Do you have twisted and enlarged veins in your legs and ankles? I’ve started having these things appear on my legs in places that I know I have crossed my legs a lot in the past, and from the pressure of sitting the same way at the computer most days. I see them and am immediately like….GAH! I’m too young for this! Say it isn’t so! Tell me I don’t have these. But alas, the first signs of varicose veins have appeared on my legs.
So I was thinking yesterday…Cris stop trippin’. You know all about natural remedies, so I’m sure you can find a way to take care of these things the natural way.
So I did some sleuthing. Varicose veins aren’t usually serious, but I found out that they can sometimes lead to other problems and I’m sure you don’t want to have enlarged veins in your legs anyway….. ‘specially for us, chicas! How can we wear our skirts and bathing suits?! I’d like to know…
Anyway, these varicose veins occur when there are weakened valves and veins in our legs. Normally, one-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing from the legs up toward the heart. When these valves do not work as they should, blood collects in the legs, and pressure builds up. The veins become weak, large, and twisted. Varicose veins look dark blue, swollen, and twisted under the skin.
Non-surgical treatments include sclerotherapy, elastic stockings, elevating the legs, and exercise. So stay active peeps! The traditional surgical treatment has been vein stripping to remove the affected veins…… OUCH! Um…no thanks. I’ll stick with the natural remedies.
There are some great natural ways in preventing varicose veins. Horse Chestnut and Broom are the two most used traditional treatments for strengthening and toning the veins. Home remedies use topical astringents such as witch hazel, vinegar and lemon oil to reduce swelling and pain of varicose veins in feet and legs. For those who are suffering from twisted veins, you might want to check try horse chestnut.
Horse chestnut is valued in in herbal medicine for its ability to tone and strength veins and capillaries. It contains aescin, which helps reduce cellulite, and nighttime leg cramps. You can add the following alcohol extract to creams, oils and lotions, or use witch hazel as a carrier for liniments.
You can purchase horse chestnut tinctures online here, or you can make your own at home! Here’s the recipe:
Horse Chestnut Remedy for Varicose Veins
- 6-8 Horse Chestnuts
The fresh nuts and leaves are easiest to work with, but dried nuts will work as well.
- Chop the nuts into the smallest possible pieces, and cover with vodka. An organic vodka is preferable.
- Let it hang out in a dark, cool place for about 4-6 weeks.
Once it’s done, you can add it to olive oil or coconut oil and massage over your trouble spots on a daily basis.
Have you tried this or another remedy for varicose veins? How did it work for you? Leave me a comment to let me know! And be sure to also check out all my other natural remedies here.