Twelve Essential Oils for High Blood Pressure
Written by Eli Ben-YehudaOn July 1, 2020
What are essential oils?
If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.
Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, protect them and play a role in plant pollination.
In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices such a lowering high blood pressure.
For over 5,000 years, many different cultures have used healing plant essential oil for a variety of health conditions. It is often used for relaxation, beauty care, home cleaning and most often used as natural medicine. Are there any essential oils for high blood pressure?
What do essential oils treat?
The use of essential oils for therapeutic, spiritual, hygienic and ritualistic purposes goes back to a number of ancient civilizations including the Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans who used them in cosmetics, perfumes and drugs.
Essential oils are described by Dioscorides, along with beliefs of the time regarding their healing properties, in his “De Materia Medica”, written in the first century.
Here are a few physical and mental conditions treated by essential oils:
- Fight cold and flu symptoms
- Relax your body and soothe sore muscles
- Heal skin conditions
- Alleviate pain
- Balance hormones
- Improve digestion
- Reduce cellulite and wrinkles
- Clean your home
- Used in homemade personal care products
How are essential oils used?
Essential oils can either be used as a topical application, massage, aerial infuser, or used by direct inhalation.
They may be used alone or as a mix. Some advocates, suggest a mix to enhance the power of various plants.
Essential Oils for high blood pressure
With 70 million Americans suffering from high blood pressure, we need to find safe, effective ways to lower blood pressure without side effects. There are many potential contributing factors to high blood pressure. Obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, emotional stress, a high salt diet, smoking, high caffeine intake, and high alcohol intake are all contributors.
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, you might be prescribed medication to help get your blood pressure back to a “normal” or acceptable level. However, natural essential oils have been shown in a few studies to have a positive effect, lowering blood pressure.
Here’s a list of essential oils for high blood pressure:
- Jasmine Oil – Jasmine essential oil calms down the body, mind and soul while bringing forth positive and constructive emotions. It gives relief from anxiety, stress, annoyance, anger and depression as well as from inflammations of all sorts, which can affect mood and pain throughout the body. Calming the body by reducing these conditions helps lower blood pressure.
- Geranium Oil – Geranium improves circulation, detoxifies, lifts up sluggish digestion, balances emotions and promotes restful sleep. Geranium is an effective nervous system balancer which helps to calm an overactive mind. Geranium is particularly effective for stress & anxiety and is perfect to diffuse at bedtime.
- Lavender Oil – Lavender oil is a general healer that comes with a wide variety of therapeutic uses. In a recent study, the impulses of patients’ brains were measured before and after inhaling lavender essential oil with an EEG machine. The study revealed that lavender essential oil has several health benefits, such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure and increasing the amount of relaxation waves in the brain.
- Marjoram Oil – While this essential oil is not as widely recognized as others, sweet marjoram essential oil is still quite powerful. Studies have shown that this essential oil helps reduce myocardial oxidative stress, which can lead to heart failure. This may prevent someone from suffering a heart attack. While this is a lesser known essential oil, it has been used in traditional Moroccan medicine to naturally treat hypertension for many years.
- Rose Oil – Almost all hormonal and emotional complaints can be addressed by the use of rose essential oil. It has a great ability to increase blood circulation, which makes it particularly useful for lowering high blood pressure.
- Lemon Oil – Lemon balm essential oil is also a tonic for the heart, resulting in a decrease in blood pressure. It protects against heart palpitations, tachycardia, and heart attacks. With its strong antidepressant properties, it increases mood and restores the balance of emotions.
- Valerian Oil Root – Valerian essential oil eases heart palpitations, insomnia, hyperactivity, and nervous tension. This may be the best oil to use at bedtime in order to get a deep and restful night’s sleep. Valerian essential oil is known to have powerful calming effects on the nervous system. It relaxes the tense sympathetic nervous system and stimulates the counteractive parasympathetic nervous system, which tells the body to rest and relax.
Read more about Valerian Root here
- Frankincense Oil – Frankincense has long been used to reduce stress levels and promote mental clarity. It has been used in ancient Egyptian ceremonies to promote peace of mind and stillness. Frankincense is a powerful essential oil that has a calming effect on the body. This not only reduces stress levels but also regulates the heart.
- Bergamot Oil – Studies have revealed that bergamot essential oil reduces high blood pressure when it is diffused and inhaled for 15-60 minutes. This means that those who use bergamot essential oil for aromatherapy typically show a significant reduction not only in their blood pressure but also their heart rate.
- Ylang Ylang Oil – Studies have also combined ylang ylang essential oil and bergamot essential oil, providing an impressive result of the inhalation of these essential oils together not only reduces blood pressure but cortisol levels as well. The use of these essential oils is an effective nursing intervention for those suffering from hypertension.
- Neroli Oil – is an essential oil produced from the blossom of the bitter orange tree (Citrus aurantium). Its scent is sweet, honeyed and somewhat metallic with green and spicy facets. It is wildly used in perfumes, and is also in limited use in the flavoring industry.
Studies have shown that Neroli essential oil is effective for insomnia and depression and when used together with Lavender, marjoram and Ylang Ylang, it has effect on blood pressure.
- Sage Oil – Clary Sage oil are known to relieve tension and stress, which are contributing factors to high blood pressure. In a study, participants inhaled Clary Sage oil for 60 minutes and saw an average decrease of 4.7% in systolic and 5.1% in diastolic blood pressure.
Mistakes you might make with essential oils for high blood pressure
The following video is about the dangers of using essential oils in general
Seems that there is a very impressive list of different essential oils to lower blood pressure here. Now please DO NOT INGEST BY MOUTH. These are for infusion into the air, or an inhalation for breathing , or as a rub.
Please purchase from a reputable dealer. As with other alternative therapies we advise to continue with your hypertension medication if your health practitioner has prescribed you medication. Never stop taking your medication on your own, but allow the prescriber to reduce as necessary.
For more natural remedies to lower blood pressure – Read this article…
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