Varicose veins are enlarged veins near the skin surface, usually in the calves and thighs, which are usually a result of the weakened walls or poorly functioning valves that regulate blood flow.
This issue affects both, women and men, but older women are more prone to it, since the veins start to lose their elasticity over the years, due to the increased inflammation levels.
It is characterized by pain, heaviness in the legs, restlessness, fatigue, and burning, throbbing, and tingling sensations in the affected area.
The most common causes of varicose veins are prolonged periods of standing, obesity, hormonal changes due to puberty, pregnancy, and menopause, heredity, and birth control pills.
However, there are highly effective ways to naturally treat varicose veins and reduce their appearance and discomfort they cause.
Olive oil is one of the most successful natural remedies for varicose veins, which reduces their visibility, treats the accompanying symptoms, and prevents additional complications.
All you have to do is to heat some extra virgin olive oil and apply it on the affected areas. Then, massage the legs in a circular motion from the feet upwards. Leave the oil to act overnight. Repeat daily.
This massage will soothe the inflammation and pain and stimulate blood circulation.
The body will absorb the olive oil and it will detoxify it and provide high amounts of omega 3’s and healthy fats. This will enhance the blood passage through the veins and restore the function of the unidirectional valves, and the effects will be visible very soon.
Furthermore, you will also benefit from the use of the following beneficial alternative therapies, that will fight chronic venous insufficiency:
- Grape (leaves, sap, seed, and fruit)
- Horse chestnut
- Butcher’s broom
- Sweet clover
Make sure you also follow these tips:
- Start exercising on a daily basis
- Control your body weight, and lose excess pounds if needed, to avoid the extra pressure on the veins
- Every evening elevate the veins and relax for several minutes to improve the blood circulation
- Avoid sitting or standing for a long time
- Do not sit with the legs crossed
- Avoid tight clothes and high heels, and start wearing more comfortable shoes