Hypertension: 4 natural solutions to balance blood pressure
We speak of hypertension when various measures exceed 9/14. If you stay moderate, natural solutions, combined with hygienic dietary measures, can calm the game.
Hawthorn, to calm an anxious temperament
Hawthorn is used for its regulatory action on heart rate and for its calming and anxiolytic effect.
"Thanks to these two joint actions, it is ideal for stressed people, who tend to have palpitations. It acts as a natural beta-blocker, but without the drawbacks of fatigue and a significant decrease in heart rate," says Dr. Jean-Michel Morel, general phytotherapist.
How to use ?
It is in the form of a standardized vegetable extract, then it is necessary to take 1 to 2 teaspoons per day.
More practical, there are capsules of dry extract (for example, from Elusanes): 2 to 3 capsules per day to reach 400 to 800 mg, distributed throughout the day. Take it as a cure for at least 3 months. Then we can reduce the number of capsules, then space them out.
Please note that it is best to seek medical advice in case of heart problems or if you are already receiving treatment for hypertension.
Olive leaves, to regulate metabolism.
"The olive tree has hypotensive and heart rate regulating properties. It also acts on glucose metabolism, with an effect on cholesterol and diabetes," says Dr. Morel. That is why it is often prescribed in case of hypertension in people with "metabolic overload": tendency to be overweight.
How to use them?
The leaves should be used in herbal tea: 30 g of plant per 1 liter of water, simmer for 10 to 15 minutes and then infuse for 1 h. Drink 1 liter of herbal tea throughout the day, on cures 5 days a week for 3 weeks, then abide by a one-week break before resuming.
"The improvement is slow but gradual, for several months: you can gain up to two points of tension, provided you reduce the salt in your diet, drink 1 to 1.5 l of water per day and practice physical activity," says the doctor.
Lavender essential oil, to relax quickly and well
Lavender essential oil (also known as true or fine lavender) has a quick sedative action and acts on the autonomic nervous system, which regulates blood pressure. In 2011, a placebo-controlled study of 40 people showed that applying it in massages, diluted in vegetable oil, lowers blood pressure (systolic and diastolic) and pulse.
How to use ?
The easiest way is to use it pure, locally. Place a drop of essential oil on the inner side of each wrist and in the solar plexus and apply massage clockwise until penetration, when you feel stressed and tense, for example end of the day.
It is interesting to associate it with the bitter orange seed essential oil, if you already have it in your pharmacy, "its antispasmodic and calming action on the heart completes it well: then you can apply 1 drop of each", adds Dr. Morel.
Omega-3, to protect the heart.
"Omega-3 fatty acids have a general protective effect on cardiovascular health and act on high blood pressure by their relaxing effect on the walls of blood vessels," says Dr. Morel. A review from a 2012 study concluded that consuming omega-3 rich fish oil supplements for at least 8 weeks brings a slight drop in systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with hypertension.
How to use them?
900 mg of omega-3s should be reached per day. But to achieve this, it would be necessary to consume fatty fish every day (sardines, salmon), which, in addition to being difficult, is not recommended because they can be contaminated by contaminants (dioxins, PCBs or methylmercury).
"It is often helpful to use supplements," says the general practitioner. 2 capsules dosed at 500 mg of omega-3 per day allow to achieve the correct amount, in the long term, in cure of at least 2 to 3 months.
In case of hypertension, play sports, but not just any! If you have high blood pressure, prefer light gym (qi gong, yoga, tai chi, etc.) to tennis, squash, or zumba, which make your heart rate too fast. Active walking, at the threshold of shortness of breath, at least 30 minutes 3 or 4 times a week or even every day, strengthens the arteries and muscles of the heart.