High Blood Pressure - Way Too Common 

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What is High Blood Pressure or Hypertension?

High blood pressure is also called Hypertension and is, unfortunately, very common.  Blood pressure is the pressure of the blood against the walls of the arteries as the heart pumps the blood around the body.

The higher the pressure in the blood vessels the harder the heart has to pump causing stress on the heart muscle itself and this increased pressure can lead to various diseases: liver failure, aneurysm, heart attack, stroke.

So What Is Normal Blood Pressure?

The normal level for blood pressure is below 120/80, where 120 represents the systolic measurement (the peak pressure in the arteries) and 80 represents the diastolic measurement (minimum pressure in the arteries). 

Blood pressure of 140/90 and up is considered to be high.

Causes of Hypertension

  • Liver disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High alcohol intake
  • Stress
  • Excess dietary salt
  • Smoking
  • Lack of exercise
  • Ageing
  • Genetics
  • Medications


If you are uncertain whether you might have elevated blood pressure or if you have some or all of the above health conditions it is advisable to have your blood pressure checked. If the test shows you have a blood pressure problem it might be time to have a good look at lifestyle changes you could make to improve your health for the long term.  I'm sure the doctor will have told you this too!

Perhaps change your diet to include more fresh vegetables and fruit, reduce the salt and alcohol intake, get out into the fresh air for a great long walk and take deep calming breaths to reduce stress. 

It is acknowledged that stress is a factor in high blood pressure so keeping stress levels down is a sensible practice for long term health.

It is extremely important for your long term wellbeing to get control of your blood pressure and reduce it to a more normal level.

An essential oil healing remedy will be a useful medicinal aid to achieve this goal.

But of course, always take your health consultant's advice on any medication to control your blood pressure.

It is just a suggestion of course…it’s up to you to make the changes if you want to.

Natural Treatments

Try some essential oils (as below) in the bath, spa or shower

Try a soothing massage with a blend of oils which reduce blood pressure (see below).  You can massage yourself – just gently massage the legs and thighs, always working from the feet towards the heart – or have someone give you a regular, full body massage.

If you do have massages try Aromatherapy massages that include oils for both blood pressure and poor circulation - both together encourage the blood to flow more easily and reduce the pressure on the walls of the blood vessels. Or another really good combination would be a stress and high blood pressure aromatherapy massage.

What I would do in this situation would be to massage the blood pressure oils over the chest and upper body and the stress blend over the rest of the body.  Lovely relaxing and benefical massage.

Essential Oils

Recipe One


2 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Geranium essential oil

1 drop Sandalwood essential oil


Put these oils together in a hot bath and relax, inhale the aromas and allow the oils to penetrate the whole body.

Recipe Two


  • 5 drops Lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 5 drops Marjoram essential oil
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 30ml carrier oil
Lemon and Marjoram for HBP


Mix these together and massage around the chest and heart area.  Do this every night before bedtime. Relax, do some deep breathing and meditation.  Reduce stress levels as much as possible.  

Recipe Three


  • 6 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
  • 6 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 6 drops Clary Sage essential oil
  • 6 drops Marjoram essential oil
  • 30ml carrier oil


Mix all ingredients together and use regularly in a massage. And follow the advice in the above recipe too.