Hypertension occurs when the pressure in the arteries and blood vessels becomes too high and the arterial wall is distorted because of the extra stress on the heart. High blood pressure increases the long-term risk of stroke, heart attack and diabetes. The causes of hypertension include emotional stress, high salt diet, alcohol, obesity, caffeine, inactivity, smoking, use of birth control pills and heavy metal poisoning.
How Can Essential Oils Help The Body With Conditions Like Hypertension?
Essential oils can affect your body in two main ways. When applied on skin, the oils penetrate into the cells through follicles and sweat glands, getting absorbed in body fluids. Once inside your body, you can experience several surprising benefits for your body including:
- Natural healing in the body
- Growth of new cells in the body
- Better digestion
- Better immune system
- Improved process of eliminating toxins
Apart from making their way into your body through the follicles, essential oils can also gain entry into the body by inhalation. Small molecules of oils are absorbed into the blood as the lungs oxygenate the blood. This makes these oils excellent for use in the form of candles and sprays. Essential oils work on the high blood pressure gradually dilating the arteries, reducing emotional stress and act as antioxidants to reduce oxidative stress. While keeping the body and mind in harmony, essential oils calm the nerves and keep emotions under control.
3 Best And Most Effective Essential Oils For high Blood Pressure
Although essential oils are proven to have many benefits for the body, not all essential oils can be used to help regulate blood pressure. Keeping that in mind, here are some of the best essential oils you can use to keep your blood pressure under control.
Lavender is high in alcohols and esters. It is one of the sweet and smooth essential oils that work as a tonic for the nervous system and balances it. Given its title as the ‘grandmother of all essential oils’, Lavender essential oil has a calming of effect, supporting your body and emotions. It is an effective antidote for depression, emotional imbalances and disorders of the nervous system. It contributes to the release of a positive mental energy that helps to increase the behavior of relaxation and regulate blood pressure. Lavender oil has an herbaceous, floral and sweet aroma.
This oil has properties similar to lavender, being balancing and soothing. It has high alcohol content and is a tonic that warms the body and balances it. It quiets the mind and is used to treat nervous exhaustion and lethargy. It also helps relieve obsessive thought, releases emotional desires and promotes self-nutrition in your body. It has a woody, spicy fragrance that is herbaceous and cool.
3. Ylang Ylang
This oil is rich in sesquiterpenes that have a hypotensive and soothing nature. It is also found in esters and alcohols, and its properties are similar to those of lavender. It efficiently cleanses and relaxes nervous tension in your body that often causes high blood pressure. Ylang Ylang is used to calm anxiety and promotes sleep. It also relieves the frustration and anger while promoting relaxation in the body. It has a very intense sweet floral aroma.
Other Essential Oils That Can Help With Hypertension
In addition to the essential oils mentioned above, you can also use other essential oils that have an anti-depressant, sedative, calming and relaxing effect on the body. Some of them include:
Neroli: Releases repressed emotions stuck in your mind and promotes joy and hope.
Frankincense: Clears the mental clutter and calms the mind. It encourages introspection, self-discipline and spiritual tranquility.
Bergamot: Helps relieve the stress in your body as well as pent-up emotions. It also promotes optimism and spontaneity.
Chamomile: Relieves nervous stress, relieves frustration and depression.
Essential Oils That Patients With Hypertension Should Avoid
- Thyme (hypertensive – causes high blood pressure)
- Romero (excites the mind)
- Sage (contains thujone)
- Hyssop (contains pinocamphone)
How To Use Essential Oils For Best Results In Hypertension
Inhalation and massage are the two ways you can use essential oils for the treatment of hypertension.
You can massage the following mixtures on your body to reduce the blood pressure.
Mix two drops of frankincense, a drop of ylang-ylang and bergamot each into two drops or 15 ml of carrier oil.
How to use
Massage this mixture onto your body every evening after your shower. These mixtures relieve stress and help you sleep well.
Mix a drop ylang ylang, lavender and bergamot each.
Mix one drop of each of frankincense, lavender and marjoram.
How to use
Add all the recommended drops of essential oils in a bowl of boiling water. Cover your head with a soft cloth and then inhale the mixture for a minimum of three minutes before going to bed or when you return home from work.
Other Recipes Of Essential Oils For High Blood Pressure
- 15 drops of Frankincense
- 15 drops of Rosemary
- 15 drops of Marjoram
- 15 drops of Cypress
- 30 drops of Ylang Ylang
- 1 ounce Simple Salve
After the Simple Salve melts, add the essential oils and mix well with a stick or toothpick. Set aside to consolidate overnight.
Use twice a day, take some BP Salve, and rub a bit on the sole of your left foot, just below the big toe. In addition, rub just below the ring finger of the left hand and heart. These are usually called “reflex points” to the heart. If you do not use a lot of simple Salve, you can use coconut oil, olive oil or any other carrier oil. Although I prefer Salve, I also used the same essential oils in a roller ball covered with liquid coconut oil. In this case, use 10 drops of ylang-ylang and 5 drops each of the other oils.
