Spider veins are small, red, purple, and blue swollen blood vessels that twist and turn. These veins are visible through the skin, and can be unsightly. They are most often found on the face and legs.
Spider veins can be caused by many factors, including heredity, occupations that involve standing, obesity, hormonal influences, birth control pills, blood clots, and conditions that cause increased pressure in the abdomen, according to WebMD.
The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends the following lifestyle changes to treat varicose and spider veins:
- Avoid standing or sitting for long periods without taking a break. When sitting, avoid crossing your legs. Keep your legs raised when sitting, resting, or sleeping. When you can, raise your legs above the level of your heart.
- Do physical activities to get your legs moving and improve muscle tone. This helps blood move through your veins.
- If you’re overweight or obese, try to lose weight. This will improve blood flow and ease the pressure on your veins.
- Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially those that are tight around your waist, groin (upper thighs), and legs. Tight clothes can make varicose veins worse.
- Avoid wearing high heels for long periods. Lower heeled shoes can help tone your calf muscles. Toned muscles help blood move through the veins.
Essential oils are staples in organic beauty. Massaging with the right essential oils can help get rid of spider veins.
This lavender and orange oil spider vein remedy will help strengthen the capillary walls in the blood vessels.
Mix the following ingredients in a BPA-free container:
3 drops of lavender essential oil
2 drops of orange essential oil
Mix with 2 tbsp of carrier oil like almond oil
Massage on to the legs in the morning and evening
You should see results in about a month
AS ALWAYS: Check with your health practitioner before you try this remedy. This organic beauty tip is not meant to replace any treatment or drugs you are taking.
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1. “Varicose Veins and Spider Veins: Causes and Treatments.” WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 02 Sept. 2014.
2. “How Are Varicose Veins Treated?” National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. National Institutes of Health, n.d. Web. 02 Sept. 2014.
3. “Varicose Veins.” Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, n.d. Web. 02 Sept. 2014.