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How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins Naturally

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How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins Naturally October 31, 2017

Aging comes with its own set of troubles. One such condition that is more common among the aging lot is spider veins. This malady can really take a toll on our physical health and well-being. Spider veins are also common among those who are engaged in activities that require them to stand for an extended period. These are usually purplish red and can often be seen through the skin. Though their appearance on the face and hands is not that prominent, when formed on the legs, they are a different story. Read on to find out all about spider veins, their causes and symptoms, and home remedies to get rid of the condition.

Table Of Contents

What Are Spider Veins?
What Causes Spider Veins?
Symptoms Of Spider Veins
How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins

What Are Spider Veins?

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are nothing but dilated veins that are found on the surface of the skin, and these closely resemble a spider’s web. This condition usually goes undiagnosed unless there are other symptoms associated with its appearance. Spider veins are often associated with throbbing and restless legs. They become quite bothersome and call for immediate attention. The onset of this condition is found to be more among those aged above 50 years. Nonetheless, young adults can also be affected by this condition (1). Other than your age, many other factors can also lead to the development of spider veins. Let’s take a look at them now.

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What Causes Spider Veins?

You can develop this condition as a result of weakened valves in your veins. These valves are responsible for enabling the blood to flow in and out of the veins. Damaged valves result in the swelling of veins due to their inability to allow normal blood circulation (2). Some of the most common causes of spider veins include:

  • Aging
  • Heredity
  • Professions that require standing for a long time
  • Intake of contraceptive pills
  • Pregnancy
  • Tight clothing
  • Increased BMI (Obesity)
  • Any prior history of blood clots
  • Constipation

Other than being unsightly to look at, spider veins may also be accompanied by a series of other symptoms that can become bothersome in the long run (3).

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Symptoms Of Spider Veins

The following are the symptoms of spider veins:

  • Itching around the affected area
  • Aching legs
  • Unusual restlessness in the legs
  • Ulcers on the skin
  • Rashes around the affected area
  • Pain in the veins on being touched
  • Changes in the skin around ankles or calves

Irrespective of the symptoms, the appearance of spider veins is a major beauty concern. But not anymore! Following some simple home remedies can help you combat this condition.

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How To Treat Spider Veins Naturally

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar
  2. Witch Hazel
  3. Oils
  4. Epsom Salt
  5. Hot Or Cold Compress
  6. Grape Seed Extract
  7. Garlic
  8. Green Tomatoes
  9. Ginger
  10. Ginkgo Biloba
  11. Horse Chestnut
  12. Japanese Pagoda Extract
  13. Lemon Juice And Baking Soda
  14. Oak Bark Tea
  15. Alternative Teas
  16. Tea Tree Oil
  17. Saline Injections
  18. Turmeric

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How To Get Rid Of Spider Veins

As spider veins are more of a cosmetic concern than medical, many affected individuals are seen opting for surgery to get rid of the unsightly appearance associated with this condition. However, following some simple and natural remedies and making a few lifestyle changes can help you deal with this condition without having to go under the knife.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • ACV
  • A piece of cloth
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a clean piece of cloth and soak it in ACV.
  2. Wrap this around the areas affected with spider veins.
  3. Leave it on for about 20 to 30 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

ACV helps to treat the inflamed veins and also improves blood circulation (4).

Caution

Due to the acidic nature of ACV, it is recommended to do a patch test on your skin before trying this remedy.

[ Read: How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Spider Veins ]

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2. Witch Hazel

2. Witch Hazel

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You Will Need
  • Witch hazel
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a cotton pad and soak it in witch hazel.
  2. Dab it directly on the spider veins and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory property of witch hazel helps in reducing the swelling associated with spider veins, and this, in turn, also reduces their appearance (5).

Tip

For added benefits, you can also consume witch hazel tea daily as it is rich in antioxidants.

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3. Oils

3. Oils

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a. Castor Oil

You Will Need

Cold compressed castor oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Apply cold compressed castor oil directly to the affected areas.
  2. Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Follow this regimen 2 to 3 times daily.

Why This Works

The anti-inflammatory and stimulating nature of castor oil helps to treat the inflamed veins and also improves blood flow (6).

Tip

Use cold compressed castor oil as this is its purest form.

b. Coconut Oil

You Will Need

Cold compressed coconut oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some coconut oil and warm it by rubbing it between your hands.
  2. Massage the warmed oil into the affected area.
  3. Continue massaging for 10 to 15 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this daily for best results.

Why This Works

The antioxidant nature of coconut oil helps in improving blood circulation, and it can thus provide relief from the symptoms of spider veins (7).

Tip

Use of cold compressed coconut oil is recommended due to its refined composition.

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4. Epsom Salt

4. Epsom Salt

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You Will Need
  • 2-3 cups of Epsom salt
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the Epsom salt to your bath water.
  2. Soak in the bath and relax for 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. Alternatively, you can pour a cup of Epsom salt in a bucket filled with water and use it to soak your legs.
How Often You Need To Do This

This regimen should be followed 3 to 4 times a week for optimum results.

