It has been quite a while since “we’ve talked.” Trips to the East Coast, the West Coast and points in between have taken their toll on my “social media” productivity, but they were wonderful for connecting with family and my partner and colleagues at Wisdom of the Earth. So, it is all good!
I do like to share with you topics that seem to be coming up frequently, and one of those in the last few weeks would have to be blood pressure. Whether it is blood pressure that is so high that people are concerned about the possible health consequences, or they have taken pharmaceutical drugs to try to “control” it, and are suffering the side effects, such as debilitating migraines/headaches, respiratory problems, dizziness, and/or instability moving about.
I thought I would share a list of essential oils that are known to be good for balancing blood pressure. You will notice that I said “balancing”, not controlling it, lowering it, or raising it. Essential oils are all about bringing the body into balance, and their use for addressing blood pressure issues (i.e., hypertension or hypotension) is an excellent opportunity to emphasize and reaffirm that point. Pharmaceutical drugs are “programmed” (designed) to perform a particular function…in this case, lower or raise blood pressure. Nature is much more multi-functional, and focuses on bringing the body’s functioning in a particular area back to homeostasis (balance or equilibrium).
That being said, here are a number of options you have when using pure, medicinal grade essential oils for managing your blood pressure (and the root causes as well as the symptoms):
Rosemary (any of the varieties we carry — cineole, verbenone or high-camphor — would be effective).
Lavender (officinalis/vera or latifolia (Spike) would be effective.
Marjoram (Wild or Sweet)
Lemon (should be applied to the soles of the feet, as it can be skin-sensitive, or layered between two others, like Lavender or Cypress)
Cypress (cypress sempervirens)
Cinnamon (preferably Bark) Note: this is a hot (Yang – temperature) essence, and should be applied to the soles of the feet or layered between two “cool” (Yin) essences, such as Ylang Ylang and Spearmint.
Typically, I apply essences for blood pressure over the heart, at least morning and night. You can apply them more frequently, if need be.
I will never forget the Level 1 class I taught at the home of a friend in Albuquerque. She and her husband were into measuring their blood pressure daily. When I arrived for the second day, her husband ran over to me and said…”What essences did you use yesterday on my wife? Her blood pressure was the lowest it has been in ages….even lower than her medications bring it!” Unfortunately, as you can see from the list above (virtually all of which we cover in Level 1 training), there are many which, singly or layered together, positively affect blood pressure, so I couldn’t give him a definitive answer! As a scientist, that was frustrating to him, but to me, it just showed the abundant options the plants and trees give us for our healing.
Of course, I would be remiss if I did not also mention other things that positively affect blood pressure…natural/sensible diet, moderate exercise, stress-relieving techniques such as meditation and/or yoga, and weight loss, if you are carrying more weight than is healthy for you.
I hope these observations and essence options are of help to you if you or someone you care about is experiencing difficulty keeping blood pressure within healthy parameters.
Until the next “Essential Thought”…be well and enjoy your essences!
Master Medicinal Aromatherapist
Owner, Shining Sun Aromatherapy & Partner, Wisdom of the Earth
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