A cup of herbal tea (lime blossom/ linden tea) photographed on a cozy beige blanket with herbal flowers in the background.

Like a lot of people, I have high blood pressure. Fortunately, we think it was diagnosed early enough to prevent major organ damage, but this isn’t always true. I’m very lucky in this aspect. Stage one high blood pressure begins at 140/99. Mine at diagnosis was 178/123.

Reasons

There are a whole lot of reasons your blood pressure may be high. Finding them and mitigating them is part of the struggle to bring it down, and oftentimes, you might need medication to reduce it until you are able to mitigate them. You might be surprised at a number of them.

Caffeine

Here’s an experiment for you to try. Take your blood pressure before you have any caffeine and take it after swallowing some. You may be surprised by the results. This allegedly safe stimulant can pack a punch in raising BP. If you believe you are safe because you only drink decaffeinated coffee, think again. They’ve taken out half of the caffeine, but the other half is still there and still powerful.

Heredity

If one or both of your parents have it, you will likely develop it. It’s one of those few things you can not change when attempting prevent or get over the issue. However, the information is important when you would like to avoid organ damage. Have yours taken each time you see your physician. You might also need to invest in a barbell set of your own for home monitoring.

Injury/Illness

The body’s response to the kind of threat might have a increase in BP. This is partially because of “fight or flight” reactions. However, if the issue is due to whiplash or other neck issues, it might be a different issue. Some research shows that there’s a communication of sorts between portions of the neck and the area of the brain associated with involuntary muscle action.

Herbs and Medications

Some medications and herbs can cause this issue and/or make them worse. Medications for weight loss, NSAID pain relievers and cough/cold drugs are high on the list of offenders. Licorice and rosemary may also be culprits. It’s very important to read the warning labels on drugs to be able to learn if they’re inclined to be a threat.

Obesity

If you’re overweight whatsoever, your pressure will be higher. If you’re obese, it’ll be even worse. The more weight you lose, the greater your numbers will be.

Stress

Who is not stressed these days? The market, our war efforts, job strains and several other things can definitely cause a problem in your life. High blood pressure is only one of them.

What to do?

Now that you might have the ability to determine how a lot of these offenders are working on your life, it is time to discover a solution. Some of it’s simple but not simple. Here are a few hints:

Cut the caffeine

Really, it is significant in more ways than just your BP numbers. It’s hard on your heart and your mind. If you drink a whole lot of it, back of gradually or you’ll have an enormous headache brought on by the withdrawal. Once you’ve stopped the addiction, you will be amazed at how much better you feel and how it’s so much easier to fall asleep at night.

Lose weight

It’s one of those simple but not simple answers. There are a whole lot of methods to do it and do it safely. You’ll have to educate yourself about carbs, diet and workout plans. If I can do it, I know you can.

Combat Stress

Identify causes of stress and work around them. You might not be able to remove them, since they might be people you know and love. However, there are ways to work around people. If there are things that stress you that you are able to eliminate, do this.

Aromatherapy

There are lots of methods I use to help reduce stress levels. One is aromatherapy. Your olfactory nerve is a shortcut straight to the mind, and I strongly feel that some scents may have an enormous effect on us. For anxiety, use lavender or chamomile essential oils.

Herbal tea

While you’re enjoying these scents, you might want a cup of herbal tea. I would recommend chamomile, jasmine, lavender or passionflower for this function. All of these have relaxing properties. Do be aware that they might make you drowsy.

Imaging

If you are not at home or can not use the above suggestions, I also have discovered that imaging can be useful. You’ll want to select a passage that’s peaceful to you. I use Psalm 23. I see myself in the green pasture, I hear the still water and I smell the fantastic food on the table. I am aware that the Shepherd is there to guard me. I’ve dropped my BP over twenty points in ten minutes doing so.

Conclusion

High blood pressure is largely silent, but it does not have to kill you. Work with your physician and a qualified herbal or naturopathic practitioner to establish a plan for getting your numbers in check.