Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy weight. Eat anti-inflammatory and calcium/fiber rich foods. Try acupuncture, dry-brush your legs (not on vericose veins!), elevate them on pillows (10 mins/day), and/or massage them with upward strokes using essential oils (lavender/castor/St. John's Wort oil) to help reverse inflammation and improve blood circulation.
Varicose veins are bluish, bulging veins that appear on your legs at the surface of your skin. While varicose veins are generally not painful, they can be uncomfortable. The exact cause of varicose veins is not known, but a genetic tendency toward weak vein valves plays a role.
Who Is Susceptible To Varicose Veins?
Hormones also play a big part in varicose veins, so pregnant women are very prone to developing them. During pregnancy, the increased blood volume you’re circulating for yourself and your baby can make veins bulge. Sitting with a full uterus on the top of your thighs also prevents blood from returning to the heart effectively. Many varicose veins that pop up during pregnancy deflate in three months, although new pregnancies can bring them on again — sometimes to stay.
The bad news is that varicose veins are in some cases unavoidable. The good news? Many times, there are ways to naturally prevent and soothe them.
14 Natural Ways To Prevent Varicose Veins
- Get plenty of exercise to get your blood circulating.
- Elevate your legs on pillows daily for 10 minutes or more.
- Avoid excess weight gain.
- Dry-brush your legs daily to improve circulation. (This can prevent varicose veins from forming.) Use a natural-bristle brush with a long handle that allows you to reach all parts of your body. Gently brush your legs from the ankles up in a circular motion. Do this before you shower, so you can wash off any dead skin you brush off. Follow with moisturizer or body oil to achieve super-soft and glowing skin! However, don’t brush areas with existing varicose veins because you may irritate them.
- Take sociable garlic and vitamin E capsules to improve circulation and vitamin C and B-complex vitamins to strengthen your blood vessels.
- Massage your legs with upward strokes, flushing your blood up to your heart. Use a massage oil made with 3 drops of lavender oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil in a coconut oil base (use unscented coconut oil). Or put the essential oils into a small spray bottle filled with water and spray directly on your legs.
- St. John’s wort oil helps with inflammation of veins. You can buy or make the oil yourself with just a couple of ingredients. Place a few handfuls of the plant (I use the dried flowers) in a mason jar. Fill the rest of the jar with cold-pressed, organic olive oil (leave a little space at the top). Store in a cool, dry place, and it will stay fresh for a month.
- Avoid sitting for too long, especially with your legs crossed.
- Wear loose clothing.
- Try acupuncture or reflexology treatments to get your circulation moving and to move any stagnant energy.
- After a bath, apply castor oil directly onto the veins. Massage using upward strokes from your feet straight up your legs.
- Avoid standing for prolonged periods of time.
- Apply a cool compress soaked in witch hazel on your legs. Add a few drops of rosemary oil to stimulate circulation.
- Flex your feet up and down and circle your ankles to the left and to the right twice a day.
What Kind Of Diet Can Help?
- Calcium-rich foods, since varicose veins are aggravated by a calcium deficiency
- Pineapple, to reduce swelling and inflammation
- Berries such as raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and cherries, as they contain a pigment that strengthens the walls of the veins
- Foods high in fiber
- Plenty of water, to keep your bowels moving