This post on natural ways to help varicose veins is a follow up to my previous one on the best essential oils for varicose veins.
I decided to do this follow up post because essential oils are just one of the many natural remedies for varicose veins. So I need to let you know what other natural options are available to YOU!
Varicose veins are vein problems characterized by enlarged and twisted veins mostly found on the legs and feet.
Although this problem affects men and women, research shows that women are twice more prone to this vein problem than men.
Varicose veins occur because the blood that is supposed to go to the heart flows back to the legs, pooling in the veins to cause bulging.
This happens when the one way valve that is supposed to prevent that backward flow fails. Loss of elasticity in the blood vessels is the main reason the valve can fail.
There are various treatments for varicose veins including surgery, laser treatment and injections, but I always prefer natural remedies because they are SAFER.
And I know that you are here today because YOU also want to go the natural route. So read on to learn the many natural ways to help lessen the look and discomfort of varicose veins.
Being inactive physically is bad for varicose veins. Walking, swimming, biking and stretching are the best exercises for those with this condition. This is because they help to increase blood flow without being too strenuous (it does not put too much pressure on your legs).
Avoid standing or sitting for prolonged period of time. Sitting for an extended period of time affects circulation negatively, while standing for too long puts too much pressure on the blood vessels in your legs.
As mentioned before, weakened blood vessels cause the valve that prevents the backward flow of blood to malfunction. This leads to backward flow of blood to the legs, causing the veins to enlarge.
The gentle but consistent pressure that compression socks provide helps to strengthen the walls of the veins, promote normal blood flow and reduce the bulging of the veins.
Eating foods rich in fiber is one of the natural ways to treat varicose veins! Constipation puts extra pressure on the veins in your legs and feet, thus making the case of varicose veins worse. Fiber aids digestion and can prevent constipation, thereby helping to reduce that undue pressure on the veins.
Witch hazel helps to strengthen the blood vessels and improves blood circulation. It also contains gallic acid, which is quite helpful for reducing the swelling and pain caused by varicose veins.
You can rub witch hazel directly on the affected area or soak a small towel with witch hazel and wrap the towel around your leg where you have the varicose veins.
Apple cider vinegar is another great home remedy for varicose veins. Like witch hazel, it helps to increase blood circulation.
Horse chestnut contains aescin, which acts as an astringent. It is thought to help prevent damage to the walls of the veins, and to have constriction effects (ability to shrink the size of the varicose veins).
Horse chestnut also acts as blood thinner, which if helpful for improving circulation. Its anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties help to reduce pain and swelling associated with varicose veins.
Cayenne pepper has anti-inflammatory properties that relieve pain. It also acts as blood thinner that prevents blood clot and improves blood flow. Add ½ teaspoon to a glass of water and drink. You can increase the dosage to 1 teaspoon as you get used to it!
Butcher’s broom also known as box holly has anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve pain associated with venous insufficiency. It also helps to reduce swelling.
Gotu kola stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin, which are essential for strengthening the blood vessels. It is also helpful for reducing swelling and aiding blood flow, making it effective for treating varicose veins and other venous disorders.
Garlic a good natural anti-inflammatory agent that fights inflammation in the body. It helps to relieve pain even as it boosts blood circulation.
You can apply garlic topically on the affected area, add it to your diet or take the supplement.
If you want to apply it topically, blend a couple of cloves with just a few drops of water. Strain and use the juice to gently massage the affected area.
Rich in oleic acid, olive oil has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which are helpful for reducing pain. Use small amount to gently massage your legs and feet in upward direction. Add a few drops of geranium essential oil or cypress EO to the olive oil for better results!
You may have heard the saying “there is an EO for everything”. Yes that is true! Essential oils are one of the best natural home remedies for varicose veins! Find out which essential oils are good for this vein problem and learn how to use them effectively.
Be sure to consult with your doctor before taking any supplements especially if you are pregnant, a nursing mother or have pre-existing health condition!
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.