Dealing with Pain.
Varicose veins and hemorrhoids herbal treatments are an effective and easy way to take care of our own venal problems at home.
On this page we will list foods and herbs and vitamins that will help reduce the varicose veins (hemorrhoids are just a variation of varicose veins) and strengthen and repair the vein walls. We will also include some recipes.
Many herbs help to improve varicose veins.
- Many contain bioflavonoids, particularly the bioflavonoid rutin, which help maintain the integrity and strength of the vein walls. Some of these include:
-Some contain tannins and are astringent. They help to shrink swollen tissue and to tighten and tone the veins. These include:
-There are also herbs which increase circulation, thus helping move out stagnant blood. A few of these are:
However, keep in mind that putting this type of definition on an herb being used for varicose veins and hemorrhoids herbal treatment, greatly over-simplifies the abilities of that herb.
Keep in mind that using a whole herbs gives you an enormous range of health benefits. One herb might strengthen and repair vein walls, at the same time nourishing the liver and even strengthening the immune system.
Just as conventional medicine has side effects, so do herbs. The difference is that the side effects of herbs are almost always positive rather than negative. The benefit of using herbs greatly outweighs the one effect you are hoping for. Herbs are amazing.
Let's now proceed to more varicose veins and hemorrhoids herbal treatment, as well as other ways of dealing with these problems.
Side Note: If you are not an herbalist who wildcrafts (goes out and picks) your own herbs to use for varicose veins and hemorrhoids herbal treatment, or even grows them in your garden, you can purchase them with confidence. I have been using a company by the name of Mountain Rose Herbs for years. I have been thrilled with the quality and integrity of their products. I recommend them to you highly and know that the herbs you purchase from them will be organic, grown without pesticides and herbicides, and of the highest quality.
The healthy return of blood to the heart through the vein is aided by deep breathing as well as by muscular contractions. As you breathe in, blood is effectively sucked into your chest. So if you suffer from varicose veins, you should practice deep, abdominal breathing.
Compresses and poultices are great varicose veins and hemorrhoids herbal treatment that help the herbs absorb directly into the skin. Though they take a little more work than just plugging in a heating pad, they give you much greater results and the extra effort is well worth it. Here's how.
A poultice is made the same way but includes the herbs that have been steeped. If the compress is used cold place the infusion in the refrigerator until cold. Adding ice dilutes it. Most compresses and poultices for varicose veins and hemorrhoids herbal treatment are cold.
Herbs that work well as compresses and poultices include:
Side Note. When placing varicose veins and hemorrhoids herbal treatments on yourself, it is a good idea to cover the chair you will be sitting on or couch you recline on, with a waterproof mattress pad or plastic sheet!
Single herbs are very effective, but you can put the herbs together to increase healing actions. An effective poultice for veins made from an herbal blend follows:
Vitamin C Poultice
1 part calendula
1 part comfrey
1 part yarrow
5,000 I.U. vitamin C
Witch hazel extract, not the herb
Chop herbs, mix in vitamin C. Add enough witch hazel extract (the kind you buy in a bottle) to make a thick paste. Apply directly to the varicose veins or, because the herbs fall off for me, I wrap them in a muslin cloth and place over the veins. Leave on for 30 to 45 minutes.
Side Note: If you have, or purchase dried herbs, combine the first four ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool dry place.
When your legs are really aching it only takes a minute to add the Witch Hazel extract from the drug store to a thick paste consistency, spread paste on a cloth, and place it on your veins. Sweet Relief!
Some of the Essential Oils that work very well with varicose veins and hemorrhoids herbal treatment are:
Important! Before massaging your varicose veins with these essential oils be sure to dilute them. If you don't you could burn your skin. You do this by adding a few drops of essential oil or oils to a couple of tablespoons of any vegetable oil, or learn more by visiting our page on homemade massage oil. The fragrant, healing essential oil is then ready to use on your veins.
Side Note. Be sure to stroke the legs toward the heart so as to aid in the work of returning the blood to the heart.
Foods have been mentioned often but are also an important part of varicose veins and hemorrhoids herbal treatment. A healthy diet is required to have healthy veins. Emphasis on whole grains, seeds, nuts, vegetables and fruits should be made.
All condiments, alcoholic drinks, coffee, strong tea, white flour products, bakery items made with white flour, and white sugar, or white rice, should be completely avoided.
Note. If you smoke - stop. Nicotine acts as a constrictor to the arteries, reducing blood flow, while the carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood!
A few foods that we might not think of include:
Our page is long enough - let's move to another page for more information on herbs, food and vitamins that will help. Be sure to visit "Natural Hemorrhoid Treatment" to continue this discussion.
For a more complete list of foods that are good for the Circulatory System, visit our pages on:
Also be sure to visit our other pages that deal with Hemorrhoids and Varicose Veins:
See you on the next page!!