Most of the people with high blood pressure can control their blood pressure by following few simple home remedies to lower blood pressure.
16 Simple Home Remedies to Lower Blood Pressure
If you are interested in using home remedies to lower your blood pressure, incorporate these home remedies along with medicine (do not stop hypertension medicines). If home remedies start lowering your blood pressure effectively, then slowly reduce your medication dosage.
1. Hibiscus Tea – Worldwide traditionally hibiscus is in use to naturally manage blood pressure. Hibiscus acts as a diuretic draws sodium from the bloodstream, thus decreasing your blood pressure. It mimics hypertension drug angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Ingredients you will need: 1 to 2 teaspoon of dried hibiscus flower, 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks, 1 cup of clean water, unrefined sugar and ½ lemon.
Recipe: Boil water, add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried hibiscus & 1 cinnamon sticks, simmer the heat, and allow it steep for 5 minutes. Optionally, add unrefined sugar and lemon to taste. Drink this tea 2 to 3 times per day for best result.
2. Coconut Water – Tender Coconut water contains potassium and magnesium, these two nutrient are required for proper muscle function. You know the heart is a giant muscle, and it requires this nutrient for its functioning. Coconut water act like a potassium-sparing diuretic to lower blood pressure by removing excess water from the body but retain potassium. Studies show coconut water affects systolic blood pressure.
Ingredients you will need: 1 or 2 tender coconuts per day.
Recipe: Drink 8 ounces of coconut water 1 to 2 times per day, ideally in the morning.
3. Ginger-Cardamom-Cinnamon Tea - Cardamom causes vasodilation (dilation of blood vessels) and allows blood to flow more easily, thus lowering blood pressure. Additionally, cardamom has antioxidant, gastro-protective, antispasmodic, antibacterial, anti-platelet aggregation, and anti-cancer properties.
Ginger prevents heart conditions by lowering blood pressure, decreasing cholesterol, and preventing blood clots. Additionally, ginger acts as a blood thinner, thus prevents blood clots. You know, blood clots reduce or prevent blood flow, this leads to high blood pressure.
Cinnamon has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-microbial, immunity-boosting, and cancer & heart disease-protecting abilities. Studies have shown cinnamon reduces most common risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol, high triglyceride, and high blood pressure.
Ingredients you will need: 3 to 4 cardamom pods, 4 black peppers, 4 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, a small piece of ginger sliced into pieces, raw sugar to sweeten.
Recipe: Bring 2 1/2 cups of water to boil, simmer the flame, add all the ingredient, simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, and strain and drink the tea.
4. Pomegranate - Pomegranate seeds contain different types of phytochemicals, flavonoids, antioxidants, and polyphenols reported to improve cardiovascular health. It improves the heart and blood vessels function, lowers LDL cholesterol, raises HDL cholesterol, reduces high blood pressure, and reverses atherosclerosis (arterial block).
Recipe: Add pomegranate seeds to your salad, or juice the seeds into a tasty drink.
5. Beets & Radishes - Beets and radishes contain nitrates, it dilates blood vessels (vasodilation), lower blood pressure, reduces endothelial inflammation, and platelet aggregation. The beneficial effects are related to the nitrate (NO3) found in beetroot juice. Your body converts the nitrates (NO3) into bioactive nitrite (NO2) and nitric oxide (NO). It helps relax and dilate your blood vessels and helps prevent blood clots. The study shows hypertensive who drink one glass of beetroot juice per day for a month reduced blood pressure by an average of 8 mmHg systolic and 4 mmHg diastolic pressure.
Recipe: Drink a glass of beets or radishes juice daily. Additionally, you can add fresh beets and radishes to any dish.
6. Dark Chocolate - Dark chocolate is made from cocoa (Theobroma cacao), it contains antioxidants including polyphenols, flavonoids, and catechins. Flavanols release nitric oxide (NO) that dilates blood vessels, thus lower blood pressure and improve blood circulation. Eat in moderation, dark chocolate reduces your heart disease and stroke risk. Other proven benefits of dark chocolate are decreased bad cholesterol, increases good cholesterol, protects against sun damage, boosts brain health, and provides vitamins & minerals. Three ounces of dark chocolate a day can lower blood pressure, specifically useful for those with isolated systolic hypertension.
