Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is an increasing problem in this country. It impacts “1 in 3” American adults or approximately “67 million people” (everydayroots.com). If not taken seriously or treated, it can cause greater health risks, such as vascular scarring and blood clots. Although taking medication to lower blood pressure is always a viable option, there are some home remedies that can help this serious health issue, as well.
· Drinking hibiscus
Hibiscus has actually been used to help lower blood pressure for years in many cultures, but its effect on blood pressure has only recently been scientifically tested. Hibiscus has diuretic properties, which means it draws sodium from the blood stream and regulates fluid in the body. This ultimately helps to decrease pressure on the walls of the arteries. Hibiscus has also been proven to act as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors. ACE inhibitors are a common form of pharmaceutical drugs used to treat high blood pressure.
Here’s a tasty and easy hibiscus recipe that will satisfy your taste buds and your arteries J
-1-2 teaspoon of dried hibiscus
-1 cup of fresh, piping hot water
-Honey, lemon, or 1-2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
Bring water to a boil and add the hibiscus and cinnamon sticks (if using them) and allow it to steep for 5 minutes. Add honey or lemon to taste, and drink 2-3 times daily. This also makes a lovely iced tea for those sticky hot summer days.
· Ginger Cardamom Tea
In 2009, there was a study explaining the importance of cardamom, which was published in the Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics. The experiment involved serving 1 teaspoon of cardamom powder daily for several weeks. The results proved to reduce blood pressure by a significant amount. Combining this spice with ginger and cinnamon prove to add the perfect amount of flavor and flavonoids to keep the heart healthy. You should drink this one to two times a day in order for to be effective.
Recipe and Directions:
-1/2 cup of water
-2-3 teaspoons of honey (or to taste)
-1 teaspoon of cardamom pods
-1/2 teaspoon ginger powder OR 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
-1 ½ tablespoons black tea or 1 teabag
-1/2 cup milk
-Mortar and pestle
Crush the cardamom pods to release the oil. There is no need to grind them finely. In a saucepan, combine all the ingredients except for the honey. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 6-9 minutes until you get a rich caramel brown color. Stir in honey and then pour into a mug and enjoy!
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