The term varicose veins is used for veins which are weakened, enlarged, and visible under the skin surface. These veins are normally blue or dark purple. This is a common condition which can be the result of a number of issues, including pregnancy, obesity, prolonged standing, straining, age, genetics, etc.
At the beginning of their occurrence, varicose veins are normally treated with compression techniques, like wearing compression stockings. Nevertheless, as the condition advances, other health problems arise, such as painful inflammation, feeling of heaviness in the legs, and swelling. Also, varicose veins are often accompanied by spider veins and dilated capillaries on the skin, which additionally aggravate the condition.
While surgery and a few non-invasive medical techniques are available to treat varicose veins, there are risks involved with any medical procedure. If you are looking for a solution to your varicose veins, there is good news. You only have to go as far as your cupboards to achieve a varicose-vein-free look:
When it comes to soothing inflammation and triggering blood flow, one of the best natural remedies you can use is the garlic. Researchers at the University of Cape Town have shown garlic to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting effects. To ease the symptoms of varicose veins, we recommended this homemade garlic based mixture:
- A tablespoon of olive oil;
- Half a glass of orange juice;
- Garlic cloves, finely grated.
- Mix well all the ingredients, letting the mixture stay for nearly twelve hours before use;
- Apply the mixture onto the affected areas, using slow, circular motions. Do not stop until the mixture is absorbed in your skin;
- Use a warm bandage or towel to wrap the area you have previously massaged with the mixture, and let it sit for nearly fifteen minutes. Very soon, you will experience relief. Repeat the procedure as many times as you need.
2. Witch Hazel
One popular natural remedy is witch hazel. The natural astringent helps ease swelling and pain while also strengthening the veins. Wrap the affected area with a soaked washcloth three times a day, or soak your legs in a tub of warm water and 10-20 drops of witch hazel. The treatment continues for two months.
3. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a favorite for many home remedies, and its use for varicose veins is no exception. Since the vinegar is a strong detoxifier, it helps improve the body’s circulation. Once a person’s circulatory system is working properly, the varicose veins should clear up. Drink two tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water twice a day. For a dual-pronged attack, massage your legs with diluted apple cider vinegar to reduce the appearance of varicose veins in the leg.
Here’s another reason to stock up on some fresh parsley. Not only is it high in vitamin C, which helps in repairing damaged cells, it is rich in rutin, which can strengthen the weakened capillary walls that cause varicose veins. Eat as much as you can, but you can also apply it topically as a salve.
5. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne Pepper has a long history of use as an herbal medicine and convention studies are catching up. It is high in vitamin C, but the capsaicin that gives it its spicy flavor has also been shown to improve circulation by lowering blood pressure. To take advantage of this incredible spice, drink one teaspoon in a warm cup of water three times a day.