5 Natural Remedies to Control Low Blood Pressure
Some natural remedies can control low blood pressure and provide relief to the discomfort associated with this condition — as long as your physician OKs it, that is.
These remedies are basically homemade drinks made with natural ingredients like rosemary and honey, for example. Are you interested in learning about them? Read on, if so!
Things you should know about low blood pressure
Although low blood pressure isn’t usually a noticeable health problem for many people, there are those who may experience a variety of discomforts when their blood pressure is abnormally low (known as hypotension).
As experts at the U.S. National Library of Medicine explain, “Blood pressure varies from person to person. A drop of just 20 mm Hg can cause problems for some people.”
In general, your have low blood pressure when the following values are present:
- Systolic blood pressure: less than 90 millimeters of mercury
- Diastolic blood pressure: less than 60 millimeters of mercury
These values may change depending on the time of the day or under certain circumstances: body position, stress level, physical condition, breathing rate, and whatever you may have drank.
Some of the discomforts that a person with low blood pressure may experience are nausea, dizziness, vertigo, fatigue, drowsiness, palpitations, headache, and fainting.
As the discomfort doesn’t usually present with the same intensity in all cases, the same strategies can’t be applied to obtain relief. However, it’s true that in the first instance it’s usually recommended to lie down and place your legs up for a while.
Causes of hypotension
Low blood pressure can have many causes, some are momentary or derive from other conditions (certain diseases or medications).
In any case, it’s important to find the origin and apply the appropriate treatment (if necessary). Low blood pressure can cause damage to some organs and lead to shock.
Severe hypotension can be due to sudden blood loss, infection, heart attack, or a bad allergic reaction.
In contrast, hypotension known as orthostatic hypotension usually lasts a few seconds or minutes. It’s due to a sudden change in position, most often from lying down to standing up. Older adults are more commonly affected by postprandial hypotension. It happens about two hours after eating.
In addition, some diseases or specific situations can cause low blood pressure:
- Heart problems
- Endocrine diseases such as diabetes, low blood glucose levels, Addison’s disease, parathyroid gland problems
- Dehydration caused by vomiting, severe diarrhea, use of diuretics, or strenuous exercise
- Nervous system damage, also known as Shy-Drager syndrome
- Faulty brain signals seem to occur because of defective communication between the heart and the brain, and appears after long periods of standing
- Lack of specific nutrients like vitamin B12, folate, and iron
- Medications like diuretics, alpha-blockers, beta-blockers, drugs for Parkinson’s disease, some antidepressants, and medication to treat erectile dysfunction, among others
Five natural remedies to control low blood pressure
Luckily, some natural remedies that can help you get some relief, and we’ll reveal them all below!
1. Rosemary-honey for low blood pressure
According to popular belief, this tea with rosemary and honey has antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, which can help to hydrate the body and improve your blood pressure.
- 1 c. of water (250 ml.)
- ½ tbsp. of dry rosemary (5 g.)
- 1 tbsp. of honey (25 g.)
- Firstly, heat the water
- Remove it from the heat when it starts to boil and add the rosemary
- Then, let it steep for 10 minutes, strain it, and sweeten it with honey
- Don’t drink more than one cup, as it has a diuretic effect that can cause blood pressure to remain low or even drop further
2. Carrot juice-honey
Carrot juice and honey is a natural drink that’s really easy to prepare. It can help to boost your energy levels when your blood pressure is low. The amount of honey usually used may vary, depending on individual preferences.
- A pinch of salt
- 5 large carrots
- 2 tbsp. of honey (50 g.)
- Firstly, juice the carrots
- Then, mix the juice with the honey and drink it immediately
- Skip the honey by cooking the carrots, they get sweeter
3. Basil extract and honey
According to popular belief, another drink that can be useful in cases of low blood pressure is a mixture of basil extract and honey. All you need for it is:
- 15 basil leaves
- ¼ c. of water (59 ml.)
- 1 tbsp. of honey (21 g.)
- Firstly, chop the basil leaves
- Then, place them in a cloth or colander and squeeze out the liquid, keep it
- Add the liquid to the water and then, add the honey
4. Sweet and salty lemonade
This drink combines the properties of lime with salt and sugar. This helps you improve your low blood pressure. This is especially true when it has to do with dehydration.
These ingredients help you to get your energy back. Among other things, they help your circulation and nervous system.
- 1 c. of water (250 ml.)
- 1/4 tsp. of salt (1.5 g.)
- 3 tbsp. of lime juice (44.3 ml.)
- 1/2 tsp. of sugar or honey (3 g.)
- Optional: 1 slice of lemon or orange
- Add all of these ingredients to the water and stir them well until they dissolve
- Then, drink fresh or with some ice
5. Water to remedy orthostatic hypotension
If you are one of those people who experience sudden drops in blood pressure when you wake up, you can benefit from this proven simple remedy. Drinking a glass of water just before you get up can raise the blood pressure in some. It’s also helpful for those with postprandial hypotension.
Other tips to control low blood pressure
In addition to these 5 natural remedies, there are some practices you can incorporate into your routine for raising your blood pressure. For example, you can eat salt with confidence, but without abusing it, if you have a tendency for low blood pressure. Furthermore, keeping your legs crossed when sitting can also help raise your blood pressure.
Similarly, food and hydration are factors that you must pay attention to. Moreover, don’t wait to be thirsty to drink water. This is because dehydration will worsen hypotension. Regular physical activity, often recommended by physicians, is also a way to take good care of your heart.
However, don’t lift heavy objects, always warm up beforehand, and avoid sudden movements. Especially when standing up and after having been sitting or lying down for a long time. This is because it interferes with the blood pumping action and you may get dizzy.
Is your blood pressure low and you feel sick?
You must follow your doctor’s instructions if you’re experiencing low blood pressure. Also, as a complementary measure, keep in mind that you must maintain healthy lifestyle habits and stick to a balanced diet. Also, you must adopt an exercise routine that suits your needs.
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