Varicose veins are the result of poor blood circulation and result in bluish or purplish veins on the surface of the skin. Unsightly, they are related to venous insufficiency. There are many possible treatments, but in this article, we selected the simplest tricks that you can apply at home.
A varicose vein: what is it?
A varicose vein is a dilated vein, due to poor circulation of blood. Typically, they are located on the thighs and legs but can also appear in any other part of the body like the arms, calves, etc. Most of the time, they are accompanied by the following symptoms: feeling of heavy legs, tingling, swollen ankles, discomfort, etc. All these signs are caused by stagnation of blood in the limbs. On the skin, dilated veins can take the form of a spider web.
What causes varicose veins?
There are many factors such as heredity, obesity, hormonal disorders related to pregnancy, menopause, thyroid disorders, etc. But also, there are some jobs that promote the appearance of varicose veins, such as those that require standing (waiter, clerk, etc.). Standing position causes a slowing of the blood flow.
What are the natural remedies to treat varicose and spider veins?
Natural tomato remedy
To prepare this remedy, you need some fresh tomatoes. Cut the tomatoes into small pieces and apply them on the affected area. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse with warm water. You will feel a sense of relief. Then, apply a moisturizer. You must repeat this procedure every day for two weeks to see a reduction in symptoms (heavy legs, swellings, etc.). It is important to use fresh tomatoes. To maximize efficiency, you can also drink freshly squeezed tomato juice several times a day to stimulate blood flow. You can also spice this juice with a pinch of cayenne pepper and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar for best results.
Tomato is popular for its health benefits. Indeed, it is rich in antioxidants that purify the blood and strengthen the walls of the blood vessels to prevent their expansion. Moreover, this ingredient also has acidic substances which promote the clotting of blood and prevent its stagnation.
Natural apple cider vinegar remedy
Massage the area affected by varicose veins with organic apple cider vinegar, every day for a month. Some spider veins are located in particularly sensitive areas, so it is recommended to avoid the application on these areas to have no skin irritations. Apple cider vinegar is known to activate the microcirculation.
How to prevent varicose veins?
To prevent varicose veins, it is recommended to perform regular exercise and observe a healthy lifestyle to maintain your venous capital. Processed food and fat-rich meals promote weight gain and compress the veins. Sports like swimming, cycling and walking that do not harm the joints are good, since they stimulate circulation. It is also recommended to drink plenty of water at least 6 cups a day to promote lymphatic drainage.
Avoid wearing tight clothing
If you are prone to poor circulation, you should avoid wearing tight clothes because they disrupt the blood flow. And in summer, avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight, hot baths and saunas or steam rooms because they are aggravating factors for varicose veins.
Practice Scottish showers!
There is a simple trick to relieve varicose veins: the Scottish showers. First, shower with warm water over the affected areas and then switch to cold water. Alternating hot and cold water for several minutes to activate blood circulation, improve the health of your veins and reduce the symptoms.
Don’t sit too long
It is recommended not to stay seated for too long because this immobility worsens the symptoms and increases the associated burdens. If you have a job that requires sitting permanently, get up every 30 minutes and take a few steps before returning to your workstation.
Lift up your feet
In the evening to relieve the sensations associated with varicose veins and promote venous return, elevate your legs on several pillows, this will activate blood circulation and reduce swelling.