What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils have been used for centuries to successfully treat a range of ailments, including high blood pressure. These strong smelling oils are extracted from certain varieties of plants, weeds, leaves, roots and trees.
Essential oils are used extensively various medicine as well as being an integral part of perfumes, soaps and cosmetics. They can be used to add flavor, scent, preserve and even have disinfectant properties.
Essential Oils for High Blood Pressure
For someone suffering from high blood pressure, treatment with essential oils may be the thing that finally helps normalize blood pressure levels.
They may also be useful for an individual who is in the early stages of pre-hypertension and wants to try and bring down their blood pressure naturally without the use of prescription drugs and their associated side effects.
One of the major advantages of using essential oils to treat high blood pressure is that they work through the body without leaving any toxins behind. It is estimated that one dose of essential oil treatment will remain in the body for 6 to 8 hours, the only evidence of oil being used may be the slight smell of the particular oil in the body’s sweat.
Essential oils are available in most health food shops and many supermarkets. They may seem expensive but when you consider that it takes enormous effort and a large amount of raw material to produce just a small amount of oil. Also a small bottle of an essential oil will most likely last months.
To use essential oils to treat high blood pressure it is recommended that they added to a hot bath once a day and also massaged directly into the sufferers back.
Essential oils should never be taken orally unless under the supervision of a trained professional.
Oils Known to be Effective for Treating High Blood Pressure
Clary-sage Oil – Clary-sage is plant that grows in Mediterranean and certain parts of Africa. It has many healing properties, including clearing skin blemishes, reducing swelling and inducing relaxation.
Many think it is the relaxing properties of clary-sage that have a positive effect on blood pressure levels.
Pregnant women should seek medical advice before using clary sage as it has estrogen like properties that may effect the foetus.
Hyssop Oil – Hyssop leaves are used in cooking and the oil is regularly used in religious ceremonies.
Hyssop essential oil can promote alertness, clear chest infections and and help relive anxiety.
It is useful for stabilizing blood pressure levels because it helps maintain a healthy circulatory system, this will help bring high pressure levels down. The anti-anxiety effects of hyssop oil may also aid the reduction of high blood pressure.
Lavender Oil – The lavender plant grows in abundance all over the world. It is due to lavender’s plentifulness and the ease that its essential oil can be extracted makes lavender oil widely available.
Lavender has many therapeutic uses including antiseptic, anesthetic, antidepressant and relaxation properties.
Lavender oil is through to aid a reduction blood pressure by reducing stress and help to relax the body.
Marjoram – Marjoram is a herb that is similar to the Italian cooking favorite, Oregano. It is mostly found in the middle east but can be cultivated relatively easily in hot houses.
Among Marjoram’s many benefits are its ability to relieve digestive pain, anti-viral properties and helps regulate the menstrual cycle.
Marjoram helps to to lower blood pressure because is has vasodilator properties, when applied to the skin it causes blood vessels to widen. Wider blood vessels mean more space for the blood to flow around the circulatory system, lowering blood pressure.
Marjoram also has diuretic properties that helps to expel excess salt from the body, this is effective for lowering blood pressure as too much salt can cause blood vessels to contract.
Geranium Oil – Geraniums are a popular plant in many gardens, they produce beautiful flowers that have a sweet smell.
A special variety of geranium is bred for producing the essential oil. The oil has many uses including treating skin conditions, reliving pre menstrual stress, and helping sore throats to heal.
It is its stress reliving and circulatory system stimulating effects that make it an effective oil for treating high blood pressure.
Applying Essential Oils
Essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin, use a few drops of each in a hot bath or prepare as a massage oil.
5 drops of Hyssop oil
10 drops of Majoram oil
15 drops of Geranium oil
30 milliliters of vegetable oil
Mix all do the essential oils in to the vegetable oil, pour into a glass bottle and seal.
Prepare a bowl of hot water, hot but not hot enough to burn your skin when you touch it. Submerge the glass bottle containing the oil in the water for 10 minutes.
The oil is now ready to be applied to the body. Two of the most effective places to apply the oil are the back and legs.
You can self massage the oil into your legs. Always move in the direction of the heart, stating at the feet and moving up towards the thighs.
You may need help applying the oil to your back, get a partner or friend to help you with this. Have them apply the oil to the small of your back and work upwards towards the heart, or at the shoulders and work down towards the heart.
Essential oils have been used for hundreds of years to successfully treat many different kinds of ailments. If used properly, they can be a valuable asset in the fight against hig blood pressure.