Varicose veins are the knotty, enlarged network of veins that lie just below the skin’s surface. Although varicose veins can appear on any part of the human body, they are generally seen on the ankles and the legs. Swollen varicose veins are much more than just another ugly skin problem. Varicose veins which are left untreated worsen progressively with time.
Women are twice as likely to suffer from painful varicose veins as men.Obese people, older folks and pregnant woman are extremely vulnerable to varicose veins. The gnarled blue or dark purple colored varicose veins develop due to impaired flow of blood through the venous system back to the heart. The weakened valves of the veins can cause blood to pool just below the skin’s surface.
Home Remedies to Treat Varicose Veins
There are myriad home remedies to treat varicose veins. People who have tried these home remedies specially designed for varicose veins have experienced great relief. Some simple home remedies to treat this painful condition are listed below.
Apply Apple Cider Vinegar
Varicose veins can be treated effectively with apple cider vinegar. Dip a cotton ball in a glass bowl containing half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Now gently rub the cotton ball containing the apple cider vinegar on the affected regions.
Repeat this process at least three or four times a day. Regular application of apple cider vinegar on varicose veins can help to reduce the pain and swelling associated with this condition.
Don’t Sit For Too Long
Contrary to popular belief sitting down for too long can actually worsen this condition. When you sit down for a long duration of time, the blood flow from the lower limbs back to the heart is hampered. So, make it a point to get up and stretch your legs at regular intervals.
Avoid Wearing Tight Clothes
Tight clothes with the exception of compression stockings can worsen this condition. Tight clothes hamper normal blood flow from the rest of the body back to the heart.
People who wear constricting clothes may experience aggravated symptoms of varicose veins. So, if you have varicose veins wear loose fitting clothes.
Prop Your Feet Up
Standing for long periods of time can actually aggravate this condition. So, make it a point to sit down and relax especially if you have been standing for an extended duration of time. People having varicose veins should prop their feet up on a table or a small stool. Ideally prop your feet up so that they are slightly higher than the level of your heart. This can help to relieve some of the pain and swelling.
Apply Almond Oil
Almond oil is applied directly over the varicose veins to reduce swelling and pain. For added benefit you can add some vitamin e oil to the almond oil before applying it on the varicose veins. Take two tablespoons of almond oil.
Now add half a teaspoon of vitamin E oil – which can be purchased at most pharmacies or stores selling natural products. Mix the two oils well. Now gently massage the affected region with these oils. You will get instant relief from painful varicose veins.
Take a Warm Hip Bath
Fill a bath tub to the halfway mark with warm water. Sit in the warm water and relax. The heated water can reduce the swelling due to varicose veins. The warm water can ease the pain, that people with this condition have to endure constantly.
Apply Mud Pack
Prepare a mud pack using fuller’s earth. Now apply the mud pack directly over the varicose veins. For best results prepare the mud pack and apply it on the varicose veins just before going to sleep.
Wash off the fuller’s earth mud pack in the morning with cold water. Repeat this process for a couple of days. People with varicose veins will experience great relief from the pain and swelling that is part and parcel of this condition.
Use Epsom Salts
Fill a bath tub with luke warm water. Add one heaped tablespoon of Epsom salts into the bath water. Allow the Epsom salts to dissolve in the warm bath water. Now, relax in this Epsom salt bath for half an hour. There will be a definite lessening in the swelling and pain due to varicose vein condition.
Apply Warm Castor Oil
After having a bath, heat some castor oil and apply it on the varicose veins. Remember to apply warm and not hot castor oil, as hot oil can scald the skin. Gently massage the oil into the skin.
There will be a noticeable reduction in the swelling. For maximum benefit, repeat this procedure twice a day for at least one month.
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