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How To Use Essential Oils For Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

Varicose Vein Illustration - Essential OIls for Varicose Veins

Using essential oils for varicose veins can help relieve discomfort and possibly make the veins less noticeable. 

Varicose veins most often occur in the legs and feet because the veins are working against gravity to return blood to your heart. Veins contain tiny valves that open as blood moves toward your heart and then close so the blood doesn't flow backward. If the valves stop working properly, blood can accumulate, leading to varicose veins.

While mild varicosities may have no symptoms, varicose veins can cause your legs to feel achy, heavy, fatigued, and itchy. Also, your ankles may swell.

The first line of varicose vein treatment is self-care: exercising to promote circulation, not wearing tight clothes that interfere with circulation, elevating your legs to lessen the effects of gravity, and not standing or sitting for long periods.

Note: Spider veins are broken capillaries. Any of the essential oil recommendations here may also help get rid of spider veins. Neither varicose nor spider veins developed overnight, so allow several months to see a difference, although symptoms will probably improve sooner.

Aromatherapy For Varicose Veins

Essential oils for varicose veins may help improve circulation and support the health of surrounding tissues. Two commonly recommended essential oils are cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), which may strengthen vein and capillary walls, and helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), believed to improve circulation.

Make the following blend and gently apply it to the varicosities:

  • 2 drops cypress essential oil
  • 2 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil

Cypress Vein Cream

  • 2 tablespoons unscented cream
  • 10 drops cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil
  • 3 drops rosemary essential oil

Blend essential oils into cream. Use several times a day. Avoid exposing the area to sun, as lemon causes sun sensitivity. Source: Aromahead

Varicose Vein Compress

  • 3 drops Roman or German chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 drops helichrysum essential oil
  • 1 drop neroli essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons distilled witch hazel

Mix the ingredients. Soak a soft cloth in the solution, wring out, and apply to the varicose veins.

Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies

More Essential Oils For Varicose Veins

You can also try any of the following essential oil blends for varicose veins.

  • 3 to 4 drops geranium essential oil
  • 1 drop wintergreen essential oil
  • 1 drop cypress essential oil
  • 1 drop helichrysum essential oil
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil

Gently apply daily for at least six weeks.


  • 5 drops cypress essential oil
  • 5 drops bergamot essential oil
  • 5 drops juniper essential oil
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil
  • 3 tablespoons carrier oil

Massage lightly into affected area, always massaging toward the heart.


  • 2 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 3 drops German chamomile essential oil
  • 3 drops myrtle essential oil
  • 6 drops cypress essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons St. John's wort-infused oil

Apply several times a day.


  • 20 drops bay laurel (Laurus nobilis) essential oil
  • 2 tablespoons calophyllum oil (also called tamanu or foraha oil)
  • 2 tablespoons rose hip seed oil

Apply to affected area three times a day for seven to 14 days.


Essential Oils Desk Reference

Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art

Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home

Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy

I recommend Young Living essential oils.

Image Credit: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons

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