Bulgy veins with dark color known as varicose veins are common in women and men equally.
However, it’s more commonly found in pregnant women and older people because veins lose its natural elasticity and due to repeated inflammation.
Veins return blood from all parts of your body to the heart. The veins in your legs have to work against gravity to recirculate it to heart.
Veins consist of tiny valves that help to block blood flow backwards. So, what causes darker or varicose veins?
Age, pregnancy, standing or sitting for long hours, obesity and hereditary are held responsible for varicose veins. (1)
Unless it is accompanied by itching, pain, eczema or deep vein, varicose vein is considered as a cosmetic issue.
How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins at Home?
Gentle massage towards heart can smoothen out twisted veins and increase blood circulation. Use olive oil or coconut oil as a lubricant for massaging.
Wear compression stockings to accelerate blood flow and support veins to efficiently block back flow of blood.
Take experts advice for perfect compression stocking.
#3. Mud Packs
Mix fuller’s earth with water and apply it on your legs. Wash it off in the morning. Mud pack application will reduce enlargement of veins and also reduce pain.
#4. Increase Activity
People with desk job must stretch their legs and circulate ankles in up and down to aid blood circulation.
Apart from this, activity like walking and shifting weight from one leg to another will boost blood circulation.
You can do regular swimming to reduce varicose veins.
#5. Dietary Support
Include anti-inflammatory foods to reduce swelling and pain, which include oily fish, leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, tomatoes, beets, ginger, turmeric, onions, cherries and berries.
Deficiency of B-complex vitamins and alcohol consumption can damage lining of blood vessels resulting in varicose veins.
Home Remedies for Varicose Veins
#6. Horse Chestnut
This herbal remedy includes Aescin, which inhibits the growth of enzymes that damage blood vessels.
Topical application of this bark or leaves will help to shrink bulgy blood vessels, increase circulation and reduce the risk of clotting.
Don’t ingest horse chestnut in any form.
#7. Cayenne Pepper
Vitamin C and flavonoids housed in cayenne pepper help to promote collagen production and improve elastin of blood vessels.
Capsaicin present in this remedy exhibits anti-inflammatory and analgesic abilities.
You can ingest this home available ingredient by mixing it with water to reduce varicose veins.
#8. Apple Cider Vinegar
Astringent ability of ACV helps to shrink veins and helps to restore elasticity.
Take small amount of ACV diluted with water and apply it on the affected part (legs). Wrap your legs with a soft cloth and remove it after few hours.
For internal consumption, add raw honey or water with ACV and consume it in the morning.
#9. Witch Hazel
Tannins housed in this American herbal remedy show astringent property that can effectively reduce swelling of veins and restore natural elasticity.