The good news is that spider veins are not life threatening. The bad news is that they look very unaesthetic. That’s reason enough to want to do something about it. If you have spider veins, you could keep them in check easily. Are you considering laser therapy? If so, consider some essential oils for spider veins first.
In this article, I’ll be talking about:
- Short intro on spider veins and how essential oils can help.
- 5 of the best essential oils for thread veins. With the necessary details on what makes them so, as well as their cons. It’s important to have all your facts straight to make good decisions.
- How to properly use these aromatic oils to improve the aspect of spider veins.
- Blend recipes to help you start changing the way your veins look.
- Many informative details one should know about spider veins. Some of them refer to both spider veins and varicose veins. Others refer to statistics, symptoms and causes.
- Tips to prevent the apparition of spider veins naturally, with just a little effort.
Best Essential Oils for Spider Veins on Face and Legs, How to Use and Blends
In common language, spider veins are also known as thread veins. Spider veins are very thin veins (blue, red or purple) that can be seen just under the epidermis. The epidermis is the superficial layer of the skin.
Depending on the fairness and thickness of the skin, they can be more or less visible. They’re not invisible however, which is why so many women want to get rid of them.
While they’re not life threatening, they do ruin the aspect of the legs or face. These are two of the most common places where thread veins appear.
They appear mostly after the age of 40, but younger women can have them too. I will talk about the causes and symptoms in greater detail, in the last part of the article.
But how do they get there or what makes them look like spider legs? It’s all due to the blood circulation. There is a vast network of capillaries (tiny veins) and veins underneath the skin. They communicate with the bigger veins (arteries) that take the blood to the heart.
Sometimes, the blood has trouble leaving these capillaries and getting back to the heart. That’s when it gets stuck in there. The veins will then get swollen and end up looking like spider veins.
What Can Essential Oils Do for Your Veins?
Our veins need to be strong to support all the blood flow and deliver it back. The blood circulation needs to be smooth and run without obstacles like cholesterol, etc.
Therapeutic oils are very concentrated plant essences. They’re made of tens of tiny volatile molecules that act in a complete synergy.
(This chemical profile is affected by the geographical area where the plant grows. The way it’s handled, harvested and processed also influences the properties of the essential oil).
The best essential oils for spider veins are anti-inflammatory and phlebotonic. They’re also stimulant, anticoagulant, tonic and lipolytic. What does this mean? Let’s take each term and see what it means:
Phlebotonic – is the ability to strengthen the vein walls and maintain them elastic.
Stimulant – this ability is generally useful. It refers to the fact that it can boost the activity of all organs, including the brain.
Anticoagulant – some essential oils used for thread veins can prevent the formation of clots. These clots can endanger a life if they get to the heart.
Tonic – refers to the ability of improving the mood and also the activity of the blood and other organs.
Lipolytic – this effect is mighty important. It helps dissolve deposits of fat on the arteries (cholesterol). Thus, a lipolytic oil helps the blood run smoothly and fluidly.
All these effects put together can improve the blood circulation. They can also make the blood more fluid. More importantly, they can prevent the blood’s pooling or clotting and strengthen the veins and arteries.
In other words, essential oils for spider veins can help your circulatory and lymphatic systems.
Essential oils can soothe and improve the aspect of thread veins. Used regularly, they can also prevent or stop their evolution. These same oils can also help with water retention.
That being said, let’s see what the best essential oils for thread veins are. Check out what makes them so (pros), but be sure to read their cons also. You’ll want to know how to safely use them to get the best possible results.
1) Lentisque Essential Oil
Botanical name: Pistacia lentiscus.
- The French consider Lentisque a “leader”. It is their number one choice when it comes to the best essential oils for spider and varicose veins.
- It has impressive decongestant and circulatory effects. They make it great for comfortable legs and good looking skin. It acts on the lymphatic system as well, helping the blood flow easier.
- The oil makes the blood more fluid and drains toxins out of the blood. It also has constricting effects on the capillaries.
- Lentisque oil is also anti-inflammatory and anti-edema. The latter effect helps the excess fluid in the tissue get reabsorbed.
- Lentisque essential oil should not be used by people with asthma. Epileptic or seizure-prone people must also avoid this oil. Its use is possible only with medical approval.
- Avoid using more than 20% of Lentisque in your blends.
