- Life with Essential Oils
The Best Essential Oils To Support High Blood Pressure When you go to the doctor, does the blood pressure sleeve get so tight that you begin to worry something's malfunctioning? And that your arm is going to fall off? This happens more when the practitioner uses a machine, not when they check it by hand. If this happens, say something to your provider and ask if they can go a sleeve size up, or do it by hand. If you suffer silently and don't say anything, the reading you get will be off, and you won't know if you have high blood pressure, also called hypertension, or not. Who's at Risk for Hypertension? Some people are more likely to have high blood pressure than others. It depends on lifestyle factors, age, and genetics. The healthier you are, overall, the better your blood pressure should be - but that's not always the case. Whether you're making lifestyle changes to lower your blood pressure or you just got a surprising hypertension diagnosis, there are things you can do. Your doctor will discuss changes with you, though they likely won't mention one of the most powerful tools in your treatment toolbox: essential oils. While oils aren't a replacement for medication of advanced hypertension, you can use essential oils for high blood pressure treatment. Want to learn how and which to use? Read on, below. How to Use Essential Oils for High Blood Pressure Treatment One thing that leads to high blood pressure is high-stress levels. Whether that's physical or mental stress, it holds true. And essential oils have been shown over and over to be relaxing. They're even able to lower blood pressure and cortisol (the stress hormone) levels, while and directly after exposure to essential oils for high blood pressure. Essential oils have fewer side effects than traditional high blood pressure medicine and, most times, are more affordable. But not all oils will help you calm down and give your heart a much-needed break. Only use, mix, and relax with the ones below. Essential Oils to Use for HBP There are hundreds of different essential oils. If it exists as a plant, it likely exists as an oil, too. For high blood pressure treatment, you want to find cooling and calming oils, which decrease your body's stress reactions. Clary Sage Essential Oil This isn't the same kind of sage you cook with, though they are related. Clary sage is a pink or purple flower that grows in North Africa and Central Asia. It's been used for thousands of years for its clarifying properties, and you can even use it (diluted) to help achieve clear skin. When it comes to treating high blood pressure, this oil may help slow down your breathing, which, in turn, lowers your heart rate and your blood pressure. Some people even find that this oil can help them with their depression symptoms, giving them more energy and mental clarity. If you're using a diffuser, use five drops for every 100 ml of water. Are you using a roller bottle? Keep the dilution at 5%. Bergamot Oil Another uplifting oil that can help you calm down and lower your blood pressure is Bergamot, a cousin of the common orange. Bergamot grows in tropical climates and is often used to scent natural cosmetic products, so don't be surprised if the oil smells familiar. The sweet, floral notes of the oil help your body relax and often place you in a better mood. When you feel better, ie, happier, your blood pressure goes down. Use this oil when you need a mood boost, along with some natural stress relief. Have a stress headache? Professionals believe that this oil is an analgesic, which means it can relieve mild pain. It's the perfect oil for when your boss is breathing down your back, and you feel your body going into stress mode. Diffuse five drops for every 100ml of fluid, and don't go over a rollerball dilution of 3%. Why so low? It's a citrus relative, so the oil can be acidic at higher densities. Rose Essential Oil A rose by any other smell .... can help lower your blood pressure? Yes, it's true. The scent of your classic romantic rose has an anti-anxiety and anti-depression effect on your brain. Perhaps it's because it reminds you of lovers past, or because humans respond biologically well to floral scents. Either way, diluting a rose scent is a great way to lift your mood, slow your heart rate, and temporarily lower your blood pressure. Rose has a very subtle scent, but if you use too much, it becomes overwhelming. To avoid a sickeningly strong floral scent, combine rose oil with clary sage, and grounding sandalwood. Since the rose scent is considered so romantic, it's the best blend to use at work. Instead, use it at the end of a long day when you need to decompress and relax, especially if you're doing so to connect with your partner. You'll find rose in our romance blend. Rosemary Oil Rosemary oil is a stronger smelling oil and should only be used topically if it's well-diluted. It can also be consumed in its natural herb form, combined with using it for aromatherapy, for a stronger effect. Rosemary is thought to slow the hardening or building up of plaque in the arteries, which is one thing that leads to higher blood pressure. It's also believed that it helps regulate your heart rate, so it's a good oil choice for those with diagnosed heart problems and arrhythmias. You can find rosemary teas, if you