Brew a cup of hibiscus “tea”
Consistently drinking a cup of hibiscus tea each day is a fantastic way to decrease your blood pressure.
In fact, a study completed as a part of the PREMIER Clinical Trialdemonstrated that having two cups with breakfast each morning was as effective at lowering blood pressure as some prescribed medications.
Drinking a cup of tea with each meal lowered blood pressed by an average of 7 points, which leads to a notable percentage drop in the likelihood of dying from stroke, heart attack, or other heart diseases.
Hibiscus has diuretic properties which can help to remove salts from the bloodstream, decreasing the stress on arteries and veins. It also mimics properties of ACE inhibitors so that it can relax tension in the veins to decrease blood pressure.
Directions: Boil one cup of fresh water and add 1-2 teaspoons of dried hibiscus. Steep for at least five minutes. If desired, you can stir with a cinnamon stick or add honey or lemon juice to taste. Drink 2-3 times each day, or with meals, to produce optimal effects.
Use valerian root essential oil topically or aromatically
Valerian is a plant with a unique scent and powerful sedative effects. Its essential oil, which is harvested from the plant’s root, is safe to use either topically or aromatically to produce a number of beneficial effects on the body.
Valerian essential oil has two effects that can stave off high blood pressure.
First, it has the power to deeply relax the nervous system, thereby acting as a sedative to combat tension, stress, and anxiety. This offsets hypertension by reducing the emotional factors that can lead to high blood pressure.
Second, many users have noted that continued use of valerian oil can reduce the onset of heart palpitations, hyperactivity, and insomnia, all of which can contribute to the onset of high blood pressure or other heart diseases.
Directions: To use topically, massage 2-4 drops into the back of your neck or the soles of your feet. Valerian essential oil is safe to use undiluted, but if you have sensitive skin you may want to consider diluting with a non-greasy carrier oil (such as coconut or avocado oil) to reduce the risk of skin irritation.
To use aromatically, add 2-3 drops to a diffuser of your choice and diffuse for up to 30 minutes. You can repeat this process up to three times each day.
Drink coconut water
Coconut water has dozens of health benefits: from helping you to achieve radiant, glowing skin to making it easier to lose weight.
This drink is packed with vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, and enzymes that can lead to anti-cancerous, anti-aging, and immune-system-boosting effects.
Potassium and magnesium are just two of the compounds found in coconut water, and they help to regulate muscular function. Since your heart is a muscle, they can also help to reduce strain caused by high blood pressure.
Potassium is also good for relaxing the nervous system, which can help to prevent your blood pressure from escalating. Its high antioxidant count also helps to improve the overall health of your cardiovascular system.
Directions: Just drink a full glass (8 ounces) once or twice each day! It’s that simple. If you choose to drink it only once, then the morning would be best.
Add fish oil to your diet
Fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids that your body does not produce on its own. These healthy fats have been linked to a number of positive effects on overall brain, heart, joint, and overall bodily health.
Fish oils which are typically found in fatty fish such as mackerel or salmon, as well as less intuitive foods such as flaxseeds and nuts. Incorporating these types of foods into your diet two or three times a week is one way to ingest more omega-3 fatty acids, and most medical practitioners recommend using this method to increase your intake.
However, some find it easier to take a fish oil supplement instead.
Directions: Eat foods with high omega-3 fatty acid content, such as fish or nuts, at least 2-3 times each week. This will increase your intake of beneficial fish oil compounds as well as the other healthy proteins and vitamins contained in those foods.
Alternatively, you can take one fish oil supplement capsule each day or add liquid fish oil to a glass of orange juice (with the approval of your physician, and following the dosage recommendations and instructions on the bottle).
Start your day with a melon
Watermelon is a summer staple at barbecues and picnics throughout the season.
This fruit has a number of health benefits; its high water content – 92 percent! – helps kids and adults alike to stay hydrated in the hot summer sun, and it is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, lycopene, and amino acids.
In addition to being generally delicious and nutritious, watermelon contains an amino acid compound called citrulline that helps your body to regulate cardiovascular function.
This compound sets off a chain reaction throughout your body that ultimately results in the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps to relax your blood vessels, allowing blood to flow through your system under a more healthy pressure and helps your body to control how strongly your heart pumps blood through the bloodstream.
Directions: Eat 1-2 slices of fresh watermelon each morning for breakfast. Effects will be more pronounced if you eat your watermelon on an empty stomach. Sliced or diced makes no difference – eat it however you prefer! Just be sure not to add any additional sugar or salt.
Use marjoram essential oil
Marjoram essential oil is derived from the leaves or the marjoram plant, which is native to the Mediterranean region. It has been used medicinally for decades as a result of its many health benefits.
Its use can reduce discomfort associated with common ailments such as headaches and colds, decrease the risk of infection in cuts and scrapes, and stave off the growth of fungi to more easily address fungal infections.
Several of marjoram essential oil’s versatile health benefits contribute to its ability to decrease blood pressure. Its use can:
- Improve circulatory function
- Remove excess salts from the body
- Increase urination
- Alleviate stress and anxiety
- Relax blood vessels to ease blood flow
Any of the above qualities can individually reduce high blood pressure. The combination of all of these effects makes marjoram essential oil a powerful natural combatant to hypertension.
Directions: Marjoram essential oil can be used topically, internally, or aromatically.
For topical use, dilute 1-2 drops with a carrier oil (such as coconut or avocado oil) and massage into the skin.
To use internally, add 1 drop of oil to 4 ounces of another liquid and drink.
For aromatic use, diffuse 3-4 drops in a diffuser of your choice.
High blood pressure is an incredibly common heart disease, affecting almost 1 in 3 adults in the United States. Only about half of those afflicted with high blood pressure are adequately maintaining their condition or actively reducing their risk of heart attack or stroke.
Lifestyle changes (improving diet and exercise habits) are always the best first step to try to bring your blood pressure back to a normal level. However, if these steps don’t work, using one of these natural remedies for high blood pressure could help you to address your hypertension without introducing unnatural chemicals into your body or incurring unnatural and uncomfortable side effects such as nausea, dizziness, or fatigue. Many of these remedies have health effects outside of the benefits to your heart health, and none come with a laundry list of negative side effects.
Before turning to prescribed medications, try one of these 6 home remedies for high blood pressure as a natural alternative to expensive commercial medications.