Essential Oils for High Blood Pressure

Essential Oils for High Blood Pressure

Essential Oils for High Blood Pressure

1. An overview - Essential oils for high blood pressure


Use essential oils for high blood pressure and make healthy lifestyle. The all known risk factor causing metabolic syndrome is high blood pressure (Metabolic syndrome is a combination of various risk factors that together create the storm of increased risk of type-2 diabetes cardiovascular disease and death. High blood pressure is known as ‘hypertension ‘or ‘silent killer’ when it becomes chronic. Blood pressure is expressed in the unit ‘mm Hg,’ called millimeter of mercury to measure pressure in the blood vessels. When the 1st number is estimated, it is called systolic pressure that indicates the pressure in the blood vessels when the heartbeats. The second number is called diastolic pressure, that means the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart rests between the beats. Both the systolic, as well as diastolic numbers, are essential for diagnosing high blood pressure.

However, sometimes, the specialist looks at high systolic blood pressure level for heart disease. With aging, the systolic blood pressure typically increases. The blood pressure reading: 120/ 80 shows average level; between 120/ 80-- 139-/89 indicates pre-hypertension. And blood pressure reading above 140/ 90 indicates hypertension, implying the high risk for the patient).

Conclusively, high blood pressure is the common risk factors for most of the fatalities all over the world. For instance, the Americans (1 out of 3) is found to have high blood pressure. But still, high blood pressure can be primarily controlled by adding some natural solutions like essential oils.

 

2. Best Essential oils for high blood pressure


2.1) Bergamot essential oil


Bergamot essential oils for high blood pressure

It may lower heart rate to an average level and reduce high blood pressure. One research study examined how a combination of essential oils (Bergamot and others, including Lavender and Ylang Ylang) would produce the desired effect. The researchers discovered that the mixture had the power to reduce a person’s heart rate, blood pressure, psychological stress, and promote cortisol levels (cortisol is a steroid hormone). [1

2.2) Cedar-wood essential oil:


Cedarwood Essential oils for high blood pressure

It can promote relaxation and temporarily decrease the rapid heart rate.

2.3) Citronella essential oil


Citronella essential oil

It helps to ease stress and in turn, lower high blood pressure.

2.4) Frankincense essential oil


Frankincense essential oil

The oil may reduce stress level and regulate the heart rate,

2.5) Clary sage essential oil


Clary sage oil

It can reduce anxiety level, lower high blood pressure, and retrieve tension and stress.

In a research study (when clary sage was inhaled for 60 minutes) it was revealed that participants experienced a 4.7% drop in systolic pressure and a 5.1% decline in diastolic pressure. The researchers attributed the decreases in blood pressure to use of clay sage (that contained anti-inflammatory property).

2.6) Jasmine essential oil


Jasmine oil

The oil eases a tense nervous system.

2.7) Helichrysum essential oil


Helichrysum Essential oils for high blood pressure

The oil is believed to have hypo-intensive properties that act as a natural relaxant to reduce high blood pressure.

A study (on the rats) showed that the oil helped relax blood vessels, increased smooth muscle function and lowered high blood pressure as soon as it was absorbed into the animal bloodstream.

2.8) Lavender essential oil


The oil has the calming properties that may reduce anxiety and promote heart rate to the normal level and alleviate cardiac excitation.

2.9) Lemon essential oil


It helps reduce stress and depression and as such support lowering high blood pressure in a natural process.

2.10) Lemon balm essential oil


The oil may reduce high blood pressure while protecting against heart palpitations, tachycardia (it is a rapid heart rate caused by the problems in the heart’s electrical system) and heart attack (it is the death of the segment of a heart muscle caused by the loss of blood supply).

2.11) Marjoram essential oil


It improves nervous system activity and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in vasodilatation that reduces cardiac strain as well as lowers high blood pressure (the parasympathetic nervous system is one of the two divisions of autonomic nervous systems- the other being the sympathetic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for regulating the body’s unconscious actions. And the parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for stimulating the body’s rest and digest mechanism. On the other hand, vasodilatation is the widening of the blood vessels resulting from relaxation of smooth muscle cells lying within the vessel walls).

2.12) Neroli essential oil


The oil brings forth emotional soothing result and comfort and is useful in cardiac palpitation (in the wake of shock and fear) [2].

 

3. How and where essential oils are applied :


Essential oils can be used alone (or mixed together). Experts often suggest to prepare a blend to maximize the power of oil (to reduce high blood pressure).

3.1) Lotion recipe


  • Five drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Five drops of clary sage essential oil.
  • Two oz. of coconut oil.
  • Five drops of frankincense essential oil.
  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Rub a small amount into the temples and under the nose.

  • 3.2) Diffuser recipe


  • Three drops of bergamot essential oil.
  • Three drops of lavender essential oil.
  • And three drops of ylang ylang essential oil.
  • Combine the ingredients.
  • Put the mixture into an aromatherapy diffuser.
  • Slowly inhale the oils (for 15-30 minutes).

  • 3.3) Massage oil recipe


  • Ten drops of lavender essential oil
  • Seven drops of ylang ylang essential oil
  • Five drops of sweet marjoram essential oil
  • One drop of meroil essential oil
  • Two oz. of almond oil
  • Combine the sweet marjoram/ ylang ylang /mandarin / lavender essential oil.
  • Combine 7 drops essential oil mixture with almond oil.
  • Use the above mixtures (as massage oil) or add to warm bath (to be applied on the whole body skin).

  • 4. Caution : Essential oils that need to be avoided.


    The regular use of any of the 3 essential oils (Rosemary /Sage / Thyme) may aggravate the problem of hypertension and should therefore be avoided.

    Conclusively,essential oils should neither be injected nor orally taken. Essential oils are diluted in a container (for application on the skin for massage or for inhalation as aromatherapy).

     

    5. Concluding remarks:


    In 2012, a clinical study revealed the fact that the use of a blend of Lavender, Ylang, Majoram, and Neroil essential oils can have a salutary impact on high blood pressure. However, there is limited evidence supported by adequate research studies (on the effectiveness of essential oils on high blood pressure). Therefore, for effective treatment of high blood pressure, it is necessary to consult a physician.

     

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