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25 Effective Home Remedies For Edema

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25 Effective Home Remedies For Edema December 6, 2017

The swelling that occurs in your body following an injury or inflammation is termed as edema. This usually happens because of extra fluid build-up in the tissues and may affect any part of your body. Edema is often a side effect of medications, pregnancy, or even long periods of immobility. Read further to know about the causes and symptoms of edema, along with some simple yet efficient remedies that can be used in its treatment.

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What Is Edema?

As mentioned earlier, edema is the swelling of certain body parts due to the accumulation of fluid in the tissues. Any body part affected by edema is considered to be edematous. The occurrence of edema is most common in the legs and hands and in this case, it is called peripheral edema. This medical condition is often a result of some other disease or medical complication.

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What Causes Edema?

Edema is usually a result of an injury to the body such as a fracture or an infection. Bee stings may also result in edema. In case of infections, edema is more of a help because the fluid released as a result of an infection usually consists of white blood cells (WBCs), and these cells are involved in fighting against infections. Other than these, edema could also be a result of some other serious underlying complications (1).

  • Hypoalbuminemia: This is a condition that can result in edema. It is a term for deficiency of albumin and other proteins in your body (2).
  • Allergy: Edema can also be an allergic reaction to an allergen. This is because, in case of an invasion by a foreign body, your vessels leak fluid in the affected area to fight any probable infection.
  • Blood Clot: A blood clot in any of your body parts can also lead to edema. Similarly, any condition that obstructs the flow of fluids in your body can lead to the development of edema.
  • Medical Conditions: Edema is usually a result of serious health issues like heart and liver diseases. Both these conditions may obstruct or slow down the flow of body fluids, and this can result in edema (3).
  • Head Injury: Any injury to the head that results in a block in the drainage of cerebral fluid can also cause edema.
  • Pregnancy: Edema is quite common among pregnant women. It usually occurs in the legs during pregnancy.

Edema often affects only certain parts of the body. There are different types of edema, and they are usually named according to the body parts they affect. Let’s take a look at them now.

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What Are The Types Of Edema?

  • Peripheral Edema: As we have already mentioned, when there is a swelling in the hands or legs, it is usually referred to as peripheral edema.
  • Pulmonary Edema: When there is a fluid retention in the lungs, it is called pulmonary edema. This is a serious condition and is often a result of another medical problem like heart failure or lung injury (4).
  • Cerebral Edema: This usually happens when there is an obstruction in the flow of fluid in your brain. This is also a critical condition and requires an immediate check-up (5).
  • Macular Edema: When there is a fluid obstruction in the macula of the eyes, it is referred to as macular edema. The macula is a part of the eyes that is responsible for enabling detailed vision (6).

Edema could affect other body parts as well, but the ones mentioned above are the most common areas affected by this condition. The onset of edema is usually followed by a series of symptoms that can be painful in some circumstances.

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Signs And Symptoms Of Edema

The symptoms associated with edema usually vary depending on its type and location. However, pain, swelling, and a feeling of tightness in the affected area are usually common symptoms of edema. Some of its other symptoms include:

  • Stretched and swollen skin
  • Skin that dimples on being pressed
  • Puffiness of the affected area
  • Pain in the affected body part
  • Stiffness in the joints
  • The veins in the hand and neck become fuller
  • Higher blood pressure
  • Pain in the abdomen
  • A feeling of nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Abnormalities in your vision

If the symptoms you experience are critical, it calls for immediate medical intervention. However, if the swelling in your hands or legs is a result of an insect bite or some other minor issue, you can get rid of it with some simple home remedies.

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How To Treat Edema Naturally

  1. Green Tea
  2. Grape Seed Extract
  3. Juniper Oil
  4. Olive Leaf Extract
  5. Cranberry Juice
  6. Celery Seed Extract
  7. Horse Chestnut Seed Extract
  8. Pineapple Juice
  9. Massage Therapy
  10. Turmeric
  11. Apple Cider Vinegar
  12. Vitamins
  13. Hot Or Cold Compress
  14. Crushed Flax Seeds
  15. Mustard Oil
  16. Coriander Seeds
  17. Tea Tree Oil
  18. Dandelion Tea
  19. Parsley
  20. Ginger Root Tea
  21. Nettle Tea
  22. Oil Of Oregano
  23. Castor Oil
  24. Epsom Salt
  25. Tart Cherry Juice

Home Remedies For Edema

1. Green Tea

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon green tea extract
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add green tea extract to water and bring this to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add honey for flavor and consume immediately.
How Often You Need To Do This

Consume green tea at least 2 to 3 times daily for best results.

Why This Works

The stimulating and diuretic properties of green tea help in metabolizing the extra fluids in your body. This, in turn, can also help in treating edema (8).

