Varicose veins are enlarged veins that are often dark blue or purple in color that may appear on your feet and legs. Normally these veins do not cause any serious health concerns and are mainly a cosmetic issue. However, some individuals might experience aching pain or other forms of discomfort and that could be a sign of circulatory problems.
Either way, these veins are unsightly and can cause lots of embarrassment and discomfort to the sufferer. Most people want to know how to get rid of them. In this article, we will be discussing several effective natural methods that you can use to get rid of varicose veins.
What Causes Varicose Veins?
- 1 What Causes Varicose Veins?
- 2 Varicose Vein Symptoms
- 3 How to Prevent Varicose Veins
- 4 Home Remedies For Treating Varicose Veins Naturally
- 5 Final Thoughts
Varicose veins are the result of prolonged walking and standing, which increases pressure on the veins found on the lower part of your body. Dysfunction of the small veins on the blood vessels also has an effect. Other risk factors for varicose veins include obesity, family history, sex, and age.
Varicose Vein Symptoms
The main varicose vein symptom is bluish, bulgy, twisted veins that appear right below the skin on your legs (particularly near the calf muscles).
Some other symptoms include the following:
- Itching close to the varicose veins
- Swelling around the ankles and feet
- A heaviness feeling in the legs, particularly after several hours of standing or sitting
- Burning and pain in the legs
- Veins in any part of the body can turn varicose, including the face, lower back, and stomach.
How to Prevent Varicose Veins
- Stay active. Exercise, do yoga, swim, walk, jog or engage in other physical activities daily.
- Massage your legs on a regular basis to improve and maintain blood circulation.
- Control our weight and make any necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to ensure this.
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods of time. Take breaks on a regular basis to rest your legs.
- Wear the right kinds of shoes. High heels should be avoided.
- Reduce your salt intake so that excess water is not retained in your body.
- Eat fresh vegetables and fruits as well as high-fiber foods.
- Drink lots of water to maintain bowel movement. More pressure is placed on your veins when you are constipated.
- If you suffer from varicose veins already, avoid physical activities that exert a lot of pressure on the legs.
Home Remedies For Treating Varicose Veins Naturally
There are numerous methods for preventing and treating varicose veins from home through using regular household ingredients.
If none of the following home remedies discussed below help to alleviate your varicose veins within a few months, you should consult with your doctor. You might need to have laser surgery or be prescribed medication to get rid of your varicose veins.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Unfiltered and organic apple cider vinegar is the most effective remedy that can be used to treat varicose veins. It is anti-inflammatory which reduces swelling. Apple cider vinegar also increases blood circulation in the area of the veins which helps to alleviate discomfort and pain.
Make sure to test it on a patch of your skin first to test the sensitivity that your skin has towards vinegar. If you experience any irritation, try to dilute it with water.
Massage some apple cider vinegar into your veins using small circular motions. Keep massage the area until all of the apple cider vinegar is absorbed by your skin.
Or you can soak cheesecloth in apple cider vinegar and then wrap that around your varicose veins and leave it on for half an hour. Then use water to rinse and area and pat it dry.
Massaging your varicose veins with apple cider two times a day should result in a visible change within one to two weeks. Continue your treatment for one month to completely cure your varicose veins.
2. Horse Chestnut
Horse chestnut extracts can be taken orally to effectively eliminate your varicose veins. Aescin is contained in horse chestnut, which is a compound with astringent properties. This helps to shrink your blood vessels and it acts like a compression stocking from within for your veins.
There are also blood-thinning properties in horse chestnut that increase your blood circulation, to help reduce swelling and pain.
Never directly ingest parts of this plant since it also contains esculin, which is a toxic substance. Use commercial horse chestnut extracts containing 16-20% aescin.
Take 1 horse chestnut extract capsule every 12 hours right before eating a meal. Drink a glass of water with it. You should see positive results after taking horse chestnut extract capsules for one month.
3. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel contains tannins that act as an astringent to strengthen and constrict dilated blood vessels to reduce swelling in your varicose veins. There is also gallic acid along with other essential oils contained in witch hazel that help to reduce and sooth the pain that comes with varicose veins.
Take a towel that has been soaked in witch hazel and put it over your affected area. Leave the towel on for 10-15 minutes and then use lukewarm water to rinse the area. Or you can add 10-20 drops of witch hazel to your tub and then soak your legs for 15 minutes. Rinse and then pat dry. This remedy should be used 2-3 times per day for 1 month.
4. Compression Stockings
These are medical grade stocks that have been specially designed to help improve your circulation and support weak veins that are in your legs. There are different grades of stockings in various compression strengths that are available. You should only wear them after consulting with a doctor first.
You can purchase these stockings at hospital pharmacies or drug stores or they can be ordered online.
Wear compression stockings to work or anytime you will be standing or sitting for long periods of time.
Take the stockings off before you go to sleep so that your veins can relax. Wearing compression stockings does not treat your varicose veins. However, it does help to reduce swelling. You can wear compression stockings along with using other remedies to treat and alleviate your varicose veins for 1-2 months.
5. Body Butter Made With Essential Oils
There are analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties contained in essential oils that help to reduce the swelling and pain in your varicose veins. They help to increase your blood circulation and also deter the progression of varicose veins.
The following body butter ingredients also help to erase stretch marks.
Body Butter Recipe
7-8 drops Rosemary essential oil
1/4 TBS Vitamin E oil
1 Tbs Jojoba oil
1 Tbs Coconut oil
2 Tbs Shea Butter
Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler. Then remove it from the heat and then add the other oils and mix all of the ingredients together.
Place the body butter into a container and refrigerate for 1-2 hours until it has solidified.
Apply the body butter to affected areas on your body and then massage it in using small circular motions. Massage the veins from the bottom to the top to help promote blood flow towards your heart.
Massaging with the body butter two times per day will help you get rid of your varicose veins in around 2 months.
6. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which is an analgesic and anti-inflammatory that helps with reducing inflammation in your varicose veins. It also helps to relieve sore muscle by increasing your blood circulation.
Mix together 1 cup warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Stir it well and drink the mixture. Drink it three times per day and you will see a noticeable change within 1 month.
Are you looking for a quick and easy way to get rid of varicose veins? The tips we’ve outlined above may help, and can usually be done in the comfort of your own home.
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