Natural Remedies For High Blood Pressure

Practitioner treatment is strongly recommended for this condition.

Raised blood pressure is a common problem which, if left untreated, may have serious implications for your health. There are many factors contributing to high blood pressure: diet, lifestyle, stress, genetic predisposition, level of exercise, etc., so it is important to address all the possible underlying causes. I do not advise treating high blood pressure at home, unless it is only slightly raised (135/85). If you do treat it at home you need to invest in a blood-pressure monitor to see if the treatment is working; if the results are not satisfactory consult your local herbalist for an individual prescription.

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Herbal treatment of raised blood pressure is not normally lifelong. It will be long-term (6-24 months), but it often results in sustained improvement after that. The treatment options below should give you a cumulative 10-15% reduction in your readings (the optimal readings are 120/70 for a healthy young adult). Remember that blood pressure fluctuates all the time throughout the day and will go up markedly after drinking coffee or drinking alcohol (in the case of the latter the rise often occurs the next day).

Treatment options

• Take hawthorn tincture, made from either flowers or fruit (for precautions see post 37). Adults: 1-2 ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:2.

• Take garlic, either fresh or freeze-dried powder in capsules (for precautions see post 35). Adults: 1-2 fresh cloves a day or the equivalent of 5g of the fresh plant in a dry form 1-2 times a day.

• Drink lime tree flower tea. Adults: 1-3 cups a day.

• Take yarrow tincture (for precautions see post 34). Adults: 2-4ml diluted with some water, 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:5.

• Take valerian tincture, particularly if you are under a lot of continuous stress. Adults: 0.3-1ml 1-3 times a day, tincture strength 1:1.

• Take the mix for raised blood pressure (see below). This mix should be taken instead of single herbs, not as well as. However, garlic is not included in the mix, so you can add it to your regime if you wish (for precautions see post 34).

Children (2-16years old): adjust the adult dose downwards, depending on the age of the child – see post 6.

MIX FOR RAISED BLOODPRESSURE Ingredients

• 30ml hawthorn (tincture strength 1:2)

• 20ml yarrow (tincture strength 1:5)

• 30ml lime tree flower (tincture strength 1:5)

• 20ml valerian (tincture strength 1:1)

To make

• Mix ingredients together.

• Pour into a clean, dark glass bottle.

• Label with the contents and the date.

• Store at room temperature for up to a year.

Adult dose: 5ml, diluted with some water, 2-3 times a day.

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