- It may irritate the respiratory system and it has cortisol-like effects.
- It can be quite expensive.
Why I like it:
Lentisque essential oil is great for all circulatory problems, including dark circles. The oil is also great for skin problems and benign prostatic hypertrophy. It works really well in circulatory combinations.
2) Cypress Essential Oil
Botanical name: Cupressus sempervirens.
- Cypress has phlebotonic and venotonic effects. This means it strengthens the vein walls and helps them face eventual circulatory problems.
- It is also a good decongestant of the blood vessels and the lymphatic system.
- The oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects. They can protect the veins and the blood from infection and/or inflammation.
- The oil has estrogen-like properties. This can be helpful in menopause. But if you’re on hormone-dependent treatments, you should avoid Cypress oil.
- Other Cypress oil varieties may be toxic so make sure you buy the sempervirens species.
- People with asthma and epilepsy should not use it, unless they have the doctor’s approval.
Why I like it:
The oil of Cypress is great for spider veins, but it can also help regulate excessive sweating. It’s also useful in calming coughs and hemorrhoids and balancing the nervous system. Because it has a pleasant smell, the oil makes nice smelling blends too. That is an added bonus while treating spider veins.
3) Patchouli Essential Oil
Botanical name: Pogostemon cablin.
Did you know that patchouli leaves are used to repel the insects that damage cashmere shawls?
- What makes Patchouli a great essential oil for spider veins? It’s its phlebotonic effects. This means the oil can help strengthen the blood vessel walls. It is also lymphotonic and stimulates the blood and lymph circulation.
- The oil promotes the regeneration of damaged tissue. Sometimes, the skin where the spider veins are can be physically damaged.
- It helps with scars and inflammation too.
- Patchouli has estrogen-like effects. They make it dangerous in case of cancers that depend on hormone treatment.
- In diffusions, it may cause headaches. That’s why Patchouli should not be diffused alone, but in combination with lighter essences.
Why I like it:
Patchouli has a very interesting fragrance that may be to the liking of women and men alike. The oil is great at relieving that heavy legs sensation. But it can also help improve the aspect of spider and varicose veins. It also makes a good choice in homemade perfumes.
4) Lemon Essential Oil
Botanical name: Citrus limon.
- This citrus oil offers extra protection to the blood vessels and their walls. It can stop and prevent the evolution of spider veins.
- The oil can also make the blood more fluid and make sure it doesn’t stay too much in the capillaries. This is what ultimately leads to the formation of spider veins.
- Lemon essential oil has lipolytic effects.
- Avoid the use of Lemon essential oil for spider veins before sun exposure. The oil is phototoxic.
- High dosage of Lemon oil may induce seizures or epileptic episodes.
- If used in high dosage and for long periods of time, it can also damage the kidneys.
Why I like it:
Lemon oil is very uplifting and smells so fresh! In combination with other pleasant smelling essences, they make nice spider veins blends. The oil can also be used in skin care and digestion among others.
5) Bay Laurel Essential Oil
Botanical name: Laurus nobilis.
- The oil of Bay Laurel can regulate the activity of the lymphatic system. It can also make the blood more fluid and prevent obstruction (clots).
- This essential oil can boost the immune system and balance the nervous system too.
- It has antibacterial and antispasmodic properties as well.
- Bay Laurel essential oil should not be used by people with asthma or epilepsy.
- Avoid using more than 20% of this oil in your spider veins blends.
- If it’s used in high dosage, it can have narcotic effects.
- Do not use other types of Laurel essential oils, as they are toxic. You can differentiate them by their botanical names.
Why I like it:
Although a bit on the medicinal side of the smell, Bay Laurel is a great addition to your spider veins treatment. It is very useful in mycoses and digestion problems too. Its antiviral properties can also prevent viral seasonal infections.
All essential oils must be tested for allergic reactions! Pregnant and nursing women must take special precaution when using them.
It is best to ask for medical guidance before using any essential oil for thread veins. The same goes for babies, children and elderly people.
Here are some other good essential oils to use for spider veins:
- Rose Geranium
- Atlas Cedarwood
- Red Myrtle
- Blue tansy
- Rosemary (cineole)
- Wild Mint
- Clary Sage
Best Ways to Use Essential Oils for Spider Veins
The oils are very concentrated and they need to be diluted before any topical application. Topical application is the best way of using oils for thread veins.
