What to Know About Essential Oils for Varicose Veins
With the resurgence of popularity in natural approaches to medical issues, one question has come across our clinics over and over again: “will essential oils help my varicose veins?”
While we love essential oils for their calming scent, we are here to share with you that no, essential oils will not fix or cure your varicose veins.
There is no scientific evidence that using essential oils topically can get rid of your varicose veins. That is primarily due to the fact that varicose veins are not merely a skin issue, but rather a deeper issue of venous insufficiency. Thus, rubbing essential oils on your legs is not going to trigger your blood pooling to stop, nor is it going to to repair your damaged vein. The only way to properly treat varicose veins is through a vein treatment provided by a vein clinic specialist.
However, there are some ways that you can use essential oils to alleviate some of the symptoms you may suffer from as a result of your varicose veins. Read on to learn a few ways you can use essential oils for varicose veins.
To calm your anxiety about varicose veins . . .
Lavender is an essential oil known for its ability to bring a sense of calm through its relaxing smell, so if you find yourself feeling anxious about your vein issues, try turning to lavender essential oil for help. You can put some drops of lavender essential oil in a diffuser and let the scent disperse throughout your home, or you can put drops of the oil on your temples and breathe it in.
To provide short-term alleviation of inflammation . . .
We come back to lavender oil here to note that it is also known for its ability to aid in inflammation. However, it is important to understand this form of inflammation relief is short-lived, and is not a long-term fix. But, if you find yourself needing a bit of quick relief from inflammation, consider using lavender oil. The best way to do this is to dilute it with water or a carrier oil (such as almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil), soak a cloth in this mixture and use a compress method to get some relief.
Varicose Vein Treatments
As mentioned above, while essential oils may be able to help temporarily relieve some of the symptoms associated with varicose veins, they cannot treat the underlying issue, which means the symptoms will keep coming back if not treated.
In order to rid yourself of all stress, anxiety, pain, and discomfort associated with varicose veins, you need to seek out professional vein treatment such as what we offer at Vein Clinics of America.
Here’s more information about how varicose vein treatment at VCA works for our patients.
Sclerotherpy is used to treat small and medium leg vein issues, mostly commonly spider and varicose veins. It is performed by your doctor injecting the damaged vein with a liquid that closes the vein.
Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT)
This form of treatment is used to treat large vein disease and large varicose veins on your legs. These veins are usually below the surface and not able to be seen without ultrasound. It is performed by your doctor inserting a small catheter into the diseased vein and using laser lights to generate heat, which then causes the vein to collapse.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
Radiofrequency ablation is used to treat large vein disease and large varicose veins on your legs. These veins are usually below the surface and not able to be seen without ultrasound. It is performed by your doctor inserting a small catheter into the diseased vein. Through this catheter, heat is delivered to collapse the vein.
This approach to varicose vein treatment is also referred to as endovenous adhesive ablation. VenaSeal is performed by your doctor using a small catheter to put medical adhesive into your damaged vein to close that vein. This helps to redirect blood to healthy veins.
This treatment works best for removing varicose veins near the surface of your skin. Phlebectomy is performed by your doctor making a number of small punctures in your skin, and through those punctures, removing the damaged vein. This approach to vein treatment typically occurs without the need for stitches, and is often done with ELVA or radiofrequency ablation.