Although it has not been scientifically proven, many Essential Oils have been said to help with the pain and discomfort of Spider and Varicose Veins. Essential Oils usually aid in reducing inflammation and improving circulation which is important in vein health. Some of the most recommended oils for vein health include lavender, cypress, lemongrass, geranium and sage oil. These oils work similarly in that they help soothe and increase blood flow.
Lavender oil is one of the most popular oils and has calming effects as well as works to relieve pain. According to Health Watch List, “Cypress helps relieve muscular spasms and cramps, which can be associated with varicose veins.” Lemongrass oil works well as a pain reliever to the skin when applied to the specific area. Geranium tightens skin and can lower blood pressure. Sage oil has many uses, but works well to minimize skin issues and heal wounds.
Many people apply a few drops of the right essential oil to a damp cloth and place it on the veins they want to treat for around 15 minutes. Oils can also be added to carrier oil and massaged into the affected areas or added to bath. While the Essential Oils do not make the appearance of the Varicose and Spider Veins go away, many people have felt pain and swelling relief. For everyday use of Essential Oils, diffusers can also be used to spray a mist of a combination of oils into the room.
ACV- what’s the deal? On top of Vitamin C, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is all the craze in the media, in the news . But what are the benefits? And can it help with varicose veins? Let’s see!
While ACV is known to improve circulation and blood flow, it can also assist with reducing the swelling and heavy feeling that comes with varicose veins, according to a recent article. ACV has a variety of uses, and can even be directly applied to the legs or as a refreshing drink or tea twice a day. Additionally, ACV can also reduce body fat, help the immune system, and boost energy.
Here’s how to use it inside and out:
- Every night before going to bed and every morning (for a few months) apply apple cider vinegar on the affected area and gently massage it (using upward strokes).
- Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink this twice a day for at least one month – and get the added bonus of an improved digestion in the process!
If ACV is too strong, we love this recipe for a Berry Lemon Refresher recipe:
- 2 tablespoons fresh or frozen berries (I love using raspberries the best!)
- 1 tablespoon ACV
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey or sweetener of choice
- Place the berries in the bottom of a cup. If you are using a sweetener, add that in now. Muddle the berries and sweetener with the back of a spoon.
- Add in your ACV and lemon juice. Fill the cup with ice and add in enough water to fill the rest of the cup. Stir and enjoy!