Friday, April 8, 2016

High blood pressure and essential oils - Recommendations

The following essential oils are recommended for high blood pressure:

Lemon essential oil 
- Lemon essential oil will regulate blood pressure (either raise or lower as necessary)
- Place 1-2 drops of oil  in your water, under the tongue or place 1-3 drops of oil in an empty capsule; ingest up to 3 times per day.

Ylang ylang 

- Inhalation of ylang ylang significantly decreased the systolic and diastolic blood pressure in healthy subjects (Jung et al. 2013).

- Subjects who had ylang ylang oil applied to their skin had decreased blood pressure, increased skin temperature and reported feelings more calm and relaxed than did subjects in the control group (Hongratanaworakit and Buchbauer 2006)

- Inhaled ylang ylang oil was found to decrease blood pressure and pulse rate and to enhance attentiveness and alertness in volunteers compared to an odorless control (Hongratanaworakit and Buchbauer 2004)


- Treatment of rats with 1,8-cineole (or eucalptol, found in eucalyptus, rosemary and marjoram) demonstrated an ability to lower blood pressure without decreasing heart rate through vascular wall relaxation (Lahlou et al. 2002)

Individuals have also had success with:
Clary Sage
Grounding blend
Calming blend
Invigorating blend

Blend 1

Combine 10 drops ylang ylang, 5 drop marjoram and 5 drops cypress in 1 oz fractionated coconut oil.

Blend 2

Combine 5 drops of geranium, 8 drops of lemongrass, and 3 drops of lavender in 1 oz fractionated coconut oil.

Bath blend

Place 3 drops of ylang ylang and 3 drops of marjoram in bathwater and bathe in the evening twice a week.

General application of essential oils

Recommended applications include several drops applied with massage to the bottom of the feet, on the wrists, along the breast bone, massage over the heart,  and to the back of the neck. Also diffusion might be effective, and adding the oil or blend to a bath (agitating the water often).

Read some stories of individuals who used essential oils for high blood pressure here.