Top 8 Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
What can I do about my awful looking varicose veins? Are there any natural or home remedies that will help?
There definitely are some terrific natural remedies and treatments that will not only help to reduce the size and look of your varicose veins, they can even make them disappear completely. It can take a good 12-18 months for this to occur, but if you're consistent with the application of these remedies, it will happen!
So here's the top 8 home remedies for varicose veins and spider veins in order of importance...
#1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): Apple cider vinegar is a powerful cleansing agent. It not only removes the toxins and chemicals which cause varicose veins, it also increases blood flow and circulation (another major cause of varicose veins and spider veins). ACV is best taken internally as well as used externally.
For internal benefit, mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm, filtered water and stir well. Drink this concoction twice daily for AT LEAST one to two months before expecting to see positive results.
For external relief, apply some undiluted ACV on the skin over the top of the varicose veins and gently massage. Do this twice daily, once before going to bed and first thing in the morning. Continue with this treatment for 2-3 months to help reduce the size of your varicose veins.
Now when it comes to purchasing your ACV, make sure you ONLY purchase organic apple cider vinegar that still contains the "mother" apple. This is crucial for it to work successfully. Bragg organic ACV
is the best (and most reasonably priced) on the market.
#2. Cayenne Pepper: Cayenne pepper is considered a wonder treatment for both varicose veins and spider veins. It's rich in vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which are essential for the health and strength of vein and capillary walls. Cayenne pepper also increases blood circulation better than anything else to quickly ease the pain and inflammation of congested and swollen veins and capillaries.
The best and fastest acting way to take cayenne pepper is to thoroughly mix one teaspoon in 3/4 of a cup of hot water (hot enough that you can still drink) and scull it down. Do this 2-3 times daily for best results.
#3. Horse Chestnut Seeds: This is a favored remedy for varicose veins traditionally used by herbalists. Horse chestnut seeds have powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling properties which help to reduce the appearance of varicose veins. They also have a compound called aescin, which improves elastic strength of veins and stops the release of certain enzymes which are known to damage capillary walls. Horse chestnut seeds make an excellent tonic for increasing blood circulation as well.
You can easily purchase horse chestnut supplements
online or from your local health food store. Dosage is around 300 mg's taken twice daily. You can also use the horse chestnut cream directly on varicose veins and spider veins for extra benefit and relief.
Note: Horse chestnut is not recommended for pregnant or nursing mothers.
#4. Ginger, Turmeric, and Garlic Cloves: All of these herbs are excellent for reducing inflammation in veins and blood vessels and improving circulation. They also contain some potent antioxidants that remove harmful toxins from veins, blood vessels and arteries.
The best way to get the most out of these herbs is to make your own turmeric milk tea (its easy) and drink twice daily. Here's how to do it... Turmeric Tea Recipe
. In addition, be sure to use these herbs in your cooking as much as possible as well!
#5. Copper: The elastic fibers of arteries, veins and capillaries, along with other connective tissue, need copper for tensile strength. One of the most common signs of weak connective tissue is in fact varicose veins.
So making sure you receive enough copper every day is vital. Unfortunately, there is no longer enough copper in our foods today (it's been completely leached from our soils) so supplementation is necessary. Colloidal copper
is considered the most absorbable. Once again, most well stocked health food stores will have it or you can purchase it online.
#6. Vitamin E: Vitamin E improves the health of veins and capillaries, along with increasing circulation by keeping blood platelets from sticking together and adhering to the blood vessel walls. If you suffer from calf cramping due to narrowed or hardened arteries and veins, this can be helped with the addition of some vitamin E. Almonds, swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, kale, avocados, broccoli, parsley, olives, along with raw seeds such as pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds are all rich in vitamin E.
#7. Witch Hazel: Witch hazel
is a powerful astringent (shrinking agent) which helps to contract swollen blood vessels and veins. This makes it a perfect topical remedy for varicose veins and spider veins. It also strengthens blood vessels and reduces pain and inflammation.
To use this remedy, simply soak a wash cloth in some witch hazel and then place and leave on the affected area for 20 minutes. Do this twice daily. Or alternatively, fill a bath with warm water and add 15-20 drops of witch hazel. Soak your legs for at least 20 minutes before washing them in some clean water and patting dry. Do this once a day for best results.
#8. Butcher's Broom: This herb is a great anti-inflammatory and astringent. It's regularly used for treating varicose veins because it helps to relieve the pain and discomfort as well as shrinking the size of varicose and spider veins.
You can also find butcher's broom
supplements in most health food stores or online. The usual dosage is around 100 mg's taken 3 times daily. And the great thing about butcher's broom supplements is they contain extra added nutrients that also help with treating varicose and spider veins.
Some extra things you can do to help treat your varicose veins include...
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Elevate your legs.
3. Wear support stockings.
4. Exercise gently or go for short walks.
5. Consider a weight loss programme if you need to.
So hopefully these remedies and recommendations help you out Bob.
Good luck to you and all the best!