Ugly, bulging, blue and painful; get your head out of gutters, ladies. I’m talking about varicose veins here.
Varicose veins are most commonly found on the legs but can appear anywhere. Many people who choose to treat this condition undergo painful procedures that are meant to destroy the offending vein. What they don’t know is how simple at-home varicose vein remedies can stave off the development of future gnarled veins and even reduce the appearance of current ones.
What The Heck Are Varicose Veins?
Like I said, varicose veins can occur anywhere but typically form in the legs. As blood travels through the body towards your feet, your system of valves and veins is there to ensure it moves and circulates back towards the heart. When a defect occurs in a valve or vein, such as vein walls becoming week, the blood becomes deoxygenated and accumulates in that area. The accumulated blood is what forms the tell-tale blue vein.
Don’t be fooled though; not all varicose veins become visual. Swelling, heaviness in the legs or a dull, continuous pain in the affected area are all signs. In some cases, pain can become overwhelming because the swollen vein is pushing itself against nerve endings in that region.
There is more than one reason for the development of varicose veins, but it varies from person to person. An injury, pressure during pregnancy, obesity, heredity and hormones can all be players in varicose development. It is not surprising then, that women are twice as likely to develop this deformity versus their male counterparts. Figures.
Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins
Before I get to the good stuff, a.k.a the DIY’s, let’s clear something up. Though many people believe varicose and spider veins to be the same, they are NOT!
Though both typically appear on legs, their appearance is vastly different. Spider veins are much smaller and usually range in a diameter of 1-3mm. They also appear as red, purple or blue in color and look similar to a spider web; hence the name.
On the other hand, varicose veins are larger, bulkier and look like thick ropes pushing through the skin’s surface. Sounds pretty, doesn’t it?
Varicose Vanishing Cream
If you are currently suffering from one of these nasty vein abnormalites but aren’t interested in a painful medical procedure, you can use one of several DIY varicose vein remedies daily for amazing, natural results. However, to make things easier, I’ve listed my favourite below.
All you need is:
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 2 tablespoon Vitamin E Cream
- 20 drops Cypress Essential Oil
- 20 drops Juniper Berry Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lemon Essential Oil
- 5 drops Geranium Essential Oil
Once you have all your oils and cream rounded up, simply follow these steps:
Step 1: Pour coconut oil into a clean jar.
Step 2: Add in the vitamin E cream, cypress and juniper berry essential oils to the jar. Replace the lid and shake vigorously. Let the mixture sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours.
Step 3: Now that your mixture has had time to sit, add in the lemon and geranium essential oils. Again, replace the lid and shake vigorously. Store in a cool, dry place and be sure to shake before each use.
When massaged over the affected area in an upward motion towards the heart, these ingredients improve circulation and support blood flow. Applied once or twice daily, you should begin seeing results after a few short weeks.
As with any medical condition, be sure to consult a physician before use just to make sure this remedy, or any varicose vein remedies are okay and safe for you to use.
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But before you run off and start DIY’ing, I want to hear from you! Have you ever suffered from varicose veins? How did you handle it and do you have any varicose vein remedies of your own? Hit up the comment section below and let a sistah know what your experience was like! I loooove me some options so please, don’t be shy!