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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.
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.
The first line of varicose vein treatment and prevention 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.
To help prevent varicose veins, regularly massage your legs with this blend:
Source: The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy
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:
Blend essential oils into cream. Use several times a day. Avoid exposing the area to sun, as lemon causes sun sensitivity. Source: Aromahead
Mix the ingredients. Soak a soft cloth in the solution, wring out, and apply to the varicose veins.
Source: Aromatherapy for Dummies
You can also try any of the following essential oil blends. Massage gently around veins but avoid applying pressure directly to varicose veins.
Gently apply daily for at least six weeks.
Source: Essential Oils Desk Reference
Massage lightly into affected area, always massaging toward the heart.
Source: Massage & Aromatherapy: Simple Techniques to Use at Home
Apply several times a day.
Source: Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art
Apply to affected area three times a day for seven to 14 days.
Source: Advanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy
Image Credit: National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons