Having abnormally low blood pressure is nearly as risky as having high blood pressure. Low blood pressure can make you feel weak, dizzy, and tired and can cause fainting, fatigue, and nausea. Having blood pressure that is too low may result in inadequate flow of blood to essential organs such as the kidneys, brain, and heart.
Quick Fixes for Low Blood Pressure
Fortunately, low blood pressure is usually easier to address than high blood pressure, and there are many natural and herbal remedies that can help you get back to a healthy blood pressure range.
Basil is rich in vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, and pantothenic acid that helps keep the blood pressure under control. It also helps decrease stress, which results in normal blood pressure levels. Use the dried leaves to make tea, or if you have the basil plant at home you can crush the fresh leaves, pour water on it, add honey to sweeten, and drink.
Sodium increases blood pressure, thus the sodium in the salt will help raise your blood pressure. Of course, excessive salt is also bad, so be sure not to overdo this. This remedy is best used as an immediate fix when you are feeling weak or nauseous caused by low blood pressure.
Coffee is another quick fix to try when you know your blood pressure is abnormally low. The caffeine in coffee naturally and quickly increases your blood pressure. If you suffer from hypotension, you may want to talk to your doctor about drinking a full cup of coffee or tea (with caffeine) every morning to stabilize your blood pressure.
Rosemary stimulates the central nervous system and helps improve blood flow, therefore making it an excellent herb for one to consume when suffering from low blood pressure. Rosemary can be added into your diet by sprinkling the herb into many recipes, or for a higher dose and a faster fix, you can take up to 10 mL of rosemary tincture throughout the day. You can also find rosemary capsules at most grocery and health food stores.
Since low blood pressure is often caused by dehydration, lemon juice helps address this issue and raise your blood pressure back to a healthy level. You can add some lemon juice to a glass of water, or even add a couple slices of lemon to your glass of salt water (above).
Drinking carrot juice on a daily basis can help raise your blood pressure to a healthy level. Simply juice some fresh carrots, add 1-2 tablespoons of honey, and drink every morning and evening. Beetroot juice is another option that is excellent for addressing hypotension.
Aniseed is used around the world in folk remedies to help control low blood pressure. Its effectiveness stems from its nutrient contents that include calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese and zinc which increase iron and potassium levels that helps raise blood pressure. Use the seeds while cooking.
Soak ½ cup of raisins in pure water overnight. In the morning, eat the raisins on an empty stomach, one at a time. You can continue this remedy for a couple of weeks to a month to help treat hypotension.
Of course, living a healthy lifestyle will help you prevent and address low blood pressure, as well as the side effects that come with it. Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet, full of lean protein, fruits, and colorful vegetables. Incorporate exercise into your day as much as possible, but if your blood pressure is extremely low, be sure to stick to light exercises such as walking.