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Certain herbs and spices contain powerful compounds that may help reduce blood pressure by helping blood vessels relax or by keeping your blood thin and flowing with ease.

Cilantro/Coriander is said to do wonders for your heart health. It is valued in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that cilantro has cholesterol lowering effects. It is packed with heart-friendly fibers. Nutrients from coriander interact with calcium ions and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which helps relax tension in blood vessel. Coriander seeds have a diuretic effect that help eliminate excess sodium. Coriander seeds and leaves are both excellent for managing blood pressure!

Basil is a flavourful herb that comes in various forms. It’s popular in alternative medicine because it’s rich in various powerful compounds. Sweet basil is high in eugenol. Research has linked this plant-based antioxidant to many health benefits. It may help reduce blood pressure by acting as a natural calcium channel blocker.

Fennel has a crunchy texture and mildly sweet flavor. You can eat all parts of the fennel plant or use the seeds as a condiment. Dietary nitrates in fennel have vasodilatory properties, which help relax the blood vessels and allow for an easy flow!

Cardamom is a delicious spice with a slightly sweet, intense flavor. It’s packed with various antioxidants that may help lower blood pressure. Cardamom may help reduce blood pressure by acting as a natural calcium channel blocker and allow the blood to flow with ease.

Fresh Ginger improves many aspects of heart health, including circulation, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. It reduces blood pressure in several ways! It acts as a natural calcium channel blocker and natural ACE inhibitor.

Garlic helps lower your blood pressure since it is a natural blood thinner and it reduces cholesterol levels. Try consuming one clove of garlic in the morning as it will have multiple health benefits in the long run. In particular, garlic contains sulfur compounds, such as allicin, which may help relax the blood vessels and allow the blood to flow with ease.

Saffron has been used since ancient times for a variety of ailments. With the help of modern science, we’re seeing how the world’s most expensive spice proves to be a superfood that supports our health in a variety of ways. Saffron is rich in antioxidants which have been shown to lower blood pressure. Saffron contains a chemical called crocetin which is great for reducing the levels of cholesterol in the blood. It also helps reduce inflammation in the body. It is a powerful anti-depressant as well! Try it in your golden milk!

Cumin has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It reduces blood pressure by making nitric oxide more available in the blood. Nitric oxide relaxes narrowed blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.

Lemongrass helps with several ailments such as digestion, stress and anxiety issues! It also helps fight infection as it has antimicrobial properties. It’s a great source of antioxidants, that helps lower inflammation and thus reduce pain in the body. Along with this, lemongrass is rich in many vitamins and minerals. It is especially high in potassium, and also acts as a diuretic that helps to increase the production of urine in the body. This, in turn, lowers blood pressure. Lemongrass is traditionally being used to lowers cholesterol levels, and because of this, it may boost your overall heart health and provide protection from major heart diseases.

Lemongrass tea is used as a detox tea to increase metabolism, which also aids in weight loss.

How to make lemon grass tea?

  • Rinse fresh lemongrass with water.
  • After cleaning, cut them into small pieces and grind them with the help of a grinding stone.
  • Place a saucepan on heat, pour water, and bring it to a boil.
  • Add small pieces of lemongrass into the water, and let it boil for 10 minutes. 
  • After the water is boiled, you will notice lemongrass leaves fade. Strain the tea and serve hot.
  • Lastly, add honey to it to sweeten it.

These are just some of the herbs and spices that have been shown to have blood-pressure-lowering potential. Experiment and play with these herbs in your kitchen.

It is well said in Ayurveda….

“Kitchen is your pharmacy and herbs and spices are your medicines!”

Get in touch with me to learn how to use these herbs and spices as per your ayurvedic mind body type (Prakruti!)

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Preeti Syal
M.Sc.R.H.N., Certified Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant

The content provided in my blogs is for knowledge-sharing purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.