Blood pressure, (the force that circulating blood exerts against the walls of arteries), that is too high can cause arteries to narrow, which can lead to arteriosclerosis, heart attack, kidney disease, memory loss, and stroke. More than 90% of people with high blood pressure have primary hypertension, or elevated blood pressure that is not due to a single known cause.
Blood pressure is measured as a pair of numbers. The first number is the systolic pressure, exerted when the heart beats, and represents blood pressure at its highest. The second number is the diastolic pressure, exerted when the heart rests between beats, and represents pressure at its lowest. Normal readings for adults range from 110/70 to 140/90, with 120/80 generally considered to be the norm. Elevation of the diastolic pressure is of greater concern than that of the systolic pressure. Two factors contribute to high blood pressure. First, excessive blood levels cause the kidneys to retain sodium. Second, is how strongly the kidneys react to sodium.
It’s best to lose weight, exercise, and cut salt consumption.
Use essential oils- Lavender or Lemon Balm in aromatherapy to relieve tension and lower blood pressure.
Reduce, but do not try to eliminate, salt from the diet.
Increase potassium intake, found in many fruits and vegetables (bananas for example).
Discontinue (or decrease) use of stimulants including coffee, try a tea of Gotu Kola instead.
Exercise regularly but moderately (walking every day is great).
Cut back on wine consumption.
Get sufficient sleep.
And last but not least, get regular massage from a trusted massage therapist.
Heavy snorers are more likely to have high blood pressure, it can put an unnatural strain on the heart and lungs due to oxygen shortage.
*All info compiled by the lovely Raquel Wehner using the help of “Prescription for Herbal Healing” by Phyllis Balch.