Treating Varicose Veins – The Top 10 Methods

Varicose veins are veins that have become swollen and enlarged. They appear blue or dark purple in colour and occur most often on the legs. People can get upset about them being lumpy, bulging or twisted in appearance and they can be very uncomfortable as well. Varicose veins can feel heavy and can cause swollen feet and ankles.

Varicose veins are very common – around 30% of the UK population have them although they are more common in women than men.  There are tiny one-way valves inside your veins that open to let the blood move back towards the heart. When the walls of the veins become stretched, the valves weaken and blood flows backwards. It can collect in veins which then become swollen and enlarged.

There are some factors that make you more likely to get varicose veins. People who are older, overweight or have an occupation that involves a lot of standing get them more often. If your varicose veins are bothering you then you should consult your doctor. There are also things that you can try at home which may help.

1. Garlic

Garlic may be beneficial for varicose veins because it reduces inflammation and aids healthy circulation. It is easy to include garlic in your normal diet as it makes a delicious additions to casseroles, soups and pasta dishes. It can also be eaten raw in salads. Alternatively, garlic can be applied directly to the skin at the site of a varicose vein. It can be crushed and mixed with alcohol and applied twice a day.

2. Aloe vera


5. Immersion baths

Prepare an immersion bath by adding sea salt and one cup of apple cider vinegar to water. You can soak your legs for 20 minutes in this and massage them gently at the same time. This can help your legs to feel less tired and more refreshed. It can also ease the aching associated with varicose veins.

6. Green clay ointment

A paste is prepared by mixing green clay with water. This can then be applied to the skin and left on overnight. Wash it off with warm water in the morning.

7. Mixed herbs solution

Essential-oil bottles

Massaging the affected areas with essential oils is great for varicose veins and is very relaxing. Start at the feet and move up towards the thighs.