Why This Works

Epsom salt is known for its magnesium content. The anti-inflammatory properties of magnesium can help in treating and reducing the appearance of spider veins (8).

Caution

Do not ingest Epsom salt as it can prove to be fatal to your health.

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5. Hot Or Cold Compress

5. Hot Or Cold Compress

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You Will Need

Hot/Cold compress

What You Have To Do

Elevate your leg and use a hot/cold compress on the affected area.

How Often You Need To Do This

You can repeat this as required.

Why This Works

The hot compress helps in removing blood clots, while cold compress is used to minimize bleeding and bruising of spider veins (9).

Tip

Elevate your leg while applying a compress. This is to avoid pooling of blood in the affected area.

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6. Grape Seed Extract

6. Grape Seed Extract

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You Will Need

720 mg grape seed extract supplement (liquid or capsule form)

What You Have To Do

Take the grape seed extract orally.

How Often You Need To Do This

Consume this supplement daily for better results.

Why This Works

Black and red grapes are the best among all varieties of grapes due to the numerous health benefits associated with them. The seeds of these grapes are rich in bioflavonoids called oligomeric proanthocyanidin complexes (OPCs) (10). These complexes are known to treat spider veins by promoting the circulation of blood while reducing inflammation.

Tip

Grape seed extract can be taken in its capsule or concentrated form.

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7. Garlic

7. Garlic

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You will need
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • Rubbing alcohol
What You Have To Do
  1. Mince the garlic cloves to form a fine paste.
  2. Mix this paste with a few drops of rubbing alcohol and massage onto the affected area.
  3. Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this procedure daily for best results.

Why This Works

Garlic is best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Its ability to enhance blood circulation signifies its role in the treatment of spider veins (11).

Tip

For quicker results, you can also include garlic in your diet in addition to following the above remedy.

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8. Green Tomatoes

8. Green Tomatoes

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You Will Need
  • Green tomatoes
  • Bandage
What You Have To Do
  1. Wash the tomatoes.
  2. Slice them into rings and place them on the affected areas.
  3. Wrap the entire area with a bandage.
  4. Leave this on until you feel a tingling sensation in the covered area.
  5. Remove the bandage and wash the area skin thoroughly with water.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this process at least 4 times a day for quick recovery.

Why This Works

Tomatoes have been around for centuries. They not only have great flavor, but they also offer a wide range of beauty and health benefits. Green tomatoes are used to treat spider veins by enhancing blood circulation in the affected areas of the body. This is due to the presence of an acidic substance in the seeds of all tomatoes. This substance acts as a natural anticoagulant, helping improve blood flow and also reducing inflammation (12).

Caution

Do not wrap the bandage too tightly around the spider veins.

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9. Ginger

9. Ginger

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You Will Need
  • 1 inch ginger
  • 1 glass of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Cut the ginger into small pieces and add them to a glass of boiling water.
  2. Let it simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain the water and add honey to taste.
  4. Consume this water immediately.
How Often You Need To Do This

Repeat this 2 to 3 times a day.

Why This Works

The unique flavor and smell associated with ginger come from its natural oils. Of these, gingerol is the most important, and it has medicinal properties. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature of ginger also come from gingerol (13). These properties of ginger make it one of the best natural ways to combat spider veins.

Tip

You can also include ginger in your daily diet for better results.

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10. Ginkgo Biloba

10. Ginkgo Biloba

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You Will Need

Ginkgo extract supplements

What You Have To Do

Intake of 40 mg of ginkgo extract.

How Often You Need To Do This

Consume this 3 times a day.

Why This Works

Ginkgo biloba is a well-known plant and is used to treat numerous ailments. It contains some active ingredients that are known to strengthen the tissues of the vein walls. It is also used to improve blood circulation and can thus be used to treat spider veins as well (14).

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11. Horse Chestnut

11. Horse Chestnut

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You Will Need

Aescin supplement (50mg)

What You Have To Do

Consume 50 mg of aescin supplements on a daily basis.

How Often You Need To Do This

Have this twice daily.

Why This Works

Horse chestnut is best known for one of its components called aescin. Aescin is derived from the dried seeds of the horse chestnut plant. This extract is said to strengthen the tissues of the vein walls while reducing the inflammation caused by spider veins. It is also involved in the active regeneration of weak or damaged veins (15).

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12. Japanese Pagoda Tree Extract

12. Japanese Pagoda Tree Extract

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You Will Need

Japanese pagoda extract or supplement

What You Have To Do

Japanese pagoda tree extract can be either taken as a supplement or applied topically.

How Often You Need To Do This

You can do this on a daily basis.

Why This Works

The Japanese pagoda tree is scientifically known as Styphnolobium japonicum. Its extract has been used as a traditional treatment for spider veins since ages. It was found to increase the circulation of blood and strengthen the veins (16).

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13. Lemon Juice And Baking Soda

13. Lemon Juice And Baking Soda

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You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the lemon juice and water.
  2. To this, add the baking soda.
  3. At this point, the solution will become fizzy.
  4. Once the fizz goes down, you can go ahead and consume this solution.
How Often You Need To Do This

Drink 2 to 3 glasses of this mixture daily for faster recovery.

