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Aromatherapy Treatment

Aromatherapy can have a profound effect on blood pressure, although it is essential that dietary and lifestyle changes are also made to help lower high blood pressure. Essential oils which encourage deep relaxation and stress reduction are particularly invaluable.

Baths

Daily baths with essential oils added are highly therapeutic for high blood pressure. Particularly useful essential oils include Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Neroli, Rose and Ylang Ylang.

Use one of the combinations below:

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Marjoram
  • 2 drops Ylang Ylang

 

  • 2 drops Clary Sage
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Marjoram
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile
  • 2 drops Geranium
  • 2 drops Rose

Aroma massage

Aroma massage once a week is invaluable for reducing high blood pressure. If massage is performed at regular intervals the effects are quite remarkable and blood pressure may be lowered for several days after a treatment. The massage should be gentle and soothing, always in the direction of the heart.

Use one of the suggested formulas:

  • 1 drop Clary Sage
  • 1 drop Frankincense
  • 1 drop Lavender
  • Diluted in 10 ml of Massage Oil
  • 1 drop Marjoram
  • 1 drop Neroli
  • 1 drop Ylang Ylang
  • Diluted in 10 ml of Massage Oil

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Cautions: Marjoram should be avoided in pregnancy, although an adverse reaction is highly unlikely. Avoid strong sunlight after the application of Lemon.

Diet

The diet should be low in salt, sugar and saturated fats as the effects of these substances on blood pressure are well documented. As the public has become aware of the dangers of salt, purchases of table salt have decreased but it is also important to look for hidden salt in processed and prepared foods.

Sugar is also hidden in many foods. Increasing dietary linoleic acid as found in vegetable oils in Mediterranean countries, where the incidence of high blood pressure is lower, has an enormous hypotensive action. Fatty red meat can also cause blood pressure to rise.

A wholefood diet emphasizing fruit and vegetables and garlic is recommended for those with high blood pressure, with plenty of dietary fiber, particularly oat fiber.

The link between obesity and hypertension is well researched, and weight reduction will cause a substantial reduction in blood pressure. Weight reduction is probably more effective than taking anti-hypertensive drugs in combating high blood pressure..

Caffeine, alcohol and smoking should also be eliminated fro the diet as far as possible. Evidence reveals that 200 mg of caffeine (approximately three cups of black coffee) produces temporary rise in blood pressure. Too much alcohol produces a significant rise in blood pressure in some individuals. It is well documented that smoking contributes to high blood pressure.

Garlic has excellent hypotensive qualities. You should consume several cloves (preferably raw) daily. Cayenne pepper is also anti-hypertensive. Use one teaspoon a day in your cooking if you do not suffer from stomach ulcers. High levels of lead in water have also been linked with hypertension-buy a good water filter.

Supplements which have been found to be useful include:

  • Calcium – 1 g per day
  • Magnesium – 500 mg per day
  • Vitamin C – 1 g per day
  • Vitamin E – 200 iu daily
  • Garlic capsules – although raw garlic is preferable

Stress reduction is vital and deep breathing exercises and regular aromatherapy treatments will help to alleviate anxiety enormously. Regular exercise also helps to reduce states of hypertension. Only undertake an exercise program with the permission of your doctor.

The herbs Hawthorn Berry and mistletoe have a regulating effect on blood pressure but they should be used only under the guidance of a qualified medical herbalist.

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This information is from “Teach Yourself Aromatherapy” by Denise Whichello Brown.


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Dee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can.


One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets.


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