What are Essential Oils for High Blood Pressure?
Essential oils have been used in traditional medicine since ancient times. They were first discovered when a Chinese herbalist named Fu Manchu was studying plants in India around 1825. He noticed that certain herbs had medicinal properties which could not be found elsewhere. These included the plant known as “Senna” (a member of the mint family) which was used to treat malaria and other diseases. He then learned that another herb called “Lavender” had similar effects. From these two herbs he came up with a theory that certain essential oils could do the same thing.
In China, they would make their own essential oils from various plants and spices such as cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and many others. When the West started importing these oils, it made them very popular among those looking for treatments.
However, there are some drawbacks to using essential oils. One major drawback is that they must be applied directly to your skin or else they will evaporate before doing any good. Another problem is that you need to apply them regularly because if you don’t, they won’t work at all! This is a particular problem with the oils that are used to treat bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. The biggest problem is that these oils can be very expensive! Some bottles of clary sage oil can cost over $100! It also gets worse when you consider the fact that you need to use a lot of these oils, which means they don’t last very long…
How do you apply essential oils?
The best way to do this is with a perfume spray bottle. You can buy one of these at pretty much any beauty supply store for cheap. There are also some essential oils that are safe to drink, but you definitely don’t want to do that without consulting a doctor first!
There are actually quite a few oils that can lower your blood pressure. You just have to find out what works for you and what doesn’t.
Common ones include basil, peppermint, rosemary, yarrow and many others. A lot of people have success with lavender and jasmine, which are two of the most popular “beauty oils.”
Essential oils for high blood pressure – conclusion
So, in conclusion, essential oils can be a very effective treatment for high blood pressure. They can also help you relax and sleep a lot better.
They can even help you avoid getting sick! It is recommended that you buy only the highest quality oils such as the ones offered by Aroma Tools. Some of the lesser quality oils can even make your condition worse. If you use these oils correctly and responsibly then they can work wonders.
Other ways to lower blood pressure
Here is a list of things that have been scientifically proven to help reduce high blood pressure:
Start an exercise program – Researchers from Brown University found that people who started moderate to intense exercise programs lowered their blood pressure an average of 5-10 points after 6 months.
Stop smoking – As you may have already realized, smokers have higher rates of high blood pressure than non-smokers. Quitting can help reduce your blood pressure.
Eat a low sodium diet – Contrary to popular belief, eating more salt will not increase your blood pressure; however eating a low sodium diet will lower it. Try to avoid foods that list “sodium” in the ingredients.
Lose weight – For every 5 pounds you are overweight, your blood pressure rises significantly.
Reduce stress – As most people know, long term stress can have a very negative effect on your body and health in general. Try yoga, meditation, exercise, and anything else you find relaxing to keep your stress levels low.
Consider supplements – Magnesium and B vitamins have been scientifically proven to help reduce high blood pressure.
Don’t smoke Marijuana – Surprisingly, marijuana has been scientifically proven to raise your blood pressure. This is probably due to the fact that it’s illegal and you’re always worrying about getting caught and getting arrested!
Don’t drink alcohol – long periods of heavy drinking can cause your blood pressure to rise.
Trimazide (triamterine/HCTZ) – This is a prescription drug for high blood pressure that has been in use since the 1950s. It lowers blood pressure by combining two different drugs, which results in a stronger diluting effect on your blood.
In layman’s terms, this means that it turns your blood into a sort of soup! This may sound dangerous but the dilution effects actually lowers your blood pressure.
Theophylline – Another prescription drug for high blood pressure, this one is more commonly known as “Theo-Dur” and is used for people who need emergency relief for their hypertension. It works by relaxing your blood vessels so blood can flow through more easily.
This drug has been known to have negative side effects such as nausea, vomiting, appetite loss and headaches.
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