Heidi Wright, BSN, RN, PCCN, and Certified Master Herbalist
In our bustling world, maintaining a healthy blood pressure can seem tricky. The good news? There are plenty of natural ways to support your overall health and blood pressure, like sipping on a soothing cup of tea.
From the aromatic leaves of green tea to the vibrant petals of hibiscus, different teas bring not only a spectrum of flavors but also a plethora of health benefits. But remember, while exploring the wonderful world of teas, it’s always wise to consult your healthcare provider before making significant changes to your diet or lifestyle, especially if you have pre-existing health conditions or are taking prescription medications.
Let’s embark on this nurturing journey and dive deep into the heartwarming world of teas!
Blood pressure is the measure of force that your heart uses to pump blood around your body. It’s measured in two numbers — systolic blood pressure (the pressure when the heart beats) and diastolic blood pressure (the pressure when the heart rests between beats). “When either or both of these numbers get too high, it can mean a person is at higher risk for cardiovascular health conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease, and stroke,” clarifies Registered Nurse and Certified Herbalist Heidi Wright.
Maintaining optimal blood pressure levels is crucial for heart and kidney health. Embracing healthy lifestyle choices, including regular exercise and balanced diets, plays a key role in maintaining cardiovascular health.
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk about some of our favorite teas that may be able to help support the body’s circulatory system.
Diving into our first heart-healthy tea, green tea is a refreshing brew derived from the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea is a rich source of antioxidants, particularly catechins, which can help support vasodilation, a function of the body that helps support blood flow and healthy blood pressure levels. Numerous studies and systematic reviews have highlighted the potential benefits of incorporating green tea into our routines, showcasing its positive impact on our blood vessels.
Enjoying green tea is not just about enjoying the flavors — it's about experiencing the tranquil blend of well-being and revitalization it offers. Our Wellness Functional Tea features Sencha, a form of Japanese green tea, alongside lavender petals, dandelion root, turmeric, and ginger for well-rounded wellness support.
Originating from the same plant as green tea, black tea undergoes a different processing method, allowing the development of unique flavors and health benefits. Black tea is known for its potential to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, a key factor in heart health.
The blend of polyphenols in black tea may even play a role in supporting overall cardiovascular health by maintaining healthy blood flow.
Next up, we meet hibiscus tea, derived from the colorful petals of the Hibiscus sabdariffa plant. This delightful tea is not only known for its tangy flavor and vivid color, but it is also recognized as a reservoir of antioxidants, supporting the body’s metabolic system. Studies have illustrated the potential blood pressure-supportive effects of hibiscus in certain preparations, highlighting its beneficial properties with the body’s cardiovascular system.
At Herbaly, we’ve harnessed the power of hibiscus in our Heart Functional Tea, blending it seamlessly with other heart-healthy ingredients like ginger root, fennel seed, and hawthorn berry. This mix aims to holistically support healthy blood pressure levels, offering a comprehensive approach to maintaining your heart health.
Oolong, a traditional Chinese tea, sits between green and black tea, offering a distinctive flavor and a variety of health benefits. It's filled with antioxidants and is known for its potential to support weight management and heart health. Drinking oolong tea regularly may help support healthy blood pressure as well as healthy cholesterol levels.
White tea is a subtle and slightly sweet tea that is less processed than green and black tea, helping it retain a high level of antioxidants. White tea may have a supportive role in cardiovascular health, with some research suggesting that it may aid in supporting both blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
The antioxidants present in white tea, especially catechins, have been shown to support and protect the cardiovascular system by maintaining the proper functioning of blood vessels. In addition, sipping tea can be a relaxing and meditative activity that can lower stress levels.
Chamomile tea, a treasure in the world of herbal teas, is popular for its calming properties. It is brewed from chamomile flowers and has been a symbol of relaxation and tranquility for centuries. Beyond its soothing nature, chamomile tea may also offer benefits for heart health.
The calming effect of chamomile may play a role in soothing feelings of stress, which can positively impact blood pressure. By incorporating chamomile tea into your routine, you’re inviting peace and wellness into your moments.
Rooibos tea, a uniquely flavorful herbal infusion originating from South Africa, is known for its vibrant hue and sweet, nutty flavor. However, rooibos tea is also a powerhouse of antioxidants, which can help support heart health (and overall wellness).
Some research suggests that perhaps due to the antioxidants in rooibos tea, drinking rooibos tea daily is linked to healthy blood pressure levels and cholesterol levels, thus supporting your body’s natural ability to maintain healthy levels.
Lemon balm tea has uniquely refreshing and soothing qualities. This herbal tea, known for its calming effects, is rich in tea polyphenols and flavonoids which are reputed for their antioxidant properties, and this tea may help support your overall blood pressure and, as a result, your heart health.
The subtle citric aroma and calming essence make lemon balm a delicious, refreshing experience, allowing the body to absorb the goodness and relax.
Dandelion tea features slightly bitter yet pleasantly earthy tones, and while it might be more of an acquired taste, this tea is full of benefits.
This herbal tea is not just a drink but a blend of health benefits, contributing to the well-being of your cardiovascular system. Dandelion tea is rich in potassium, an essential mineral that plays a vital role in maintaining heart health by helping to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. With every sip, the body experiences a natural infusion of wellness.
Cool and invigorating, peppermint tea is often a go-to for digestive support — but it can also help support your heart health.
This type of tea, popular for its refreshing flavor and aromatic scent, is also laden with health benefits. Peppermint tea may have a soothing effect on the body, which can contribute to relaxation and help maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
The various types of tea bring along different spectrums of taste and benefits, and peppermint stands out with its distinct freshness. The tea consumption of such diverse and enriching teas like peppermint may help in instilling a sense of calm and contributing to holistic well-being. In our fast-paced society, instilling moments of calm and meditation into your day can help support lower blood pressure and stress levels.
At Herbaly, we are passionate about nurturing well-being through the power of plants. Our selection of teas and wellness products are reflections of our commitment to providing holistic, balanced solutions to support heart health.
For a quick and simple way to support healthy blood pressure levels, grab our Heart Functional Tea featuring hibiscus, chamomile, hawthorn, fennel seed, ginger root, and more. For a holistic approach to maintaining healthy blood pressure levels, incorporate our Complete Health Kit. It combines the benefits of our Heart Functional Tea, Turmeric Complete Plus CoQ10 Capsules, and Formula Liquid Extract, featuring hawthorn berry and burdock root, allowing for a comprehensive approach to heart health. What’s not to love?
While teas are a gateway to nourishment and tranquility, remember that true harmony comes from a balanced and mindful lifestyle.
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