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Natural Home Remedies to Control High Blood Pressure or Hypertension

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

About Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the pressure that the circulating blood exerts on the cell walls of the arteries that carry it. For a person to remain alive and healthy this blood pressure has to be maintained within specific ranges.

There are 2 measurements to blood pressure :

  • Systolic
  • Diastolic

The systolic measurement indicates the blood pressure when the heart is pumping out blood or contracting while diastolic measurement indicates the blood pressure when the heart is not pumping out blood or is relaxing.

The normal ranges for a healthy adult at rest are :

  • Systolic blood pressure ..................100 - 140 mm Hg
  • Diastolic blood pressure .................. 60 - 90 mm Hg

Blood pressure is usually written and spoken of as for example 120/80 which means a systolic over diastolic pressure measured in millimetres (mm) of mercury (Hg).

When the blood pressure is consistently at or over 140/90, the person is said to be suffering from high blood pressure.

Health Risks Associated With High Blood Pressure

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack or heart failure
  • Rupture & haemorrhage in the artery due to a localised bulge, leading to possible death
  • Kidney failure
  • Diabetes or increased sugar levels
  • Damage to the retina of the eye
  • Reduced life expectancy

Causes Of High Blood Pressure

Various factors come into play in raising the blood pressure. Some of them are:

  • Higher than normal body weight or obesity
  • High sodium intake
  • High alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • High saturated fat & total fat diet
  • Junk food
  • Stress & hectic lifestyle

Prevention

Some preventive measures are :

  • Lifestyle changes to reduce stress and reducing hectic activities
  • Low sodium diet including a generous and regular intake of fruits & vegetables
  • Reducing sugar intake
  • Meditation & relaxation - yoga
  • Reducing weight to within normal range
  • Regular physical activity like brisk walking

Some Natural Remedies To Reduce High Blood Pressure

LEMON

Regular consumption of lemon makes the blood vessels soft and pliable and removes their rigidity. This eases high blood pressure.

It also gives strength to a weak heart and reduces the chances of heart failure. For blood pressure of any type, drink fresh lemon water several times a day.

Drinking warm water, early in the morning, in which juice of 1 lemon has been squeezed, is also beneficial.

AMLA

Eat 1 amla murabba every morning. It helps in reducing blood pressure and also purifies the blood.

Amla Murabba Recipe

BANANAS

They are low in sodium while being high in potassium. These 2 elements are very essential in controlling & regulating high blood pressure. They are free of cholesterol hence bananas do not increase fat.

TOMATOES

Consuming tomatoes helps in reducing high blood pressure. Be sure to eat it raw and alone. It also helps to control obesity and strengthens the liver.

CARROTS AND SPINACH


Take 300 ml carrot juice. Add 125 ml spinach juice to it. It not only helps to regulate all types of blood pressure but is a boon in liver diseases, carbuncles, urinary problems, bronchitis, cancer, glaucoma, coryza & piles.

CUCUMBER

Cucumber contains high amounts of potassium. Cucumber juice helps in normalizing both high & low blood pressure.

POTATOES

People with high blood pressure who consume potatoes regularly will benefit by its property of normalizing high blood pressure.

One can boil potatoes, without removing the skin, in water to which some salt has been added. As the skin is on, little salt is absorbed inside. This potato by itself can become a good meal. The magnesium content in potatoes helps in reducing blood pressure.

GARLIC

Taking 6 drops of garlic juice mixed with 4 tsp of water twice a day helps in reducing high blood pressure.

Also chewing 4 to 5 cloves of garlic by one who has a feeling of an impending heart attack will prevent the heart from failing. Follow it up with milk in which a couple of cloves of garlic have been boiled.

In heart diseases garlic consumption benefits by removing gas thereby reducing the pressure on the heart. It also strengthens the heart. It also keeps the blood thin, a benefit again for those with heart disease.

COLOCASIA

Colocasia consumption also helps in reducing blood pressure. In heart disease eat at least 25 grams of colocasia vegetable every day.

