Herbs for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is not a disease but rather a sign that there are problems with your health. This is why BP measurement is one of the primary diagnostic tools used by general practice doctors.

If you have high blood pressure levels, you can be at risk of developing serious heart diseases, if left unmanaged and/or untreated. The two biggest contributors to high blood pressure are poor diet and stress. When these are combined, the results can be very damaging and sadly, even lethal.

You can quite often very effectively reduce your high blood pressure naturally, by changing your diet and lifestyle habits.

As part of a dietary solution, there are herbs that can assist your fight against the effects of high blood pressure and also better keep it within healthy levels.

Hibiscus

Many people from different cultures all over the world have been using hibiscus to naturally lower their blood pressure.

However, it is only a decade ago that experts conducted a study regarding the effectiveness of hibiscus. The results revealed that hibiscus acts effectively as a diuretic. This helps remove excess sodium from the body, which results in reduced pressure in the arterial walls.

Another finding from studies about hibiscus is that it is capable of mimicking ACE inhibitors. The ACE or ‘angiotensin converting enzyme’ inhibitors is a substance commonly found in pharmaceutical drugs manufactured for lowering blood pressure, and helps the body maintain fluid balance.

Basil

This herb not only goes well in many dishes, it also helps to reduce high blood pressure and has antiviral and antibacterial properties.

It has also been found effective for lowering blood sugar levels, while easing tension and acting as a general detoxifier.

This herb that has many health benefits and is worth adding to your list of must have herbs!

Cat’s Claw

Although its name sounds like something a witch would put in a cauldron, this herb is another herb helpful in lowering high blood pressure. Its ability to lower blood pressure is attributed to its active compounds which work to dilate the blood vessels, thereby allowing a better blood flow.

It also functions as a diuretic which is helpful for lowering the levels of sodium in the blood, and has healing properties that support the body’s natural defenses against many other diseases.

Indian Snakeroot

This herb has been used for thousands of years to treat heart health problems.

Its ability to lower blood pressure is due to its high content of alkaloid reserpine which is beneficial for improving heart functioning.

It also relieves symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression which are conditions that can also trigger and sustain a rise in blood pressure.

Ginger

Ginger has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. It heals and promotes good health throughout the body.

It is excellent for improving blood circulation, which is important for healthy blood vessels and assisting in lowering high blood pressure.

It is easy to add ginger to many foods or eat on its own, so this herbal remedy is an easy inclusion in your diet.

If you need to do something about your blood pressure levels, why not start with a natural dose of herbal goodness? As discussed, these herbs have physical and emotional actions on the body’s wellbeing. You’ll no doubt find that other areas of your health improve at the same time if you do!