How to Use Arnica Ointment to Treat Varicose Veins

October 5, 2018
Varicose veins and spider veins are common problems that usually occur in women after pregnancy or after the age of 50. Learn how to treat and reduce the appearance of these dilated veins and capillaries with this great homemade natural remedy.

Varicose veins and spider veins are a beauty problem that affects a large part of the adult female population. They’re usually the result of a problem in the circulatory system. This dilates the veins and capillaries, almost always in the lower extremities. In today’s article we show you how to use arnica ointment to treat this annoying blemish.

Varicose and spider veins usually have a reddish or bruised color and are often quite noticeable on the skin, as they cause swelling. They usually develop on the calves and the inner part of the thighs. However, they can also appear on other parts of the body.

Home remedies for spider and varicose veins

Most women begin to suffer from this condition during pregnancy, or from the age of 50, due to the hormonal changes that the body experiences.

Regardless of the cause, those who develop varicose or spider veins seek to minimize their appearance. This is not only because they affect the appearance of their legs, but also because they can cause swelling and pain.

Fortunately, there’s a wide variety of remedies and natural products that can help to reduce them if used consistently. Among these remedies is arnica ointment, valued for hundreds of years for its anti-inflammatory and anticoagulant effects.

Arnica ointment to minimize varicose veins and spider veins

Arnica ointment is an organic product that has been used as a natural treatment for circulatory problems for hundreds of years. It’s an alpine plant that grows wild on roads and is very common in European and Latin American countries

It has been valued throughout history for its homeopathic qualities. Arnica is suitable for the treatment of muscular injuries, joint pain, and inflammatory disorders. In fact, many of its extracts and active compounds are used in the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture remedies, ointments, and other topical products.

Arnica plant

Its main benefit for treating varicose veins is its ability to increase blood circulation locally and facilitate its return to the upper body. As a result, it reduces the size of the vein without affecting the blood flow. This has a very positive effect on inflammation.

In addition, massaging it into the skin decreases the feeling of tension and pain in the legs. This is especially noticeable after doing physical activity or after a hard day’s work. In addition, it’s also a good treatment for sprains, bruises and other superficial wounds.

Preparing arnica ointment to treat varicose and spider veins

Arnica cream

The combination of ingredients in this natural ointment create a very effective product which helps to reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins. Its anti-inflammatory, toning and soothing properties activate blood flow in the affected area. Because of this, it can remarkably reduce the appearance of veins on the skin’s surface.

Massaging this ointment into the skin helps stimulate the lymphatic system. At the same time, it also promotes the elimination of toxins and fluids that usually affect the recovery process. While it’s not a miracle cure for these conditions, regularly using arnica ointment helps to supplement what diet, exercise and other habits produce.

To achieve optimal results, it’s best to start using this ointment during the initial stages of the development of these conditions. This is because the more these problems progress, the more difficult they’ll be to remove.

Let’s take a look at how to make this fantastic natural ointment:


  • 2 tablespoons of beeswax
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • 2 tablespoons of arnica oil
  • And, finally, 1 vitamin E capsule


  • First melt the beeswax in the double boiler.
  • When it melts, add the shea butter and the almond oil.
  • After that, turn down the heat to minimum, and stir with a silicone utensil until it’s all well mixed.
  • When the mixture’s ready, remove it from the heat.
  • After this, immediately add the arnica oil and vitamin E capsule.
  • Allow it to stand for a few minutes and pour it into an airtight glass jar before it solidifies.

How to apply it

  • First, take the necessary amount of the product and massage it into the affected areas
  • Let it absorb into your skin
  • Apply it every night
  • However, you shouldn’t use it on cuts or open lesions

As you can see, preparing an ointment to combat varicose veins is quite simple. Follow the steps above and follow each of the recommendations to get the best benefits from this ointment. If you do this, you’ll start to see and feel the results in no time.

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