Natural Remedies for Spider Veins

May 20, 2013 Natural remedies

spider veinsSpider veins are tiny red or bluish capillaries under the surface of the skin looking like spiderwebs or tree branches lines. They usually appear on the face, legs and thighs. Even though they are not a serious health issue, they are certainly beauty enemies. Spider veins are more common in women and often get worse during pregnancy.

Once they appear, there is no miraculous way to get rid of them completely, but there are natural remedies which can prevent, reduce and keep them under control.

Lifestyle recommendations to improve circulation

  1. Try to get better circulation. Keep your legs elevated from time to time, while resting, and make a few simple exercises when sitting for many hours. If possible, try putting a pillow under your legs while sleeping, to keep them elevated and improve circulation.
  2. Don’t cross your legs while sitting.
  3. Keep your weight under control to avoid pressure on the legs.
  4. Increase the level of antioxidants in your diet. Vitamins A, C, E, K, zinc, and bioflavonoids contained in the white flesh of oranges or grapefruit could strengthen the veins.
  5. Add more raw fruits and vegetables to your diet to get enough fiber and avoid processed food.
  6. Gently massage the affected areas to reduce the aspect of spider veins.
  7. Compression stockings could improve circulation.
  8. Avoid taking hot baths and prolonged exposure to the sun, especially without sunscreen, as it can enhance the appearance of unwanted spider veins.

Natural remedies

  1. Horse chestnut tincture as well as horse chestnut based creams can be effective in strengthening veins. The oral treatment should go on for at least three months before seeing any results. Horse chestnut tincture can also be used externally onto affected parts, combined with hamamelis or witch hazel (ten parts distilled witch hazel and one part horse chestnut tincture), according to www.homemademedicine.com.
  2. Gingko biloba extract can improve circulation and oxygenate tissues.
  3. Got Kola or Centella asiatica extract or oil can improve blood flow and alleviate circulatory problems.
  4. Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant that can be used in case of chronic venous insufficiency and blood-vessel fragility.
  5. Bilberry or Vaccinium myrtillus can strengthen capillary walls and support the formation of new capillary.
  6. Lavender essential oil can treat spider veins, as well as jojoba oil which supports the collagen production and strengthens blood vessels.
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to reduce spider veins. You can either rub the affected areas or leave in a cloth for about ½ an hour, according to www.homemademedicine.com. In “Smart Medicine for Healthier Living”, Janet Zand recommends keeping the cloth with ACV for no more than 20 minutes. The procedure should be performed once or twice a day for at least a month until seeing the first results.
  8. Virgin coconut oil applied daily can help improve the appearance of affected areas and reduce pain.

As always, patience and getting lots of information are very important. Even more important, before using any remedies, ask for professional help. This way, you make sure you avoid any potential side effects.