Varicose veins are the large veins found on legs. Sometimes, these veins enlarge because of the excessive pressure, in particularly from too long standing and sitting. But heredity also plays an important role in this case. Although these veins can enlarge at both women and men, however the percentage of women affected by this disease is higher. Some of the causes of appearance of pronounced varicose veins are pregnancy and obesity. They are considered a cosmetic problem, but if they are accompanied by pain, severe itching, ulceration, or eczema, then this may seem a serious condition. It can be a symptom of deep vein thrombosis that needs medical treatment.
1. Gentle Massage
Massage is a good way to increase blood circulation, but it should be performed very gently. It helps in the prevention of formation of blood clots in the veins. During the massage, do not press on the bulging veins. For lubrication, use coconut oil or olive oil. For a softening effect, use also several drops of peppermint or wintergreen essential oil.
Specially designed compression stockings are a must for the people who suffer of enlarged varicose veins. They apply a regular pressure on the whole surface of the leg, thus diminishing the vein diameter. The stockings also offer additional support for the venous walls and improve the blood flow, preventing the formation blood clot. Compression stockings can stop the progress of the disorder if it is used at the first or second stage of its development. You can find different types of compression garments for varicose veins, but be sure that you consult your doctor before buying them.
3. Mud packs
A mud pack on varicose affected legs can lessen the pain. The best solution for this purpose is Fuller’s earth. Dissolve the mud into water and apply on the legs before going to sleep. Let it act overnight and in the morning wash it off with some warm water and pat dry the legs. When the mud dries, it tights the legs and the veins. Its properties are similar to that of compression stockings. Besides this, the clay detoxifies the skin and the vessels. If you have ulcers, I do not advice you to use mud packs, although they are sterile.
4. Proper Diet
If you suffer of the enlarged blood vessels, then you would better increase the intake of group B vitamins, and namely B6, B9 and B12. Also, try to limit the alcohol consumption. Add to your diet animal products like tuna, salmon, shrimps, chicken, turkey, eggs and veggies and fruits like potatoes, sunflower seeds, avocados, bananas, broccoli, lentils. If your vessel disorder is followed by pain and swelling, add to your diet anti-inflammatory products as oily fish, greens, beets, tomatoes, nuts, whole grains, ginger, turmeric, garlic onions, berries, cherries.
5. Be active
Sedentary lifestyle is bad for varicose. Do not sit or stand for a long time if you have enlarged varicose veins. When you take breaks, better walk for improving the blood circulation. Also, if you work at office, raise your legs on a chair and move your ankles in a circular motion. Then move them up and down to boost the blood circulation. If you have, on the contrary, to stand on your feet for a long time, then keep changing the weight of your body from one leg to another. For any case, swimming is the best exercise to alleviate the condition.
Also, there are many herbs that can improve your health condition, if you deal with varicose.
6. Horse chestnut
Horse chestnut extract is one of the most used herbal remedy for enlarged varicose veins and other vascular disorders. Its main substance, Aescin, has vasoprotective property, preventing the enzymes that provoke the damage to the walls of the blood vessels. Also, Aescin has blood thinning property that diminishes the risk of clot formation. Besides these, it acts as an anti-inflammatory and diuretic, decreasing pain and swelling in the legs. Horse chestnut tree bark can be put directly to ulcers, but do not drink tea out of the parts of this plant, because it contains a toxic ingredient named esculin. Drink it only if it is a commercial tea, as the toxin is eliminated from it in this case. Pregnant women and persons with bleeding disorders should avoid this cure.
7. Grape seed extract
The seeds of grapes include flavonoids, linoleic acid and vitamin E. The vasoprotective function is carried out by the oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) that take care the blood vessels walls not to become damaged. As well, they boost the formation of collagen, a protein that keeps the vessels elastic and strong. It impedes the liquid leakage and thus hinders the bulging of legs. Also, the grape seed extract is efficient in fighting with pain and inflammation. In commerce, you can find grape seeds as extract or powder, but be sure that its OPC is higher than 95%.
8. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper contains much vitamin C and flavonoids. They secure the veins from damage and speed the collagen constitution that makes them more elastic and healthy. But the most powerful ingredient from the pepper is capsaicin. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and blood thinning characteristics, preventing the formation of clots and ulcers. Cayenne pepper can be taken in as powder. Begin with a smaller dose, of half of teaspoon of powder, and dissolve it in a glass of water, then gradually major the dose to one tablespoon. If you simply feel that your legs are tired, take cayenne pepper extract for relief.
9. Pine bark extract
The bark of French maritime pine has numerous phenolic acids, flavonoids, and proanthocyanidins that visibly decrease the enlarged veins, being a powerful anti-inflammatory. It also strengthens the walls of the blood vessels and restores elasticity. If you stay on your legs for long periods and often deal with leg cramps, then pine bark extract is exactly what you need. It decreases the blood pressure and boosts blood circulation.
10. Pot Marigold
Pot marigold is a natural remedy used for centuries for different skin disorders treatment. As it is known, varicose can cause itching, dryness, eczema, dermatitis and ulcers. To get rid of these consequences, prepare an infusion from pot marigold and apply warm compresses on affected areas. As well, you can add the infusion to your bath and relax in it. It will decrease inflammation and pain. Also, it speeds up the collagen formation, bringing back the skin to its normal condition. Pot marigold is popular for its antimicrobial properties, too, improving blood circulation and helping the ulcers heal faster.
11. Gotu Kola
Probably, this is the most popular Indian remedy for varicose. You can find this herb in the form of powder or extract for oral intake. They are proven to diminish leakage from vessels, have anti-inflammatory effect and remove the excess of water from the body. The main ingredients from this herb – triterpenoids, strengthen the veins and improve the blood circulation.
Two more other simple remedies for varicose are:
12. Apple cider vinegar
Besides its huge number of health benefits, apple cider vinegar is efficient in the alleviation of enlarged varicose veins. This is due to its astringent functions. Apple cider vinegar can be used internally and externally. For external use, mix in a proportion of 1:1 apple cider vinegar and water. Then dip a cloth in the mixture and apply it on the affected areas. It will diminish the swelling and will soothe the pain in no time. While taken orally, it purifies the blood and the blood vessels and improves the blood circulation. For this, mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of water. Add some raw honey if you want to sweeten your “cocktail”.
13. Witch hazel
Witch hazel is the varicose remedy of the Native Americans. The main substance from witch hazel is tannin, which helps in the restoration of the veins plasticity. It is also an amazing anti-inflammatory. For better results, take witch hazel internally. But you can also prepare infusions and apply them as warm compresses to combat pain, swelling and itching.
Some essential oils are also helpful in case you have enlarged varicose veins:
14. Helichrysum Essential Oil
This oil is a great anticoagulant and anesthetic, thus impeding the clot formation. Apply 2-3 drops of this essential oil on the enlarged veins to reduce pain and swelling. This is due to the fact that this remedy speeds the blood circulation.
15. Chamomile Oil
If you stand all day long on your legs, pamper them with some chamomile oil to reduce heaviness and discomfort. In the evening, massage very gently your legs with a combination of chamomile oil and organic coconut oil.
16. Other Essential Oils
As inflammation fighters could be also used lavender and rosemary essential oils. For lowering the blood pressure is effective the cypress oil. The same properties have juniper berry and pine essential oils. Just add 5-6 drops of oil to warm water and then dip a cloth in this water and apply it to your veins. You can also add essential oils to your bath or massage oil.