Essential Oils For High Blood Pressure
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, has been on the rise for some time and is now a global concern. In the United States alone, 1 in 4 people is diagnosed with high blood pressure. The causes of this condition often vary. Family history, lifestyle, and stress are all contributors to this ailment.
How to Reverse High Blood Pressure
The best course of action for high blood pressure is to change your lifestyle habits. Reduce salt intake, exercise, and manage stressful situations. Talk with your doctor who may also prescribe medications to lower blood pressure if needed. In addition, seek advice from your doctor about alternative treatments such as essential oils.
Recent studies documenting the use of essential oils by people with high blood pressure have shown noteworthy results. The essential oils were found to not only reduce blood pressure but also stress responses which often lead to chronic high blood pressure.
Using Essential Oils for Lower Blood Pressure
These oils can be used by themselves or in combination with other oils along with a carrier oil such as almond or coconut. First and foremost, they help reduce stress and promote relaxation.
This results in better functioning of your body including your blood pressure. For a list of such oils and their combinations, take look at the list below.
Essential Oils For High Blood Pressure
This amazing-smelling oil is suspected of actually lowering blood pressure by way of your heart rate. There are a number of different ways to use Bergamot essential oil:
- Aromatic – You can rub it on your skin while showering to inhale its relaxing effects. Additionally, you can diffuse it in any areas where there are high-stress levels.
- Topical – Apply to the soles of your feet along with coconut oil for a good night’s sleep. Also, apply to your temples and/or abdomen for stress relief and better digestion.
Bergamot was also featured in studies showing its proven effectiveness in relieving stress and high blood pressure. It works even better when mixed with additional essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Geranium, and Lavender.
This rich, warm woody scent often evokes feelings of nostalgia which in turn relaxes you and lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. An added bonus – it also works as a great bug repellent. This oil is not to be ingested but applied via these methods:
- Topical – Massaged into the skin with a carrier oil such as almond or coconut oil.
- Aromatic – Diffused or inhaled directly.
Amplify the mood enhancing effects by combining Cedarwood with Wild Orange and Sandalwood oils in a diffuser and relax away.
Clary Sage essential oil is an ideal oil for balancing mood swings and reducing anxiety. Its uses are topical and aromatic as follows:
- Aromatic – For a calming bath, combine Clary Sage oil with Roman Chamomile oil.
- Topical/Aromatic – Inhale directly from your hands and/or apply a few drops to your brow for relaxation and clear thinking.
- Aromatic – Diffuse or apply to your pillow for a restful night’s sleep.
You can effectively blend Clary Sage with Frankincense, Sandalwood, Melissa, and Wild Orange essential oils for better results.
During Biblical times, this resin was mentioned frequently for good reasons. The oil extracted from this resin is a great stress reducer which also makes it beneficial in regulating your heart and blood pressure. Frankincense essential oil works best when inhaled aromatically:
- Diffuse it through your home with a mixture of 3 drops of Frankincense, 2 drops of White Fir, and 1 drop of Cedarwood.
- In steaming water, add 1 drop of Frankincense, place a towel over your head, and breathe deeply until the steam dissipates.
- Add a dab to your shirt collar to breathe in all day.
You can also apply Frankincense essential oil topically on the soles of your feet and/or behind the ears for improved mood.
Although more expensive than other mentioned essential oils, Helichrysum essential oil is a gentle, albeit unique-smelling (in a good way!) substance. It blends well with so many other oils and works for a myriad of stress-causing maladies. Its uses are both topical and aromatic:
- Topical – Massage on your temples and back of neck for tension relief.
- Topical/Aromatic – Apply 1 drop of Helichrysum essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub hands together, and cup them over your face. Breathe naturally. You can use this method several times a day to lift your mood.
Helichrysum also works well with Rose, Clary Sage, Geranium, and Lavender oils.
Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular oils used today for many different conditions due to its gentle yet powerful properties. Its use was documented in previous studies with promising results and it has been known for reducing anxiety and therefore, the heart rate. This versatile oil can be applied in the following ways:
- Topically – Apply lavender oil to your temples and back of neck to relieve tension in your muscles. Additionally, apply to the soles of your feet at night for a restful sleep.
- Aromatic – Add to your bed linens and pillow for a good night’s rest. You can also add it to bath water for a stress-relieving soak.
- Aromatic – Inhale directly or through a diffuser for at least 30 seconds.
Lavender also works well when blended with other essential oils such as Roman Chamomile and Wild Orange to promote relaxation.
