There are many wonder drugs like turmeric and garlic which may be used daily in cooking, and others to be used only by with advice from the Herbal Doctor or Therapist.
Here are some of the best and easily available spices and herbs for high blood pressure which can be used every day.
Nature has provided us with a vast array of herbs that have been used throughout time for excellent health and for various ailments including high blood pressure.
The advantage of using these herbs is that they mostly perform multiple functions. In addition to lowering blood pressure, they also lower blood cholesterol and help to shed excess weight. I use small amounts of turmeric and ginger everyday in my cooking and know that it is safe to use. You might be familiar with other herbs or spices.
Best spices/ herbs for blood pressure
Turmeric : Wonder drug !
Turmeric contains an ingredient called curcumin. Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory, helps lower blood cholesterol, has anti-clotting properties and is a strong anti oxidant. Turmeric helps in strengthening blood vessels thereby improving blood flow and also helps to improve the metabolism in the liver. Turmeric treats the heart, liver, lungs and the skin.
Ginger acts to stimulate blood circulation and relax the muscles surrounding blood vessels. In the process it helps in lowering blood pressure. It has other benefits as well like improved flow of blood to the skin. A pinch of ginger in your meals should help to regulate your blood pressure. However, expectant mothers should check the quantity required with the doctor.
This herb is commonly used in Chinese and Indian cuisine. When you include garlic in your diet for 4-5 weeks, blood pressure drops. It is a well known blood thinner and has many other health benefits.
Rosemary and Cinnamon:
Rosemary is an aromatic herb which can help you lower blood pressure. Sprinkle a little rosemary leaves on your meals each day and the blood pressure will reduce with time. Although Cinnamon is used widely in India as spice, the herb is a powerful antioxidant and lowers blood pressure.
Hawthorn or mayflower not only reduces hardening of arteries but also strengthens the muscles of the heart which results in overall improvement in blood circulation. This then lowers high blood pressure.
Brazilian ginseng or suma:
This herb has been used for a long time to regulate blood pressure. In addition, it is used to lower blood cholesterol in the circulatory system.
This herb helps in dilation of arteries. Consequently, blood flow through the vessels improves thereby reducing blood pressure. Further, the herb has some other advantages like improvement in mental alertness and memory as it improves blood circulation to the brain.
Olive leaf and olive leaf extracts have some blood pressure lowering effects. Besides, they also lower blood cholesterol thus reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease or strokes.
Maitake is an extract from Chinese mushroom. For many years, it has been used to lower blood pressure and blood cholesterol. There are many herbs that help to lower blood pressure. Their effects range from improving the performance of your heart to streamlining the circulatory system whereby they reduce tension within the blood vessels and reduce blood cholesterol.
These are only some of the many spices and herbs for high blood pressure.
However, before you start using herbs, be aware of the cause of your high blood pressure. If it is secondary high blood pressure, herbs may be used to supplement medication. In addition, good eating habits along with healthy living will enable the herbs to work well. Here is something about garlic that might be of interest regarding high blood pressure.