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Varicose Veins Natural Treatments

Varicose veins affect millions of people all over the world.

They are most common in women, and are affected by genetic, hormonal and physical factors.

If your mother had them, then the chance of you getting them is increased... but all is not lost as there are many natural ways you can both prevent and reduce your chances of getting them.

Surgery is not a foolproof solution, and while it may be necessary for severe, long time suffers - it is well worth giving alternative options a real try.


Cause of Varicose Veins

Varicose veins almost always form on the legs, and can be quite uncomfortable, sometimes painful, and often unsightly.
(Although Haemorrhoids are another common and painful form.)

They are the result of the weakening of the valves in the veins so that the blood can flow backwards (which it can not normally do), resulting in a pooling which causes the veins to bulge and look discolored.

Apart from the genetic and hormonal factors that may not be totally in your control, there are a number of physical triggers and exacerbating physical conditions that you may have more control over.

Obesity, pregnancy, frequent heavy lifting and long periods of standing can put pressure on your veins.

Always crossing your legs, and not exercising, are also factors in whether you develop this condition - and to some degree how bad they become.


Treatments

Varicose veins treatments are most successful when they are a combination of physical and natural healing remedies.

There a number of different approaches you can use that will help to lessen existing problems, and prevent the formation of any new ones.


Physical Treatments

WHAT TO DO:

  • Exercise regularly using low-impact activities such as walking, swiming, cycling.
  • Elevate your legs whenever possible. This can be done at night too if you slightly elevate the end of your bed.
  • Try not to sit or stand for long periods without moving around.
  • Don't cross your legs.
  • Avoid tight shoes or belts as it can restrict the blood flow and make it harder for your veins to do their job.
  • Regular deep breathing exercises will help to ensure the blood flow to extremities, and back again, is efficient.
  • Shower your legs alternately with hot water, then cold water, for a minute each time to get the blood circulation working well.

  • Natural Healing Remedies

    CITRUS CIRCULATORY BOOST

    WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 5 drops of Lemon Oil
  • 3 drops of Cypress Oil
  • 2 drops of Geranium Oil
  • 20ml of a Carrier Oil, such as Jojoba or Olive Oil 

  • WHAT TO DO:
  • Mix the above oils together, then gently massage into the affected area.

  • MINTY FRESH CIRCULATION BOOSTER

    WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 5 drops of Peppermint Oil
  • 3 drops of Cypress Oil
  • 2 drops of Geranium Oil
  • 20ml of a Carrier Oil, such as Jojoba or Olive Oil

    WHAT TO DO:

  • Mix the above oils together, then gently massage into the affected area.

    More Natural Healing Remedies

    WHAT TO DO:

  • Massage your legs with 10 drops of Basil Oil diluted in 20ml of a Carrier Oil
  • Drink Gingko leaf tea
  • If you veins are painful, apply a compress of Marigold flowers
  • Eat for prevention - lots of Vitamin E to improve blood circulation and vein strength, as well as bell peppers and lemon
  • Gotu kola enhances blood flow, increases tone and helps keep the veins supple.
  • Horse chestnut appears to control inflammation and swelling. This helps reduce the accumulation of blood in the veins.
  • Keep in mind that none of these remedies and physical treatments are a quick fix. It may be months before you see a difference, and it will require persistence and commitment to your treatments to hopefully avoid costly and painful varicose veins surgery.


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