Natural Home Remedies for high blood pressure (hypertension) October 29 2014
High blood pressure is the most common cardiovascular health condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Blood pressure refers to the force of your blood against the arteries as the heart pumps it through the body. When this pressure is high, this puts added force on the heart and blood vessels, and if this continues over time, can cause extensive arterial damage. Symptoms of high blood pressure (also called hypertension) include chest pains, irregular heartbeat, and difficulty breathing, but symptoms are rare and might not show up until the condition has progressed. This condition has many causes, most commonly genetics, smoking, obesity, high sodium intake, stress, and alcohol consumption. If left untreated, high blood pressure can result in heart attack, stroke, and even death.
Essential Oils for High Blood Pressure:
How to use essential oils to lower blood pressure:
For an invigorating start to your day, simply add a few drops of chosen oil to your shower. The warm water will help diffuse the oil and increase blood circulation from the get go.
Add 3 drops of chosen oil(s) (except eucalyptus oil) to every glass of water you drink a day.
Mix 3-5 drops of chosen oil(s) with a teaspoon of lotion and apply topically up to three times a day. This helps to increase circulation through skin absorption.
Place 10-20 drops in a warm bath at bedtime. Use a washcloth to disperse the infused water and increase circulation throughout the body.
Garlic – Garlic contains allicin, which may act on the body’s nitric oxide system and help to relax the arteries.
Fish Oil/Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Studies have found this supplement can help to reduce blood pressure when taken regularly
Vitamin D/Sunlight – Some studies have shown that blood pressure is elevated with reduced exposure to sunlight.
Reduced Sodium Intake – Sodium can lead to fluid retention which can raise blood pressure. It is estimated that 60% of people with essential hypertension can decrease their blood pressure by reducing their sodium intake.
Reduced Stress – Prayer, meditation, yoga, or simply an increased awareness and reduction in everyday stresses has been shown to lower blood pressure.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.