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hypertension - high blood pressure

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

Overview.  High blood pressure is the most common cardiovascular health concern in our time.  As the heart muscles contract and relax pumping blood through the arteries pressure builds and subsides in the cardiovascular system.   HeartThe contraction phase of the heartbeat cycle is called the systole and the relaxation phase is called the diastole.  Hence comes the terms many have become familiar with systolic and diastolic pressure.  These two numbers are usually given together, the first being the systolic pressure indicating the pressure created as the heart contracts then followed by the diastolic pressure as the heart relaxes. (Illustration courtesy of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)

The agreed on norms for blood pressure are:

·    Normal: Less than 120/80

·    Prehypertension: 120-139/80-89

·    Stage 1 high blood pressure: 140-159/90-99

·    Stage 2 high blood pressure: 160 and above/100 and above

Many times there are no symptoms as blood pressure increases but warning signs for very high blood pressure can include chest pains, confusion, headaches, ear noise or buzzing, irregular heartbeat, nosebleeds, tiredness, or vision changes.  Hypertension can be exacerbated by a combination of factors including smoking, being overweight, inactivity, too much salt, alcohol consumption, stress, aging, genetics, chronic kidney disease, adrenal or thyroid disorders.  Some medications may increase blood pressure as well. In many cases a cause will not be determined and this is described as essential hypertension.

How Oils Can Help. Because the root cause of hypertension can be so varied or unknown it is impossible to find one protocol that addresses every situation.  Those that have been successful have selected oils and/or blends from the following list mixing them with a carrier oil and consistently applied them topically at least three times a day.  Key points for application have included the feet, the wrists, over the heart, on the carotidal arteries, and to the back of the neck and in some cases other reflexology points

The following is a good list of those most often mentioned:  Cassia, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, andYlang Ylang essential oils and blends of Grounding Blend, Invigorating Blend, and Calming Blend.

This application of oils has been coupled with eliminating tobacco, alcohol, excessive salt and other products know to increase blood pressure.  Further, for those most successful, habits of exercise and good diet have been added to daily routines.

 

A Stage 2 Experience

The following experience from Rob James gives a great summary how he used essential oils for a Stage 2 high blood pressure experience. 

So Am I an Expert on Hypertension?

I’m not a doctor, but I did suffer a massive hemorrhagic stroke in 2006. It nearly killed me and I’ve become very acquainted with HBP, its causes, diagnosis, and prevention ever since. My stroke was caused by moderately high blood pressure in combination with a rare condition of my adrenal gland that causes occasional spikes in blood pressure. I had such a spike in June of 2006 that shot my systolic reading to well over 200.

The question of high blood pressure and using essential oils to control it is like walking a tight wire for several reasons:

·    High blood pressure is a serious condition.  If you have HBP you are likely working toward future heart disease, you are probably playing Russian roulette with the possibility of stroke, and diabetes is already a concern or right around the corner.

·    Serious high blood pressure is something that you should be seeing your doctor about and my experience is that if it is elevated to a dangerous level, you need medication like Beta blockers, or Ace inhibitors.  These can have serious side effects, but the alternative is even more dangerous.

·    Since there are many different root causes, types, and conditions surrounding hypertension it is nearly impossible to identify one or more essential oil and say that “this is the oil” that can help with hypertension. In fact, I left rehabilitation with prescriptions for 8 different medications to regulate and normalize my blood pressure, and I now take just one.

I attribute my efforts to get off prescription medications to:

   1. Weight loss and dietary changes

   2. Exercise

   3. (...)’s Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) supplements

   4. No more table salt or high sodium products and a reduced use of only sea salt or whole mineral salt.

   5. Daily use of an essential oil protocol.

I would highly recommend that any one with elevated blood pressure use all of these efforts, modifying the essential oils if necessary for their personal optimal benefit. The essential oils that I use may not be what will be best for someone else.

This still leaves many things that a person can do to help their hypertension. The dangerous thing about our society today is that many people have a lifestyle and habits that they are unwilling to change in the name of health. They would rather “take a pill” than make a change. I know people that are diabetic or borderline diabetic but still drink outrageous amount of soda pop, or diet soda pop that can raise A1c levels (A1c test indicates a person’s average blood glucose level over the past few months) even more! You must decide to make necessary changes in your life style if needed.

What I can recommend:

As a long time essential oil user, and as someone that depends on essential oils to control my hypertension I recommend:

   1. Make dietary and exercise changes in your life that make a healthy body a priority. This may take time, for some… years. But it is by far the best step you can take towards normalized blood pressure. There are many sources that can teach you foods that are best for elevated blood pressure. Take advantage of these. If you smoke or drink alcohol, stop. It’s one of the worst things you can do for elevated blood pressure. Remove high fat, fried, high fructose corn syrup products and carbonated drinks completely from your diet.

