads to blood clot formation.

Regular Exercise

Regular exercise must be done as it is very important for patients to keep the blood flowing through all vessels continuously.

Avoid Smoking

Smoking results in the replacement of oxygen by carbon monoxide to the already starved muscles surrounding the veins. Therefore it complicates the situation of blood clotting; smoking should always be avoided.

Onion & Garlic

Onions and garlic also reduce the fibrin content of the body and reduce the clumping of platelets.

Hot & Cold Packs

Applying hot and cold packs alternatively at the site of pain results in a continuous flow of blood at the site of the blood clot, helping to break it down before it can do any more harm.


One must drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration as it may result in the thickening of the blood.


Massage stimulates blood flow to the specific part of the body being massaged, thereby reducing the chances of blood clots at that spot.

Spinach, Pepper, Garlic, & Clove

Spinach leaves and one bulb each of pepper, garlic, and cloves are put together to extract the juice and then mixed well. This concoction can then be drunk by the patient to enjoy the health benefits.


You should avoid alcohol and sleeping pills because they cause immobility, thereby raising the risk of blood flow blockage. Regular check-ups with a medical professional are also recommended, so you can check your blood pressure and cholesterol levels to make sure they are within the normal, healthy range. Protection Status
About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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