I hardly ever look at the back part of my body.
So I never noticed the itsy bitsy spider that climbed up on the back of my knee.
It didn’t occur to me that one day I’d be looking for ways to get rid of spider veins.
One hot day, a strange burning-itching sensation sent me to the mirror. I looked at the back of my leg and was horrified to see a big bunch of ugly purplish-red veins on my inner knee.
I never saw this one coming. I dropped everything and started obsessing about how to get rid of spider veins.
- 1 What Causes Spider Veins?
- 2 Spider Veins on Legs Natural Treatments
- 3 Step #1 – Topical Remedies
- 4 Step #2 – Boosting Blood Circulation
- 5 Herbs To Boost Circulation and Strengthen Veins
- 6 Step #3 – Lifestyle Changes
- 7 How I Got Rid of My Spider Veins in 2 Weeks
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins (angioectasias) are tiny dilated capillaries, typically in red or blue-ish color.
They can be short unconnected lines or come together in a spiderweb-like pattern just under the surface of the skin.
Spider Veins (and varicose veins) are most common on the thighs, the backs of the calves, the insides of the legs, and the ankles, but sometimes they even appear on the face.
Most of the time, they come with no symptoms and do not pose any health risks.
But, they can cause some itching and burning.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins are often hereditary (but it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about them!) and are common in pregnancy, puberty, and menopause.
Other Common causes for Spider Veins:
- Prolonged standing, especially combined with over-weight.
- Taking birth control pills (and hormonal changes)
- History of blood clots.
- Wearing tight hosiery
- Circulation problems (poor circulation). (from WebMD)
Spider Veins on Legs Natural Treatments
To eliminate spider veins naturally, you’ll need to boost your blood circulation in the affected area blood vessels and your entire body, maintain a healthy weight, and avoid some factors that contribute to the formation of more spider veins in the future.
There are also a few good home remedies you can use for spider veins:
Step #1 – Topical Remedies
If you have any kind of burning and itching, topical remedies that help ease the symptoms are easy to find.
Even if you don’t have any symptoms, these remedies help shrink those unsightly little veins under the skin – effectively.
For best results, apply your chosen remedy twice a day – morning and night.
1. Horse Chestnut Seeds
According to an article published in the journal Advances in Therapy, topical applications of HCSE helped to reduce varicose vein symptoms, including leg swelling, leg pain, itching, and heaviness.
Horse chestnut is believed to help with spider veins by improving blood circulation and reducing inflammation. Some studies have found that horse chestnut extract can help to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, making them less likely to bulge and form spider veins.
This is one of the most praised remedies by people with chronic spider veins.
2. Mustard Oil
Mustard oil is another effective circulation booster.
Apply a few drops of Mustard Oil blended with carrier oil to the area twice a day.
This remedy is quite popular and you’ll more than a few women reporting success with it.
If you’re willing to put up with the pungent odor, massaging your affected areas with mustard oil could be an effective way to treat spider veins in your legs.
3. Witch Hazel Tea/Tincture
Witch Hazel is a powerful astringent and will help shrink those spider-buggers faster than you think.
German pharmacological studies indicate that witch hazel strengthens veins and acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Tannins account for witch hazel’s astringent action which helps tighten distended veins and repair their normal structure.
Dip a few Witch Hazel leaves in hot water for a few minutes. Let cool a little and place on the veins, for at least 15 minutes, twice a day.
Alternatively, I recommend this witch hazel, horse chestnut, white oak, and myrrh cream:
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Another spider vein natural cure is ACV, which helps to increase circulation to your spiderweb .
It can help diminish the appearance of the spider veins (if you commit to treatment).
Saturate a piece of cloth with apple cider vinegar and apply it as a compress directly to your spider veins.
Allow the cloth to stay in place for 15 to 20 minutes, and then remove it. For sensitive skin dilute the cider first with water, and It’s always best to do a patch test before using it on a larger area of the skin.
Repeat twice a day for at least 2 weeks, or until you can no longer see the veins.
See more health & household uses for apple cider vinegar
5. Oak Bark Tea
Oak Bark is so powerful that it can even help with the most severe cases of varicose veins.
For spider veins, the chances of working are higher.
In fact, according to Healthline, Hemorrhoids, or swollen veins around the anal area, are sometimes treated by bathing in water mixed with oak bark powder to dry out sores.
