High blood pressure or hypertension is extremely common and is measured in two parts – the higher or “systolic” pressure is when the heart contracts and pumps the blood, whereas the lower or “diastolic” pressure is when the heart relaxes. Factors contributing to hypertension include heredity, obesity, excessive intake of salt, smoking and stress. Symptoms include dizziness, headaches and ringing in the ears.
When blood pressure is abnormally high, it causes wear and tear on the blood vessels, and hypertensive people are more likely to develop heart failure than those with normal blood pressure. As a result, the chances of having a stroke are four times greater and, if left untreated, hypertension lowers life expectancy due to the risks to the heart and the brain.
To treat high blood pressure naturally, try to eliminate any obvious cause and give these natural remedies a chance to help:
MISTLETOE (Viscum album) is considered by herbalists as one of the best remedies for heart and circulatory complaints, as its active properties normalise the whole system, lowering high blood pressure. In ancient times, the Druids held mistletoe in great reverence as a sacred plant, removing it from trees with golden knives.
HAWTHORN (Crataegus monogyna) has been used in herbal medicine for centuries and is one of the best tonics for the heart and an excellent herbal remedy to treat disturbances of the circulatory system. It has a normalising effect by either stimulating or depressing the heart’s activity, gradually reducing elevated blood pressure. Hawthorn also prevents hardening of the arteries and assists with weak or feeble heart action.
GARLIC (Allium sativum) should be eaten three times a day, preferably as a fresh clove, as it supports the body in ways that no other herb does. It has a beneficial effect on blood circulation, heart action, high blood pressure and also helps counteract arteriosclerosis. Don’t forget to chew fresh parsley to eliminate garlic breath!
KNEIPP’S WATER TREADING is an effective home remedy for high blood pressure. Fill a large bowl with cold water, step into it and walk on the spot – start with thirty steps then increase to sixty steps and do this on a daily basis.