Ask anyone with high blood pressure what contributor to their condition and they'll say undutely: stress. If they have an argument with a loved one, their blood pressure goes up. If the boss makes them redo a work project, their blood pressure goes up. If they think about something that angers them, their blood pressure goes up.
Stress increases the blood pressure by constricting the blood vessels. When the blood vessels are constricted, then they're essentially squeezed, and the pressure inside them increases. Because of the direct impact of stress on the blood vessels, scientists and doctors now know that if the person with high blood pressure is relaxed, then the blood pressure will drop.
And it's the physiological principle that excites massage therapists and those who use essential oils in aromatherapy. Using the principle correctly can lower blood pressure. Essential oils come from plants and because there are so many different plants in the world, there are also many different essential oils that can be used.
Some of the essential oils used for relaxing the body include lemon balm and rose. These essential oils can be combined together and added to the aromatherapy diffuser. About 5 to 8 drops are used. Other essential oils are lavendar, chamomile, marjoram, clary sage, hibiscus and rosewood. The aromatherapy diffuser then breaks the essential oil apart, and disperses the water / essential oil combination into the atmosphere. The human nose picks up the scent, takes it to the area of the brain that controls blood pressure and acts on the smooth muscles of the blood vessels, relaxing them.
That's how aromatherapy and essential oils can be used to lower blood pressure. Aromatherapy is a great natural stress-reduction method that can assist in blood pressure regulation.