Can Essential Oils Treat Varicose Veins?

November 22, 2019
November 22, 2019 Dr Zil

Those who suffer from the discomfort of varicose veins have no doubt looked for an alternative treatment to surgery. A popular choice to ease the symptoms are essential oils, but do they treat varicose veins? The underlying cause of varicose veins is faulty valves, which fail to push the blood from your legs to your heart effectively. The lack of circulation causes blood to pool, which in turn causes veins to bulge and protrude against the skin. As your legs are furthest from your heart, varicose veins are most prominent there.

Unfortunately, essential oils won’t fix the valves in your veins, but they do possess healing properties that ease the symptoms.

What Provides Relief From Varicose Veins?

You might not like the way they look, but it’s important to be mindful of potential medical complications that can arise if your veins are not taken care of. Without undergoing treatment, you can not hope to rid yourself of varicose veins. But even if you’re not looking to treat your veins in the near future, there are plenty of ways to ease symptoms such as swelling, aching, itching and cramping.

Effective ways to ease symptoms of varicose veins include regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, wearing compression stockings and even the use of essential oils, for some people. Essential oils, like other alternative options, won’t cure varicose veins, but they can provide relief, making living with them easier.

What Do Essential Oils Do?

The use of essential oils is becoming increasingly popular, as they are known for their healing and calming properties. Psychologically, they have an undeniable calming result, so can they do the same for the rest of your body? There are a variety of oils that offer different benefits for varicose veins.

Six Common Essential Oils for Varicose Veins

Lavender and Frankincense

Lavender oil is best known for its calming effect, but when used in aromatherapy it can reduce pain and inflammation, similar to frankincense, that has anti-inflammatory properties. These oils can assist with the swelling caused by varicose veins, and in-turn relief the discomfort of swollen legs.

Cypress and Rosemary

Essential oils like cypress and rosemary can ease your symptoms too. Both these oils help with your circulation, encouraging the blood to flow toward your heart. The use of these oils will ease swelling and the heaviness associated with varicose veins.

Geranium and Helichrysum

Other oils, like geranium oil, known for aiding skin conditions and improving circulation, and helichrysum oil, also known to boost circulation and minimising inflammation, have the potential to reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins. Despite being able to reduce the appearance, these oils cannot prevent the growth of new varicose or spider veins.

Most of the essential oils, used with massage, promote circulation and reduce swelling, further reducing your symptoms of varicose veins. Despite popular opinion, essential oils, along with regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle, will not treat your already developed varicose veins. Being active can reduce the risk of varicose veins, without risking your health, whereas essential oils could present minor risks. As essential oils are not regulated, always be mindful when applying them to your skin.

Seek expert advice

The doctors at The Vein Institute specialise in varicose vein treatment. We offer patients a comprehensive treatment program to treat varicose veins, with non-surgical laser treatment techniques. The benefits of laser treatment to patients are;

  • Walk-in walk-out treatment
  • 98% success rate
  • Extremely effective
  • Can be performed at a clinic (no hospitalisation)
  • No general anaesthetic
  • Medicare rebates apply
  • No downtime or time away from work

To book a consultation and discuss our treatment program, call 1300 981 402