Lower High Blood Pressure Fast With Soursop Leaves

I have hypertension and I hate taking drugs of any kind. I have been off medication for a while. My doctor would quarrel with me whenever I let it get too long before a visit. So I am now sharing with you my secret for surviving hypertension. Hypertension is a serious condition which can lead to strokes and heart attacks. According the American Heart Association, about 76.4 million people in the United States alone suffer from hypertension.

What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is where the the pressure of the blood flowing against the artery wall is severely strong. Continued pressure against the walls of the artery can have severe effects resulting in strokes and heart attack. Increased blood pressure can also affect eyesight by damaging blood vessels.

The cause of hypertension is unknown in about 90 percent of the people it affects. When someone has an underlying illness that cause an elevation in the blood pressure this is known as secondary hypertension and this can be corrected as soon as the underlying condition is corrected. An example of secondary hypertension is some who has kidney disease.

The main cause of hypertension is unknown and this is called primary hypertension. Doctors however, do know that there are causes of worsening hypertension and will warn against certain behavior. The following are things your doctor will warn against:-

  • Obesity
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Salt
  • Smoking

Soursop leaves water

Three dozen dried or half dried sour sop leaves

3 quarts water

Method: Put water to boil on medium heat. When the water is boiling wash leaves and drop in boiling water. Turn off heat and let steep until infusion is cool. Strain off water and refrigerate.

Have 8oz in the morning and 8oz just before bed. May cause you to urinate more often. This is good because it flushes the salts from the system.

Soursop leaves tea

You can also have a cup of tea in the morning or whenever you feel like.

  • You can use the store bought sousop leaves tea bags and steep one bag per cup.
  • If using the green leaves from the tree, bring water to a boil, add leaves, cover and turn off flames. Let sit for a few minutes then strain and sweeten to taste.
  • If using dry leaves follow green leaves instructions above.

About the Sour Sop

Sour sop grows every where in Jamaica and can be found in the United States, other parts of the Caribbean, South America and Asia. The sour sop is an evergreen tree bearing fruit that are prickly (not sharply so) and green in color. The pulp is white or off-white with a tangy sweet taste with dark brown seeds.

When I was a little girl my grandfather became sick and we were told his nerves were bad. He didn't go crazy or anything, he just couldn't help himself much. When he came from the hospital he requested that I made him a drink from the green sour sop.

Green soursop drink

1 green sour sop fruit - grated

Water to juice it with - preferably jelly coconut water

Lime juice to taste (about 3 medium limes)

Sugar to taste if plain water is used.

Method: grate sour sop, seeds and all, use water to juice it. Add lime and sugar to taste. Serve chilled, over ice or at room temperature.

My grandfather told me this was nerve medicine and in no time he was better.

He also told me that the leaves of the sour sop could be used to make tea and is good for my nerves and blood pressure. I hate the taste of the tea, but recently I was watching a television program about a cancer patient who also had high blood pressure and could not sleep. He said he drank the water made from the boiled leaves and his doctors were amazed at his progress. Not only are they amazed because ten years ago they gave him about one year to live but most of the cancer had regressed and his blood pressure was normal.

I decided to try this sour sop leave water. I have a monitor at home and I must tell you I am a skeptic, but I remember it helped my grandfather. The first night I drank the stuff I slept like a baby, which isn't me. I normally feel unrested when I wake up in the morning and I must tell you that ever since I started during it I feel fine, my energy levels are higher and I don't get tired as easily. My blood pressure reading has significantly reduced since taking it.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I had never heard of the sour sop before now. Interesting article and I hope that this keeps working for your hypertension. I don't sleep all that well myself and am always looking for natural sleep aids but I have low blood pressure so not sure if the soup sop tea would be helpful to me.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Susan, I will check out what you can take as a sleep aid. I am not sure the sour sop will be for you. Have you tried chamomile tea just before bed.

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Useful and interesting! Voted up.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks you Will my friend, your vote is most appreciated!

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I think you are the best guide in the field of medical plants to be used by human beings so that we could enjoy the good health. If you have anyone more, please explore. Great Hub. I think it is an awesome and useful hub.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thank you so much Aupadhyay, your comment is really appreciated. As a matter of fact I should write some hubs about natural herbal remedies. Thanks for the tip!