Ajwain Wali Arbi | Colocasia Curry Recipe

BUTTERMILK

Regular buttermilk consumption normalises both high and low blood pressure.

It also removes toxins from the body and increases immunity. The best quality buttermilk is derived from cow's milk. Do not consume sour buttermilk.

HONEY

People with high blood pressure should consume 1 -2 tsp honey every day. It has a pressure reducing and calming effect on the blood vessels.

NEEM

Take 25 grams of the juice of neem leaves every morning for benefit. At the same time, it will benefit from skin diseases and will kill intestinal worms.

WATERMELON

Watermelon seeds contain a compound, cucurbocitrin which widens the blood capillaries. It also has a beneficial effect on the kidneys. Therefore it helps in reducing blood pressure and also reduces swelling around the ankles.

How To Make Juice Of Watermelon Seeds

Take 2 teaspoons watermelon seeds which have been dried in the shade. Crush them manually and put in 1 cup of just-boiled water. Keep covered for 1 hour. Then strain this water and drink. Take 4 doses of this everyday.

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Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2012 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

kalavati thakur on February 03, 2016:

nice site....thanks for advice

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 28, 2015:

Manisha, thanks for reading and I'm glad the information has been of help.

MANISHA UPRETI on July 28, 2015:

thanks alot for this valuable information

thank u so much

Shadaan Alam from India on October 08, 2013:

Great info and with all these nautral remedies it made an interesting read, shared and voted up

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on October 07, 2013:

Great information! I don't personally have high blood pressure, but I have family members that do. Maybe these remedies can help prevent too? I'll definitely be sharing with others!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 07, 2012:

Carol, thanks for this very useful input. Appreciate your read and feedback. Glad to know the device helps in reducing BP.

carol stanley from Arizona on September 06, 2012:

This is certainly a most informative hub about high blood pressure. You covered all the dietary information and in detail. You left out RESPeRATE. We use it regularly and it keeps blood pressure in normal range. We eat lots of produce which makes up at least 70 percent of our diet. I wrote a hub about the RESPeRATE, My husband's blood pressure dropped from 150/85 to 125/70 after two months. It is remarkable.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 15, 2012:

thelyricwriter, I'm glad to note that you found the information useful. Natural foods work well and without the side effects or fear of overdosing. I'm thankful that you deem this information worthy of bookmarking and appreciate all these beautiful comments.

Thanks for making it here to read and vote as well.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on July 15, 2012:

Rajan, voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting. Very great job on this article and I commend you on your great research and writing. I am 29 years old and I have had high blood pressure for nearly 6 years now. Half of these, I had no clue that they were so beneficial to one's blood pressure. I will be sure to mark this page for future reference and I wish share this on twitter. Awesome work, very educational and useful!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 27, 2012:

Marisa, I saw this hub of yours a few hours back when I saw it in the feed. I already read and left a comment on the hub. Also, I have included a link to your hub, in my hub. You have offered a very useful and practical guide to taking blood pressure the right way with great pictures.

I realize that a lot many natural foods are not available in the US but you may succeed in finding some wherever there is a concentration of Indian population.

Thanks for incorporating the link in your hub. I appreciate it a lot.

Marisa Hammond Olivares from Texas on June 27, 2012:

Hi Rajan, I must have been asleep when this rolled through the HubPages feed. As you know, I am a big fan of natural remedies or foods that will enhance modern medicine. I recently did research and a hub on this very same topic and I am always in awe to see your approach and knowledge with these mutual topics. I'm fascinated by your culture and studies such as ayurvedics. Your background in Botany and Chemistry is definitely a plus.

Of course, the foods easily available in the US and those you have in India are not always the same. I would probably have a hard time locating neem, amla, or colocasia. I do visit the city of Houston, Texas often and they have a large Indian population - perhaps one of their local markets may have these items available. I'll have to check it out on my next visit.

Thanks again for all of these wonderful tips and for the video. I'll be incorporating this hub/link into my, Foods that Lower Blood Pressure hub.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 07, 2012:

I'm glad you like this hub and the video. Indian stores do sell Indian foods though you may not get all of them in the US.

