Herbs are good for you, sure.
But if you’ve high blood pressure, certain herbs can make medications ineffective and push your blood pressure even higher.
Not good at all. Thankfully these herbs are pretty easy to avoid.
Here is a list of spices that can actually cause blood pressure to increase and are best avoided:
St. John’s wort: This is a herb commonly used to treat depression. The herb causes the metabolic function to speed up and hence it is possible that your blood pressure medication gets metabolized really quick, and loses its effectiveness… leading to a rise in blood pressure.
Echinacea: Is a herb used for treating cold and flu symptoms. It can actually change the way medications are metabolized and should be avoided.
Ginseng: This herb is gaining popularity because it has been known to lower blood sugar, boost immunity and reduce fatigue. But when it comes to blood pressure, it has mixed effects. It has been known to both lower and increase blood pressure so you can test how it effects you. Or just avoid it.
Ephedra: This herb contains certain chemical compounds called ephedrine, which is a type of alkaloid. This herb is known to stimulate both the nervous system and the endocrine system causing blood pressure to rise.
Licorice: In high doses, licorice has been shown to cause both an increase in blood pressure as well as a decrease in the level of the vital mineral, potassium.
Other spices known to spike high blood pressure include: Aniseed, Capsicum, Parsley, Bayberry and Coltsfoot.
Note that many of these herbs are only a problem if you’re taking blood pressure medications. So, your goal should be to lower your blood pressure naturally, and get off these medications.