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Top 10 Herbal Remedies for High Blood Pressure

Updated on March 1, 2013

Treating High Blood Pressure Herbally

In the present day world of stress and anxiety a majority of Americans suffer from the problem of high blood pressure. It is considered to be a silent killer. If left untreated it might even lead to coronary diseases, kidney failure, stroke and heart diseases. There are various herbal remedies which can be taken for the treatment of high blood pressure.

1. Garlic: Garlic has an effective ingredient called as allicin which is antibacterial and antioxidant and contains anti-hypertension properties. So intake of garlic helps in lowering blood pressure as was revealed in a study undertaken at ‘Clinical Research Centre of New Orleans’. Apart from this, eating fresh garlic is said to be better than processed garlic because it has more cardio-protective properties. Garlic helps in clearing the arteries of cholesterol and plaque. It is also effective in reducing blood clotting and thereby widens the arteries.

Also Read: 5 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure

Cinnamon is effective in treating high blood pressure
Cinnamon is effective in treating high blood pressure | Source

2. Cinnamon: This is an essential herb which helps in protection against heart diseases and diabetes also. In a study conducted at “The Center for Applied Health Sciences in Ohio” it was revealed that those who drank cinnamon dissolved in water had lower blood pressure levels than others.

3. Onions: Onions contain an ingredient quercetin which is an antioxidant and helps in preventing heart diseases like stroke.

4. Olives: These are one of the healthiest herbs in the world and form an essential part of Meditteranean diet. The olive oil has been found to lower down the blood pressure levels.

passion flower for high blood pressure
passion flower for high blood pressure | Source

5. Oregano: It contains a compound ‘carvacrol’ which has been found useful in treatment against blood pressure.

6. Hawthorn berries and ginkgo biloba: are known to help in dilating the arteries and thereby makes movement of blood through heart a bit easier.

7. Passion flower, valerian, limeflower: are known to contain sedative properties and thereby helps in reducing blood pressure. These are basically tranquilizing herbs and if you have high blood pressure caused due to stress and anxiety then these are good to use.

Indian gooseberry for high blood pressure
Indian gooseberry for high blood pressure | Source

8. Cayenne pepper and horseradish: are the herbs which help in improving blood circulation and thereby treat those with high blood pressure.

9. Indian Gooseberry: This is yet another effective herbal remedy for those suffering with high blood pressure. It is also known as amla in India. You just need to mix amla with honey and take it as the very first thing in the morning, or else take amla with milk which is effective in reducing blood pressure.

10. Arjuna: This is a powerful herb which is used in the treatment of high blood pressure. It is effective in reducing stress and anxiety accompanied by nervousness. It also reduces the effect of stress hormone in the heart.

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      @Au Fait, thank you so much for your response at this hub and for sharing it too. Its good to know that you are already eating a few of the things here and i think it is best to control blood pressure by natural products rather than going for antibiotics

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      @Au Fait, thank you so much for your response at this hub and for sharing it too. Its good to know that you are already eating a few of the things here and i think it is best to control blood pressure by natural products rather than going for antibiotics

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      Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You've provided useful information in this hub, younghopes. I always prefer to take a natural herbal remedy, if possible, rather than a prescription drug. That's especially true when the prescription drug has the potential for side effects.

      I would add a caution, however, for anyone who is already taking aspirin, warfarin (Coumadin) or any other known blood thinner, either prescribed by a doctor or--in the case of aspirin--over the counter.

      Both ginkgo biloba and garlic have natural blood thinning properties, and either may negatively interact with warfarin or aspirin. This could cause excessive bleeding, including dangerous internal bleeds (intestinal or brain bleeding, for example).

      It's best to confer with one's personal doctor before mixing prescription drugs, OTC meds and herbs. Many medical doctors will not prescribe herbs, so if you want to take them safely, you should see a naturapathic doctor (one who treats the whole person). Naturapathic doctors often prescribe herbs and integrate them with healthy nutrition and vitamins.

      Regards,

      Jaye

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      This is a very useful article. So many people suffer from high blood pressure, including me. Mine is through the roof all the time and there seems to be no help for it. I eat some of the things on your list here, but I'm going to have to try more of them and increase the amount. Sharing this article because it is so informative.

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      Thanks srsddn for stopping by and sharing the post, you are right these ingredients are very much used in our daily cooking and we never knew their so many benefits

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      srsddn 4 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Very useful information, younghopes. I few items are very commonly used here, almost a part of the diet daily. These are garlic and onions. I think an increased input of some of other items will be a natural way to control blood pressure. Thanks for sharing this information. Voted up and shared.