   2. Exercise daily. Park a few blocks from work. Get a dog and walk it daily. Go for a walk with a son, daughter or spouse every night after dinner.

   3. Use (...)’s Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) daily.

   4. Use a reduced amount of quality sea salt or whole mineral salt for seasoning foods. BP cuff

   5. Find essential oils that are effective at reducing high blood pressure for YOU. This will take testing, and patience. The following has shown success.

     3 drops each Basil, Lavender, Marjoram in a capsule daily. Each person is different and may respond to other oils.

     You need a BP cuff. You should have one anyway. As you try a new essential oil or blend, take your BP before and after in varying intervals. Try 5 min, 1 hr, 8 hrs and 16 hrs. Try applying oils hourly, every 8 hrs and every 24 hours. Keep a record of your results.

    NOTE: This is a serious condition and if control is not achieved seek professional medical help.

The Oils I Use:

The following are a list of essential oils that have historically been used to help regulate high blood pressure. There are also some “blends” that some have found successful. And finally, I’ve included the blend that I personally use with success, again keeping in mind that the causes of my hypertension (adrenal) are considered rare.

Single Oils

Ylang Ylang

Clary Sage

Marjoram

Lavender

Helichrysum

Lemon

Blends

Grounding Blend

Calming Blend

Invigorating Blend

 

Rob’s Blend

6 dropsYlang Ylang

6 drops Helichrysum

4 drops Frankincense

4 drops Marjoram

4 drops Cassia

25 drops coconut oil

 

How I Apply the 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, on the carotidal arteries, 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).

 

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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

Oils & Blends: Grounding BlendC, Cassia, Invigorating Blend, Clary SageEC, Frankincense, Helichrysum, LavenderEC, LemonEC, Live Long Vitality supplements, MarjoramEC, Calming BlendC, Ylang YlangEC

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: CloveC, EucalyptusC, Lemon, WintergreenC

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

This is a repeat of the recommendations made on the Summary page:

   1. Make dietary and exercise changes in your life that make a healthy body a priority. This may take time, for some… years. But it is by far the best step you can take towards normalized blood pressure. There are many sources that can teach you foods that are best for elevated blood pressure. Take advantage of these. If you smoke or drink alcohol, stop. It’s one of the worst things you can do for elevated blood pressure. Remove high fat, fried, high fructose corn syrup products and carbonated drinks completely from your diet.

   2. Exercise daily. Park a few blocks from work. Get a dog and walk it daily. Go for a walk with a son, daughter or spouse every night after dinner.

   3. Use (...)’s Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) daily.

   4. Use a reduced amount of quality sea salt or whole mineral salt for seasoning foods. BP cuff

   5. Find essential oils that are effective at reducing high blood pressure for YOU. This will take testing, and patience. The following has shown success.

     3 drops each Basil, Lavender, Marjoram in a capsule daily. Each person is different and may respond to other oils.

     You need a BP cuff. You should have one anyway. As you try a new essential oil or blend, take your BP before and after in varying intervals. Try 5 min, 1 hr, 8 hrs and 16 hrs. Try applying oils hourly, every 8 hrs and every 24 hours. Keep a record of your results.

    NOTE: This is a serious condition and if control is not achieved seek professional medical help.

The following are a list of essential oils that have historically been used to help regulate high blood pressure. There are also some “blends” that some have found successful. And finally, I’ve included the blend that I personally use with success, again keeping in mind that the causes of my hypertension (adrenal) are considered rare.

Single Oils

Ylang Ylang

Clary Sage

Marjoram

Lavender

Helichrysum

Lemon

Blends

Grounding Blend

Calming Blend

Invigorating Blend

 

Rob’s Blend

6 dropsYlang Ylang

6 drops Helichrysum

4 drops Frankincense

4 drops Marjoram

4 drops Cassia

25 drops coconut oil

How I Apply the 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, on the carotidal arteries, 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).

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of the experiences of others that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

Rose - My husband is not overweight but his blood pressure was extremely high as well as his cholesterol levels. After one month on the LLW his blood pressure went way down and his cholesterol levels were cut in half!  Can't wait to see the results from the LLV.

Ftballwidow - I have a friend whose husband is under doctor's care and taking medication for high blood pressure and nothing is working.  They can't figure out why.  His wife wants to try some oils.  He also has bladder cancer and is working on that with herbs and supplements (not (...) but they are happy with it).  Also her budget is limited.  What would you suggest if you could only suggest 2 oils?

Samara - I know Lavender or Calming Blend helps with blood pressure.

Pat – I would suggest Frankincense and Cypress, If they were committed to the oils and would be consistent then the Frankincense which is being studied for bladder cancer could be powerful and adding the Cypress which really helps circulation could possible help his hypertension. The actual protocol for high blood pressure suggests about five oils.

