Blood pressure is the measurement of the force exerted by blood, pushing outwards on your arterial walls. High blood pressure, also know as hypertension, is an increasing problem in the western world and its nickname of ‘the silent killer’ tells us how important it is to get our blood pressure checked regularly but also to try to keep it down to recommended levels. High blood pressure can increase your risk of heart disease or heart attack, stroke, kidney disease and diabetes.
If you’re considering using herbs or herbal supplements to treat high blood pressure, after consultation with your doctor, you might consider Basil: a versatile herb and one that can be incorporated into most meals without creating any longer term issues. Dandelion root has diuretic properties and some herbalists believe it can be useful for weight control and treating high blood pressure. Celery seeds contain chemical compounds that help our blood vessels expand which might lower blood pressure.