Can You Treat Varicose Veins at Home?

June 2, 2022
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June 2, 2022 The Vein Institute

How to treat varicose veins with essential oil? 

Can vinegar get rid of varicose veins? 

What vitamins and supplements can cure varicose veins?

Varicose veins can look unsightly and feel painful, and medical treatments can be pretty expensive. So, it’s no wonder there are so many search queries like these floating around on google.

It’s also no wonder that people often ask us if there are any effective at-home treatment methods for varicose veins.

The bad news is, there aren’t any sure-fire ways to treat varicose veins outside of medical intervention. But the good news is, if your varicose veins are mild, or if you want to ease your discomfort while waiting for treatment, there are some things you can do and use to alleviate your symptoms. So, to find out which varicose vein home remedies work, might work, and won’t work, read on. 

Do compression socks help varicose veins?

Medical-grade compression stockings are a tried and true way to help manage your varicose vein symptoms. The pressure boosts your circulation and helps malfunctioning valves function, thus helping blood move back to your heart. 

There are a few types of stockings with different pressure levels, which you can learn about here. And we’d recommend you talk to a specialist beforehand to ensure you’re getting the best stocking for the job.

Is exercise a good varicose vein remedy?

Woman doing yoga as a varicose vein home remedy

Woman doing yoga as part of a varicose vein home remedy plan













Another good way to manage varicose vein symptoms is by keeping active. Mild exercise like walking, swimming, and yoga are all great ways to boost your circulation. They’re also good ways to keep your muscles toned, which minimises the amount of space your varicose vein can expand into. 

Why shouldn’t I stand or sit too long?

Office workers walking as part of varicose vein remedy

Office workers taking a break to walk













On that note, you should also avoid stagnation. Sitting or standing for long periods without a break in between can worsen your condition. 

Essentially, your veins fight hard to move blood back up to your heart. The gravitational pull from standing and the pressure from sitting make it harder. And make it easier for blood to start pooling. 

So, if you’re stuck in an office, behind a retail counter, or behind the wheel for long hours, do your best to take a break to wander around or do some exercises.

Will elevating my legs improve my varicose veins?

Person elevating legs to help treat varicose veins at home

Person elevating legs













Yep, reducing pain, swelling, and the bulginess of varicose veins can be as simple as elevating your legs above your head for a few minutes a day. This will help any pooled blood flow back to the heart and make it easier for your veins to do their job. 

Can essential oils cure varicose veins?

Close-up of essential oils on a leaf, a potential varicose vein remedy

Close-up of 3 essential oils on a leaf













This is a controversial one. Currently, there is no medical research proving that essential oils are an effective varicose vein remedy. And there’s no research proving they’re a cure.

However, research HAS shown that lavender oil, for example, can reduce the size and duration of ulcers (a common complication of varicose veins). Research has also shown that rosemary oil can help boost circulation. 

We’d recommend massaging the oils into the problem area. And be sure to do a skin test if you’ve never used these oils before. The last thing you need is an allergic reaction. 

What about apple cider vinegar?

Close-up of two cups of apple cider vinegar

Close-up of of two cups of apple cider vinegar against black background, on a table with apple slices and cinnamon














Some claim that apple cider vinegar, when ingested, massaged in, or soaked into a gauze, is a good way to treat varicose vein at home. However, these claims aren’t medically supported. In fact, very little research exists on the subject. To date, there’s only been one formal study conducted on 80 patients. 

The study claims that apple cider vinegar helped improve the symptoms and appearance of participants’ varicose veins. But, you should note that when participants wrapped their legs with apple-vinegar soaked gauze, they also elevated them. As elevation IS proven to help alleviate symptoms, these results aren’t conclusive. 

Will changing my diet treat my varicose veins?

Woman holding up apple in one hand and doughnut in the other, as dietary change can be an effective varicose vein remedy

Woman holding up apple in one hand and doughnut in the other













It depends on your diet. But, the bottom line is that food directly impacts your circulation, for better or worse. 

  • Salt, for example, increases water retention, which increases the amount of blood flowing through your veins. This increase puts pressure on your vein walls, straining and potentially weakening them 
  • Potassium has the opposite effect. It reduces the amount of water you retain, keeping your blood pressure steadier and your veins happier. 
  • Flavonoids, meanwhile, have been shown to improve blood circulation, reduce hypertension, and reduce the formation of blood clots. Hence, they’re a great supplement for managing varicose veins 
  • Vitamin C boosts the production of collagen, which is the building block of vein walls. It helps repair existing damage to vein walls. 
  • Fatty foods can clog up your arteries and have a poor impact on your digestion. This means reduced circulation and more strain during bowel movements, putting more pressure on your veins.

Generally, you won’t have to completely cut the bad foods from your diet. Simply reducing the amount you consume can have a positive effect. 

So, there’s our guide. 

Please note that while some remedies on this list (diet, compression, elevation, exercise) are effective remedies for minimising your symptoms, they aren’t varicose vein treatments or cures. 

The only way to eliminate a varicose vein long-term is to seek specialist care. Especially if you’re experiencing extreme discomfort, medical treatment will be the best way forward. 

Fortunately, The Vein Institute offers several minimally invasive and highly effective medical treatments. Or, if your case is mild and you wish to treat your varicose veins at home, we’d be happy to consult you. 

So, get in touch with us today at 1300 535 017