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