Recipe 2 – Massage
- Carrier oil (sweet almond oil) – 30ml
- The essential oil of clary sage – 6 drops
- Essential oils of marjoram – 6 drops
- Lavender essential oil – 6 drops
- Ylang Ylang essential oil – 6 drops
Mix all ingredients together to create the massage oil. You can apply this on the area of the heart and the vital points regularly.
Recipe 3 – Massage
- Coconut oil as carrier oil – 10ml
- Marjoram essential oil – 5 drops
- Oil of cypress – 5 drops
- Ylang Ylang essential oil – 10 drops
Again, this is a massage oil to be used regularly, as often as necessary.
Recipe 4 – Bath
- Sandalwood essential oil – 1 drop
- Geranium essential oil – 2 drops
- Lavender essential oil – 2 drops
Unlike the others, this is for a bath; you can make a mixture of the three essential oils and add to the bath water. This mixture soothes and calms the nerves to relieve stress and blood pressure.
Put 6 drops of the essential oil of lemon in a bottle or a glass of water every time you fill it to drink. Lemon oil is also an excellent option if you are prone to respiratory problems.
Lemon oil synchronizes well with another essential oil named Ylang Ylang. The combination is a more powerful one. Ylang Ylang promotes calm, lowers heart rate and reduces both cortisol and blood pressure. As always, please consult your doctor before ingesting any essential oils. You can also inhale this in times of stress to calm the nervous system.
- 1 drop of essential oil of Sandalwood
- 2 drops of essential oil of Geranium
- 2 drops of Lavender essential oil
Put these oils together in a hot bath and relax, breathe in the perfume of the oils and let it enter the body.
- 30 ml of carrier oil
- 5 drops of Lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of essential oil of Marjoram
- 5 drops of essential oil of sage
- 5 drops of Lemon essential oil
Massage the mixture around the chest and heart. Do this every night before going to bed. Relax, do some deep breathing and meditation. Reduce levels of stress as much as possible.
- Essential oil of Marjoram
- Clary sage essential oil
- Ylang Ylang essential oil
- Use essential oils mentioned above for a massage.
- Use a drop of each in 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil. Put in a diffuser or enjoy your bath with these oils.
When the oil is applied to the body, it enters the bloodstream through the sweat glands, restoring distorted blood vessels. A highly effective massage mixture for blood pressure can be prepared by mixing 2 drops Lavender, 2 drops Marjoram and one drop of Neroli oil with a medium of choice. Use 15 ml of carrier oil.
Alternatively, another mixture can be prepared by mixing 2 drops of Frankincense, 2 drops of Bergamot and a drop of Ylang-Ylang with 15 ml of carrier oil. Gently massage the mixture into the body after the shower to help reduce blood pressure. These oils also help relieve stress and facilitate a deep sleep.
Are Essential Oils Safe For Use During Pregnancy?
It may be safe to use certain essential oils during pregnancy with some considerations. First, you must be in good general health. Second, you have to be careful with them. It is important to note that the essential oils are substances that are extracted from various plants. Because of its strength, it is necessary to use as little as possible. You have to buy your oils from a reputable source and ensure they are of very high quality. Finally, it is necessary that pregnant women are not allergic to the oil in use (this can be found on the label, but if you’re not sure, then ask someone who understands essential oils).
Because of the possible effects of essential oils on the muscles of the uterus and the baby’s growth, always check with an experienced Aromatherapist or consult your medical practitioner before using essential oils during pregnancy. However, there are some oils that should be completely avoided. These include:
- Sage Oil
- Rosemary oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Pennyroyal oil
- Parsley oil
- Myrrh oil
- Lemongrass Oil
- Citronella oil
- Juniper oil
- Jasmine Oil
- Hyssop oil
- Fennel oil
- Cypress oil
- Clove oil
- Cinnamon Oil
- Cedar nut oil
- Birch oil
- Basil oil
Tea Tree Oil Massage Cuts Blood Pressure
Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial disinfectant that has commonly been used as a general antiseptic by indigenous tribes since thousands of years. More recently, the scientific community has confirmed that Tea Tree Oil has tremendous health benefits. It is light yellow oil, which smells like nutmeg, and is made by steaming leaves of the tea tree and then compressing them to extract the oil.
Research suggests that regular massages with tea tree oil can cut blood pressure. A study was conducted on a group of married couples. Half of them were given portable blood pressure monitors and told to massage their partners three times a week with tea tree oil. The other half of them were supposed to go on with their usual lives. At the end of the month, men and women in the massage group were found to be having higher levels of oxytocin, which is the hormone that cuts stress. Moreover, the couples in the massage group had lower blood pressure than the non-massage group that saw no change.
How Safe Is Tea Tree Oil?
- Do not swallow Tea Tree oil.
- Avoid the use of essential oil of tea tree during pregnancy and lactation.
If you are careless regarding the quantities of essential oils that you use, you might end up with negative effects. In order to maximize the benefits, use the essential oils the way they should be used. In addition, always consult a certified Aromatherapist or your doctor before going on an essential oil regimen. This way you do not end up taking unnecessary risks – after all, because it is your health, you cannot afford to be even the least bit careless.