 

John - I have always had slightly high blood pressure.  Not enough to worry about a stroke or heart disease I don’t think, but never-the- less elevated. After reading the other’s experiences with oils (Cassia, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang) and doing some of my own research, I started working on a blend for me.  I used muscle testing, (which I am new to) and stayed with oils that I thought smelled good to me (yes, evenYlang Ylang).  

After consistent use of my blend for about 3 weeks my blood pressure started to go down.  I made the mix with coconut carrier and would put 3-4 drops on my hands, rub them together and apply them to my heart, lymph’s and wrists.  I also would take a drop between each forefinger and thumb and apply to pressure points on my ear.  I carry this blend around with me and do these applications 4-5 times daily.

I also have tried to improve eating habits and have cut out pop (which was a big deal for me).

My pressure is down about 20-35 points from what it was.  It may not be a huge jump, but for me, it drops me from the moderately high level to normal.  That’s big for me.

  

Phil - I have heard that Clove is also good for HBP for some people.  Drops twice a day over the heart, and on pulse points (wrists, neck) and 4 drops in capsules morning and night.

 

ftballwidow - My friend spoke to Dr. Hill last night asked him if the (...) Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) supplements could be making her blood pressure go up.  He said yes, that happens to some, and for her to take a 1/2 dose of the Microplex VM and that should address that.

cpstol - Isn't there something that says not to take/eat Grapefruit if you have high blood pressure or are on medications for it?  Is Grapefruit oil ok to take?  Thanks!

Tamalu - I have been doing some research on Grapefruit, as there has once again been mention of concern with Grapefruit oil and meds.  The compound naringin, found in the fruit of Grapefruit, which causes problems with prescription meds by interfering with or amplifying the body’s ability to absorb the drugs, is not present in Grapefruit essential oil.  You may still choose to avoid taking Grapefruit oil internally, but with a little research, you will find that the ingredient of concern is not in the oils! 

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

Summary from www.About.com on stress and cortisol.

Cortisol is an important hormone in the body, secreted by the adrenal glands and involved in the following functions and more:

·  Proper glucose metabolism

·  Regulation of blood pressure

·  Insulin release for blood sugar maintenance

·  Immune function

·  Inflammatory response

Normally, it’s present in the body at higher levels in the morning, and at its lowest at night. Although stress isn’t the only reason that cortisol is secreted into the bloodstream, it has been termed “the stress hormone” because it’s also secreted in higher levels during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, and is responsible for several stress-related changes in the body. Small increases of cortisol have some positive effects:

·  A quick burst of energy for survival reasons

·  Heightened memory functions

·  A burst of increased immunity

·  Lower sensitivity to pain

·  Helps maintain homeostasis in the body

While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress, it’s important that the body’s relaxation response to be activated so the body’s functions can return to normal following a stressful event. Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the body’s stress response is activated so often that the body doesn’t always have a chance to return to normal, resulting in a state of chronic stress.

Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as:

·  Impaired cognitive performance

·  Suppressed thyroid function

·  Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia

·  Decreased bone density

·  Decrease in muscle tissue

·  Higher blood pressure

·  Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and other health consequences

·  Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, the development of , higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems!

 

The following research is reported in Psychiatry Research (www.psy-journal.com)
scientifically confirming the benefit of Lavender and Rosemary essential oils in reducing stress and related health problems.

Smelling Lavender and Rosemary increases free radical scavenging activity and decreases cortisol level in saliva.

Atsumi T, Tonosaki K.   Department of Oral Physiology, Meikai University, School of Dentistry, 1-1, Keyaki-dai, Sakado-shi, Saitama 350-0283, Japan. tosi@dent.meikai.ac.jp

Free radicals/reactive oxygen species are related to many biological phenomena such as inflammation, aging, and carcinogenesis. The body possesses various antioxidative systems (free radical scavenging activity, FRSA) for preventing oxidative stress, and saliva contains such activity. In the present study, we measured the total salivary FRSA induced after the smelling of Lavender and Rosemary essential oils that are widely used in aromatherapy. Various physiologically active substances in saliva such as cortisol, secretory IgA, and alpha-amylase activity were found to be correlated with aroma-induced FRSA. The subjects (22 healthy volunteers) sniffed aroma for 5 min, and each subject's saliva was collected immediately. FRSA was measured using 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl. The FRSA values were increased by stimulation with low concentrations (1000 times dilution) of Lavender or by high-concentrations (10 times dilution) of Rosemary. In contrast, both Lavender and Rosemary stimulations decreased cortisol levels. A significant inverse correlation was observed between the FRSA values and the cortisol levels with each concentration of Rosemary stimulation. No significant changes were noted in sIgA or alpha-amylase. These findings clarify that Lavender and Rosemary enhance FRSA and decrease the stress hormone, cortisol, which protects the body from oxidative stress.

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