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Hypotension (Low Blood Pressure)

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


Overview.  Low blood pressure, or hypotension, occurs when blood pressure is much lower than normal 120 over 80. These two numbers represent the pressure in the cardiovascular system as the heart contracts (systolic) and relaxes (diastolic).  Usually having blood pressure below the normal 120/80 is not a need for concern, in fact the lower the better, if there are no symptoms indicating problems. Symptoms that would indicate a concern include dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, unusual thirst, lack of concentration, blurred vision, nausea, fatigue, depression, rapid shallow breathing, or cold clammy skin.

A not uncommon occurrence is when someone stands up from a sitting position and their blood pressure drops resulting in lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting.  This is called postural (orthostatic).  Just sitting for a long period of time or that coupled with one of the causes listed below can cause this condition. These other causes of low blood pressure include:

·    Prolonged bed rest

·    Pregnancy (During the first 24 weeks of pregnancy, it's common for blood pressure to drop.)

·    Decreases in blood volume (A significant loss of blood from major trauma, dehydration or severe internal bleeding can reduce blood volume.)

·    Certain medications (Diuretics and other drugs that treat hypertension; heart medications such as beta blockers; drugs for Parkinson's disease; tricyclic antidepressants; erectile dysfunction drugs, particularly in combination with nitroglycerine; narcotics and alcohol. Other prescription and over-the-counter drugs may cause low blood pressure when taken in combination with HBP medications.)

·    Heart problems (An abnormally low heart rate (bradycardia), problems with heart valves, heart attack and heart failure.)

·    Endocrine problems (An under-active thyroid (hypothyroidism), parathyroid disease, adrenal insufficiency, low blood sugar and, in some cases, diabetes.)

·    Severe infection (Septic shock can occur when bacteria leave the original site of an infection (most often in the lungs, abdomen or urinary tract) and enter the bloodstream. The bacteria then produce toxins that affect blood vessels, leading to a profound and life-threatening decline in blood pressure.)

·    Allergic reaction (Anaphylactic shock is a sometimes-fatal allergic reaction that can occur in people who are highly sensitive to drugs such as penicillin, to certain foods such as peanuts, or to bee or wasp stings. This type of shock is characterized by breathing problems, hives, itching, a swollen throat and a sudden, dramatic fall in blood pressure.)


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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: Cypress, GeraniumC, RosemaryEC, Calming Blend

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: HelichrysumC, LemonC, LimeC, Peppermint, RoseC, ThymeEC

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Suggested protocols:

Make a blend of 2 parts Rosemary and 1 part each Geranium and Cypress with a carrier oil and apply to the chest and reflexology points on the feet. Also consider diffusion periodically.

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.

Ftballwidow - Does anyone know anything about Rosemary helping low blood pressure. If so, how would one take it and what other oils are good for LBP.

Jan - Clary Sage is also good as well as the Calming Blend. Diffuse 20 minutes, 3 times daily. Use 1-2 drops on heart and reflexology points.  I also found this suggestion used as a chest rub:

·    12 drops Rosemary

·    5 drops Geranium

·    4 drops Cypress

·    1/4 cup white wine

Blend all the ingredients and rub on chest once a day.


Pat - These oils are known to improve cardiovascular conditions:

·    Helichrysum improves circulation and reduces blood viscosity

·    Ylang Ylang has been used traditionally to balance heart function

·    Marjoram helps smooth muscle tissue (heart)

·    Cypress improves circulation and lymphatic drainage

·    Rosemary is also a powerful oil for heart conditions

Use these oils individually or in a blend of equal amounts and rub them on the carotidal arteries (side of neck) and the heart area. The heart reflexology points will give the best results.

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