High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a common problem in the United States. As many as 1 in 3 adults as high blood pressure and that can result in a higher risk of heart disease and stroke. (https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/facts.htm)
Because it’s so prevalent and so risky for the body, it’s important to address high blood pressure issues as soon as possible. And while there are medications available to help treat it, natural solutions can often be beneficial and have fewer side effects.
What is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure is a situation in which the blood in the veins and arteries pushes hard against the vessel walls, much like a garden hose filled with water. Some pressure is necessary to help keep blood moving through the body.
Unfortunately, though, sometimes the pressure can be too great against the blood vessel walls. Over time this can increase your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. It can also increase your risk of kidney disease and chronic heart failure.
Normal blood pressure is considered at or below 120/80 mm Hg. If your blood pressure is greater than 140/90 mm Hg consistently you are considered to have hypertension. To be diagnosed with high blood pressure you’ll most likely be asked to keep a record of your blood pressure over a period of time.
Often you’ll have no symptoms of high blood pressure. That’s one reason it’s very important to regularly check your blood pressure with a blood pressure cuff. You can do this in your doctor’s office. Many pharmacies also have blood pressure monitors you can use. Additionally you can purchase a blood pressure cuff to use at home.
What Causes High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure can be caused by a variety of factors. People who have diabetes, for example, are more likely to develop high blood pressure. Taking some medications such as birth control pills can also increase your risk of high blood pressure.
If you smoke, drink too much alcohol, or have a diet high in sodium you can also be at a greater risk of high blood pressure. Additionally, being sedentary or obese is also correlated with hypertension. Chronic stress also goes hand in hand with high blood pressure.
Managing Hypertension Naturally
While there are medications that help lower blood pressure, many people find that natural approaches are very effective. For example, reducing your sodium intake can help lower blood pressure.
You can also get good results from exercising more, quitting smoking, and cutting back on alcohol use. Stress management also goes a long way toward improving blood pressure levels.
Essential oils can also help to balance your blood pressure and reduce it. Some of the most helpful essential oils are Melissa, rosemary, and thyme. These work to help dilate blood vessels and reduce stress and inflammation in the body.
The cumulative effect of this is to lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke as well as chronic health conditions related to hypertension. You can use essential oils in a variety of ways.
First you can diffuse them allowing you to inhale their aroma. Molecules will enter your nose and move to your bloodstream. You can also apply the oils to your skin where they will cross into the bloodstream and deliver their powerful effects.