High blood pressure isn’t called “the silent killer” for nothing. It is a sneaky condition which affects 1 out of 3 Americans, which equals about 67 millions of people. If you have been diagnosed with it, you might reach for blood pressure drugs which are supposed to bring the pressure down. However, you should know that high blood pressure can be lowered by a healthy lifestyle and some natural remedies.
Natural remedies for high blood pressure
A 2009 study published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry & Biophysics included two groups of participants of which the first one received a teaspoon of cardamom powder, while the other group was put on placebo. The results showed that the groups that received cardamom had considerably lower blood pressure than before.
Combining cardamom with ginger and cinnamon which are warming spices, can improve your circulation and lower your blood pressure.
Half a cup of water
2 teaspoons of minced fresh ginger
1 ½ tablespoon of black tea
Half a cup of milk
1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
2-3 teaspoons of organic honey
A mortar and pestle
Crush the cardamom seeds first to extract their oil, then combine everything without the honey in a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then simmer for an additional 6-9 minutes until the mixture gets a golden brown color. Strain the mixture in the end and add the honey, then drink a cup or two every day.
According to a recent study, three cups of herbal tea a day can lower your blood pressure. The study was performed by Diane L. McKay, PhDat the Tufts University in Boston. It included 65 healthy men and women who had slightly elevated blood pressure. In general, drinking hibiscus tea lowered the systolic blood pressure by an average of 7 points. Here’s how you can prepare the tea:
1-2 teaspoons of dried hibiscus
1 cup of boiling water
Honey and lemon (optional)
Boil the water then add the hibiscus and simmer for 5 minutes. Add honey and lemon to taste and drink 2-3 cups of the tea daily.