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Herbal Remedies for Varicose Veins
There are many home remedies for varicose veins found in the plant world. Here are just a few.
1. Horse chestnut
This is one of the best varicose veins we know today. It is also perfectly suitable for people who suffer from phlebitis, as it helps to stimulate blood circulation.
Horse chestnut has the ability to restore optimal functioning of the veins and its valves.
- 20 spoonfuls of horse chestnut bark (200 g)
- 5 liters of water
Put the water to boil then add the horse chestnut bark. Let steep for 10 minutes.
After this time, filter the preparation and wait until the mixture cools. Put your legs in the bath.
Repeat every day, morning or evening.
2. Grape seed extract
The tiny seeds inside grapes contain antioxidant substances, including several types of flavonoids, linoleic acid and vitamin E. Oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) are another powerful set of antioxidants with well known vasoprotective properties. They prevent free radical damage to the walls of the blood vessels. They also promote the formation of collagen, a protein that helps maintain the elasticity of connective tissues and strengthen the walls of the blood vessels. It prevents leakage of fluid from the veins and resultant swelling of the legs.
You can take powdered grape seeds or use commercially available grape seed extracts as long as their OPC content is 95% or more. Grape seed oil is also rich in these proanthocyanidins, and can be taken orally or used topically to relieve pain and inflammation and to strengthen the veins.
3. Cayenne pepper
Cayenne pepper is rich in vitamin C and flavonoids. They protect the walls of the blood vessels from free radical damage and promote collagen formation to keep them healthy and elastic. But the most potent substance in cayenne pepper is capsaicin which has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and blood thinning properties.
Cayenne pepper powder can be orally taken to reduce the pain and inflammation due to varicose veins. It can prevent blood clots and ulcers. Start with smaller doses of half a teaspoon cayenne pepper powder in a cup of water and gradually increase it up to 1 tablespoon. Even mere topical application of capsaicin or cayenne pepper extract can increase blood circulation and bring relief to tired and sore legs.
Garlic is an excellent herb for reducing inflammation and the symptoms of varicose veins. It also helps break up harmful toxins in the blood vessels and improve circulation.
- Slice up six garlic cloves and put them in a clean glass jar.
- Extract the juice from three oranges and add it to the jar. Also add two tablespoons of olive oil.
- Let the mixture sit for about 12 hours.
- Shake the jar and then put a few drops of the solution on your fingers. Massage the inflamed veins with the solution in a circular motion for 15 minutes.
- Wrap the area with a cotton cloth and leave it on overnight.
- Repeat daily for several months.
- Also, include fresh garlic in your diet.
5. Pot Marigold (Calendula officinalis)
Pot marigold is an age-old remedy for almost all skin problems. Although varicose veins are not really a skin problem, they can give rise to itching, dryness, eczema, dermatitis and ulcers. For quick relief of these conditions, make an infusion of the pot marigold petals in boiling water and use it for warm compresses. Or you can also soak in a warm bath to which a handful of flowers are added.
The anti-inflammatory property of pot marigold reduces inflammation and pain. It also promotes collagen formation in the skin, restoring its natural texture. Pot marigold has antimicrobial properties and promotes blood circulation, helping ulcers and boils heal faster.
6. The cypress
The bark of this tree has many properties to treat many diseases related to blood circulation, such as varicose veins.
- 6 spoonfuls of cypress leaves and bark (60 g)
- 3 liters of water
Heat the liter of water. When it comes to a boil, add the leaves and the cypress bark.
Let the decoction take place for 10 minutes.
Keep your feet in the water for 10 minutes
You can also use this treatment topically, by soaking a cotton pad and applying it to the area affected by the varicose veins.
7. Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica)
Commonly known as Indian pennywort, this ground-hugging herb from the Orient has been used as a popular varicose remedy for thousands of years in India and the Southeast Asian countries. The herb extract or dried herb powder is taken orally to treat venous insufficiency. It reduces leakage from veins and reduces inflammation and water retention. The triterpenoids in the herb can strengthen the blood vessels and increase blood flow through them.
Topical application helps heal wounds, ulcers, and dermatitis by increasing blood flow to the affected area.
Other Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins
8. Fuller Earth : Mud Pack
Main motive of this mud pack therapy is to reduce the veins enlargement. As a result mud pack on varicose veins have shown some amazing effects on bulged veins. I strongly support mud pack remedy for swollen leg veins.
Mud pack helps in the treatment of varicose veins by compression. As clay dries it compresses the skin and veins in order to reduce veins enlargement.
How to use mud pack for Varicose veins?
- Buy good quality mudpack like fuller’s earth from online store or from local store.
- Take 2 table-spoon of mudpack clay and mix it with lukewarm water.
- Apply this mixture on varicose and let it dry.
- After 1-2 hours remove the clay and wash your legs.
- You can do this twice a day as a result you will feel relaxation in enlarged veins.
9. Apple cider vinegar
This is one of the easiest, yet effective remedies for varicose veins. Apple cider vinegar has astringent properties which help shrink swollen veins and restore their plasticity.
You can use apple cider vinegar both externally and internally. For spot application, just dip a wash cloth in apple cider vinegar diluted with equal amount of water and place it over the swollen veins. Its drying effect reduces swelling and relieves pain.
When taken internally, it has a detoxifying effect that helps purify the blood and clean out the blood vessels, increasing circulation. You can add 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a cup of water and drink it with or without adding raw honey.
10. The calendula
One of the other plants that we can suggest to you to fight varicose veins is the calendula. It has the ability to protect the veins from degeneration that can affect them with the passage of time.
Calendula infusion helps to repair damaged tissues, reduce swelling of the lower limbs and relieve the pain caused by varicose veins.
It is also possible to find calendula based creams in the trade. You can even prepare yours!
Just pound a handful of calendula petals in a little water, then add this mixture into a neutral moisturizer.
Apply this balm every night before going to bed on the affected areas, without rinsing.
11. Witch hazel
This Native American herbal remedy has been helpful to many people with varicose veins. The tannins in the extract give it excellent astringent property, which helps in constricting the distended veins and restoring their natural elastic nature. Witch hazel has excellent anti-inflammatory properties too.
Although some herbalists recommend oral intake, using witch hazel infusion as a warm compress is sufficient to relieve pain and swelling resulting from congestion in the varicose veins. Besides reducing the edema, it can relieve itching and pain.
12. Pine bark extract
Pine bark extract has been studied extensively. It contains many phenolic acids, flavonoids, and proanthocyanidins that bestow a number of beneficial effects, including visible reduction of varicose veins and associated inflammation.
Oral intake of pine bark extract has been shown to strengthen the walls of the blood vessels and restore elasticity by binding with the structural protein collagen. By reducing blood pressure and improving blood circulation, pine bark extract relieves many symptoms of varicose veins such as leg cramps and pain on standing for long periods.