Blood Pressure (high)

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Lifestyle tips:

Exercise: Walking or exercising regularly can help lower your blood pressure. It makes your heart stronger and more efficient at pumping blood, which lowers the pressure in your arteries. Walking just 30 minutes a day can help. Any further exercise will help more.

Reduce sodium intake: Processed and prepared foods can contain high sodium levels. People process sodium differently. So if you have high blood pressure, it’s worth cutting down on sodium and seeing how it influences your levels.

Drink less alcohol:  This can raise your blood pressure. The average dosage for moderate alcohol consumption is 1 drink for women and 2 for men. Any more than that, cut back.

Eat more potassium: Potassium helps get rid of sodium and releases pressure on the vessels. Processed foods contain high sodium, so avoid those. Potassium-rich foods: Leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, potatoes and sweet potatoes. Fruits: melons, bananas, avocados, apricots. Dairy: milk and yoghurt.

Cut back on caffeine: caffeine gives an instant boost, but not long term. It may have a stronger effect on those that don’t drink it regularly.

De-stress: When stressed your body is in flight/fright mode. That means a faster heart rate and constricted blood vessels physically. It can also cause higher alcohol and junk food intake; these can adversely affect blood pressure. * Work less * Meditate * Calming music * Exercise

 Eat dark chocolate/cocoa: They contain plant compounds that cause blood vessels to dilate.

Weight management: Losing excess weight can help your blood vessels contract and expand with more ease, making it easier for the heart to pump blood.

Quit smoking: Smoking constricts the blood vessels, thereby decreasing the amount of blood that can flow through the vessels.

Magnesium: An important mineral to help muscles and blood vessels relax. It can also be found in vegetables, dairy products, legumes, chicken, meat and whole grains.

Cut back on sugar and refined carbs: Avoid excess sugar. As well as white flour, as it converts rapidly to sugar in your bloodstream. There is a strong link to sugar and high blood pressure. Stick only to natural sugars found in fruits.

Eat berries: They are packed with natural compounds good for your heart. They reduce the risk of stroke, heart conditions, diabetes, as well as improving blood pressure, insulin resistance and systemic inflammation.

Meditation and deep breathing: These both activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This system is engaged when the body relaxes, slowing the heart rate and lowering blood pressure. Deep breathing on its own can be effective and immediately slows a fast heart rate down. One can use guided meditation techniques or just simply focus on your in-breath and your out-breath. And when the mind diverts, simply gently take it back to the breathwork.

Berberine: traditionally used in Traditional Chinese Medicine

Hawthorn: Crataegus

Hibiscus: The flowers make a tasty tea.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Cayenne pepper for high blood pressure. – Listed by Hanri En Judy Stander, March 2018

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Moringa

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Reduces weight gain
  • Antioxidant which protects cells from damage
  • Helps to lower cholesterol and blood pressure
  • Prevents inflammation
  • Helps the body convert fats into energy
  • Reduces fatigue and improves energy levels

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • Alkaloids in the plant may lower blood pressure and slow heart rate
  • Moringa bark can cause uterine contractions

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Burdock

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Increases urine flow
  • Kills germs
  • Reduces fever
  • “Purifies” the blood
  • Treats colds
  • Treats Cancer, Anorexia and Nervosa
  • Joint pain (Rheumatism and Gout)
  • Bladder infections
  • Skin conditions including Acne and Psoriasis

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • Burdock might slow blood clotting
  • May cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family
  • Diabetes: Some evidence suggests that taking Burdock might lower blood sugar levels

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Garlic & Ginger

USES/BENEFITS

Can assist with the following:

  • Elimination of toxins
  • Boosts digestion
  • Eases discomfort of the stomach and bowel
  • Enhances appetite
  • Clears the respiratory tract
  • Soothes aches
  • Reduces inflammation

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1-2 Capsules per day or as recommended by your health care practitioner

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Ginger slows down blood clotting in some cases, and should not be taken with other medications (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) that also slow down clotting, as it will increase the chances of bruising and bleeding. Garlic unpleasant breath or body odour, heartburn, burning in your mouth or throat, nausea, vomiting, gas or diarrhoea

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Hemp Seed Oil – Capsules

* Keep refrigerated

Hemp seed typically contains over 30% oil and about 25% protein, with considerable amounts of vitamins and minerals. Hemp seed oil is over 80% in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and is an exceptionally rich source of the two essential fatty acids (Omega 3&6) in the correct balance, which is considered to be optimal for human health. Both of these high-quality storage proteins are easily digested and contain nutritionally significant amounts of all essential amino acids. Hemp seed has been used to treat various disorders for thousands of years in traditional oriental medicine. Recent clinical trials have identified hemp seed oil as a functional food, and animal feeding studies demonstrate the long-standing utility of hemp seed as an important food resource.

USES/BENEFITS

  • Hemp seed is full of immune-boosting fatty acids which can also help to improve symptoms of mood-related disorders
  • It offers support for vital brain health
  • It provides the body with a good source of protein, supports muscle and joints

INGREDIENTS:

  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Veggie Cap

APPLICATION/DOSAGE:

1 to 2 capsules a day

CONTRAINDICATIONS:

In high doses can cause drowsiness and headaches

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil

Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 8 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense. Rub a dab of the mixture onto your temples. Apply the mixture over the body, especially over chest and shoulders or necessary areas, as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

Diffuser – Add 5 drops into a diffuser. (3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense).

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **

** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **

** Frankincense – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, if any bleeding disorders or on anticoagulants. Avoid with children below 5 and caution below 8 **

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