High Blood Pressure Herbs
High Blood Pressure Herbs.
Besides food there are many herbs which help lower blood pressure. Medicinal
herbs are often overlooked, I think mainly because people just don't know about them.
They are wonderful and can aid and strengthen the body and every system in the body.
There are many high blood pressure herbs that can lower the blood pressure when used regularly.
Herbs are fun and easy to use. In our Herbal Remedies page we discuss nourishing
herbs, gentle medicinal herbs, stronger medicinal herbs, and potentially dangerous herbs.
Knowing about the herbs you use is a wise thing to do.
How Do We Get The Blood Pressure Herbs We Want and Need?
- Many people purchase herbs at the local supermarket in capsule form or in tea bags.
Though their intentions are good the problem is that you don't know how long they have
been setting on the supermarket shelf and how long they were in the warehouse before
they got to the supermarket. In other words, the freshness - therefore the quality -
of the herbs may be compromised.
- Wildcrafting, or going out and finding your own high blood pressure herbs assures you of a very fresh herb, obviously, but the problem is that you do run the risk of improper identification - which would not be good. You should always use several books for identification before picking an herb to consume - or better - take someone with you who is knowledgeable about herbs.
- Growing your own is a great idea, and is rewarding and fun to pick your own fresh herbs. But all plants do not grow well in all places. My problem is that many plants do not grow in the American Southwest. Even though I live in the mountains it is just too hot and dry for many
gentle herbs such as chickweed. I therefore order it dried and it works very well.
- A fast and reliable thing you can do is purchase the high blood pressure herbs you need with the assurance that you are getting the correct herb. It is important that you are selective in who you purchase from so you can be guaranteed of high quality organic herbs.
My favorite supplier is Mountain Rose Herbs. I have been purchasing from them for years and every herb I have purchased
has been fresh and fragrant and has made delicious teas. They carry the absolute
finest quality bulk organic herbs, as well as teas (already blended for you), spices, essential
oils, herbal products including capsules and tincture, and all natural body care products.
Herbal teas are a very safe and very effective way to use herbs and is a great way to consume your high blood pressure herbs. Herbal tinctures are also an effective way to use herbs.
Just as food for high cholesterol also helps many other parts of the body,
because herbs are a whole food, their medicinal effects reach beyond one specific ailment and
help many aspects of the body at the same time.
Some high blood pressure herbs include:
Bilberry. Take Bilberry, as an example, which is well known for it's ability to help
the eyes. One reason that it helps the eyes is because it strengthens and repairs veins and
not only in the eyes, but in the entire circulatory system. It also improves
circulation in the entire body which helps the heart tremendously.
Bilberry can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
in bulk and used in your own home made
tea or in a liquid extract or tincture. You can also purchase capsules which are taken daily.
Black Current. Black Current is very high in phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals,
and essential fatty acids. Like Bilberry, it protects and strengthens the capillaries. The
anthocyanins found in large amounts are effective in treatment or prevention of heart disease,
high blood pressure, diabetes and in a 2006 study - Alzheimer's disease.
Black current can be purchased as a juice or syrup and is easy and delicious to use. Find it on the internet if you can't find it locally.
Cayenne. - This hot pepper regulates the blood flow, equalizing and strengthening the heart,
arteries, capillaries and nerves.
According to David Hoffman, to use it you can make a tea with 1/2 to 1 t. cayenne (powdered) in a cup of hot water. Steep for 10 minutes. Put 1 T. of the infusion you just made in a cup of hot water and drink 3 x a day. (You are actually diluting it twice.) Cayenne can be purchased in bulk from Mountain Rose Herbs.
If you don't want to take it this way, Mountain Rose Herbs also makes it in capsule form which
is easy to take. Capsules can be purchased in quanity for a discount. They also have a
combination capsule "Hawthorn-Ginko" for circulatory support which contains cayenne.
Crampbark. Crampbark is commonly used in treatments of high blood pressure and other
circulatory conditions because of it's ability to reduce tension and relax muscles. It works
well at relieving any other -tense muscle, including the smooth muscle in the arteries and capillaries that
move the blood through your body.
Crampbark can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
in bulk for your own teas, in their own
"Moon Ease Blend" herbal tea, in capsule or tincture.
Dandelion. Dandelion is a natural diuretic and digestive aid. This is good for helping our elimination system work properly, causing less stress on the kidneys,
which we talked about failing because of high blood pressure. It's high mineral content includes potassium, which works with sodium to regulate the body's water balance and normalize heart rhythms.
Dandelion is also rich in lecithin which helps lower cholesterol and is believed to protect against cirrhosis of the liver.
Dandelion can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
in bulk for your own teas, or in their
"Echinacea & Roots" decoction blend or "Happy Man Blend". It can also be purchased from them
in capsule or tincture form. They have a combination capsule, "Burdock-Red Clover" which
contains dandelion as well as "Liver-Care" with dandelion.