don't mind the taste, and diffuse it when you're cooking at home. If you find the scent too strong, use it on the bottom of your feet before you go to bed. Start with two drops in a 10 ml rollerball and don't use more than 5. Lemon If you've never smelled lemon oil, think of it as the oil equivalent of lemon curd. It's sweeter and more subtle than lemon-scented chemical cleaners that are sold in stores. This oil is thought to help prevent heart palpitations and reduce blood pressure when used as aromatherapy. It blends well with clary sage and even rosemary if you want a very gourmet-smelling blend. For a subtle blend, use two parts Bergamot, 1 part clary sage, and 1 part lemon balm. This blend is both calming and energizing, with an uplifting mood effect and is perfect for the 2 pm work slump. If you need an extra boost of energy, add one drop grapefruit to the mix above. You'll feel like you just came out of a yoga class, but also like you had the best cup of coffee. It is a citrus oil, so dilute it topically more than you would other less acidic oils. Lavender Where would any list of relaxing oils be without the classic lavender? The oil from the gorgeously fragrant purple flower is not only thought to calm the body and lower blood pressure but has effects on your neurological wellbeing. Be careful using lavender during the day, however, as many sleep-aids use lavender as one of their calming factors. You don't want your brain to smell the lavender and think that it's time to go to sleep in the middle of the day! This is a great blend to use before bed, along with another calming oil, like Bergamot or even rosemary. To blend with rosemary, use three parts lavender to one part rosemary. If the smell doesn't make you sleepy, then rock on - and blend the floral scent with two parts lav, two parts rose, and 1 part lemon. Everyone will wonder why you're smiling so wide and how you seem so calm. The answer? The magic of the earth! Ylang-Ylang Oil Ylang-Ylang, which is often pronounced "yang "yang," is said, "ee-long, ee-long." Pronunciation troubles aside, it's one of the most researched oils in terms of effects on this list. It's a sharp but pleasant scent that is sometimes used to bring people back from fainting episodes instead of smelling salts. Along with bringing people back from fainting spells, it's also used to help regulate breathing and heart rate during a traumatic episode. You would think that an oil this powerful has an overwhelming scent, but it's rather pleasant. Think of it as a floral citrus scent and dilute it thoroughly before using it. If you ever need to relax, like when you're right about to give a presentation, open your Ylang Ylang bottle and take a little sniff. You should feel your body calming down and walk into your presentation, feeling confident, and collected. Finding Quality Essential Oils One of the hardest parts about using essential oils for high blood pressure treatment is finding oils that are high-quality enough to bring into your home. Once oils got popular in the mainstream a few years ago, people rushed to the market, trying to make a profit without caring about quality. Our company is not one of those! You can read about our lab testing processes and see results on our website. 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- Life with Essential Oils
Essential Oils - A Better Way to Health Essential oils are the immune and defense systems of plants. They have a biochemical structure uniquely symmetrical to cells within the body. That’s why they can have such a powerful impact on the body’s natural defenses. There is nothing new about using herbs, spices, and other natural extracts to improve health, beauty, and nutrition. Using nature to heal the body has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates stressed the idea that diet, exercise, and overall happiness form the foundation of health. Today those same principles are just as true. To our benefit, technology has brought new and exciting ways to understand and use natural compounds to improve our overall wellbeing. Much like a cofactor or coenzyme, essential oils work by increasing the body’s natural ability to speed the chemical reactions necessary for life and vitality. Because these natural compounds are highly concentrated, very small amounts of essential oils can yield compelling results. Benefits for all ages Essential oils have been shown to present very low risk and have few negative side effects when used correctly. They are a great alternative for yourself, your children, and the elderly. That being said, there are different methods of application for specific essential oils, each providing a unique experience and benefit to the body. Diffusing A great way to impact an entire room or a group of people, diffusing makes use of a device called a diffuser to spread the aromatic molecules of essential oils throughout the air. There are two main types of diffusers: Atomizing Admits essential oils into the air in very tiny particles, small enough for the lungs and body to absorb them rapidly and experience the maximum health benefits. - Ultra-Sonic / Vapor Ultra-sonic / Vapor is less concentrated than atomized oils, the mist of water, and essential oil mixed in an ultra-sonic diffuser and is a great choice for children under the age of 