What is blood pressure? It is the force of blood pumping through your heart into your arteries. Your normal readings should be around 120/80. Systolic, the first number, is the pressure in your arteries when your heart beats. Diastolic, the second number, is the pressure in your arteries between heart beats.
If your blood pressure is high, your blood moves through arteries with excessive force; this increases the pressure in the tissues of arteries and damages the blood vessels. This is called hypertension.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates about 75 million Americans suffer from hypertension. It is known as a “silent killer”, because its symptoms are invisible and people are unaware until there is significant damage. But essential oils, as well as some other lifestyle changes, can help.
6. Essential Oils for High BP
Essential oils such as oils of lavender, clary sage, ylang ylang, neroli, and marjoram can temporarily lower your blood pressure. You can use them via massage, rubbing on the soles of the feet, in bathwater, or inhalation. Most essential oils assist by reducing stress, relaxing emotions and can even reduce the hormone cortisol, which is high during times of stress.
Geranium oil improves blood circulation, which keeps you calmer and lowers blood pressure. Rosemary oil is effective by soothing inflammation, clearing the mind of stress, and lessening the strain on your heart. You can blend a carrier oil like coconut or jojoba with a few drops of essential oil of your choice for massaging.
5. Losing Weight
Blood pressure often increases with weight gain. Losing weight is a very effective way to control blood pressure. Just a few pounds can make a big difference.