Blood thinning foods and herbs

There are two herbal terms in herbal medicine that I associate with blood thinning: anti-platelet aggregation, and anti-thrombotic (anti-blood clot). The gingerols have anti-platelet action. These chemicals are found in ginger. They stop platelets in our blood from gathering together (aggregating), which creates an aspirin-like blood thinning action.
I’ve done a bit of research and can firmly say that although aspirin has blood thinning action, natural salicylate-containing herbs and foods do not. So when you come across articles written by people saying grapes, raisins and prunes have blood thinning action because they contain salicylates just like aspirin, this is incorrect. Chemists modify the extracted salicylates slightly to create aspirin, and this modification turns the original salicylate into a blood thinning chemical. Continue reading


One of my favourite phytochemistry groups when I was studying naturopathy were the coumarins. I find it enchanting when the presence of a plant chemical can be guessed at from the taste, smell or some other observable factor, such as the soapiness of plants containing saponins. Continue reading