Varicose veins are blue colored lines on calf and thighs which appear due to enlarged and twisted veins. These can be almost asymptomatic in the beginning but at later stages cause constant or intermittent pain which is frustrating. Generally, people having family history of this problem are common victims and those who are in jobs requiring long sitting or standing hours commonly suffer with this problem. Other than these, pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations and obesity are commonly found factors of the problem. This problem is far more common in women than men. The symptoms of the problem keep on aggravating if left unchecked. Home remedies for varicose veins are effective and safe ways to stop progression of the problem and provide relief from symptoms.
Home Remedies for Varicose Veins
Hot and cold hip baths are easy and useful home remedies for varicose veins. You can let hot and cold water flow from hip region to down alternatively 9 to 10 times before going to sleep. Or you can soak towels in cold and warm water and wrap them around your thighs and calf alternatively to enhance flow of blood and reduce inflammation and pain in veins.
Fill a bathtub with warm water and add two cups of Epsom salt to the tub. Soak yourself in the water for 20 to 30 minutes and take a warm water shower later. On regular use this works as one of the best home remedies for varicose veins.
Castor oil massages are also useful home remedies for varicose veins. Just heat a tablespoon or more of castor oil and apply over thigh and calf and later gently massage. Stroke from down to up so that blood flows smoothly back towards heart. Do not apply too much pressure and wash off oil with warm water later.
Take 3 teaspoons each of grape seed oil and jojoba oil and 8 drops of any one of the essential oils like geranium, peppermint and lemon. Mix all the ingredients and spread some mixture on your palms. Rub them to make mixture warm and massage calf and thighs to calm down varicose veins and their symptoms. Let the mixture stay on your legs overnight.
Vegetable juices are beneficial in many ways and these are tremendous remedies for varicose veins as well. Mix 300 ml of carrot juice and 100 ml each of beetroot and spinach. Mix and drink the mixture through the day. This will supplement a big dose of nutrients and strengthen veins to provide relief.
Few glasses of pineapple juice everyday works as effective home remedies for varicose veins. Pineapple juice has bromelain which is potent anti-inflammatory and relieves inflammation effectively. Drinking few cups of ginger tea also works well for relieving troubling symptoms of varicose veins. Just boil a two inch long piece of crushed ginger in a cup of water and drink after straining when it is bearably warm. Repeat these cups of ginger tea few times in a day to gain considerable relief from the problem.
Fuller’s earth also works excellently well for treating varicose veins. Take 2 to 3 tablespoons of fuller’s earth and add some water to make it sticky. Apply this paste over area affected by varicose veins, let it dry out and let it stay overnight, wash off in the morning repeat this regularly for few days. It is one of the easy to use and effective home remedies for varicose veins.
Take 3 drops each of chamomile oil, lavender and carrot seed oil, add these to a teaspoon of St. John’s wort tincture, add this entire mixture to a cup of water and soak a clean cloth in it. Apply this cloth over affected parts few times and repeat this remedy for few days regularly. This is another one of the best home remedies for varicose veins.
Cabbage leaves poultices are popular home remedies for varicose veins. Take few leaves of cabbage and wash them thoroughly, grind them to form a paste if you wish you can add few drops of water to make the paste smooth. Apply the paste directly over the affected part and tie it with a bandage or you can tie the paste in linen cloth and then tie it against the affected part. Let it stay for few hours. This provides relief in a short time or regular use.
Take some precautions to prevent problem from aggravating. Do not stand or sit for long duration, if you need to sit put your legs on a chair or stool, avoid sitting crossed legs or crossed ankles and avoid wearing tight clothes. Exercise regularly, walking is the best exercise to keep blood flow smooth, do not walk briskly take a walk with moderate pace. Drink at least 10 to 12 glasses of water everyday.