Home Remedies for Varicose Veins
"Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food. Each one of the substances in a person's diet, acts upon the body and changes it in some way, and upon these changes the whole life depends, whether in health, in sickness or convalescent."
Hippocrates 2 000 years ago.
Welcome to our website, a sanctuary of natural remedies dedicated to helping you find relief from the discomfort and appearance of varicose veins.
If you are seeking gentle yet effective alternatives to traditional treatments, you're in the right place.
We have carefully curated a collection remedies derived from the goodness of nature. From the detoxifying properties of parsley and the anti-oxidant rich trio of blueberries, billberries and grapes, to the healing capabilities of apple cider vinegar, bay leaf's plain dark chocolate, aloe vera gel, cayenne, horse chestnut, witch hazel and castor oil - have everything you need to naturally combat varicose veins and restore your confidence.
Join us on this journey to discover the wonders of nature and unlock the secret to healthier, more vibrant legs.
What are Varicose Veins?
- Varicose veins are caused by a malfunctioning of the valves inside the veins.
- This causes the blood to flow back into the veins stretching them until they lose their elasticity and causing the blood to pool, which is what causes the bulging, almost purple like veins.
Symptoms of Varicose Veins
- Dull Pain
- Leg cramps
- Leg sores
- Feeling of heaviness in the legs
What Causes or Contributes to the Formation of Varicose Veins
- Hereditary (You can blame Mom for this!)
- Excess weight
- Heavy lifting
- Liver disease
- Poor Circulation
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Birth control pills
Possible Complications of Varicose Veins
- Bleeding under the skin
- Ulcers near the ankle
- Inflammation of a vein
- Deep vein blood clots
And now we are going to introduce you to some really simple, but, genuine home remedies for varicose veins.
- If you are one of those people that leaves the parsley used as garnish on your plate behind, and you suffer from varicose veins - stop immediately!
- Eat the stuff.
- Parsley contains rutin which, by taking 20 to 100mg per day, will significantly strengthen the capillaries.
- A single ounce of parsley can contain 180mg of rutin.
- Buckwheat, if you like it, also contains the capillary strengthening compound Rutin
Blueberries, Billberries and Grapes
- Another one of our simple and tasty home remedies for varicose veins - eat blueberries, bilberries and grapes, until you are blue in the face.
- These berries all contain antioxidant phytonutrients called anthocyanidins which helps to strengthen the capillaries.
- As a bonus they are also high in fiber which will help prevent constipation, which is often a trigger for hemorrhoids (varicose veins).
Can Apple Cider Vinegar Reduce Varicose Veins?
People continuously ask this question "Can Apple Cider Vinegar reduce Varicose Veins", and the answer is we do not believe that there is any scientific reasons why it can do this, but we do know that it is believed to help with the symptoms i.e.
- 3 crushed bay leaves
- 4 teaspoons of olive oil
- Warm over a low heat.
- Allow to cool, strain and apply to your varicose veins.
- Bay leaves are jam packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
- They also contain Rutin which helps to strengthen capillary walls, as does the parsley above
- Olive oil is an excellent moisturizer and lubricant when used as a topical vehicle for the extract of bay leaves.
Plain Dark Chocolate
- Can you believe this??
- At long last something that chocolates are good for apart from putting on weight.
- But all is not good news, because this only refers to plain dark chocolate not the other fancy ones with marshmallow, nuts and so on and so on.
- Chocolates are high in flavonoids and one of the benefits of foods high in flavonoids is protection against varicose veins by reducing the permeability of the capillaries.
The Do's and Don'ts for Varicose Vein Sufferers
- Do not smoke.
- Do not sit with your legs crossed.
- Do not stand for long periods of time.
- Do not have excessively hot baths.
- Do not wear tight clothing.
- Do not wear high heeled shoes.
Hot Bath is a no no!!
- Do watch your weight.
- Do prop your legs up, and sleep with them elevated at night.
- Do keep your legs moving i.e. walking, cycling and swimming.
- Do wear "sensible" shoes.
Aloe Vera Gel
- One of the medicinal properties of Aloe is that it is known as a circulatory stimulant, which will help to keep the blood flowing smoothly throughout the body.
- It is also an anti-inflammatory, which will help with any swelling related to varicose veins.
- Cayenne helps to expand the blood vessels, reducing stress on the capillaries.
- There are creams available which contain cayenne and can be rubbed gently onto the protruding veins, for help with soothing the symptoms.
- Mix ½ teaspoon Horse Chestnut Powder with 2 cups of water.
- Use a moist sterile gauze to apply the mixture gently to the affected inflamed veins.
- Horse Chestnut has a long history as a traditional herbal medicine for varicose veins as well as for hemorrhoids.
- Research has shown that this is due to the active compound aescin, found in the horse chestnut which helps strengthen capillary cells, which in turn reduces fluid leakage.
- Now here is a herb which can be used as another one of our natural remedies for varicose veins because it is well known for treating venous conditions.
- It is better known for treating hemorrhoids (which are in fact varicose veins of the rectum), but may also be useful for treating varicose veins.
- Pay your local health shop a visit and buy a bottle of witch ghazel extract, apply to this to the troublesome veins 2-3 times a day. It is known to give good results after 2 weeks of constant use.
- Have a nice bath and then apply castor oil to the affected area and massage very gently into your legs, working from your feet upwards.
- Make sure you don't apply to broken skin.
- Castor oil has been known for centuries as medication for many ailments from digestive problems to varicose veins.
- 90% of its fatty acid content consists of ricinoleic acid which is thought to be responsible for its healing properties.
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