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2. Grape Seed Extract

You Will Need

Grape seed extract supplement (100 mg)

What You Have To Do

Include grape seed extract supplements in your diet.

How Often You Need To Do This

You must consume this supplement twice daily.

Why This Works

Grape seed extract can be used in the treatment of edema as it has antioxidant properties that can help with chronic venous insufficiency (9). This medical condition often causes swelling due to pooling of blood in the legs.

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3. Juniper Oil

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You Will Need
  • 5-6 drops of juniper oil
  • 30 ml of a carrier oil (olive or coconut oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil.
  2. Apply this mixture on the swollen areas.
How Often You Need To Do This

Follow this regimen twice daily for optimum benefits.

Why This Works

Juniper oil is known for its medicinal benefits. The diuretic and detoxifying properties of juniper oil help in reducing the swelling and water retention caused by edema (10).

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4. Olive Leaf Extract

You Will Need

Olive leaf extract capsules (500 mg)

What You Have To Do

include olive leaf extract capsules in your daily diet.

How Often You Need To Do This

Ensure that you consume this once daily.

Why This Works

Olive leaf extract contains some bioactive compounds. These compounds have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that have proven to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress caused by brain edema (11), (12).

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5. Cranberry Juice

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You Will Need

Cranberry juice (unsweetened)

What You Have To Do

Drink a cup of cranberry juice.

How Often You Need To Do This

You should drink this juice once daily.

Why This Works

Cranberries are rich in many minerals such as calcium and potassium and also exhibit diuretic properties. These factors make cranberries an excellent natural remedy for the treatment of edema (13).

[ Read: 20 Best Benefits Of Cranberry Juice ]

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6. Celery Seed Extract

You Will Need

250-500 mg celery seed extract supplement

What You Have To Do

Include celery seed extract supplements in your diet.

How Often You Need To Do This

You must consume this supplement daily for availing its benefits.

Why This Works

Celery seed extract, scientifically referred to as Apium graveolens, is a diuretic with anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It is often used to boost the urine output of the body in case of infections and can be used to treat edema (14).

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7. Horse Chestnut Seed Extract

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You Will Need

Horse chestnut seed extract (200 mg)

What You Have To Do

Consume 200 mg of horse chestnut seed extract daily.

How Often You Need To Do This

You must consume this supplement daily for faster recovery.

Why This Works

Horse chestnut is a diuretic and also contains aescin compounds. These compounds exhibit anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Together, these properties of horse chestnut extract can help you combat edema and its symptoms (15).

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8. Pineapple Juice

You Will Need
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Remove the pineapple skin and cut it into small pieces.
  2. Blend this in a mixer with water and consume the juice immediately.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this once daily.

Why This Works

Pineapples, scientifically called Ananas comosus, are natural diuretics and rich in a compound called bromelain. Bromelain is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in the treatment of edema and its symptoms (16).

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9. Massage Therapy

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You Will Need
  • 5-6 drops of any essential oil like grapefruit and juniper oil
  • 30 ml of a carrier oil like coconut oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the essential oil with the carrier oil.
  2. Gently massage the blend on your leg for 5 to 10 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

You must do this twice daily for faster recovery.

Why This Works

Massaging improves blood circulation and can help in the treatment of edema (17).

Caution

Keep your leg elevated for 15 minutes before the massage. Doing this ensures that the fluid pooled at the swollen area of your body can flow back. As a result, the water retention in the affected area will also reduce.

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10. Turmeric

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 glass of milk or water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the turmeric in a glass of warm water or hot milk.
  2. Consume it immediately.
  3. Alternatively, you can also mix a teaspoon of turmeric with a few drops of water to make a paste. This paste can then be applied on the areas of your body affected by edema.
How Often You Need To Do This

Follow this remedy every morning and night until you see the edema disappear.

Why This Works

Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin that has anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties. These properties help in treating the swelling and pain associated with edema (18).

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11. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 2 cups of apple cider vinegar (ACV)
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • A clean towel
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix apple cider vinegar and warm water in a bowl.
  2. Soak a clean towel in the mixture and wrap the swollen areas with it.
  3. Leave it on for 5 minutes.
  4. Repeat the process using a mixture of cold water and vinegar.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this twice daily until the swelling disappears.

Why This Works

Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits. It is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and high potassium content. Potassium can help in reducing fluid retention while the anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar can help treat inflamed skin (19).

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12. Vitamins

You Will Need
  • A multivitamin supplement that consists of Vitamins A, C, E
  • B-complex vitamins
  • Trace minerals like magnesium, calcium, selenium, and zinc
What You Have To Do

Include a multivitamin consisting of the above vitamins and minerals in your diet.

