Herbs that Reduce Blood Pressure

mukta 240x240High blood pressure affects nearly 1 in 3 people in Western countries with many of these people unaware they even have it. If untreated, high blood pressure rapidly increases the risks of stroke or a heart attack. Fortunately, you can control high blood pressure not only with medications, but with organic herbs.

Cinnamon

The easiest seasoning to include in your everyday diet is the cinnamon – it is available in every grocery store in the UK and is tests show that everyday use leads to permanent reduction in high blood pressure. The best thing about cinnamon is that you can easily include in your daily diet by including it to your meals. Effects from cinnamon can be increased if it’s combined with magnesium.

Cardamom

Cardamom is popular seasoning for the meals prepared in the South Asian cuisine and originally comes from India. There are numerous studies performed on the spice and results show that if consumed on daily basis for several months cardamom rapidly reduces high blood pressure, as well as scavenges radicals. The cardamom seeds are great seasoning for soups and stews, but you can prepare various baked goods as well.

Basil

Originally coming from the warm, tropical regions of Asia, the basil is incredibly delicious spice and is widely available in the United Kingdom. This amazing herb has multiple health properties, including antimorigenic, antiviral and antioxidant, as well as it helps lower blood pressure. If you have a small garden, you can grow your own basil and easily include it in every meal you cook. The fresh leaves compliment various dishes from the Mediterranean cuisine and many salads.

 

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Seeds from Celery

The celery seeds contains a specific substance known as apigenin, which is just one of the more than 20 powerful anti-inflammatory substances contained in the seeds. The celery plan has been used widely in China to treat hypertension and helps reduce the risks from cardio diseases.

Hawthorn

The Chinese traditional medicine uses many herbs to treat high blood pressure, but the most common one is the hawthorn. It not only helps control blood pressure, but also prevents clots and increases blood circulation. The hawthorn is available across the UK in the form of liquid (extract), tea and pills.

French Lavender

Most people associate the lavender with its amazing scent and beautiful flowers, but the oil produced from it is known to induce relaxation and lower blood pressure. However, the French lavender is commonly associated with perfumes, but you can use the flowers in many baking goods and the leaves have similar application to rosemary.

Hibiscus

Yet another beautiful flower, used to create tasty tea. The tea from hibiscus has proven effective in many studies and helps dramatically lower blood pressure. Furthermore, consuming only 2 cups of tea every day is as effective as medications commonly prescribed for high blood pressure and helps remove free radicals.

Cat’s Claw

The traditional Chinese medicine uses cat’s claw to treat not only high blood pressure, but also many neurological health problems. The herb acts on the calcium channels in the body cells, it also serves as anti-inflammatory agent and blocks production of the hormone prostaglandin. Many health stores across the UK offer dried cat’s claw, so it’s easily accessible.

Danshen

Popular not only in Asia, but in Europe and the US, the danshen is traditional remedy for various cardiovascular diseases. Although, the danshen is not technically a herb since it’s made from the dried roots of the plant Salvia miltiorrhiza, it’s been used for millennia in the traditional Chinese medicine for treating many health problems – from chest pain to helping reduce rapid heartbeat.

Garlic

Although, we often associate garlic with bad breath and use it as seasoning in several of our recipes, the everyday use of garlic helps reduce high blood pressure by causing the blood vessels to relax and also improves blood flow. Garlic is available in many forms across the UK stores, so if you can’t put up with the taste of fresh garlic, you can get it as a supplement.