High Blood Pressure Herbs
Garlic, the original herbal remedy for high blood pressure, has been used with good effect for years.
Garlic stimulates the digestion, acts as an expectorant (excellent with honey as a cough medicine) has a diuretic effect as well as lowering blood pressure.
You can buy garlic capsules if you don't like the taste or smell.
It's important to not drink anything hot for an hour after you've taken them as they will release their odour and you might as well have eaten it raw and saved yourself the money of buying capsules!
If you're taking a supplement, then you need to be aware that it can thin the blood - so, if you're taking medication, such as warfarin or have a medical condition, you need to check with your doctor prior to taking supplements.
However, if you're eating it as part of your diet, then a clove or two a day should be alright and will have the effect of lowering your blood pressure over time.
Fish Oils some studies have shown that fish oils can lower hypertension. As with garlic, if you take a supplement, then consult your doctor if you have a medical condition.
The addition of two or three portions of oily fish a week will improve your overall heart health.
There is an interesting article here which outlines the benefits of oily fish and tells you easy ways of eating more without changing things too much.
The best high blood pressure herbs though is Hawthorn it is good for all round heart health.
It's a common hedgerow plant and you can use the berries to make a syrup or tea or buy supplements.
It is safe to take with medicines but you must consult your doctor as it may have the benefit of reducing the amount of chemical drugs you need to take.
The only person qualified to help you with this, is your doctor who is prescribing for you.
Side effects are rare - nausea, sweating, fatigue and skin rashes - and it is generally considered to be one of the safest herbal preparations.
James Wong has a great recipe for hawthorn and artichoke leather - cholesterol busting stuff. I can't share the recipe for fear of copyright issues, but the books are fabulous, full of easy to make recipes and some crucial information about using herbs and plants in medicine.
The books are generally available second hand and reasonably priced - take less than three days to arrive as well.
One of my favorite authors and two of his most successful books.
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