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Rob Jundt 5 years ago from Midwest USA

Interesting article. I, too, have had hypertension but control it drug free with diet and exercise, with an emphasis on the exercise. Since reading your hub, I am intrigued to do more research on this natural remedy for HTN. Thanks for your hub.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks Rob, it's good to know you are controlling the BP with diet and exercise, I too do both but the sour sop leaves help too.

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ErinPittman 5 years ago

Great info! I have never heard of this!

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FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

Sometimes you have to put up with bad tasting ingredients for our health. at least the fruit itself tastes sweet.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Thanks for stopping by Erin. I hope you like sour sop!

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Isn't it weird that I like the pulp so much, Flora? I really don't like the tea but I find the water when cold quite refreshing.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Sour sop is new to me, but if it works, great! I don't have a problem but i have friends who do. Thank's for the info.....

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Ruby. You can try the drink it's quite refreshing. You don't have to have a problem to drink it.

grace 5 years ago

Cardisa, thanks for the reminder about this wonder fruit and its great health benefits. It is right under my nose...as they say...and i forgot about it. Your hub is certainly educational. Thank you

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Grace, I too forgot about it and only remember when I saw it on tv. I have it all around my property so now I drink it every day. Thanks for stopping by.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

How did I miss this. I have some sour sops in my yard. It is pretty much in demand.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hey Rasta, my grandfather used to drink it a lot, especially the young sour sop grated and made into a drink. Good for the nerves too.

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Injured lamb 4 years ago

Thank you so much Carolee...I am going to try it for sure...sour sops, my eldest son's favorite, I didn't know it is actually a powerful and effective "medicine" for high blood pressure and nerves, and the real reason I am going to give it a try is...I want to be like you...can sleep like a baby...thanks again for the sharing Carolee, this hub of yours deserves to be shared...cheers!

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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

Hi Cardisa, I have never heard of this - I wonder if I can get it in the UK. My blood pressure has been higher than normal of late and I want to avoid taking medication. I'm all for trying natural remedies and this sounds interesting.

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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Where do we get sour sop? And how do you know if you are allergic to it? I have some fruit allergies, sadly. Would like to give this a try; thanks for sharing.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Injured Lamb, yes. It was while watching a program on tele that a man who suffered from cancer and high blood pressure mentioned that he drank the soursop leaves for his condition and came off all medication and his blood pressure went down and the cancer went into remission. I hope it works for you too.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Emma, try a Jamaican market or ask a Jamaican where you can get the leaves from and they will tell you. If not you can just purchase the tea bags from Amazon.com.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Pstraubie48, I am not sure where in the US you can get the actual fresh leaves. If you know a Jamaican there you can certainly ask them but Amazon.com sells the tea bags which you can steep to make the water.

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rasta1 4 years ago from Jamaica

I have couple sour sop trees in my yard. I find it to be a calmative.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Rasta, yes, soursop leaves have a very calming effect.

Robbie 4 years ago

What fruit group does soursop come under how would you know if you was allergic

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Robbie, I have never heard of an allergy to the fruit. The soursop will probably come under the category of tropical fruits.

rosie P 4 years ago

It really gives a good night's rest! Helps to lower blood pressure too!! Prevents mosquitoes from ravishing you.Just keep a few leaves close by.

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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Rosie, yes I sleep much better when I drink it. If you leave a branch in the kitchen you will never be bothered by flies...lol

Waheed 2 years ago

My father is diabetic, Heart patient, Hepatitis, blood pressure sometimes and 2 days ago doctor told me that he has liver cancer. plz advice

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Waheed, your father should be very careful what he eats. Cut down on sodium. Fruits from the berry family like blackberries, blue berries, cranberries and strawberries should be a part of he regular diet. He should also stick with a diet plan provided by his health care provider, along with his medications.

Jill 2 years ago

I tried soursop for the FIRST time today from a local restaurant that makes natural juices. Not only do I feel relaxed by bp has significantly since this morning!! My God its a miracle and did I mention delicious!!!!!

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hi Jill, the sour sop is a miracle fruit...lol. I am so glad you decided to try it.

Lawal 2 years ago

I'm going to try sour sop for my blood pressure which has been irregular for the past ten years and I believe it will work for me

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Cardisa 2 years ago from Jamaica Author

Hello Lawal, I hope it works for you. Prepare to go to the bathroom quite often!

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