4 Best Herbal Teas for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a problem that concerns an increasing number of people. It can cause unpleasant symptoms, including headaches, fatigue, and breathing difficulties.

What’s even more alarming is that it increases your risk of serious health problems, such as heart attack and stroke.

The good news is that you can do something about it.

Read this article to learn more about hypertension and find the best herbal teas for preventing and treating it.

Here is a summary of the Best Teas for High Blood Pressure:

  • Hibiscus Tea: Best tea for lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.
  • Ginger Tea: Research indicates daily consumption of ginger can lower the risk of hypertension.
  • Cinnamon and Cardamom Tea: Delicious combo that shows promise in reducing blood pressure.
  • Hawthorn Berry Tea: May help with lowering blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels.

High Blood Pressure Explained

High blood pressure has become a common problem, especially in more developed countries.

According to a report by the American Heart Association, almost half of the adults in the US suffer from hypertension.

High blood pressure
High blood pressure is a common problem

What Causes Hypertension?

Blood pressure is determined by two factors — the amount of blood pumped by your heart and the resistance of arteries.

Narrow arteries cause higher resistance and higher blood pressure.

Next, I recommend that you watch this short video that explains the basics of hypertension:

Hypertension - High Blood Pressure, Animation

Symptoms Related to High Blood Pressure

Many people can have high blood pressure for years without noticing any signs. Some people may suffer from various symptoms such as headaches or bleeding nose.

Here are the most common symptoms related to hypertension:

  • Headaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain

However, even without prominent symptoms, hypertension increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and over time it can lead to serious health problems.

Risk Factors

Factors that increase the risk of hypertension include:

Age: Blood pressure usually increases with age. The risk rises especially with the age group of 40-50 years and older.

Obesity: Higher weight means you need to pump more blood to your tissues. The increased blood flow also raises the pressure on your artery walls.

Genetics: High blood often runs in families. Also, people of African heritage have a higher risk of developing hypertension.

Unhealthy Lifestyle: Lack of physical activity, unhealthy diet, tobacco, and consuming too much alcohol can all have a negative effect on your blood pressure.

Stress: High stress levels can increase blood pressure temporarily.

Best Herbal Teas for High Blood Pressure

Drinking certain herbal teas daily is a great natural way to lower your blood pressure.

Here are my top recommendations based on scientific evidence:

Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is known for its many health benefits and has been traditionally used for treating high blood pressure.

It is probably the most effective herbal tea for lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Many studies indicate that adding hibiscus tea to your diet can be a great natural remedy for mild and moderate hypertension.

pot of hibiscus tea

Research Results on Hibiscus

In a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology 31 patients with moderate hypertension consumed hibiscus tea for 15 days. Both systolic and diastolic blood pressure was significantly lowered with the patients. After stopping the treatment, their blood pressure started to elevate.

In a placebo-controlled study from 2010, pre- and mildly hypertensive adults consumed 3 cups of hibiscus tea for 6 weeks. The study found that hibiscus tea was effective in treating systolic blood pressure.

Another study from 2014 had both humans and rats consume hibiscus extract for a period of 4 weeks and found it to be effective in reducing blood pressure in both groups.

If you are planning to buy some hibiscus tea, I recommend reading my article with the best hibiscus tea brands and products.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea has been used as a natural remedy in China and India for thousands of years. It has many health benefits that are backed up by scientific research.

I like to drink it especially when I have a cough or sore throat.

But how can this healthy root herb help with hypertension?

Research indicates that ginger tea can be used to manage blood pressure. It acts as a natural calcium channel blocker and ACE inhibitor the same way certain blood pressure drugs do.

Ginger tea

Research Results on Ginger

An animal study from 2015 found that ginger extract lowered the arterial blood pressure of anesthetized rats.

In a study conducted in Nigeria, 60 human subjects were divided into experimental and control groups. The experimental group consumed ginger powder, while the control group had only water. A significant decrease in blood pressure was observed after 2 hours of ingesting the ginger powder.

Another study with over 4,000 participants found that consuming more ginger decreased the risk of hypertension.

You can find my favorite ginger tea products in this article.

Cinnamon and Cardamom Tea

Cinnamon and cardamom are tasty seasonings that can also provide us with some significant health benefits.

Their effect on blood pressure has not been researched extensively, but there is some evidence that they might be useful in treating it.

cinnamon and cardamom

Research Results on Cinnamon and Cardamom

A small-scale study conducted in India had 20 hypertensive individuals consume cardamom powder for 12 weeks. A significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure was observed after the treatment.

Another study related to cinnamon found that it effectively decreased the blood pressure of people with type 2 diabetes.

Hawthorn Berry Tea

Hawthorn trees produce tangy-tasting red berries that are full of nutrients. They have been traditionally used as a herbal remedy for digestive problems and high blood pressure.