Soak 3 teabags of Oak Bark in hot water for a few minutes, then strain the finished tea.
Dip a cotton flannel in the tea and wrap it around your spider veins. Find a way to attach it to the area and leave it on for a whole night.
Repeat for a week and be amazed by the results.
6. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil has vessel-strengthening properties that can help fight varicose and spider veins.
Mix 2 to 3 drops of lemon essential oil with jojoba, avocado, or almond oil and massage the affected area.
Step #2 – Boosting Blood Circulation
The two best ways to boost circulation throughout your body are exercising (the right type of exercise) and taking herbal remedies that increase blood flow.
The Best Exercises for Spider Veins (& What to Avoid)
Low-intensity exercises, such as walking, swimming, and “gentle” biking are the best kind for spider veins elimination.
Because low-impact exercises strengthen the leg and calf muscles to help support your veins – without causing too much pressure on them.
Any exercise that involves sudden pressure on the veins (such as running, rebounding, or lifting weights) should be avoided.
Herbs To Boost Circulation and Strengthen Veins
A few extremely effective herbs to boost circulation, strengthen the “walls” of your veins, and make them more flexible – are nature’s weapons against spider veins.
But, as with any other remedy, natural or not, check with your doctor first if you take any other medication or have a chronic illness (such as hypertension, or diabetes) to make sure it’s safe for you.
1. Horse Chestnut Seeds – clinical studies have shown that horse chestnut improves circulation in the legs, decreases inflammation, and strengthens the capillaries and veins.
Look for an extract that provides a daily dosage of 50 milligrams of aescin, a key part that strengthens capillaries.
2. Other herbs that improve circulation and strengthen veins are Witch Hazel, Bayberry, nettle, grape seed extract, Cayenne pepper, ginger, and Turmeric.
The Vitamin B group is also known to be helpful in increasing blood flow and strengthening veins.
3. Natural Care Vein Guard – I haven’t tried this herbal formula, but I’ve heard a few people claiming it really helps, especially with burning, itching, or pain.
Compression Stockings (Support Stockings)
Compression socks have been researched and found effective for the treatment of varicose veins.
Compression socks, also known as compression stockings, are designed to promote gentle pressure on the legs, which can improve blood flow and reduce the risk of blood pooling in the veins.
This can help to reduce the appearance of spider veins and prevent the development of new ones.
For prevention use low-pressure socks. For treatment use higher-pressure socks.
You don’t need a prescription to wear a support hose but only your doctor will be able to tell you how long you need to wear them to reduce the appearance of superficial veins.
Step #3 – Lifestyle Changes
1. Elevate the foot area of your bed. An easy way to reduce pressure on your legs is to elevate them above your heart. You can easily do this by stacking 2 large books under each leg of your bed.
This way, as opposed to using a pillow, your legs are still elevated even when you toss and turn.
2. Try to avoid sitting or standing for long. If your job requires sitting or standing a lot, great solutions are out there.
For example, for prolonged standing use an anti-fatigue mat. You won’t believe how good you’ll feel, even after cooking for hours standing in the same place.
For prolonged sitting (due to office work perhaps) – consider switching to a balance ball chair (I did) or even a treadmill workstation (on my wishlist!).
3. Get Spicy – try to incorporate spicy foods into your daily diet, such as Cayenne Pepper, ginger root, turmeric root, onions, and garlic.
4. Be More Physically Active – I think that everyone can free up half an hour to go outside and walk.
But if you just can’t, try to be more active in other ways, like avoiding elevators.
5. Avoid alcohol – a notorious inflammation enhancer.
How I Got Rid of My Spider Veins in 2 Weeks
Obviously, you can’t use all of these remedies at the same time. You have to try (and error…) until you find what works for you.
My personal spider-veins-busting formula was:
- A 40-minute walk every morning (so much fun!)
- Mustard oil + Witch Hazel tincture topically twice a day.
- Oak bark compresses every other night.
- Added 1 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper, 1 slice of Ginger, and 1 slice of fresh turmeric root to my daily Green Juice.
- Elevated the foot of my bed.
After 2 weeks, my spider veins were hardly even noticeable anymore. This was 2 months ago and no new ones appeared (believe me, I check). I’m thrilled!
If I can do it, so can you. Even if you are afraid of spiders
To your health and happiness,
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