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How to Use Essential Oils for Varicose Veins

By Bargz Oils September 26, 2019

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Things you will need:

- 3 to 5 drops of essential oil
- 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil
- Small bowl or container

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    Do you have varicose veins? Also known as spider veins, these are veins that are bigger in size than the normal veins. They commonly appear in the legs. Varicose veins are very visible because they are often raised and twisted. They can appear as blue, red or flesh-colored. Sometimes, varicose veins can itch, ache or swell. 

    The main function of veins is to return blood that does not have oxygen back toward the heart. Tiny valves located periodically throughout the veins stop the blood from flowing backward. When these valves weaken or get damaged, the blood can flow backward and accumulate, resulting in varicose veins. Varicose veins are usually in the legs because there is greatest pressure in the leg veins to return blood to the heart. 

    Common causes of varicose veins

    1. As we get older, the valves in our veins start to weaken or get damaged

    2. The growing uterus puts extra pressure on a pregnant woman’s veins

    3. Being overweight

    4. Sitting down for long periods of time

    5. Genetic history 

                     Most cases of varicose veins are not really concerning. However, some find it irritating and sometimes itchy or painful. There are also cases when sores or skin ulcers are experienced due to poor blood flow in the legs. Although there are new treatments for varicose veins, if the person is not experiencing significant symptoms or side effects, then these medical treatments are not necessary. 

      How to prevent varicose veins

       

      There are some steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of varicose veins. Possible steps to prevent them are the following:

      1. Maintaining a healthy weight.

      2. Exercising regularly to improve blood circulation.

      3. Avoiding crossing the legs for a long time.

      4. Standing up and walking from time to time when sitting for a long period of time.

      5. Wearing support stockings that gives mild pressure to compress the legs and encourage the return of blood flow. 

        Essential oils for varicose veins

        Some essential oils can be used to improve blood circulation and to reduce the symptoms of varicose veins such as swelling, itchiness, and pain. 

        Lavender essential oil
        Lavender can help reduce pain and skin ulcers which are the common complications of varicose veins. It also slows down the aging of the skin with antioxidants and promotes quick healing. 

        Rosemary essential oil 
        Rosemary can improve blood circulation and stimulate blood flow. Its antimicrobial and antiseptic properties can help with skin-surface wounds and problems. Rosemary is effective in relieving painful varicose veins. 

        Lemongrass essential oil
        Lemongrass has muscle-relaxing properties that can help get rid of spasms, aches, and cramps that are related to varicose veins. It can also reduce inflammation and has calming properties.

        Frankincense essential oil
        Frankincense is known to get rid of surface-skin scars like stretch marks and spider veins. It can also tone the skin, contract the muscles and blood vessels and reduce the symptoms of aging. 

        Peppermint essential oil
        Peppermint can relieve the pain, itchiness, and discomfort caused by varicose veins. It is popular for its soothing and cooling effect. 

        Directions

        1. In a small bowl or container, put 3 tablespoons of jojoba oil.

        2. Add 3 to 5 drops of any essential oil from the list above.

        3. Apply the mixture gently to the skin affected by varicose veins. 


                       Using essential oils can prevent the formation of varicose veins or reduce their appearance if they are already there. Some oils also work better when combined with other oils for maximum benefits. 

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