How Often You Need To Do This

Consume this once daily

Why This Works

Most of these vitamins are known to reduce water retention and are anti-inflammatory (20). Thus, they can also be used in treating edema and its symptoms.

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13. Hot Or Cold Compress

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You Will Need
  • Cold water
  • Warm water
  • A clean towel
What You Have To Do
  1. Take a clean towel and soak it in warm water.
  2. Wrap this towel around the swollen area of your body.
  3. Leave this on for 5 minutes and unwrap.
  4. Then, soak the towel in cold water and repeat the procedure.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this twice daily until the swelling disappears.

Why This Works

When you apply a hot compress, more blood flows to the area where it is applied. This reduces the pain and inflammation associated with edema. Similarly, if you apply a cold compress on the swollen area, it numbs the affected area and also reduces swelling and inflammation (21).

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14. Crushed Flax Seeds

You Will Need

1 teaspoon of crushed flax seeds

What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the crushed flax seeds in a glass of warm water.
  2. Consume immediately.
How Often You Need To Do This

Follow this remedy twice daily for best results.

Why This Works

Flax seeds are known to be a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. These fats are capable of eliminating toxins from the body and ensuring that the organs are functioning properly. Hence, flax seeds can help in treating edema by addressing its root cause (22).

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15. Massage With Warm Mustard Oil

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You Will Need

1/2 cup of mustard oil

What You Have To Do
  1. Warm the mustard oil.
  2. Massage this gently onto the affected area.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this twice daily.

Why This Works

Mustard oil has many medicinal and health benefits associated with it (23). It is known to improve blood circulation and relieve the pain associated with edema.

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16. Coriander Seeds

You Will Need
  • 3 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the coriander seeds and water to a saucepan.
  2. Bring this mixture to a boil until the water is reduced to half its quantity.
  3. Allow it to cool. Consume the strained liquid immediately.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this twice daily for optimum results.

Why This Works

Coriander seeds are a rich source of potassium. The diuretic nature of potassium combined with the anti-inflammatory properties of coriander seeds can help in treating edema (24).

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17. Tea Tree Oil

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You Will Need
  • Tea tree essential oil
  • Cotton pads
What You Have To Do
  1. Pour around 4-5 drops of tea tree oil on a cotton pad.
  2. Apply this gently to the swollen area.
How Often You Need To Do This

You must do this twice daily for best results.

Why This Works

The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil can help in treating the swelling and pain associated with edema (25).

[ Read: 31 Amazing Benefits Of Tea Tree Oil ]

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18. Dandelion Tea

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon dandelion tea extract
  • 1 cup of water
  • Honey (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1.  Add the dandelion tea extract to water and bring it to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Strain and allow it to cool.
  3. Add honey for flavor and consume this tea.
How Often You Need To Do This

Drink this tea twice daily for optimum benefits.

Why This Works

Dandelion is known for its natural antioxidant and diuretic properties and can hence be used to reduce fluid retention associated with edema (26).

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19. Parsley Leaves

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of parsley leaves
  • 1 L boiled water
What You Have To Do
  1. Shed the parsley leaves to smaller pieces and soak them in water.
  2. Strain the water.
  3. Add honey for flavor and consume it throughout the day.
How Often You Need To Do This

Consume parsley tea daily at regular intervals.

Why This Works

Parsley is a natural diuretic and can help in flushing toxins and extra fluid from your body. It is one of the best herbs that can be used to treat edema (27).

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20. Ginger Tea

You Will Need
  • 1 or 2-inch ginger
  • 1 cup of water
  • Warm milk (optional)
What You Have To Do
  1. Crush a small piece of ginger and boil it in a cup of water.
  2. Strain and consume the mixture before it turns cold.
  3. Alternatively, you can also chew on a piece of ginger or consume a teaspoon of dried ginger powder with a glass of warm milk.
How Often You Need To Do This

You must do this once daily.

Why This Works

Ginger contains a compound called gingerol, which is known for its anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties. Ginger is also a natural diuretic and can easily treat edema and its symptoms (28).

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21. Nettle Tea

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaves
  • 1 cup of water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the dried nettle leaves to a cup of water and bring it to a boil.
  2. Strain the water and consume the tea before it turns cold.
  3. You can also add honey for flavor.
How Often You Need To Do This

Drink this tea thrice daily.

Why This Works

Nettle tea is made from the parts of a plant called stinging nettle. This plant is highly nutritious and also has anti-inflammatory properties. It is known to eliminate toxins and extra fluid from the body by stimulating the functioning of the kidneys. These properties of stinging nettle can help in the treatment and subsequent elimination of edema and its symptoms (29).

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22. Oil Of Oregano

You Will Need
  • 5 to 6 drops of oregano oil
  • 30 ml of any carrier oil (almond oil or olive oil)
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix oregano oil with a carrier oil of your choice.
  2. Massage this blend gently on the affected area.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this twice daily for faster recovery.

Why This Works

Oregano oil is antiseptic and antibacterial. However, it is the anti-inflammatory properties of oregano oil that help in reducing the swelling and pain associated with edema (30).

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23. Castor Oil

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You Will Need

Castor oil

What You Have To Do

Take some castor oil and massage it on the swollen areas of your body.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this twice daily.

Why This Works

Castor oil can stimulate blood flow and healing of the skin. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil exhibits anti-inflammatory properties and can be of great use in treating the swelling and inflammation that come with edema (31).

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24. Epsom Salt Bath

You Will Need
  • 1 cup of Epsom salt
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add Epsom salt to your bath water.
  2. Soak and relax in the bath for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Alternatively, you can also add half a cup of Epsom salt to a bucket of warm water and soak your swollen legs in it for 10 to 15 minutes.
How Often You Need To Do This

Do this at least once daily.

Why This Works

Epsom salt is also referred to as magnesium sulfate. The magnesium in Epsom salt has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce swelling and inflammation (32).

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25. Tart Cherry Juice

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You Will Need

1 glass of unsweetened tart cherry juice

What You Have To Do

Drink a glass of unsweetened tart cherry juice.

How Often You Need To Do This

Drink this juice twice daily.

Why This Works

Tart cherries are rich in antioxidants and exhibit exceptional medicinal properties. The antioxidant nature of tart cherries is known to be effective in treating swelling and pain associated with edema (33).

In addition to these home remedies, there are other methods to treat edema. They are as discussed below.

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Other Ways

a) Gloves

You Will Need

Therapeutic edema gloves

What You Have To Do

Wear therapeutic edema gloves if you notice swelling in your hands.

How Often You Need To Do This

Wear the gloves throughout the day and remove them only when you want to bathe or wash.

Why This Works

These gloves are specially designed for treating edema. They provide gentle compression and warmth to the affected area and treat edema.

b) Kinesio Tape

You Will Need

Kinesio tape

What You Have To Do

Apply strips of this tape directly over the swollen area.

How Often You Need To Do This

Continue wearing this tape for 3 to 5 days at a time.

Why This Works

This tape creates a negative pressure on the area where it is applied and helps to drain any extra fluid and swelling.

c) Wear Compression Socks

You Will Need

Compression socks

What You Have To Do

Wear compression socks daily.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this daily until you see an improvement in your condition.

Why This Works

The compression socks can help in treating edema by promoting blood flow in swollen legs.

d) Leg Pumps

You Will Need

Compression leg pumps

What You Have To Do

Wear the compression leg pumps on the leg affected with edema.

How Often You Need To Do This

Do this daily until you notice a positive change in your condition.

Why This Works

The compression pumps are designed to treat edema and lymphedema. These pumps promote the circulation of fluid in the affected area and reduce swelling.

These are some of the best remedies that can help in the treatment of edema. In addition to these, you can also adapt certain lifestyle changes to enhance the effect of these remedies as well as prevent the recurrence of edema.

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Tips To Prevent Edema

  • Do not indulge in activities that require you to sit or stand for long periods.
  • Elevate your legs every now and then.
  • Limit your salt intake.
  • Exercise every day.
  • Keep yourself well hydrated in hot weather.
  • Avoid rigorous workouts and take breaks in between.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Do not sit continuously for more than 3 hours.

Irrespective of your recovery, it is recommended that you follow these preventive tips to ensure that the condition doesn’t recur.

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Edema is a common occurrence, and there is a high chance that you might have experienced it without even realizing it. This is because even something as minor as a mosquito bite might lead to minor swelling, but it will disappear in minutes. The remedies mentioned here are mainly to help you overcome swelling and inflammation that are brought about by edema. However, if edema is coupled with pain and other complications, it is highly recommended that you seek medical attention to find the underlying cause of your condition.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How do you know if you have edema?

You can be sure that you have edema if the swollen part of your body dimples upon being pressed.

What is the best diet to follow for edema?

Increase your intake of foods with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties such as berries, vegetables, fish, olive oil, and whole grains.

What are the foods that should be avoided if you have edema?

If you have edema, avoid alcohol and dairy products. You should also avoid any diet with high sodium content such as cheese and other processed foods.

How long does it take for edema to go away?

Depending on its cause, edema can last from 30 minutes to more than a month. However, if the swelling persists even after a month, it is best to see your physician.

What will happen if edema is left untreated?

If edema is left untreated, it can lead to painful swelling and scarring of tissues. Edema could also be a symptom of a more serious medical complication, and thus, you must get it checked if there is no improvement in your condition.

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