High Blood Pressure Herbal Remedies to Know About in a Disaster

Many people are turning to high blood pressure herbal remedies as an alternative to conventional medicine, both as a way to save money on the increasing price of modern medicine and a way to alleviate the side effects of today’s much stronger manufactured drugs.

Herbal remedies also come with many less side effects and are incredibly hard to overdose on as all of the active ingredients are easily broken down by your digestive system.

You may need to experiment with different herbal remedies for hypertension before you find one that works well for you. As with all herbal remedies, you should tell your doctor before you start any course of self medication.

Key Ingredients

A quick hunt online for high blood pressure herbal remedies will give you an overwhelming selection to choose from. However, the most effective high blood pressure herbal remedies will contain one or more of the following herbs:

  • Garlic - the medicinal properties of garlic have been known for millennia, which is probably why it's used in so many different cuisines around the world. It acts directly on your circulatory system, slowing your heart rate and promotes good blood flow around your body. It can be used crushed, chopped or boiled to get the full effect.
  • Yarrow - the root of the yarrow plant is a common ingredient in many high blood pressure herbal remedies. It works by relaxing the blood vessels in your system, making them softer and more able to get around the blockages that commonly cause high blood pressure. You can use it grated into salads for a nutty taste or steeped in hot water as a tea. It's typically blended with chrysanthemum and honeysuckle in health food stores if you want a flavorsome tea.

  • Licorice - licorice in any form will help to lower your blood pressure by decreasing potassium levels and water retention, both of which are linked to hypertension. You will need to be wary of taking it in candied form which while tasting pleasant will add more sugar to your diet, putting you at increased risk of heart damage. 
  • Angelica - angelica is one of the lesser known herbs for reducing high blood pressure, so you may need to use the internet to track down a reliable source. The root contains chemical compounds that act on your circulatory system in the same way as calcium channel blockers. This helps to stop calcium build ups in your arteries which is the most common cause of high blood pressure. When you buy angelica, you typically buy the root, which you can then grind into a powder or steep straight into tea.

Something not mentioned here is the blood pressure lowering benefits of grape juice...the red or purple kind like Welch's Concord. Know someone who discovered after drinking it for about a week (just because he had it available) that his blood pressure had dropped by about 10 points, back into the "great!" range, out of the "better keep an eye on that" range.

High Blood Pressure Herbal Remedies & Preparations

Once you've got hold of your herbs, you can then start adding them to your daily diet. The most common practice is to create a blend of different herbs and steep them in hot water to make a nutritious hot drink. You may need to experiment with different combinations of herbs, and don't be afraid to add some dried fruit, such as raspberries or blueberries, to add a little natural sweetness and flavor.

If the idea of tea doesn't appeal, you can buy the roots dried out and then grind them into powder. Add this to your cooking in small amounts to get the health benefits without realizing. Again, you will need to experiment as some of the herbs, such as licorice and yarrow, have a very distinctive and powerful taste.

If you're not sure where to start, try asking the staff in your local health food store about high blood pressure herbal remedies. They should be able to give you the benefit of their expertise as well as having the right products and mixes on hand. However, if at any time you start to feel any unwanted side effects, you should always consult a medical professional as soon as possible.

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