2. It’s also great for spreading an inexpensive aroma throughout your home. Topical The topical use of essential oils is effective and popular. Applying essential oils where you need them for localized effect is a time-tested treatment used for thousands of years to promote health and vitality anywhere on the body. Example: - Apply directly to a sore muscle after a hard workout. - Apply to the face for complexion and beauty regimens. - Apply o the forehead, neck, and temples for headache or tension. - Apply to the base of the skull for mood and emotional support. - Apply to the abdomen for digestive support and comfort. - Apply to the chest to help with breathing. - Apply to the bottoms of the feet for whole-body benefits. Internal Essential oils are safe and effective when used properly as a dietary supplement or a food additive. Because essential oils are so potent, only minimal amounts over short durations of time are recommended when using it as a supplement. Example: - One drop of marjoram essential oil will flavor an entire pot of spaghetti sauce. - A tea made with Spice of Life soothes sore throats and may help to relieve cold symptoms. - A drop of a citrus oil can help curb cravings for sugar. Dilution The topical application of essential oils is one of the most popular uses and has many benefits. However, because essential oils are highly concentrated and potent, it’s crucial to understand how to dilute when necessary. A good rule of thumb is to use less rather than more. All Be Young essential oils and blends are classified into three categories Neat, Sensitive, and Photosensitive. - Neat means no dilution is necessary for adults - Sensitive means dilution is recommended - Photosensitive means the essential oil will react (and can cause sunburns) if exposed to the UV rays of the sun. Photosensitive oils should not be used if direct sun exposure is expected immediately after use or up to 12 hours after the application of oil. Topical use for children Essential oils are a great choice in caring for young children and babies. It is important to remember that their young systems are still developing and are very sensitive. Follow our recommended guidelines to keep children safe by diluting essential oils with a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil, olive oil, camelina oil, avocado oil, etc. Ages 6 mo. – 2 yrs. 8:1 Ratio - Neat: 8 drops carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil - Sensitive: 40 drops carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil -- Recommended: Do not apply more than three times throughout the day. Up to 2-3 drops per application. Ages 2 -6 yrs. 4:1 Ratio - Neat: 4 drops carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil - Sensitive: 20 drops carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil -- Recommended: Do not apply more than three times throughout the day. Up to 3-5 drops per application. Ages 7-11 yrs. 2:1 Ratio - Neat: 2 drops carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil. - Sensitive: 10 drops carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil -- Recommended: Do not apply more than 3-5 times throughout the day. Up to 4-8 drops per application. Ages 12-75+ Teaching your family members the benefits of natural essential oils is a great way to start them off right and put them in control of their overall wellness. Because essential oils are all-natural, they are safe for any age, and even when pregnant or nursing. - Neat: No dilution is needed - Sensitive: 5-10 drops carrier to 1 drop essential oil -- Recommended: Do not apply more than 3-5 times throughout the day. Up to 4-10 drops per application. Additional tips Using essential oils is an enjoyable and empowering experience. If you are new to essential oils, watch for signs that your body may be more sensitive than most. You may be using too much for your system and should dilute more than our recommendations if you notice the following: - Your skin becomes less moisturized or begins to look leathery in the application area - The application area becomes itchy or irritated -You develop a headache shortly after using any essential oil (Tip: Drink an additional 16-20 oz. of water for the next 2-3 days and stop using essential oils until the symptoms subside. If you wish to continue using essential oils, re-introduce them to your system in a more diluted form and with less frequency of application.) -The essential oil is not fully absorbing into the skin within 5-7 minutes. (For children, absorption may take up to 15 minutes due to carrier oil. Tips for Using Getting More Out of Your Essential Oils - Essential oils are aromatic by nature, they will quickly diffuser into the air if you want a longer-lasting effect from your essential oils, please follow these tips: Slows the Absorption and Prolongs the Effects - By diluting your essential oils when applying them to the skin, it slows down the rate of absorption and the amount of essential oil that is lost in the air. Increases Absorption and Speeds up Effect - Because essential oils are lipophilic, by adding a warm moist cloth compress to the area, the hydrophilic nature of the water will repel the essential oil and Consequently, driving the essential oil into the skin and epidermis.read more
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