I appreciate your sparing time to read and comment. Thanks for being my follower.

ThriftyBoomer on June 07, 2012:

This is the first of your hubs that I have read. It's excellent. I watched the video and wished that Indian foods were available here. I'm off to read some more of your hubs. I'm also your newest follower.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2012:

cottageindustry, thanks for reading and sharing your views.

cottageindustry on May 12, 2012:

Excellent information and well presented. I think deep breathing exercises do help tremendously!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 12, 2012:

phrik, thanks for giving the hub a read and your feedback.

phirik from South Africa on May 12, 2012:

This is very useful information that l believe will be of serious use to anyone with high BP. There are also a number of supplements such as coq10 that can also help

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2012:

peachpurple, glad you liked these natural remedies. I hope they are of some aid along with the medications. Glad you stopped by and thanks for appreciating.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on May 11, 2012:

I am pleased to have read your hub. This is an excellent hub with so many natural food which could helps us to reduce the chances of high blood pressure. My dad and mom have high blood pressure. They are under medication. Thanks for sharing.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 06, 2012:

Ivona, hope your aunt tries out the ones that appeal to her along with the medications she is taking. I'm happy you found this useful enough to forward this.

Thanks for the read and comment.

Ivona Poyntz from UK on May 06, 2012:

This is really useful: I have been worried about my aunt recently and will make her read this.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 06, 2012:

Hi Peter. I'm glad you found this hub useful. Natural foods not only help treat everyday health problems but in many cases prevent them from occurring itself. And they are safe as they are naturally used everyday foods.

Thanks for sparing time to read and comment.

Peter Geekie from Sittingbourne on May 06, 2012:

Thank you Rajan - a useful, well written hub. Many natural foods are helpful in treating modern problems.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 01, 2012:

Suzette, neem & amla are native to India. However, there are many ayurvedic neem and amla products available which can be used. Colocasia saplings are available in the U.S.

I have written hubs on amla and neem which you can read.

Thanks for reading and appreciating.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on May 01, 2012:

You have written an excellent hub that is both interesting and informative. It is very easy to read and understand the definition of high blood pressure and what diastolic and systolic mean. I eat most of these foods everyday, but colocasia, amla murabba, and neem leaves must be native to India. I have never heard of them before or eaten them before. But, thank you for the information; if I ever come by an Indian grocery store, I will look for them. Voted up and interesting!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 01, 2012:

Robert, thanks for so many accolades. I just try to do my best. I'm glad you find my hubs useful.

Your votes and sharing are much appreciated.

Thank you.

Robert Erich from California on May 01, 2012:

Rajan! Every one of your articles that I read is absolutely incredible. You are a very good writer with incredibly useful information. I will certainly be frequenting your hubs more for ways to live a healthy life. This article has been voted up and shared as well!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 17, 2012:

anusujith, thanks for reading and appreciating.

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on April 17, 2012:

Hi Rajan...good hub and informative.Thank you

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 12, 2012:

ladeda, too many medicines are ruining our health. The side effects of modern medicines are present whether they manifest themselves or not. Most of us are now turning to the old traditional remedies to set right health issues.

I really appreciate your reading and input.

Thanks for being here.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 12, 2012:

Neelesh, yes Vit D deficiency has been found to raise incidences of heart disease, cancers of the breast, prostrate, colon, bladder, ovary, juvenile diabetes, etc as also a lot many other diseases. Studies have shown that exposing the face, arms and hands (the ones that are normally exposed even after wearing clothes) to noon sunlight for just 10 minutes, are sufficient to produce about 10000 IU of Vitamin D. The daily requirement of an adult is incidentally 600 IU. Excess Vitamin D is stored.

As most indians do not use sunscreen and are in the sun for at least this amount of time in a day, we should not be worrying about this aspect. Rather, fast food is becoming our bane and it is the cause of a plethora of health issues along with other lifestyle issues some of which are referred herein.

Incidentally excess sunlight and consequent UV exposure is related to increased cancer incidences as well.

