Essential oils have become very popular over the last few years for a multitude of uses, with the most common and most widely known way to utilize their special individual traits is through aromatherapy.
The health-conscious and those who prefer to use natural remedies have already been exploiting the many benefits of essential oils. There are literally hundreds of uses, such as physically, for supporting healthy immune function, purifying the skin, or promoting healthy digestion and emotionally, for calming, emotional balance, and lowering anxiety.
Obviously, some of these uses may seem more important than others, but to be honest, they are all important to someone.
About 75 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure, a condition in which the blood is pumping too hard and is being forced against the walls of the arteries. Eventually this could lead to more severe health problems such as heart disease and stroke.
There are many pharmaceuticals prescribed for high blood pressure, but are the medicine’s side effects even worth of it? Some of the long-term effects we haven’t even learned of yet!
The best thing to do is to go over all the types of treatment before deciding. It’s important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and diet, but essential oils can help bring high blood pressure down to a more normal level and keep it there naturally without having to worry about horrible side effects.
Essentials oils are generally made from the whole plant, or it’s essence, and can be used in a number of ways. Using them for a gentle massage is one way which seems to have the most beneficial aftereffect for lowering high blood pressure.
There are other general ways to use them, as well, like adding a few drops to your bath, making a hot or cold compress with a few drops added, or adding a few drops to a bottle of lotion. But first of all, there are a few essentials oils that should be completely avoided by someone with high blood pressure and they are the following:
Again, DO NOT use the four above mentioned essential oils for high blood pressure, as they may actually do the opposite. Some of the essentials oils that can be used for lowering the blood pressure are the following:
• Ylang Ylang
This essential oil slows rapid heart rate, decreasing high blood pressure. In addition, it is also one of the best for anxiety. It helps to calm, promote relaxation, and improve mood. Ylang Ylang decreases blood pressure by it’s blend, and not it’s scent, which is a little unusual for essential oils.
• Yarrow- Only not that well known, this essential oil is one of the best for improving blood circulation and blood pressure.
• Valerian Root
Heart palpitations, insomnia, hyperactivity, and nervous tension are some of the conditions Valerian Root can help, and in doing do, also helps lower blood pressure. This essential oil is best for getting restful sleep. It’s a powerful sedative that helps calm the nervous system and relaxing the body.
• Lemon Balm
Referred to as the ”tonic of the heart”, this oil reduces blood pressure, heart palpitations, and heart attacks. It also calms and uplifts you bodily, increases mood, and restores emotional balance, as it is a strong anti-depressant.
One of the most well known essential oils, it reduces blood pressure, but is also a general healer. Lavender can help induce sleep, reduce stress, it’s calming, an anti-inflammatory, an anti- septic, and an analgesic you can use for headaches. It really is good for everything.
This essential oil is like Felix Felicis, or liquid luck, for those of you who aren’t Harry Potter fans. It gives users a euphoric quality, calming nerves, boosting confidence and optimism. Because of this, breathing becomes easier, lifting depression and anxiety causing lower blood pressure.
Majoram essential oil reduces stress that leads to heart failure and may prevent heart attacks. Even though it’s one of the least known essential oil, it was used in traditional medicine to treat hypertension for years before even being discovered by Western civilization.
Most people might not realize this, but rose has calming effects on the brain. Maybe that’s why the flower is such a popular Valentine’s Day present! Maybe the flower should be switched for the oil! Rose essential oil is also an anti-inflammatory and helps with blood circulation, which then helps blood pressure. Who knew something that smells so good could be so beneficial to your body? Well, now you do!
Last one, Geranium improves circulation, which leads to lower blood pressure, it also helps detoxify, speed up digestion, balances emotions, promotes restful sleep, and is particularly effective for use against stress and anxiety.
There are quite a few essential oils to choose from if you are looking for a natural way to lower blood pressure. With the right oils, you can improve almost all bodily functions, emotionally and physically. When using one of these oils to help lower blood pressure, massage is the best way to use the aromatherapy. A hot bath with essential oils added to it is also a great way to use them. Lay back, soak, and inhale the wondrous scent of lowering your blood pressure!