What Causes Varicose Veins?
You may have friends who have super-smooth legs that don’t have any varicose veins and wonder how they got so lucky. There are several factors that contribute to why some people get varicose veins and others don’t. Unfortunately, one factor is out of your control and that is simple genetics.
However, that does not mean that just because you have a few varicose veins now, you are doomed to keep getting more and more for the rest of your life. Even if you have a genetic predisposition to developing varicose veins, you can stake steps to eliminate the other risk factors that lead to varicose vein development: standing for long periods of time, crossing your legs, and sitting in positions that cut off proper blood flow through your legs.
Now that you know how to prevent more varicose veins, learn how to treat the ones you have with a homemade garlic oil.
How To Prepare a Garlic Oil Rub for Varicose Veins
You will Need: 5 cloves of garlic, 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice (about 3 medium oranges), and 2 T of olive oil.
Once you gather all of your supplies, slice the garlic cloves. Then, place all ingredients into a clean jar and cover with a lid. Let the mixture soak for about 12 hours to allow the beneficial elements of the garlic infuse into the orange juice/olive oil mixture.
When the mixture is ready to use, shake the jar again and use a clean cotton swab to apply the mixture to the skin just on top of and surrounding your varicose veins. Massage the mixture in slightly, then cover the skin you applied the garlic oil to with plastic wrap or a warm, moist washcloth to help that mixture really penetrate your skin.
Leave the plastic or washcloth on your skin for 20-30 minutes, then remove it and massage your varicose veins for 2-3 more minutes.
It is ideal to use this garlic oil treatment in the evening, because you can then go to bed with the oil residue still on your skin to allow it to continue to work overnight.
Why Homemade Garlic Oil is Beneficial for Varicose Veins
Now that you know how to make and use garlic oil for varicose veins, you likely wonder how the solution works and how long it will take to see results.
Garlic contains a powerful natural anti-inflammatory substance called allicin. Allicin offers many other health benefits when consumed, but when applied topically to varicose veins, it decreases the inflammation in the veins that leads to their bulging appearance.
Along with reducing inflammation, the garlic oil also increases circulation to the areas you apply it to. Increasing circulation to your varicose veins allows them to eliminate the toxins that build up in them more quickly.
Since the healing components in garlic are so strong, it is not recommended that you apply fresh garlic right to your skin, because it could cause your skin to redden or even experience a burning sensation.
To reap the benefits of garlic without experiencing any discomfort, never apply straight garlic to your skin and always only use the oil that garlic has been soaking in for at least 12 hours.
The orange juice in the mixture helps the garlic naturally release its medicinal components into the oil due to its citric acid content. Orange juice also contains lots of vitamin C and is packed with antioxidants that, when combined with garlic, forms a natural, yet potent, varicose vein fighting solution.
Now that you know how to make a homemade garlic oil to reduce inflammation in varicose veins and lessen their appearance, try it for yourself! You have nothing to lose but those unsightly bulging veins that take a toll on your self-confidence.