Best Essential Oils for Varicose Veins

Posted on October 16, 2017 by Chad Pegura | 87 comments

Best Essential Oils for Varicose Veins

Appearances matter, whether we like it or not. And while there are plenty of things we can control in terms of how we look, some things may come out of nowhere. Varicose veins are a perfect example of this, and when they appear it can often be difficult to diminish their appearance.

There are natural options available that can help prevent these unsightly veins from occurring and in some cases could help reduce their appearance. Very severe cases may require additional steps and can even be fixed with surgery, but for the average person things like essential oils could be all that is needed to manage varicose veins more effectively.

What Are Varicose Veins?

The first thing you’ll want to understand is what varicose veins are exactly. Also called ‘spider veins’, these are veins that appear a dull blue color and bulge outwards from the skin. They’re essentially veins that have failed, and the valves inside them have allowed blood to pool in the vein instead of moving it towards the heart. This blood pooling causes the veins to engorge, which triggers the swollen, bulging appearance.

Varicose veins most commonly occur in the legs due to their distance from the heart and the fact that gravity makes it harder for blood to flow upwards back to the heart. Additionally, the increased pressure the body puts on the legs can lead to varicose veins.

What Causes Varicose Veins?

There are numerous triggers that can increase the pressure on the veins and cause this condition, including:

  • Extended periods of standing
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Injury or illness
  • Blood clots
  • Weight gain or obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Hormone imbalances

Thankfully, varicose veins are generally not life threatening. In some cases they can be a sign of a deeper, underlying health condition, but basically varicose veins pose little risk to your health beyond being unsightly and diminishing your self-esteem.

As such, treatments through the medical community are very rare. Some creams and lotions may be used, and in severe cases surgery is an option. Natural options can be used when they first begin to appear which helps control them before they get out of hand.

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Essential Oils for Varicose Veins

Essential oils added to your daily routine are one step toward healthier living, and can be an effective way to manage varicose veins. Using certain oils that improve circulation and help build stronger, more elastic veins will prevent blood pooling from occurring.

It’s important to note that eliminating existing varicose veins is much, much more difficult than simply preventing varicose veins.  It’s worth taking the initiative against them instead of waiting for them to appear. Still, the following oils can help reduce the appearance of varicose veins and prevent new ones from appearing.

  • Lemongrass – Lemongrass helps to dilate blood vessels and make it easier for blood to circulate through the body. It’s perfect for preventive measures against varicose veins and can help reduce the size of ones already present.
  • Rose GeraniumRose Geranium not only smells lovely, but it helps promote healthier, smoother skin that’s blemish free. Additionally, it can improve blood circulation and reduce swelling thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. As such, it’s a good choice to help manage varicose veins.
  • Lemon – Lemon essential oil has strong astringent properties that can reduce oil on the skin and is also good for tightening vein walls, which can help make them stronger. Lemon works well for prevention of varicose veins, but it’s not as effective at eliminating existing ones.

How to use Essential Oils to Help Varicose Veins?

Massage Oil - To use essential oils for varicose veins, you’ll want to use them topically. When using essential oils directly on the skin it’s always important to dilute them with a carrier oil such as virgin coconut oil or sweet almond oil. Prepare a mixture of about 3-5% essential oil mixed with the carrier oil. Apply this massage oil to the specific area by rubbing it into the skin, making sure it properly absorbs.

Nebulizing Diffuser – A nebulizer is another great way to get the therapeutic benefits of the essential oils running through the blood. A nebulizing diffuser emits millions of tiny, pure essential oil particles into the air when the oil comes in contact with a stream of concentrated air.

It’s also important to remember that additional steps can help you reduces varicose veins as well. Adding certain steps to your daily regimen can improve the effectiveness of the essential oils.

 Some options include:

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol, which dehydrate the body and can lead to varicose veins
  • Avoid refined, processed, or sugary foods as well as trans-fats which can diminish circulation dramatically.
  • Work out regularly. Doing so helps promote better circulation and can ensure a healthier lifestyle, as well as fewer varicose veins.

In short, if you’ll take steps to improve your lifestyle and add essential oils to the mix, you should start noticing improvements and decreased development of unsightly varicose veins.

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25 Responses

Lynn Duchesne
Lynn Duchesne

October 23, 2017

Great Information. I have had varicose veins most of my life. I will be trying the essential oils you recommend. Thank you!

Stephanie Grant
Stephanie Grant

October 23, 2017

Great read! Lots of good info here :)

Kriss
Kriss

October 23, 2017

My husband has an extensive amount of varicose veins. He’s had injections more than once. I would love to try this just because they might at least make his legs feel better.

Anna Mitchell
Anna Mitchell

October 23, 2017

I love using essential oils to cure things or help with symptoms.

joseph mergist
joseph mergist

October 23, 2017

Very helpful.

Pamela Gard
Pamela Gard

October 23, 2017

wow! there are so many amazing remedies. Love the in depth information.

Kelly Freeman
Kelly Freeman

October 23, 2017

wow – i never realized what a serious problem this is

Melanie Borhi
Melanie Borhi

October 22, 2017

Good to know great facts

Jessica W.
Jessica W.

October 22, 2017

I love that essential oils can help with this issue. I did not know that before.

Germaine Harrison
Germaine Harrison

October 21, 2017

I am just starting to learn about essential oils.

AIDE MORALES
AIDE MORALES

October 21, 2017

Never tried this, good to know.

Michelle Coles
Michelle Coles

October 21, 2017

I don’t have vericose veins, yet anyway but this is great information to have! Thank You!

Nicole S
Nicole S

October 20, 2017

Wow what an informative post. Thanks for sharing!

Rebecca Langston
Rebecca Langston

October 20, 2017

Super article! Very interested in your products.

Leslie Carcaise
Leslie Carcaise

October 20, 2017

I would love to try this on my varicose veins.

Lisa Walinski
Lisa Walinski

October 20, 2017

I was just diagnosed with venous reflux , so I’m anxious to try these oils!

Anna
Anna

October 20, 2017

Sounds like it’s time for me to order some geranium oil! Very interesting article. FYI, varicose veins are hereditary, as well. Thanks.

Jan
Jan

October 20, 2017

i never knew varicose veins could be helped with oils,thanks for the tips

Shelly Rand
Shelly Rand

October 20, 2017

Very informative, wasn’t aware of this until I read this blog. Thanks

sarah woods
sarah woods

October 19, 2017

Oils have been utilized as homeopathic even in caveman era days of medical and health applications

Catherine Lewis
Catherine Lewis

October 19, 2017

Very informative article. I would never guess that essential oils could help this problem. Thanks for sharing!

Ronny Astrada
Ronny Astrada

October 19, 2017

Nice info. Never knew there’s something like this, and it’s good to know we have the cure!

Janet Keener
Janet Keener

October 19, 2017

I have this problem in my ankle I broke 13 years ago. Very interesting article. Thanks!

Stefanos Trigkas
Stefanos Trigkas

October 19, 2017

Very useful!

Patti J
Patti J

October 19, 2017

Thanks for the great info !

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