We are all familiar with this pungent, fresh citrusy smell. Lemon essential oil is terrific for boosting your mood which is why it is touted as a great stress and depression reliever. Thus, your blood pressure also decreases. This oil has several uses and application methods, however, it is best taken topically or internally for its mood-boosting benefits.
- Topical – Massage over your chest area for calming effects.
- Aromatic – You can diffuse as many drops as you wish to lift your spirits.
Mix Lemon essential oil with Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Peppermint, Sandalwood, and/or Ylang-Ylang for a calm, meditative effect.
8. Neroli Essential Oil
As per recent studies which used Neroli as part of their procedure, this oil when used in a mixture of lavender, marjoram, and ylang-ylang was found to be successful in reducing high blood pressure. For a calming, health-boosting effect:
- Aromatic – Neroli is best when inhaled along with other oils such as lavender and/or ylang-ylang.
Moreover, Neroli also helps relieve menopause symptoms in postmenopausal women.
9. Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil
This calming oil has also been the subject of successful studies regarding blood pressure reduction. It is suspected of dilating the blood vessels and thus reducing high blood pressure. It is best used in the following ways:
- Topical – Apply 1 – 2 diluted drops to the back of your neck to relieve stress and tension.
- Topical – For cardiovascular support, massage 1 – 2 drops onto reflex points of your feet once or twice daily.
- Aromatic – Diffuse or add to a cotton ball and put near your pillow before bedtime for a good night’s sleep.
You can also use Sweet Marjoram blended with Lavender (15 drops total) in a calming linen spray when combined with 2 cups of water and 1 tsp. baking soda in a spray bottle.
10. Valerian Essential Oil
Valerian oil is a powerful calming oil which has a sedative-like effect (3) on several parts of the nervous system while reducing heart palpitations, nervousness, hyperactivity, insomnia, and blood pressure. It is applied as follows:
- Topical – Mix it with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex and massage into skin to calm you down.
- Topical – Apply 2 – 4 drops directly to the desired area of skin.
- Topical – Combine 3 drops of Valerian, 5 drops Tea Tree oil, 1 tbsp. V-6 Complex, and 1 tbsp. salt in warm water for a relaxing 15-minute foot soak.
- Aromatic – Diffuse Valeria up to 30 minutes per day or along with Clary Sage at night next to your bed for a restful sleep.
While it is a very powerful oil, Valerian does not need to be diluted and has proven to be one of the most effective essential oils concerning your nervous system.
11. Yarrow Essential Oil
For improving circulation and decreasing anxiety – especially anxiety attacks – Yarrow essential oil is one of the best. This sweet-smelling oil is most effective when used in hot water:
- Topical/Aromatic – Blend Yarrow oil with Lavender, Calendula, and German Chamomile oils – 10 drops each – into a bathtub full of hot water. Before adding these oils, heat the water to a higher temperature than is comfortable. This stimulates the reaction of the oils and they release more of their aroma. As the water cools down, it promotes relaxation and alleviates insomnia.
In its concentrated form, Yarrow is a dark oil. When diluted, it turns a bright blue which by itself is a calming sight for the eyes.
Last but certainly not the least, is Ylang-Ylang essential oil which was also used in the above-mentioned study with great success. It is believed to reduce the “stress hormone” cortisol which in turn lowers blood pressure and improves many other functions. This potent oil is best used topically and aromatically in the following ways:
- Topical – To promote calm and peacefulness, massage onto your shoulders, back, or feet.
- Aromatic – Combine with Epsom Salt for a stress-relieving soak in the tub.
- Aromatic – Combine 1 drop Ylang-Ylang with 2 drops Bergamot and 2 drops Grapefruit essential oil in a diffuser.
Since this oil has been proven to relieve stress and lower blood pressure, it is a must as part of your relaxation routine.
Other Essential Oils for Relaxation
Other oils which work well to reduce stress and overall well-being are Jasmine, Citronella, and Melissa (Lemon Balm). They often blend well with the above-mentioned oils.
Consider Your Source
It is imperative to keep in mind that there are different concentrations of oils on the market today. If you are considering using essential oils, make sure that you first discuss them with your doctor.
Next, be sure to buy them in their purest therapeutic form from a trustworthy source. Furthermore, follow all precautionary guidelines when using these oils to avoid unpleasant side effects or interactions.
The Future of Treatment
Essential oils have provided an exciting breakthrough as a treatment option for many conditions. Many oils provide multiple results that benefit many aspects of your health and are definitely worth further study and consideration. Be on the lookout for more discoveries involving the use of essential oils and improved health and well-being.
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