Spider veins are small, dilated blood vessels that appear like blue or red lines on the skin surface.They’re called spider veins because they actually look like spider webs. Spider veins are caused by damaged valves in the veins and they mainly appear on the hands, legs and face, especially on the cheeks, chin and nose area.
Bad blood circulation, heredity, age, hormonal changes, sitting or standing for a longer period of time, wearing too tight clothes, constipation, obesity,exposure to UV sunrays and taking birth control pill are the main factors that cause the damage and appearance of spider veins.
Spider veins are harmless but can cause some unpleasant symptoms like throbbing, rashes, swelling and pain around the veins.
Truth is, spider veins a are more of cosmetic problem and people look for different ways to reduce their unpleasant appearance. The problem can be solved with surgery but not many people can afford the expensive treatments.
Luckily, natural remedies and some simple lifestyle changes can help you reduce the appearance of spider veins, improve your circulation and symptoms.
Here are the best 3 natural ways you can get rid of spider veins:
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar can help you improve your blood circulation which will reduce pain and swelling. Just dip a clean cloth in some apple cider vinegar and place it on the affected area. Leave the cloth on for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this 2-3 times a day.
Another way you can use apple cider is to add 2 tbsp. In a glass of water and drink the mixture twice a day.
Ginger is one of the most effective natural remedy for treating spider veins. Slice one fresh ginger root into thin piece and add it into 2 cups of boiling water. Let them simmer for 10 minutes of low heat. Strain the water, add some honey and drink the tea while it’s still warm. Drink the tea 2-3 times a day.
3. Horse chesnut
Horse chestnut is a herb that has anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling properties an can help you strengthen your veins. One study has shown that extract from the herb can really help patients with mild to moderate spider veins.
Buy horse chestnut gel and apply it on the affected area, twice a day.
Another way you can use the herb is to mix 1 tbsp. Horse chestnut with 10 tbsp. Distilled witch hazel. Apply the mixture on the affected area.
Note: Pregnant and nursing women should not use this hers. Don’t use horse chesnut if you have liver or kidney disease.