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5 Natural Remedies for Varicose Veins

Varicose veins

Do you suffer from this unsightly condition known as varicose veins?

The Department of Health and Human Science revealed that in the US alone, 55% of women and 45% of men are affected by varicose veins (vein problems).

Varicose veins, in particular, are prevalent in 50% of all people 50 years and older.

Not only that, but beside their bulging appearance, varicose veins are accompanied by:varicose veins

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Burning sensation
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling
  • Heaviness in the legs

What causes varicose veins?

Veins contain valves that push the blood up to the heart.

When these valves become weak, the blood gets stuck inside the vein and builds pressure.

Thus, the vein becomes enlarged and painful.

My wife, Caroline, also suffered from this condition.

She used to toss and turn all night due to the pain.

And she never felt comfortable when we were on vacation and she always covered her feet 

shamefully…

However, she was able to put all that behind her after she tried a few natural treatments.

And now her varicose veins are significantly less:

  • Protruding
  • Visible
  • Painful

Before you try these natural treatments, you need to make sure you first visit your doctor.

Although these remedies are non-intrusive, only your doctor can know for sure if you have an allergy or if your medication can interfere with any of these natural substances.

Furthermore, he also has to check the state of your veins. If your veins are severely damaged (thrombosis), then I’m afraid you should ask your doctor about the latest treatment available.

Here are the top 5 remedies for varicose veins:

Apple Cider Vinegar

It naturally improves blood flow and circulation, thus decreasing the swelling and heaviness of your varicose veins.

How to use:

  • Externally

Massage the skin over the varicose veins with undiluted apple cider vinegar, two times a day for three months.

  • Internally

Drink a mixture of water with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (well stirred) twice a day for a month.

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Cayenne Pepper

It contains high amounts of Vitamin C and bioflavonoids which increase blood circulation and ease the pain of congested, swollen veins.

How to use:

  • Drink a mixture of hot water with one teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder (stir well and let it cool) three times a day for two months.

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Olive Oil

If you want to effectively reduce pain and inflammation try one of the following massages:

  • Mix equal amounts of olive oil and Vitamin E oil. Warm it slightly and massage the veins with it for several minutes, twice daily for two months.
  • Blend four drops of cypress essential oil in two teaspoons of warm olive oil and massage the affected area.

Related: Top 7 Anti-inflammatory Foods: Your Biggest Allies Against Fatal Diseases


Garlic

It helps break toxins in blood vessels, improve circulation, and reducing inflammation.

You can benefit from its properties by preparing a simple mixture:

  • Slice up six garlic cloves and put them in a clean glass jar.
  • Extract the juice from three oranges and add it to the jar.
  • Add two tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Let the mixture sit for about 12 hours.

Now you can put a few drops of the solution on your fingers and massage the affected area in a circular motion for 15 minutes.

To boost its effects, wrap the area with a cotton cloth and leave it on overnight. You should repeat this for three months.

Related: Keeping Diseases at Bay with Garlic


Witch Hazel

Due to its active compounds like gallic acid and several essential oils, witch hazel is a great alternative for reducing swelling and pain.

This is how you can reap its benefits:

  • Place a washcloth (previously soaked in witch hazel) on the affected area three times a day for two months.
  • Soak your legs in a tub filled with lukewarm water and 10 to 20 drops of distilled witch hazel for at least 15 minutes. After that wash your legs with clean water and pat them dry. You should do this daily for two months.

Remember, don’t mix the remedies.

Do one treatment at a time.

And if the results aren’t satisfactory, only then you can try another remedy.

I am telling you this because each body is unique and reacts differently to stimuli.

You just need to discover what works best for you.

Related: 5 Must-Have Essential Oils & Their Powerhouse Health Properties


Bonus tips to improve the health of your feet:

  • Elevate your legs to help with blood flow.
  • Wear compression socks and comfortable shoes.
  • Exercise daily to improve circulation.
  • Do not stand cross-legged or sit for extended periods of time.

Please tell me how these remedies worked for you. I am very interested.

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To your health!


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