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Natural Remedies for Lowering Blood Pressure

Natural Remedies for Lowering Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is an incredibly common condition, and millions worldwide take pharmaceutical drugs to treat it. While you should always consult with your health care practitioner before changing any treatment plans, two natural remedies to consider are garlic (or other alliums) and hibiscus.

Various studies reported in the Indian Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics concluded that both onions and garlic in the diet lowered blood cholesterol levels. Studies in Germany and in the United States have produced similar results. Cholesterol builds up in fatty plaques on the artery walls, and so it is believed to be a major factor in the onset of heart disease. Anything that reduces high cholesterol levels helps to keep the heart healthy.

Recent studies show that hibiscus tea can lower blood pressure as effectively as some standard hypertension drugs can. Hibiscus is widely consumed around the world as a ruby-colored, lemony beverage (it’s the main ingredient in Red Zinger tea). Hibiscus is safe and, unlike most blood pressure drugs, rarely causes side effects.

For more on these remedies, read Lower Blood Pressure Naturally with Garlic and Lower Blood Pressure Naturally with Hibiscus Tea.

An added bonus about these two remedies? Garlic and hibiscus plants can be grown in much of the United States, so you can actually grow your own blood pressure medicine. For advice on how to do so, check out Growing Garlic and How to Grow Hibiscus.

Photo by Alison Rogers

Related:
10 Food Swaps to Lower Blood Pressure

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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9:59AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

9:55AM PST on Dec 27, 2013

will have some hibiscus tea tonight, hopefully it will lower my blood pressure and calm me after a hard day at work

1:18AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

I like hibiscus tea, but I have naturally low blood pressure. I wonder if the hibiscus still has an effect?

4:01PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Molto interessante,grazie.

12:57PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thanks for sharing

11:32AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thanks

9:48AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

thanks for sharing!

8:07AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thumbs up for natural ingredients!

7:22AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thanks!

6:34AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Nice!. Thank you so much!!!! ;)

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