If you are one who leans toward Mother Nature when it comes to your general health and wellness, we suspect you’ve at least considered what essential oils can do for you. In recent years, we have entered into a virtual essential oil craze. People are using therapeutic grade oils to unclog their sinuses, reduce their stress and, yes, even treat varicose veins. Because there are benefits to the proper use of quality essential oils, as well as limitations, we this is a prime topic to discuss.
Which Essential Oils Might Help Varicose Veins?
The wonderful thing about scientific evidence is that it is clear. Even as vein specialists who routinely treat varicose veins in our Sherman Oaks office, we cannot deny that certain essential oils can provide a bit of relief from the symptoms of venous insufficiency. Oils that seem to offer specific benefits include:
The way that essential oils are used to treat varicose vein pain often involves a gentle massage of the legs using diluted oil. A few drops of one or more oils combined with several tablespoons or a small jar of coconut oil or olive oil has been said to temporarily alleviate the pain associated with varicose veins. Some oils, such as lavender and chamomile, have a calming effect. Others, like peppermint and eucalyptus, have a cooling effect that can ease tense muscles. Finally, cypress essential oil improves circulation.
Is the use of essential oils a cure for varicose veins? No. Even the most promising scientific data suggests that, while therapeutic oils can relieve symptoms, they cannot get rid of varicose veins.
Safe, Effective Treatment for Varicose Veins
If you want to feel better and look better by eliminating varicose veins, your best option is to consult with an experienced vein specialist. Dr. Lee has treated numerous patients in the Los Angeles area with proven techniques such as sclerotherapy, gentle radiofrequency ablation, and microphlebectomy. Each of these treatments actually closes veins that are no longer functioning so they dissolve spontaneously, eliminating the cosmetic and physical concerns that pose problems.