Recipe: Confirm that your dark chocolate contains at least 50 to 80% of cocoa for required benefits. Remember the more cocoa it contents, the more nutritious it is.
7. Vitamin D - Sun vitamin is responsible for proper cell growth and development. Your body gets 50 to 90% of vitamin D absorbed by your bodies directly from the sun. Nowadays people spend less time outdoors, so vitamin D deficiency is common worldwide. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to hypertension, mental health illnesses, birth defects, and autoimmune disorders. The study shows vitamin D supplementation lowered high blood pressure by suppressing renin (a hormone). It works similar to a popular antihypertensive angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.
Recipe: Best way to get your daily vitamin D requirement is by exposing your maximum skin to raising sunlight for about 15 to 30 minutes. If you are choosing to take supplements, then go for an active form of vitamin D3, not D2. The daily recommended dose of Vitamin D3 is 2,000 IU.
8. Lavender - Lavender is a popular essential oil used as the mind, body and soul relaxant. It is also known to lower blood pressure and heart rate. A study shows aromatherapy with certain essential oils (lavender, ylang-ylang, and bergamot) can lower blood pressure. The recommended usage is once daily.
Recipe: Use lavender as fragrance, or incorporate it into your baked foods and daily cooking.
9. Coriander - Coriander seeds and essential oil both have blood sugar-lowering effects, ease digestion, decrease blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels, and prevent neurological inflammation.
Recipe: Boil 4 glasses of water in a container, add a cup each of coriander leaves and celery, simmer them for about 20 minutes, strain and drink daily once.
10. Watermelon Seeds – It contain ‘cucurbocitrin’ that widens the blood capillaries, improves kidney function, and reduces blood pressure. Vasodilator effect of watermelon seed provides natural relief from hypertension.
Recipe: Boil 1 cup of water, crush 2 tablespoons of dried watermelon seeds, simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, leave it for 15 minutes, strain the liquid, and drink this tea. Alternatively, grind equal parts of dried watermelon and poppy seeds and take one teaspoon of this in the morning and evening on an empty stomach.
11. Fenugreek Seeds – It contains potassium and dietary fiber, it can lower your blood pressure. Studies show Fenugreek seeds are useful in the treatment of hypertension.
Recipe: Sock two teaspoons of fenugreek seed in water in the night, next day morning eat the fenugreek once in the morning on an empty stomach and drink the socked water. Continue taking this remedy for three months for better results.
12. Lemons – A study shows lemon has antihypertensive property may be due to aura pentene present in it. The high vitamin C content has the antioxidant property that lower free radicals and benefits heart health.
Recipe: Squeeze ½ lemon into a cup of warm water and drink in the morning on an empty stomach. For best results, do not add salt or sugar.
13. Banana - Banana is high in potassium content. A study found a natural compound in the banana has antihypertensive effect without any side effect. Eat a banana in the night before going to bed. Do not drink milk along with banana.
14. Garlic – Several studies shows garlic produces nitric oxide and hydrogen sulfide that relaxes the blood vessels whether raw or cooked. Thus garlic is effective in controlling high blood pressure. Garlic might lower pressure by about 5 mmHg.
Recipe: Take ½ a cup of milk, add 2 to 3 cloves of peeled garlic, simmer it for 15 to 20 minutes, turn off the heat, eat the garlic and drink the milk.
15. Apple Cider Vinegar – Organic, raw, unpasteurized ACV with the mother of vinegar is full of beneficial bacteria and enzyme. Additionally, it contains vitamins B1, B2, B6, and C. Also it contains small amounts of calcium, potassium, iron, and magnesium. The acetic acid in ACV has many health benefits including high blood pressure reduction. The research found acetic acid reduced blood pressure by lowering the renin activity; an enzyme that regulates blood pressure. Another study shows ACV effectively reduce cholesterol.
Recipe: Take 2 teaspoons of ACV diluted with a glass of water and drink just before food two or three times a day.
16. Potatoes – It contains high levels of the magnesium and potassium, this helps to lower blood pressure.
Recipe: Boil the potatoes in water for 30 minutes or until it become soft. Peel the potatoes and eat 2-3 tablespoons of the potato every morning and night. Alternatively, peel the raw potato and grind it with a little water into a paste. Add 1 tablespoon of the paste, 1/2 lemon juice to a glass of water, and drink it first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach).