What are Some Home Remedies for Varicose Vein Symptoms?

Varicose veins are a common condition that affects many people, especially as they age. They occur when the veins in the legs become swollen and twisted and can cause discomfort, swelling, and aching. Some varicose veins are highly visible as they may be just under the skin’s surface and be dark blue with obvious twists and bulges. Spider veins, named for their striking spider web appearance, are one type of varicosity visible on the skin’s surface. Other varicose veins are not visible from the surface. Many people have only mild symptoms and may be concerned with cosmetic appearance. For other people, varicose veins can cause aching pain and discomfort. Sometimes varicose veins lead to more serious problems. Overall, it is important to consult with a doctor to determine the best treatment plan for varicose veins. With the right treatment, it is possible to reduce the appearance of varicose veins and improve symptoms.
varicose veins on an elderly woman's leg

Here are a few home remedies that can help relieve the symptoms and improve their appearance.

Elevate Your Legs 

One of the best home remedies for varicose veins is to elevate your legs. This can help reduce swelling and discomfort by allowing gravity to support movement of blood from your legs back to your heart. To do this, lie down on your back and prop your legs up on a few pillows. 

Exercise Regularly 

Another effective home remedy for varicose veins is to exercise regularly. This can help improve circulation and strengthen the veins, which can help prevent varicose veins from getting worse.  The muscle contraction in your legs during exercise help to move blood through your veins and back to your heart.  Regular exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight, which can take some of the strain off of your veins.


Another simple home remedy for varicose veins is to massage the affected area. Massage can help improve circulation and reduce swelling. To do this, gently massage the area in a circular motion using your fingertips. You can also try using a warm compress to help relax the veins and improve blood flow.


One way to minimize the symptoms from varicose veins is to wear compression stockings.  Instead of the natural compression produced by your muscles contracting during exercise, specialized stockings can provide this compression from the outside. Compression may reduce swelling and other symptoms from varicose veins.

Natural Remedies 

Finally, you can also try using natural remedies to treat varicose veins. Some people report finding relief by using essential oils, such as grapeseed oil or cypress oil. You can also try using herbs, such as horse chestnut or witch hazel, which some feel have a beneficial effect on varicose veins for them. 

Minimally-Invasive Treatments

In more severe cases, a doctor may recommend minimally invasive procedures, such as vein ablation. Vein ablation is a minimally invasive procedure, most often performed in an outpatient setting. VenaSeal and Varithena are specialized vein ablations that may be recommended. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is another minimally invasive treatment for varicose veins. 


Phlebectomy is a minimally invasive procedure in which varicose veins are removed using a small scalpel or a needle.  In rare cases, more extensive surgical procedures may be necessary to remove the varicose veins. These procedures typically involve making small incisions in the skin to access the veins and tying them off or removing them.

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