As I have become more 'experienced' in life (I refuse to say 'old'), certain items have come to my attention. The skin, once taut, has become stretchy and some tiny spider veins are starting to rear their ugly lines. Spider veins are close to the surface of the skin and are caused by the backup of blood in the vein. They look like tiny tree branches and usually occur on the legs and face, but can also cover large areas of skin. Varicose veins are caused by weak or damaged valves in the vein. These types of veins are often found on the back of the legs and can become swollen and painful.
What can we do about them? Well, there's always those lovely 'support hose'. I know they've come a long way since my grandmother wore them, but this is how I feel when I think about them:
There are many options to reduce the appearance of spider and varicose veins. You could see a vein specialist and have surgery or a laser treatment, but both of these are costly and can require numerous treatments. Enter in: Essential Oils! I stumbled across this fantastic blend for varicose veins on everythingessential.me. I've been using the blend on my legs for the past few weeks and have noticed that the lines have diminished somewhat and my legs are looking much better. I can even cross my legs without them bothering me! The results are enough for me to keep using the blend and I decided to share it with you!
Varicose/Spider Vein Blend
30 drops Cypress essential oil
20 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops any citrus oil (I used Lemon)
Combine the oils in a 2 ounce bottle and fill the remainder of the bottle with Fractionated Coconut Oil. Add a dropper and you are all set! Apply the oil to veins and gently massage in an upward direction (towards the heart) twice a day. For bulging varicose veins add 50 drops Helichrysum to 8 ounces of an all natural lotion and apply in the same manner.
Results can take up to 6 months for severe cases, but you can start to see a difference in about a month for small veins. The veins will not completely disappear and you should take other preventative measures as well to stop them from occurring. Exercise regularly, elevate your legs while resting and take frequent breaks when standing for long periods of time. Of course...there's always that old standby...support hose.