Varicose veins are visible veins that may look dark purple or blue in color and are commonly found in the legs and feet. These enlarged and discolored veins do not pose any immediate health concerns, as they are usually a cosmetic problem. However, some people experience aching pain and discomfort that could signal impending circulatory problems.
Varicose veins are caused by prolonged standing and walking upright, which increases the pressure in the veins of the lower body. Dysfunction of tiny valves in the blood vessels themselves also plays a role. Other risk factors include age, sex, family history, and obesity.
The following are a list of varicose veins natural treatments, including herbal remedies and essential oils.
Home remedies for varicose veins
With the use of olive oil or coconut oil as a lubricant, gentle upward stroking massage can smoothen out the twisted veins and accelerate blood flow. It is important to never use pressure directly on bulging veins, however. Pooling of blood is one major problem that exacerbates varicose veins, leading them to expand and get twisted. Massage is an active way to increase blood flow.
The use of compression stockings is a proven remedy for varicose veins. It allows for uniform pressure on the legs. These stockings compress veins in a consistent manner, helping the valves more efficiently prevent backflow. When used in the early stages of varicose veins, compression stockings can put a stop to the condition. It is recommended to speak to a medical professional about which type of compression stocking is best for you, as many types exist.
Coming in the form of fine clay that can be purchased as “mudpacks,” their utilization in the treatment of varicose veins may significantly reduce pain and help decrease vein enlargement. These mudpacks are typically used by mixing the clay with warm water and applying it to the affected limb before going to bed. As the mud dries, it produces a tightening effect, working in a similar fashion to compression stockings. It is important to not that mudpacks are not recommended in those with varicose veins and ulcers.
Deficiency of B-complex vitamins such as B6 (Pyridoxine), B9 (Folic acid) and B12 (Cobalamin) has been known to increase homocysteine levels; known for damaging the lining of the blood vessels and increase the risk of thrombosis and varicose veins. Alcohol is also known for increasing homocysteine levels. These vitamins are readily available from the food we eat and can be found in tuna, salmon, shrimp, chicken, turkey, and eggs; just to name a few.
By becoming more active, the contraction of muscles aid in the movement of blood back to the heart. Particularly when running or jogging, the calf muscles are working to help this process. This helps explain why standing still or even sedentary lifestyle aid in the development of varicose veins. Gravity is also pulling us down to the earth, this includes our blood as well. By staying active, or just finding the time to move around more often than not, can help boost blood circulation.
Apple cider vinegar
Considered a natural body cleanser, apple cider vinegar on the skin can be a great treatment for varicose veins. Undiluted apple cider vinegar helps improve blood flow and circulation. This can be achieved by gently massaging the apple cider vinegar over the varicose veins before bed and in the mornings. After a few months, they should be reduced in size.
A popular spice that is rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, cayenne pepper is considered a wonderful treatment for varicose veins. To reap its beneficial effects, mix one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder to a cup a hot water and stir. Drink this mixture three times a day for one or two months to increase blood circulation and ease pain and swollen veins.
Can help by reducing pain and inflammation. Massage olive oil mixed with vitamin E over the veins for several minutes, twice daily for one to two months. Mixing cypress essential oil in two teaspoons of warm olive oil may also provide similar relief.
A powerful antioxidant and rich in vitamin C, parsley encourages the production of collagen and aids in cell repair and reproduction. It also contains a substance called rutin, which is thought to play a key role in strengthening the capillary blood vessels and there for help reduce varicose veins. The veggie can be used by boiling a handful with one cup of water for five minutes, then add a drop of rose and marigold essential oils once lukewarm. Allow this mixture to cool in the fridge for several mins, then use a cotton ball to apply directly onto the affected veins.
Herbal remedies for varicose veins
An age-old treatment for varicose veins, horse chestnut seeds have been known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling properties. This can successfully increase “venous tone” and reduce the appearance of varicose veins. A compound called aescin that improves the elastic strength of veins and prevents the release of enzymes that damage capillary walls can also be found in horse chestnut seeds. This herbal remedy can be used externally on the skin or be consumed in supplement form. It is important to note that taking raw horse chestnut may be toxic, and it not recommended, especially in pregnant or nursing women.
Pine bark extract
Containing many phenolic acids, flavonoids, and proanthocyanidins, pine bark extract holds many beneficial effects including the visible reduction of varicose veins. Taking this herb orally has been shown to strengthen blood vessel walls and restore elasticity by binding with collagen—a structural protein in cells. Pine bark extract may also reduce blood pressure and improve blood circulation, help to relieve the symptoms of varicose veins.
This aesthetically pleasing flower holds anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation and pain. It is also known to promote collagen formation in the skin, restoring its natural texture. This herb also has antimicrobial properties as well and promotes blood circulation. You can boil a cup of marigold flowers in four cups of water for five minutes, then soak a cotton cloth in the solution and place over the affected area. Repeat this several times a day for a few months to see visible improvement.
Also goes by the name of Indian Pennywort, this herb originates from the Orient and has been a popular varicose vein remedy for thousands of years in India. It aids in reducing leakage from veins and decreasing inflammation and water retention. Using this herb topically on the skin increases blood flow to the area, effectively helping heal wounds, ulcers, and dermatitis.
Very effective for strengthening blood vessels and great for reducing the symptoms of varicose veins. It also contains gallic acid and other essential oils that help reduce swelling and pain. Witch hazel can be used by soaking a cloth in the solution and placing it on the affected area. Repeat this two to three times a day for one or two months
A popular homeopathic medicine for the relief of aches and discomfort of varicose veins. Arnica is known for containing several compounds that help reduce inflammation, pain, and swelling.
Essential oils for varicose veins
Home remedies to treat varicose veins don’t have to be exclusive to herbal medications, as essential oils may also provide some benefit. Active ingredients found in essentials oils can help combat the appearance and symptoms of varicose veins. The following are some examples:
- Chamomile oil: Helps relieve the heaviness and discomfort that occurs from throbbing veins. Massaging this oil into the legs before bed can help relieve pain, especially from prolonged standing.
- Helichrysum oil: Has anticoagulant and anesthetic properties aiding in the prevention of blood clots due to stagnant blood in enlarged veins. Applying this oil topically can help provide relieve from pain and swelling.
- Lavender and rosemary oils: Both of these essential oils have anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties.
- Cypress oil: Constricts blood vessels and tightens tissue promoting the upward flow of blood.