I fully appreciate your observations and input and am glad you pointed it out.

Appreciate your reading and commenting.

ladeda on April 11, 2012:

Excellent Hub! I work in a hospital and all too often I feel that I see patients suffering from polypharmacy (too many medications interacting with each other). Natural remedies are the way to go when possible. Thank you for helping educate others about the many options to promote good health!

neeleshkulkarni from new delhi on April 11, 2012:

Rajan i heard a new version the other day.Blood pressure and diabetes are referred to as life style diseases but what my pathologist told me yesterday is that they are actually symptoms of another factor which is a life style problem- the shortage of vitamin D in the body since we do not expose ourselves to sunlight at all.

He told me that he once tested hundred doctors in a conference and fond that 92 of them were vitamin d deficient !!

sitting in the sun is ok but not when 90% of the body is covered and since sunbathing is anyway out in our country taking supplements is the only way to increase these levels and that results in lower blood pressure too.

appreciate whatever you have said but am only adding to it.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 11, 2012:

@ roc6 - I hope this helps. Thanks for reading and appreciating.

@ Pamela - I'm glad you found this useful and thanks for the share & votes. Hope it benefits. Appreciate the kind words.

@ Daughter Of Maat - this is useful and interesting information. You have shown that blood pressure can be reduced without medications and change of lifesyle for sure. I bet a lot many readers would benefit by your input.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your valuable input and the votes.

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on April 11, 2012:

I had high blood pressure while I was pregnant with my daughter, and it never went away after she was born. I've been on a beta blocker since then. Until now! I lowered my blood pressure from 138/93 (on the beta blocker) to 112/76 (off the beta blocker). My secret was working out daily for at minimum of 90 minutes and switching to a vegan diet.

Great hub! Voted up and useful!

Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on April 11, 2012:

This is a terrific hub. I'm putting it on Facebook so my parents can read it. I learned a lot from this hub. I didn't know lemon juice could help lower one's high blood pressure. I had read about lemons being very good against cancer.

Of the other twelve foods you recommend and you explain why -- I had only known of two of them helping fight the fight against high blood pressure. Great hub! Sharing this one -- also voting up and awesome.

Rose from Cape Town, South Africa on April 11, 2012:

Thanks for a great hub, love all the natural remedies. My dad has high blood pressure so this will be a great help.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 11, 2012:

tarajeyaram, thanks for sharing these finer aspects in the recording of BP. I appreciate your sparing time to read this hub and comment. Thanks for your kind words.

tarajeyaram from Wonderland on April 11, 2012:

A great hub indeed. Also, it's unfortunate that many people are still not aware of how serious Hypertension is. Also, when you have your blood pressure measured by a nurse or physician, make sure its not over your clothing and it's above your elbow and close to your shoulder. You will get a good reading that way. Make sure that you are relaxed, have not had coffee or any stimulant that may elevate your bp.

Great hub Rajan. You have done full justice to this topic. It's a very important hub to share. I am glad to follow you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 11, 2012:

Ruchira, thanks for stopping by. Appreciate your input.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 11, 2012:

barbergirl, I'm sure you will find some remedies in this list which you would like to try. These are time tested remedies but they would be more effective along with the changes and precautions given herein.

Thanks for reading and leaving your input.

Ruchira from United States on April 11, 2012:

Terrific information Rajan. There are so many people I know that suffer from this...fading to the.

Thank you!

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on April 11, 2012:

I have always had really good blood pressure. Then recently I have been very sick. I got a kidney infection. Well, my doctor decided that one reading of high blood pressure and she was going to put me on high blood pressure medication. Needless to say - it is time to get a new doctor and I am not taking the medicine. However, these are some great remedies to help my blood pressure go down since my illness has naturally caused it to rise! Thanks so much!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

KT Banks, nice to know you liked the hub. Thanks for appreciating. Glad you stopped by.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Urmila, thanks for stopping by and reading. I appreciate your votes.

KT Banks from Texas on April 08, 2012:

Thanks for writing this. I didn't know that about lemons, which is funny because sometimes I crave them. My husband worries about them harming teeth.

Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on April 08, 2012:

I never knew that Colocasia vegetable and potato also helps to reduce blood pressure. Great information! Thanks for posting it. Useful and voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Aurelio, Neem I believe does not grow in the U.S. Amla murabba is used as a routine food here. Indian stores in California surely must be stocking Amla murabba.

Thanks for all the votes and the read.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

sandrabusby, thanks for giving this hub a read. It's a pleasure to know that you appreciate Ayurveda & natural foods. I've written a hub on the health benefits of lemons as well.

I appreciate your visit and feedback.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

eye say, I'm sure this will benefit in more ways than one. Appreciate your stopping by, reading and voting.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Millionaire Tips, these are natural foods so they will not harm one. Thanks for reading, appreciating and including some of them for use.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Tammy, yes having high BP is no fun since it comes with a "restrictions" tag attached to it. This can only be appreciated by one who experiences it.

I appreciate your visit and comments. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Gout relief, you have ratified the point stressed in this hub that lifestyle change is a sure way to get well many diseases - blood pressure included.

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful information. I appreciate your reading and commenting.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 08, 2012:

Some of the remedies are common in the U.S. but not neem or amla muraba. Is the latter also enjoyed as a fruit or just a medicine? Voting this Up and Interesting.

Sandra Busby from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA on April 08, 2012:

Rajan, thank you so much for this hub and the information you shared. I am a fan of Ayurvedic medicine and have learned so many things about self-care from it. However, I didn't know about the lemons. I'm putting them on my grocery list today.

eye say from Canada on April 08, 2012:

great info - have passed it onto my husband and hope it helps ... voted up and thanks for posting this!

Shasta Matova from USA on April 08, 2012:

This is an interesting list of ways to remedy high blood pressure. Some of these products are not available at my local store, but I will add many of the rest to my grocery list!

Tammy from North Carolina on April 08, 2012:

Thanks so much for these natural cure ideas. I suffered from high blood pressure when I was pregnant and it was no fun. I can't imagine how difficult it is to live with this on a daily basis. Wonderful hub, well researched, and wonderfully presented!

gout relief on April 08, 2012:

What these all have in common seems to be is diet. When I was diagnosed with high blood pressure I got proactive and started to eat right, exercise and lost weight. Two years later my doctor took me off of my blood pressure medicine.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

rasta, thanks for reading and leaving your comments.

Marvin Parke from Jamaica on April 08, 2012:

very encouraging, really interested in this type of information

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

maggs, you can choose any of these natural remedies. They are everyday foods which have the added quality of lowering high BP.

I appreciate your reading and voting. I wish you good health.

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on April 08, 2012:

I was diagnosed as having high blood pressure at the beginning of last year and have been on medication ever since. I have found this hub very interesting and informative. It is packed with practical and useful information some of which I shall be putting into practice.

I am voting this hub up and hitting some of the buttons on my way out

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 08, 2012:

Nare, thanks for reading. All these are everyday things that we use in our home and kitchen so it shouldn't be a problem giving anything a try. Thanks for sharing it with you mom.

Nare Gevorgyan on April 08, 2012:

Thank you very much for the wonderful hub. Gonna show my mom as she has high blood pressure.

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on April 08, 2012:

Rajan,

Thanks for publishing this very useful, highly informative, important article.

You never cease to amaze me with the amount of work you put into your Hubs...the research, photographs, videos, formatting, and writing are consistently first rate.

I always learn something new when I read your Hubs. Great job, my friend!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 07, 2012:

RealHousewife, thanks for your useful input. I hope you could forward this list to those who are interested in trying natural foods for benefit in high BP.

Your ratification is a boost to this hub.

Thanks for the read and appreciation.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 07, 2012:

This is terrific information and the hub is beautiful! I do not have high bp - my uncle that I care for does. This is really useful to me! I had no idea how many of these foods were good for bp management. And - I eat a lot of the foods above - so there is your proof that it naturally does work. My blood pressure is always great!

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