Swollen Legs: 5 Home Remedies to Alleviate Them

27 December, 2019
In addition to putting them up in the air to promote circulation, localized massages and dry brushing will also help to relieve swollen legs.

Swollen legs are a frequent problem for many women. This condition causes a lot of discomfort and even pain that is very hard to bear. However, some home remedies can be very useful for getting great, immediate relief.

In this article, we will show you the best natural solutions to fight swelling and that will make your legs feel lighter. We will achieve this with the help of some easy-to-find ingredients and tips. Try them out!

Why do our legs get swollen?

Swollen legs are a common problem, and not just for older women. There are many factors that predispose us to suffering from this disorder, such as a sedentary lifestyle or poor diet. Lack of movement worsens the circulation in our legs and causes fluid retention. Also, lack of nutrients hinders blood flow.

There are also other constraints, such as bad habits (tobacco, alcohol), the use of clothing that is too tight or shoes that are too small. However, if the swelling is very bad, or we suffer from other health problems, you should see a doctor. In some cases, it may be a symptom of a more serious disease.

Home remedies

1. Legs up

The first home remedy we suggest for swollen legs is a simple and effective method that will give you relief in just a few minutes. You just have to put your legs up. You can do it lying on the floor, with your legs on the wall, or with cushions under your legs. Ideally, you want to stay like this for up to half an hour.

Some  inverted yoga postures also help to fight this problem. If you experience the swelling daily, you can always sleep with a cushion under your legs . There are even some specific pillows made for this purpose.

yoga for the swollen legs

2. Foot baths

Foot baths are a very pleasant option to relieve swollen legs and, over time, help you achieve complete relaxation. So, if you do them before going to bed, you rest better and will have a pleasant feeling in your feet and legs.

You can make the baths with just water or by adding one of these ingredients:

  • Baking soda
  • Sea salt
  • Vinegar
  • Essential oils
  • Magnesium saltsIt is important that the water is well heated and you can keep your feet soaking for at least 20 minutes. If it cools, you will have to add more hot water. You will feel results immediately.

    3. Alternating shower

    Hydrotherapy, that is, healing by water at different temperatures, is a very effective remedy for preventing swelling in your legs. If you do it every day, you will improve your circulation and you can even reduce cellulite.

    When you are in the shower, you will have to alternate the cold temperature with the hot one and pass the shower head from top to bottom, from your feet to your knees or your thighs. Switch the temperature every 15 seconds and you will change it several times.

    The relief you will feel is very pleasant and it will allow you to start or end your day with a light feeling in your legs.

    4. Dry brushing

    Dry brushing is an increasingly popular technique that is simple and it has great results. You just need a brush to rub your body with, always bottom to top. 

    You can do it just to your legs or take advantage of it and use it on your whole body. This simple method improves lymphatic drainage and circulation. If you do it daily, you will also notice an improvement in the texture of your skin. It will be much smoother and free of imperfections.

    brushing for swollen legs

    5. Massage with aloe and mint oil

    If you would like, you can perform a complete treatment with all of these remedies. Lastly, you cannot forget the benefits of a good massage or self-massage. It will help you enhance the effects of all these methods and, alsodeeply nourish your skin.

    If you want to get even greater relief, you can use aloe vera gel, which moisturizes and soothes. If, in addition, you add a few drops of peppermint essential oil, you will increase the feeling of freshness and it will help with your circulation. Also, your skin will have a delicious herbal aroma.

    We have to emphasize that the massage should always start at your feet and go upwards, with light or medium pressure.

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