Low blood pressure is a condition where a person’s blood pressure becomes so low that it causes symptoms like dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue, nausea, difficulty in breathing, and palpitations.
People having ideal weight and are physically fit, generally have a blood pressure reading lower than what is considered normal at 120/80 mm Hg. When the readings remain around 90/60 mm Hg or lower, it is a condition of low blood pressure. Moreover, when the blood pressure is extremely low, it might cause an inadequate flow of blood to the brain, kidneys, and heart.
This condition of low blood pressure can be caused by nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, neurological conditions, and a decrease in blood volume, pregnancy, heart problems, and prolonged bed rest.
Natural Remedies to Treat Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)
Drinking salt water can help to treat low blood pressure because the sodium present in salt increases blood pressure. But, do not overdo this remedy, as excess salt can prove to be unhealthy. Just mix one-half teaspoon of salt in a glass of water and drink. Also, you can drink sports beverages.
A cup of strong coffee, hot chocolate, or any caffeinated beverage temporarily can also increase your blood pressure. Drink a cup of coffee in the morning or have it along with meals, if you frequently suffer from low blood pressure. But, make sure that you do not make it a habit because caffeine in long term is beneficial or not, still is not clear.
3. Holy basil
Holy basil is helpful for people with low blood pressure because it is rich in magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and pantothenic acid. Moreover, it helps to balance the mind and also reduce stress.
- Extract the juice of 10 to 13 basil leaves.
- Add one teaspoon of honey to it (for taste).
- Daily drink this juice on an empty stomach.
Else, you can chew four to five basil leaves in the morning daily.
4. Licorice root
Licorice root is another a great and popular home remedy used for normalizing the low blood pressure caused by low levels of cortisol. It functions by blocking the enzyme that breaks down cortisol and supports the healthy adrenalin function.
Licorice root is also effective in curing chronic fatigue syndrome.
Prepare licorice tea by steeping one teaspoon of this herb in a cup of boiling water for about five minutes. You can have this tea daily for a few days.
Else, you can take about 400-500 mg of licorice root capsules for few days.
5. Beetroot juice
The juice of raw beetroot is also quite helpful in dealing with both conditions- high and low blood pressure. For low blood pressure, drink a cup of beetroot juice twice in a day for about one week. Also, other natural fruit juices are considered helpful in this regard.
Rosemary stimulates the central nervous system and improves circulation, the reason it is believed to be useful in normalizing low blood pressure. Take about 10 ml of rosemary tincture daily. Adding this herb to your foods is also useful or you can also have freshly prepared infusion with this. Moreover, you can add three to four drops of rosemary essential oil in your diffuser for aromatherapy benefits.
7. Almonds and milk
Having almonds and milk together or making a paste of almonds mixed in milk is also very effective. There is no cholesterol or saturated fat in almond milk. It is rich in healthy fats like Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Soak about five to six almonds in water overnight.
- In the morning, peel off their skin and then grind the almonds into a smooth paste.
- Now, boil the paste in a cup of milk.
- Drink this cup of almond milk every morning.
Tips to remember
- Avoid standing still or in one place for long period
- Avoid hot and dry environments as much as you can.
- Keep yourself hydrated at all times
- Eat smaller portions of meals and more frequently. Do not give long gaps in feeding yourself.
- Compression stockings available help to raise blood pressure in the legs; you can consult your doctor regarding their use.
- Take plenty of rest.
- Sit down when you feel nausea.
- Stand up or sit from a lying position slowly, as sudden actions may make you feel dizzy.
- Sleep with your head in an elevated position.
- If you are overweight, make an effort to lose excess of weight.
- Don’t consume alcohol and other drinks containing alcohol to prevent the risk of dehydration and hypotension.
- Avoid lifting heavy weights.
- Do not perform vigorous exercises as it may strain your body.
- Avoid eating an excess of carbohydrate-rich foods, such as potatoes, rice, bread, and pasta.