Hawthorn berries
Hawthorn berries are loaded with nutrients

Many animal studies indicate that these berries can relax blood vessels and help with lowering blood pressure.

Research on humans related to hawthorn and hypertension shows mixed results. Some studies found that hawthorn was effective in lowering blood pressure, while others did not find any significant effect.

Summary – How to Treat High Blood Pressure

More and more people are diagnosed with hypertension. Unfortunately, too many are unwilling to change their lifestyle to prevent the development of this condition.

Instead of letting it get worse and having to eventually take drugs to treat it, I recommend making the necessary changes in diet and everyday habits.

The best way to treat this condition is to have a healthy lifestyle.

Regular exercise, proper sleep, and reducing stress, as well as a healthy diet, can be used to treat and prevent it.

Eating more fruits and vegetables, reducing salt intake and alcohol consumption, and avoiding saturated fats help with keeping your blood pressure in check.

Use Herbal Teas

Combined with physical exercise and a healthy diet, herbal teas can be an effective natural remedy for lowering blood pressure.

Hibiscus tea is the most well-known and herbal tea for treating hypertension. Research suggests that drinking it daily can be a significant help in treating this condition.

TIP: Try these delicious hibiscus tea recipes!

More research is needed to confirm the effectiveness of ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom tea in treating hypertension. Nonetheless, I can recommend trying a tasty tea that combines all of these 3 ingredients with some additional herbs: chai tea!

Check out my authentic masala chai recipe to learn more about this delicious drink.

Teas for High Blood Pressure FAQ

What is the best tea for treating and preventing hypertension?

Based on research, hibiscus tea is the best option for treating high blood pressure. There are many studies indicating that regular consumption of hibiscus tea can be effective in lowering blood pressure.

Ginger tea is another great option.

Is green tea good for treating high blood pressure?

The evidence related to the effects of green tea on high blood pressure is conflicting.

In general, evidence suggests that drinking green tea will lower the risk of hypertension. However, some studies indicate green tea has no effect on blood pressure.

Is black tea good for treating high blood pressure?

Some studies show that black tea may help with lowering blood pressure. There are also contradicting studies indicating the caffeine in black tea may increase blood pressure.

I hope this article has provided you with useful information about preventing and treating high blood pressure.

If you have any comments or questions, please post them below.

-Joonas

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6 thoughts on “4 Best Herbal Teas for High Blood Pressure”

  1. Hi,

    I am interested in both hypertension and the hibiscus plant (Rose of Sharon), and I do like herbal tea as well, although I have never tried hibiscus tea. I used to grow the various colored hibiscus flowers but have not had a plant in a couple of years.

    I think that a major cause of HTN is the increasing stiffness of the arterial walls that is a normal function of aging; the more “stiff” arterial walls are less compliant, and thus have a higher resistance, which increases blood pressure. Several medications act to decrease the resistance of the [medium-sized] arterioles, thereby reducing blood pressure.

    I’m curious as to what the active ingredient in the hibiscus flower is that results in decreased blood pressure and whether it decreases vascular resistance or decreases the contractility of the heart (or the blood volume). I’m also curious as to the flavor of the hibiscus tea; I may have to buy some and try it.

    Thanks for the info!

    Ian

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    • Hi Ian,

      Thanks for commenting and providing more useful information. I agree with what you are writing related to blood pressure, and I am also interested in how exactly hibiscus can affect blood pressure. According to my understanding hibiscus can help with relaxing the aortic rings and decreasing their resistance, thus reducing blood pressure. I don’t know what is the active ingredient(s) that causes the decrease in vascular resistance. Here is one animal study that provides some information related to the matter.

      I definitely recommend trying hibiscus tea! You can find my hibiscus tea recipes here.

      Best Regards,
      Joonas

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    • Hi Cynthia,

      I also think that natural ways are always better unless it’s absolutely necessary to use drugs. A holistic approach can make your body so much healthier!

      -Joonas

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  2. Hello,
    Very informative post! My mom and I have high blood pressure, and we take medications the doctor prescribed. I know, you will say- use the hibiscus tea. We take the cinnamon pills, but sometimes they don’t help, and we grab the blood pressure pills.
    After reading your post, I start thinking I should better use the tea and cinnamon with cardamon (I really didn’t know that cardamon against high blood pressure) instead of blood pressure pills. And I need to include the exercise.
    Thanks for a good post.

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    • Hi Jidrone,

      Thanks for commenting and great to hear that my post provided you with some useful information.

      I would not advise you to stop the medication that your doctor has prescribed. Instead, I would suggest that you meet with your doctor and together you could make a plan to lower your blood pressure with a healthy diet, exercise, and herbal teas and supplements. Hopefully, after some changes, there would be no need for the medication.

      All the best,
      Joonas

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