Nov 12

Rosemary Essential Oil for Thanksgiving and for Hypotension

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is widely used as a spice when cooking, especially in Mediterranean dishes. It is also used for its fragrance in soaps and other cosmetics. Traditionally, rosemary has been used medicinally to improve memory, relieve muscle pain and spasm, stimulate hair growth, and support the circulatory and nervous systems. It is also believed to increase menstrual flow, act as an abortifacient (causing miscarriage), increase urine flow, and treat indigestion. A study in humans found that long term daily intake of rosemary prevents thrombosis.     Rosemary Oil 1

Rosemary Essential Oil Benefits:

  • Hair loss Infectious disease

  • Impaired memory

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Gout

  • Skin conditions

  • Throat and lung infections

  • Liver conditions

  • Hepatitis

  • Muscle soreness

The medical name for low blood pressure is hypotension. Low blood pressure occurs when blood pressure is much lower than normal. This means the heart, brain, and other parts of the body do not get enough blood. Normal blood pressure is usually between 90/60 mmHg and 130/80 mmHg.

Blood pressure varies from one person to another. A drop as little as 20 mmHg, can cause problems for some people. There are different types and causes of low blood pressure.

Severe hypotension can be caused by sudden loss of blood (shock), anemia, medications, severe infection, heart attack, or severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

Orthostatic hypotension is caused by a sudden change in body position. This occurs most often when you shift from lying down to standing. This type of low blood pressure usually lasts only a few seconds or minutes. If this type of low blood pressure occurs after eating, it is called postprandial orthostatic hypotension. This type most often affects older adults, those with high blood pressure, and persons with Parkinson disease.

Neurally mediated hypotension (NMH) most often affects young adults and children. It can occur when a person has been standing for a long time. Children usually outgrow this type of hypotension.

Symptoms of low blood pressure may include:   Blurry vision, confusion, dizziness, fainting, lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting, sleepiness, weakness, excessive thirst, fatigue, depression, rapid shallow breathing, cold, clammy skin

Do you think rosemary essential oil can be effective in helping hypotensive patients? Well, let’s find out.

A study was performed to find out the effectiveness of Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) essential oil as an anti-hypotensive treatment for patients with hypotension and its influence on health-related quality of life.

Researchers enrolled thirty-two patients diagnosed with hypotension for a prospective study for 72 weeks in a Spanish pharmacy. Clinical evaluation was carried out through the control of systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels (SBP and DBP, respectively) according to the International Standards from the American Society of Hypertension. Statistical methods were used to evaluate the effectiveness of Rosemary essential oil and to evaluate the relationship between the two variables (SBP and DBP) and scores from physical and mental summary components obtained from the SF-36 Health Survey.

The increase achieved in blood pressure values after administration of Rosemary essential oil was clinically significant. The positive results obtained from this study did prove the anti-hypotensive effect of rosemary essential oil and its relationship with the improvement in patients’ quality of life.

Rosemary is absolutely fabulous in roasted turkey but has also proven itself worthy of treating hypotension.

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