Hey girls! I hope your week is off to a good start. We are headed to the park to let out some energy. GG has been begging us to go to the “water park” for weeks. Thank God she thinks the splash pad at the park is the water park because I would have complete anxiety bringing the kids to an actual water park. Todays post is a little different than normal. While pregnant and even between pregnancies I noticed little spider veins begin to pop up on my legs. I never really paid too much attention to them until the day a varicose vein decided to pop up out of no where! Yes, I am talking about those ugly bulging blue veins. I knew they ran in my family but never in a million years did I expect one to pop up in my twenties. I guess pregnancy hormones along with working as a waitress for years didn’t help.
The treatment for varicose veins if I were to go to a doctor is way more than I can spend right now, so I decided to try out some natural remedies to help. Now, do not expect for the varicose vein to magically go away, but you can expect to see improvements. Here are the remedies I have been testing out and the ones that I can say have helped me.
Exercising increases blood flow and helps to lower inflammation. Low-impact exercises, like walking, swimming, or riding a bike are great if you have varicose veins.
Essential oils have been one of my top go to’s for helping with my varicose veins. Cypress oil is what I typically reach for because it increases circulation and supports the circulatory system. I love making a mixture of cypress and coconut oil and leave it near my bed to apply before bed. Applying directly on the varicose vein has helped tremendously!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apply undiluted ACV directed over the varicose vein and message the area. I typically do this in the morning and before bed. I have read that over time this remedy will help reduce the size of the vein, so I am very interested to see how well it works.
So this may seem like a given, but it is one remedy that is very hard for me to remember. I live in the south and socks or stockings is the last thing I want to be putting on in this humidity. So, if you happen to live in a cooler climate put on the compressors! It works!
My last remedy is one that I completely forgot about until recently. I remember while I was pregnant with GG I asked my doctor if it was safe for me to take cayenne pepper pills to help improve circulation. He looked at me like I was nuts and just said, “yea, it won’t hurt.”. So, I took my cayenne pills the whole time and never got one varicose vein! Is it me or do you just forget to take care of yourself once the baby is born? Well, I completely forgot about this little remedy, but now I cant wait to add this back into my regimen. Cayenne pepper is high in Vitamin C and flavonoids, which protect the walls of blood vessels from free radical damage and promote collagen formation. It also contains capsaicin which is an anti-inflammatory and has blood thinning properties.
I hope you learned a little something from this post even if you do not have varicose veins. Trust me I do not wish them on anyone.
Thanks for reading!
From Rouge with Love