Varicose veins: symptoms and causes. Varicose veins treatment and essential oils.

   Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in your legs and feet. But what are varicose veins exactly?

What are varicose veins



Varicose veins are large, swollen veins which appear on the legs and feet. For lots of people, varicose veins and spider veins are simply a cosmetic concern. For others, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Sometimes it leads to serious problems. Varicose veins may also be connected with a higher risk of other circulatory problems. Treatment may involve self-care measures or procedures by your doctor.




What causes varicose veins


   Causes of varicose veins can include age, gender, obesity, and pregnancy, but the most common is standing or sitting for long periods of time. The risk of varicose veins increases with age. Aging causes wear and tear on the valves in your veins, which help regulate blood flow. Women are more likely to develop the condition. According to the latest research, 45% of women suffer from varicose veins. Hormonal changes during pregnancy and menopause may be a factor! Why? Because female hormones can relax vein walls. Being overweight puts added pressure on your veins. If you have a sitting job in an office, that may also increase your risk of developing varicose veins. Your blood doesn’t flow as well if you’re in the same position for long periods. Therefore, it may cause varicose veins.



   Of course, you’ve begun a life-altering journey as soon as the pregnancy test comes back positive.  You go through changes  in your body, emotions, and lifestyle. It is extremely important to get all possible information to  help you make good decisions for a healthy baby and a healthy you. Unfortunately, some pregnant women develop varicose veins. Pregnancy increases the volume of blood in your body, as well as decreases the flow of blood from your legs to your pelvis. That is why varicose veins may develop. How to help? Avoid sitting or standing in the same position for long periods of time, exercise regularly, try not to wear high-heels and drink plenty of water! 


Varicose veins symptoms

   Sometimes varicose veins do not cause any pain at all. They are just dark purple or blue in color and appear twisted and bulging.
   But painful signs and symptoms may include: 

  • heavy feeling in legs;
  • burning, throbbing, muscle cramping
  • swelling in lower legs
  • pain after sitting or standing for a long time and itching around one or more veins
  • bleeding from varicose veins
  • color changes of the vein;
  • inflammation of the skin near your ankle (actually, it may mean you have a serious form of vascular disease).

Likely, we have some tips to help you in such cases!

Varicose vein removal

   Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely prevent varicose veins. But you can improve circulation and muscle tone, which can help lower the risk of developing varicose veins or getting additional ones. You can even do it at home! The treatment is simple enough. Here is what you should do:

  • Exercising
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eating a high-fiber, low-salt diet
  • Avoiding high heels and tight hosiery
  • Elevating your legs
  • Changing your sitting or standing position regularly

Essential oils for varicose veins

   Some essential oils may be used as a holistic remedy for varicose veins. Here are four highly useful essential oils which will help:
1. Helichrysum oil. This essential oil is one of the best restorative oils for damaged skin, veins, and tissues. Why? Because of its anti-inflammotory properties.
2. Frankincense oil. Helps by improving the strength of the veins and preventing bulging and twisting.
3. Ginger oil. Effective in treatment of spider veins appearing on the face.
4. Rosemary essential oil is thought to improve blood circulation. Studies show that rosemary oil improves local blood circulation and relieves pain.
5.  Patchouli Essential Oil can help not only for varicose veins but also  breaking up cellulite, relieving constipation and  promoting weight loss. Used topically after dilution in a carrier oil or in a skin care product three times a week.


How to use essential oils for varicose treatment

   There are some helpful and more common ways to use essential oils if you have problems such as varicose veins. Make a warm or cool compress. It is very simple, just soak a cloth in a blend of five drops of essential oils and 1L of water. Apply the compress to the affected area for 15 minutes. Keep your legs elevated, it is really important.
   Use 30 drops of essential oil and combine them with about 3 tbl of carrier oil. Great carrier oils for this purpose include olive, coconut , or jojoba oils. You may also add the oils to shea butter or cocoa butter. Massage the affected area with this mixture in the direction of your heart.
Or you can: add eight drops of essential oil to a small amount of carrier oil. Shake it up. Add the mixture to warm bathwater.

   Take care!
  Your Geniani Team!