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Hypertension or high blood pressure, as it is more commonly known, is regarded as a silent killer. It is a disease of the
modern age. The fast pace of life and the mental and physical pressures caused by the increasingly industrialized and
metropolitan environments have a role to play in the rise in blood pressure.
Blood pressure is measured with an instrument called sphygmomanometer in millimeters of mercury. The highest pressure
reached during each heart beat is called systolic pressure, and the lowest between two beats is known as diastolic pressure.Most
young adults have blood pressure around 120/80. It increases normally with age, even going upto 160/90.
|The first symptom of hypertension may appear as a pain at the back of the head and neck on waking in the morning, which
soon disappears. Some of the other common symptoms are dizziness, palpitations, pain in the region of the heart, frequent
urination, nervous tension, fatigue, and difficulty in breathing.
The chief causes of high blood pressure are stress and a faulty style of living. Smoking and an excessive intake of intoxicants,
tea, coffee, and refined foods destroy the natural pace of life and prevent the expulsion of waste and poisonous matter from
the body. Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), obesity, and diabetes lead to hypertension. Other causes of high blood
pressure are an excessive intake of common table salt, and eating a high fat and low fiber diet.
Hypertension Remedies #1
Garlic is regarded as an effective means of lowering blood pressure. It is said to reduce spasms of the small arteries. It also
slows down the pulse rate and modifies the heart rhythm, besides relieving the symptoms of dizziness, numbness, shortness of
breath, and the formation of gas within the digestive tract It may be taken in the form of raw cloves or two to three capsules a
Hypertension Remedies #2
Lemon is also regarded as a valuable food to control high blood pressure. It is a rich source of vitamin P which is found both in
the juice and peel of the fruit This vitamin is essential for preventing capillary fragility.
Hypertension Remedies #3
Watermelon is another valuable safeguard against high blood pressure. A substance extracted from watermelon seeds is said
to have a definite action in dilating the blood vessels, which results in lowering the blood pressure. The seeds, dried and
roasted, should be taken in liberal quantities.
Hypertension Remedies #4
Rice has a low-fat, low-cholesterol, and low-salt content It makes a perfect diet for those hypertensive persons who have been
advised salt-restricted diets. Calcium in brown rice, in particular, soothes and relaxes the nervous system and helps relieve the
symptoms of high blood pressure.
Hypertension Remedies #5
Potatoes, specially in boiled form, are a valuable food for lowering blood pressure. When boiled with their skin, they absorb
very little salt Thus they can form a useful addition to a salt-free diet recommended for patients with high blood pressure.
Potatoes are rich in potassium but not in sodium salts. The magnesium present in the vegetable exercises beneficial effects in
lowering blood pressure.
Hypertension Remedies #6
Parsley is very useful in high blood pressure. It contains elements which help maintain the blood vessels, particularly, the
capillaries. It keeps the arterial system in a healthy condition. It may be taken as a beverage by simmering 20 gm of fresh
parsley leaves gently in 250 ml of water for a few minutes. This may be drunk several times daily.
Hypertension Remedies #7
Raw vegetable juices, especially carrot and spinach juices, taken separately or in combination, are also beneficial in the
treatment of high blood pressure. If taken in combination, 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice should be mixed to
make 500 ml or half a liter of the juice, and taken daily. If taken separately, one glass should be taken twice daily, morning
Hypertension Remedies #8
Recent studies have revealed an important link between dietary calcium and potassium and hypertension. Researchers have
found mat people who take potassium-rich diets have a low incidence of hypertension even if they do not control their salt
intake. They have also found that people with hypertension do not seem to get much calcium in the form of dairy products.
These two essential nutrients seem to help the body secrete excess sodium and are involved in important functions which
control the working of the vascular system. Potassium is found in abundance in fruits and vegetables, and calcium in dairy
Hypertension Remedies #9 - Herbs for Hypertension
Natural Hypertension Treatment with Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) leaves are as effective as the pharmaceutical
diuretics prescribed for hypertension but without the harmful side effects. Because dandelion leaves are rich in potassium,
there is not the danger of creating electrolyte imbalances that can cause heart-rate disturbances. Dandelion has a bitter, but
not unpleasant taste. To make a tea from dandelion, pour one cup of boiling water over two teaspoons of dried leaf, cover, and
steep for 15 minutes.
Natural Hypertension Treatment with Linden (Tilia x vulgaris) is also a mild diuretic and is excellent in combination
with other herbs for treating high blood pressure. Because it helps to calm the nervous system, it is especially helpful for
relieving hypertension that is related to emotional stress. Linden flower tea has a delicate, pleasant flavor. Pour one cup of
boiling water over two teaspoons of dried herb, cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and drink up to three cups daily.
Natural Hypertension Treatment with Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) helps to lower blood pressure by dilating the
peripheral blood vessels and also through its mild diuretic properties. It has a bitter, aromatic flavor. To make a tea, pour one
cup of boiling water over two teaspoons of dried yarrow, cover, and steep for 15 minutes. Strain, and drink up to three cups a
Hypertension Remedies #10 - Aromatherapy for Hypertension
While aroma therapy is not a cure for hypertension, essential oils can help to ease the physical and emotional tension that
contribute to elevated blood-pressure levels. Try using essential oils regularly in a bath or a massage. Add approximately 15
drops of lavender or marjoram to a tub of warm water and two drops of ylang ylang if desired. Soak for 15-20 minutes,
allowing yourself to deeply relax.
Lavender is balancing and soothing for both the body and the mind and has relaxing and blood-pres sure-lowering effects. It
has a sweet, herbaceous floral fragrance.
Marjoram is an excellent sedative. It helps to ease muscle tension, dilates the peripheral arteries, and lowers blood pressure.
It has a warm, herbaceous, slightly sweet fragrance with undertones of camphor.
Ylang-ylang has potent sedative properties and helps to regulate cardiovascular function and lower blood pressure. It has an
intensely sweet, floral scent. Use in moderation-a drop or two at most is sufficient. In excess, ylang-ylang can cause headaches.
|Hypertension Remedies #11
Homemade Herbal Tea for Hypertension
3 teaspoons hawthorne berries or flowers
3 teaspoons linden
2 teaspoons yarrow
3 cups water
Pour three cups of boiling water over dried herbs, cover, and steep for 20 minutes. Strain, and drink 3 cups a day. You can
also make this formula as a liquid extract by combining prepared extracts in the same proportions. Take 1 teaspoon 3
times a day with a small amount of warm water.
How to Make Herbal Preparation
|Hypertension Remedies #12
Massage Oil for Hypertension
4 ounces almond oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
15drops marjoram essential oil
2 drops ylang-ylang essential oil
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
Combine almond oil, essential oils and vitamin E oil in a dark glass bottle. Store in a cool, dark place, and shake well
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