High Blood-pressure (Hypertension)
Many people suffer from high blood-pressure these days, for it is a common side-effect of the fast pace of 20th-century life. Stress, poor diet, too much alcohol and arteriosclerosis (the thickening and hardening of the arterial walls) can all contribute to this condition, which in the long term may lead to a serious kidney disease or heart failure. It is therefore vital to reduce blood-pressure levels as soon as possible, and one’s diet, lifestyle, ambitions, etc. ofen need to be reassessed. Lavender is a valuable treatment for high blood-pressure according to several accounts:
In 1990, Nikolaevskii examined the effect of lavender oil volatiles [volatile oils] on atherosclerosis in rabbits. Although they found that there was no reduction of the cholesterol in the blood, there was reported reduction of cholesterol in the aorta thereby causing a reduced atherosclerotic plaque deposition.14
Aromatherapy massage has also been found to be especially effective in implementing change in this field:
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Long-term studies in a London teaching hospital have shown that massage effectively reduces high blood-pressure, and that this effect persists for a long time. When massage is given regularly, the effects are even more striking, and blood-pressure may be lowered for several days after a massage. The most important oils to use in these circumstances are Lavender, Marjoram and Ylang ylang.15
If possible, put aside some time each week to have a regular professional massage using a blend of relaxing oils including lavender. Self-massage or massage between partners or friends is also valuable.
Add 8-10 drops of lavender oil to the bath – or in combination with other relaxing oils such as ylang ylang, chamomile or marjoram.
Use lavender oil in a vaporizer at home or in the office on a regular basis, or put a few drops on a handkerchief for inhalation throughout the day.
Other measures: yoga, meditation and psychotherapy/counselling; reduce intake of stimulants including tea, coffee and alcohol.