What is a healthy blood pressure reading? What is an unhealthy reading? What is your blood pressure reading?
The most recent estimate from the World Health Organization is that approximately 40% of the global adult population above the age of 25 have high blood pressure. That means that even if you don’t have high blood pressure, odds are you have at least one friend or family member who is dealing with this condition.
How Do Essential Oils Help With High Blood Pressure?
We understand the importance of treating high blood pressure and know to see a doctor regarding this condition. Still, as we view ourselves holistically, it makes sense to seek out natural ways to supplement standard treatments. Essential oils are one of those natural options.
Our interactions with essential oils are deeply personal. To have an idea of which essential oil we should invite to assist us in maintaining a healthy blood pressure, it helps to understand which oils have historically been helpful to others.
Consider the causes of your high blood pressure. As you are introduced to each of the best essential oils for blood pressure, discover if that particular oil is skilled in the area you need.
Think of it as an interview. Are you ready to meet the applicants?
Best Essential Oils For High Blood Pressure
1. Angelica Root (Angelica archangelica)
Angelica’s mission is to encourage us to open up physically, mentally and emotionally.
On a physical level, it assists us in sweating which increases the potassium ratio of our blood. As a diuretic, angelica aids us in purging excess fluids from our body. Both of these actions may support a healthy blood pressure.
Mentally and emotionally angelica dissolves the anxiety, tension, stress, and energetic blocks that can hold us back and lead to an unhealthy body.
Best for: Supporting holistic well-being
2. Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
Bergamot is filled with radiant sunshine that will banish stress and tension. In cases of high blood pressure, bergamot can help by reducing anxiety and creating an emotional sense of positive well-being.
Science agrees – a study found that simply inhaling a blend of bergamot, lavender, and ylang-ylang essential oils once a day for four weeks resulted in a decreased blood pressure and heart rate.
Best for: Regaining your positivity.
3. Chamomile Matricaria (Chamomilla matricaria)
Recall the wave of comfort, peace, and relaxation that washes over you when you take that first sip or merely inhale the aroma of chamomile tea? We intuitively know that chamomile is wonderful for calming and soothing us.
Now science has shown us that chamomile has the same effect on our bodies as she does on our minds and emotions. A clinical human trial revealed “significant” decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings as well as heart rates as a result of chamomile.
Best for: Calming, soothing, and relaxing your mind and body.
4. Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
With all the literal and energetic spice of cassia, this may seem an odd choice for those with high blood pressure, but science says to give this cinnamon family relative a chance.
One of the main constituents of cassia is cinnamaldehyde. In lab studies, this constituent has embodied cassia’s protective qualities and actually shown cardioprotective capabilities. Cinnamaldehyde benefits the heart with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cassia is a perfect synergistic protective oil to pair with other oils which help support a healthy blood pressure. Our hearts can become stressed and damaged by sustained periods of high blood pressure. Use cassia to help protect your heart health while the other oils aid in reducing your blood pressure. This approach provides you with immediate and long-term wellness strategies.
Best for: Heart health.
5. Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
The aroma of clary sage is cleansing, purifying, and calming. It guides us away from any less than positive thoughts and emotions. We find ourselves arriving in a still, calm place of peace.
When scientists tested this, the numbers agreed. Study participants who inhaled clary sage actually showed a 4.7% decrease in they systolic blood pressure readings and a 5.1% diastolic decrease.
Best for: When stress and anxiety contributes to high blood pressure.
6. Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium)
When we need an oil with an impressive history of healing, helichrysum is the one we turn to. Helichrysum works on a physical plane, so scientists conducted some animal studies to determine what effects helichrysum may have on high blood pressure.
The promising results showed that helichrysum was able to relax the blood vessels and improve the smooth muscle function. This led to decreases in blood pressure.
Best for: High blood pressure due to physical (as opposed to mental/emotional) causes.
7. Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum)
One of the ways that high blood pressure is traditionally treated is through the use of blood thinning medications. When our blood is thinner and flows more freely, our hearts don’t have to pump as hard and our blood pressure goes down.
Holy basil has been found to have these types of blood thinning effects which can be beneficial for us. This oil has the added bonus of boosting our immune systems and supporting healthy energy levels.
Our reactions to prolonged stress play a significant role in our blood pressure. When we are stressed our bodies release the stress hormone cortisol which can wreak havoc on our homeostasis. Certain plants like holy basil are known as “adaptogens.” They (and the essential oils pressed from them) have the ability to help our bodies better adapt to stress. This isn’t as ideal as eliminating the source of the stress altogether but it certainly does help our bodies to cope.
Best for: High blood pressure of physical nature as a natural blood thinning agent .
8. Lemon (Citrus limonum)
The joyous, motivated feeling you get after cleaning up your kitchen with a lemon cleaner isn’t just from knowing the chore is over. Merely the smell of lemon is actually enough to reduce stress and unhappiness.
When we are feeling positive, it is easier to make healthy life choices with the foods we eat and the physical activities we decide to engage in. Lemon will lead us in the path to a better life.
Best for: When high blood pressure has you feeling down, discouraged, and pessimistic.
9. Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
Mandarin is a messenger of optimism and a life of abundance. When she enters our world, she takes stock of where we are at and then works with both our bodies and minds to lead us to where she knows we are capable of going.
Physically, mandarin dilates our blood vessels so that there is more room for blood to flow through and the pressure can be reduced.
Emotionally and mentally she wipes away our anxieties and stresses so we can realign with the path we want for ourselves.
Best for: Tackling both physical and mental aspects of high blood pressure.
10. Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
With our crazy sleep, work, and eating schedules our bodies can get completely out of synch with our natural circadian rhythms. One of the ways this physical stress can manifest is in high blood pressure.
Marjoram helps to reduce the fight or flight activity of our sympathetic nervous system while stimulating our parasympathetic nervous system. This helps our blood vessels relax and dilate so our blood pressure decreases.
Best for: Seek out marjoram when you need to re-balance your physical body.
11. Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
Sometimes we just need a hug. Living with high blood pressure can be stressful and depressing. Neroli understands our needs. She soothes and comforts us while letting us know that we are strong enough to get through this.
Neroli was incorporated in a synergistic aromatherapy blend with lavender, ylang-ylang, and marjoram for a scientific study. Researchers observed significant immediate and long term reduction in blood pressure for subjects using this blend compared to a placebo and to the control group.
Best for: Emotional support during challenging times.
How To Use Essential Oils For High Blood Pressure
- 3 drops lavender
- 3 drops marjoram
- 3 drops neroli absolute
- 3 drops ylang-ylang
- 2 drop cassia
- 5 drops mandarin
- 5 drops bergamot
- 4 drops helichrysum
- 4 drops holy basil
- 4 drops clary sage
Choose one of these blends. Plug in your diffuser and pour in distilled water up to the fill line. Add your blend, turn on the diffuser, and feel the benefits take hold of you. Set timer if desired.
Bath Oil Recipe
- tablespoon milk
- 2 tablespoons jojoba carrier oil
- 4 drops angelica root
- 4 drops chamomile matricaria
Blend the oils and milk until the oils are absorbed by the milk. Run a warm bath, and pour the blend in. Relax in the tub for at least 20 minutes.
Massage Oil Recipe
- 1 ounce of grapeseed carrier oil
- 4 drops bergamot
- 4 drops mandarin
- 4 drops lemon
Blend the oils. Massage onto chest, bottoms of feet, and behind ears.
- Blood pressure is the amount of outward force applied on our blood vessels by the circulating blood. It is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg).
- Untreated high blood pressure can be a serious medical condition. See a doctor if you have high blood pressure.
- Essential oils provide a natural, holistic means of supplementing traditional high blood pressure treatments.
- Incorporate essential oils for high blood pressure into your life by using the recipes we suggest in this article, or by themselves.