Or you can pick it in your yard and make tea, lemonade, even bake it into cookies and use it in salad. (Be sure there have been no pesticides, herbacides, or dogs!)
Dong Quai. This Chinese herb is rich in minerals including A, B12, and E which may help
prevent anemia. It has been used extensively to treat high blood pressure.
Dong Quai can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
in bulk for your own teas, in their own
"Women's Freedom Blend", in capsules or tincture form. They also have a tincture blend that
supports peri-menopausal symptoms called Vitex-Dong Quai.
Ginger. Ginger is considered one of the great high blood pressure herbs. It improves
circulation, especially to the capillaries.
(Capillaries are teeny tiny blood vessels that pass blood from the arteries into the veins.
Remember, we talked about arteries and veins earlier. Capillaries are extremely small and
thin. This allows materials to pass into and out of the capillaries.
We also talked about the capillaries in the kidneys which are damaged by high blood pressure
and which lead to kidney failure. Ginger helps prevent that damage by improving the
circulation of blood.
All we have to do to eat ginger is grate 1/4 t. of fresh ginger into our food every day.
An easy way to do this is to add it to a smoothie. I also love ginger as a tea, hot or cold.
It is delicious and easy to drink.
Ginger can be purchased in the grocery store and minced or grated for delicious tea or to
add to your food. You can also purchase it from Mountain Rose Herbs
in bulk, or in capsules or tincture. They also have tea blends which contain ginger - Memory Zest Blend, 21st
Century Blend, Firefly Chai, Oregon Chai, Forest Blend (decoction), and Winter Spice
Blend (decoction). They have combination blends in capsules in Gentian-Angelica and Cold-Care.
Ginko. Ginko strengthens blood vessels and improves blood flow. The leaves stimulate
blood circulation all which helps the circulatory system. Ginko is also used in brain health
and memory and for hearing disorders such as tinnitus.
Ginko can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
in bulk for your own teas, or from them in
their blends of Blossoms of Health, and Memory Zest Blend. It can also be purchased in
capsules including combination capsules of Hawthorn-Ginko and Memory-Care or in tincture form.
They even have a tincture blend called Ginko-Gotu Kola which supports the adrenals and
Hawthorn. Hawthorn is known as the heart herb. It is probably one of the best known high
blood pressure herbs used for the cardiovascular system. It has been used for centuries in
treatment of mild high blood pressure. It has been used for improving heart function, it
relaxes and dilates or widens artery walls, especially the coronary arteries.
For people that have heart or vascular problems, or eat lots of high fat foods, or drink coffee or other
stimulants, hawthorn will help protect the heart. If we use only one herb to help the heart, this
should be the one.
Hawthorn can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
in bulk for your own teas, or from them in
their Happy Man Blend (decoction), as well as in capsules and tincture.
Ginseng. Ginseng normalizes blood pressure and reduces blood cholesterol.
It increases stamina, reduces stress, improves mental alertness and improves overall health.
Ginseng can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
in bulk, capsule or tincture form.
Valerian. Valerian is one of the blood pressure herbs often used in high blood pressure treatment. It contains a chemical
called valerenic acid which inhibits an enzyme that breaks down GABA. Therefore, this would
ensure higher levels of GABA and lower blood pressure.
Though the root is commonly used, do not simmer it as you would a regular decoction. It has constituents that
boil away at relatively low temperatures. Instead steep the valerian root in luke warm water
for four to twelve hours as you would an infusion.
Valarian Root can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs in bulk, capsules or tincture, as
well as in combination capsule Valerian-Passionflower and combined tincture Valerlian-
Passionflower, for relaxation and promoting sleep.
Wakame. Though Wakame is not one of the high blood pressure herbs we will include it
with the herbs anyway. It is a sea vegetable, or edible seaweed. It has a subtly sweet flavor
and is most often served in soups and salads. Consumed daily it may lower blood pressure.
(Not only this but it may work better than chemotherapy on certain kinds of breast cancer.)
Reconstitute 1/4 teaspoon of dried seaweed in 1 Tablespoon water to equal 1 Tablespoon of
reconstituted seaweed and take daily. Adding it to soups or stir fries is a good way to eat
Purchase Wakame in health food stores or specialty shops, or, of course, Mountain Rose Herbs .
Yarrow. It lowers blood pressure due to a dilation of peripheral vessels. It stimulates the
digestion and tones the blood vessels.
Yarrow can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs
in bulk for your own teas or in a tincture.
Garlic. I included this high powered blood pressure herbs on the Food for High Blood Pressure
This list is only a sampling of the herbs that are good for you and that are considered blood
pressure herbs. There are many
others which you may already know and love which are an important part of a healthy diet.
The secret is to do a little research and experimenting and find the things that work for you.
The effort required is worth it if it helps you live a healthier, longer life. Good luck.
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