Why This Works

Lemon juice has been long known for its amazing beauty and health benefits. It is rich in vitamin C and is often used as a blood purifier (17). Baking soda is alkaline and is often used for its neutralizing properties. A combination of these compounds was found to relieve and treat spider veins.

Tip

Alternatively, you can also apply lemon juice topically on the areas affected by spider veins.

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14. Oak Bark Tea

14. Oak Bark Tea

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You Will Need
  • Oak bark tea extract
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil some oak bark tea extract with a cup of water.
  2. Add honey for flavor. Consume immediately.
How Often You Need To Do This

Consume a cup of oak bark tea daily for positive results.

Why This Works

Being rich in many vitamins and minerals, white oak bark tea is quite popular for its healing properties. One of its greatest benefits is its ability to stabilize and strengthen veins. Hence, oak bark tea can be used in the treatment of spider veins as well (18).

Tip

You can also topically apply this tea with the help of a cloth compress. Once absorbed into the skin, it can relieve symptoms associated with spider veins.

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15. Alternative Teas

15. Alternative Teas

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a. Green Tea

You Will Need
  • Green tea leaves
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil some green tea leaves in a cup of water.
  2. Add honey for flavor. Consume immediately.
How Often You Need To Do This

Drink two cups of green tea daily for added benefits.

Why This Works

Green tea is one of the best natural antioxidants (19). This property of green tea makes it suitable to treat a variety of ailments, including spider veins. It can reduce inflammation and strengthen the vein walls.

b. Chamomile Tea

You Will Need
  • Chamomile tea extract
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Boil some chamomile tea extract with a cup of water.
  2. Add honey for flavor. Consume immediately.
How Often You Need To Do This

Drink chamomile tea daily for best results.

Why This Works

Chamomile contains an oil that is well-known to treat a variety of neurological problems. Chamomile tea is best known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can also be used in treating spider veins (20).

Tip

Chamomile tea can also be soaked in a cloth and wrapped around the spider veins for faster recovery.

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16. Tea Tree Oil

16. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need

Tea tree oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Take some tea tree oil in your palms and massage it onto the areas affected by spider veins.
  2. You can also add aloe vera or any other carrier oil for the massage.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this daily for optimum results.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil comes from the extraction of tea tree leaves. It is best known for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties (21). It not only treats spider veins but also relieves the inflammation and discomfort associated with the condition.

Tip

Tea tree oil combined with aloe vera is also said to treat moderate conditions of spider veins.

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17. Saline Injections

17. Saline Injections

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You Will Need

Saline injections (Sclerotherapy)

What You Have To Do
  1. This process mainly consists of injecting a saline solution into the affected veins.
  2. At times, this step is followed by compressing the injected area with bandages or stockings.
How Often You Need To Do This

Undergo this procedure only when suggested by your physician.

Why This Works

Saline injection is also referred to as sclerotherapy. It has been used in the treatment of spider veins for centuries. Injecting a saline solution into the affected veins results in damage to the inner vein wall. This leads to inflammation and clotting of blood in the veins. As a result, the spider veins lose their color and appearance (22).

Caution

It is highly recommended to take these injections only under medical supervision.

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18. Turmeric

18. Turmeric

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
  • 1 glass of warm milk
What You Have To Do

Add the turmeric to a glass of warm milk and consume daily.

How Often You Need To Do This

Drink this daily for best results.

Why This Works

Turmeric has been proven to be one of the best ingredients for enhancing your health and beauty. It contains a phytochemical called curcumin that is rich in antioxidants and also imparts anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties to turmeric. These properties enable turmeric to treat as well as relieve the symptoms of spider veins (28).

Tip

You can also mix turmeric with water and apply it directly on the affected area for faster results.

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Spider veins can be prevented and also treated to a large extent by following these simple and natural home remedies. In addition, following a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy BMI are also important. However, if you experience severe pain and discomfort, it is recommended to seek medical attention because in certain cases, varicose veins may be the underlying issue, and this needs to be treated immediately.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Can spider veins go away on their own?

No, spider veins do not heal without treatment.

What can happen if spider veins are not treated?

If left untreated, spider veins can start to swell and pain. The symptoms associated with spider veins can also become worse if not treated immediately.

What happens if you pop a spider vein?

Under medical supervision, a spider vein may be popped by a needle as part of its treatment. However, if a spider vein pops due to any injury, apply an ice compress on the affected area immediately to avoid further bleeding.

Can spider veins cause swollen ankles?

If spider veins are present inside the ankle, there is a possibility of a more serious underlying condition. In this case, swelling and inflammation of the ankles are quite common and need to be treated immediately.

Can you tattoo over spider veins?

Tattooing over spider veins is usually done to hide their appearance. However, this increases the risk of vein damage and infection in that area.

Are compression stockings good for spider veins?

Yes, compression stockings are good for spider veins and help relieve the symptoms associated with the condition. They are especially helpful for those who need to sit for a long time as they promote blood flow (32).

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