Essential oils for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is caused when the pressure on the arteries and blood vessels become distorted, which causes extra strain on the heart. Exposure to this condition long-term increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and diabetes in individuals, and more often than not, there are no symptoms as blood pressure actually increases. However, there are a few warning signs you can look out for in regards to very high blood pressure, including:

  • Chest pains
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Ear buzzing/ringing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Nosebleeds
  • Tiredness, or
  • Changes in vision

Ranges in blood pressure include:

  • Normal: Less than 120/80
  • Pre-hypertension: 120-139/80-89
  • Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159/90-99
  • State 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above/100 and above

There are a few changes you can make to help improve high blood pressure, including changes in diet, use of certain supplements long-term, changes in lifestyle, and finally, essential oils. 

To treat high blood pressure by making changes in your diet, you will need to avoid any foods high in sodium, trans-fats and omega-6 fats, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. These foods are known to raise blood pressure, increase inflammation, increase blood pressure, and narrow the arteries. Instead, you can switch to a diet consisting in foods which are high in fiber and potassium, low in sodium, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as dark chocolate, as these foods are known to lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation.

When it comes to supplements, it's sort of similar to changing the foods you're eating, but is more helpful in getting the proper intake of vitamins and minerals you may not get enough of through your diet. These include fish oil (1,000-2,000 mg daily), magnesium (500 mg before bed), CoQ10 (100-300 mg daily), Potassium (not recommended in high doses unless otherwise directed by a doctor), and garlic (600 mg aged extract). Fish oil helps to reduce blood pressure and inflammation when taken long term; Magnesium helps with the relaxation of muscles and reduces blood pressure; CoQ10 is a natural chemical we produce that depletes as we age; Garlic helps to lower blood pressure and relax muscles.

Essential Oil Blend for High Blood Pressure
1 drop of lavender
1 drop of ylang ylang
1 drop of bergamot

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Editor’s Note/Disclaimer: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only; does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Diffuser World, Inc.; and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.

what are essential oils?

Even though essential oils have been around for thousands of years, we can enjoy the direct benefits of using essential oils today; through healing properties occurring naturally through the extracted plant substance.

What Are Essential OilsEssential oils have been recorded throughout history to be used to enhance spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental health. The Egyptians were referenced as using cinnamon, myrrh, sandalwood, and frankincense as early as 4500 BC. Scholars in India developed the science of Ayurveda around 3000 BC. These people relied on essential oils in potions using some of today’s favorites, such as ginger and cinnamon.

The use of essential oils for remedies of ailments was recorded by Chinese scholars between 2067 and 2597 BC. However, probably the most common place we read about essential oils is in the Bible. Essential oils are mentioned over two hundred times in the New Testament and Old Testament of the Bible.

how do essential oils work?

If you are a beginner to essential oils, there are three primary ways essential oils enter the body: applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. When choosing the right method to use essential oils, always keep in mind the desired result you are wanting and then determine the best application for use. Essential oils can enter the body by being applied to the skin. This method can vary from using a compress, gargling, bath or even massage. It requires several drops of essential oils to be used topically in some manner. It is important to note that most essential oils should not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.

While people inhale and diffuse essential oils for a variety of reasons, it has been shown that inhalation is most effective and best suited to treat a variety of respiratory complaints. Ingestion of essential oils has had much controversy, I suggest you do the proper research yourself and use safe practices. Cases of death, organ failure and hospitalization in the history of aromatherapy have been caused by ingesting essential oils.

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benefits of essential oils

Essential oil benefits come from their antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. These healing oils are rapidly growing in popularity because they act as natural medicine without side effects. In fact, Clove essential oil is so useful as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic that it has been approved for use as a dental anesthetic by the American Dental Association. It is excellent when included in mouthwash recipes, particularly if you suffer from sore, inflamed gums.

While people traditionally see a doctor for an illness and get a prescription drug, many others have awoken to the fact that essential oils can be used in a powerful way, when it comes to healing and supporting the body’s emotional and physical well-being. The biggest question is what oil will work for my body the best. Because we are not all the same, essential oils do not function the same for each of us. If you are looking for a way to reduce the number of chemicals you use in your home, making your own products with essential oils is an excellent choice.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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