Natural Treatments for Varicose Veins
Teas can be made that improve circulation and prevent the appearance of varicose veins. A cold shower can also improve their appearance, at least in the short-term.
Varicose veins are a health problem that results from poor circulation, but they’re also an issue of aesthetics as they can become very obvious and affect a person’s self-esteem.
In this article, we’ll show you some natural treatments for varicose veins you can follow at home to prevent their appearance and even eliminate the ones that have recently appeared.
Varicose veins usually start in the liver, the organ that regulates our blood circulation and promotes healthy blood production. So it’s important to always remember that a complete treatment for varicose veins must start with a healthy diet that is high in the following foods:
- Fruits and vegetables, including lemon, grapefruit, artichokes, or chicory root
- Beans: cooked with cumin, fennel, or kombu seaweed
- Whole grains: especially rice, millet, quinoa, or buckwheat
- Eggs, preferably organic
- White meats
- Fruits and nuts: raw or roasted, but not fried or salted
- Seeds: raw or sprouted
- Oils from first cold press: sesame, olive, sunflower, flax, wheat germ, etc.
- Plant-based drinks made with oats, rice, or almonds
- Spices, like pepper or turmeric
On the other hand, it’s important to avoid or limit the consumption of:
- Red meats and sausages
- Milk and dairy products
- Fried and precooked foods
Regulate the intestines
The intestines are another organ system that affects the body’s overall circulation; if they malfunction or have a blockage, it can result in improper waste disposal and circulation throughout the body.
Because of this, we should always try to treat problems in the intestines naturally, especially if we suffer from constipation or have susceptibility to diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome, which are some common problems.
Teas that improve circulation
We have to care for our bodies from the inside and outside. For this reason, we recommend drinking teas every day that help improve circulation. The following herbs are excellent choices:
- A plant that improves liver function: boldo, dandelion, or thistle (not recommended for patients with significant liver problems).
- Rosemary or Indian pennywort to improve circulatory function in the limbs (don’t use rosemary if you suffer high blood pressure).
- A plant to improve microcirculation: ginkgo biloba.
- Flaxseed to regulate bowel function.
To sweeten these teas you can add the juice from half a lemon and a little stevia, or honey.
Cold water can provide immediate relief for circulatory problems, as long as we use it in the right way.
Wait until you don’t feel cold, and then put your legs in a tub of very cold water. You can do this in the shower, the bathtub, the pool, the ocean, or even use a hose.
Wait for a few moments – even if you happen to be in motion.
Then dry the legs to warm them up and experience the temperature contrast, which has the greatest effect.
If you still haven’t warmed back up, then do a little exercise or massage your legs.
Moisturizers and massages
To further improve blood circulation in your legs, you should massage them at least once a day using your favorite lotion. We always recommend using a natural product with no ingredients that are detrimental to your health.
You can opt for a gel or moisturizer, or make your own massage oil by blending plant-based almond oil with a few drops of any of the following essential oils:
- Witch hazel
- Indian pennywort
Massage your legs in a circular motion, moving upwards toward the heart. Finish with ascending quick pats with closed fists.
Every night before going to bed, lie on the floor, on the bed, or on a couch and put your feet up. If possible, rest the buttocks against a wall and make your legs totally vertical, essentially creating a right angle with the body.
Stay in this position for 15 to 30 minutes, unless the legs begin to fall asleep before that time.
This simple exercise, which is similar to some yoga poses and other therapies, is very effective and relaxing if we do it every day.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these natural treatments for varicose veins!