Peppermint Oil: Using peppermint oil for varicose veins April 17 2014
Varicose veins are, for many women, a daunting skin nightmare they hope to avoid. They can be found on the thighs, backs of the calves, and the inside of the leg, and are essentially enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or “invisible” as far as color goes. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging, sometimes raised above the surface of the skin. Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. Varicose veins are caused by a weakening of or damage to these valves. In this case, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there. When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become varicose.
Peppermint oil (mentha arvensis) has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help to ease the inflammation of varicose veins. Peppermint oil also acts to increase circulation, so it can be very effective in preventing varicose veins from occurring in the first place.
How to use peppermint oil to treat varicose veins:
Massage 2-3 drops directly onto varicose veins in an upward motion. Repeat in the morning and again in the evening.
Add 15-50 drops of peppermint oil to a hot bath. Combined with the benefits of the oil, the heat of the water encourages improved circulation. For additional benefits, Epsom salts can be added to the water as well.
Add 5 drops of peppermint oil to a small squirt of lotion or carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba oil). Run into palms to mix and massage onto affected areas, or areas that you wish to avoid varicose veins.
For a convenient and portable rub, add 10-20 drops of peppermint oil to a small spray bottle of water. Sprat directly onto the skin and repeat throughout the day.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.