The veins are located underneath the superficial layer of the skin. Because of that, topical blends can act faster and in a more direct manner. This way you’ll also get faster results.
Mix 6 – 25 drops of essential oils per Oz (30ml) carrier oil. For spider veins on face, always use small concentrations of essential oils. For spider veins on legs, you can use more.
Some of the best carrier oils for spider/thread veins are:
- Black Seed (Nigella)
You can also use essential oils in local compresses and bath water. For therapeutic bath water, you’ll have to mix the essences with salt, milk, honey or shower gel. That’ll ensure a good dispersion of the oil molecules instead of them floating in one place.
To get good results, you should use the oils for 2 – 3 months. Try it this way before considering any surgical or laser therapy to get rid of the spider veins.
Spider Veins Blends with Essential Oils
Enough with the theory and details! Let’s make some easy blends to start improving the aspect of spider veins right away! Choose your favorite and start mixing and matching. Don’t forget to ask me your questions in the comments section at the end of the article.
Concentrated Serum for Spider Veins
- Cypress essential oil: 10 drops
- Lemon essential oil: 5 drops
- Lentisque essential oil: 10 drops
- Palmarosa essential oil: 5 drops
- Tamanu oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix all the ingredients in a pump recipient and give it a good shake before each use. Apply a moderate amount on the legs or face where the veins are. Massage the oils gently in, with movements toward the heart.
This blend can be used 2 – 4 times a day, 5 – 7 days during the whole hot season. It can be used during the cold season too, but less often as the vessels constrict and contract more often. The risk for getting spider veins in winter is smaller.
Use as a prevention method or to improve the aspect of spider veins. Or you can use the blend for any type of heavy legs feeling or discomfort.
Light, Beautiful Legs without Spider Veins
- Lentisque EO: 10 drops
- Cistus EO: 5 drops
- Cypress EO: 10 drops
- Bay Laurel EO: 5 drops
- Coconut/Tamanu/Olive oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply 2 – 3 times a day, with upward movements.
Improved Blood Circulation Recipe
- Patchouli essential oil: 15 drops
- Helichrysum essential oil: 15 drops
- Lentisque essential oil: 15 drops
- Black Seed (Nigella) oil: 1 ½ Oz (50ml)
Apply a small amount on the affected area 2 – 3 times a day. Keep at it for 5 days and take 2 days off. You can continue this way until your circulation improves. The oils in this blend are all great essential oils for spider veins!
Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins, Statistics, Facts and Prevention Tips
The medical term for spider veins in legs is telangiectasias. As it usually happens, such terms are hard to pronounce or use in daily language. Nonetheless, it’s never too much information, right?
Spider veins happen when there’s bad blood circulation.
The blood is full of nutrients and oxygen. It delivers them throughout the body, “feeding” all the cells and organs in its path. Sometimes, the lymphatic and/or circulatory system might not work properly. Like I already said, that’s when the blood remains trapped in the capillaries.
This also means that those veins don’t get the right amount of nutrients and oxygen. As you’ve seen, some essential oils for spider veins are really good at what they do.
Spider veins in legs first feel like heavy legs. This sensation can be triggered by:
- A heat source.
- Standing up for many hours.
- Wearing tight pants.
- Wearing old and worn support stockings.
Although men can develop spider veins too, women are more affected. In the U.S, almost half (41%) of the female population over 50 suffers from leg spider veins. But younger people are affected too.
Statistics show there are two thirds aged 25 or less that develop spider veins. The risk increases with age though.
What causes spider veins?
- Family history.
- Certain medicines like oral contraceptives.
- Blood clots.
- Standing or sitting jobs.
Spider veins may be painful at times. You’d feel more like aching cramps in the legs. In legs, the symptoms may vary from tiredness and feeling them heavy to throbbing or tingling. On face though, spider veins can only be seen.
The diameter of the most common spider veins is 1 mm or less. If they grow in diameter, they can lead to varicose veins.
These two terms are not the same. Varicose veins are larger and thicker and they slowly rise through the skin. They look twisted and turned.
Spider veins can also do that, but they’re not raised. They are however easily seen through the skin. Treating spider veins with essential oils may benefit varicose veins also, but they’re not the same.
Fair and thin skin types can see all their veins, not just the spider veins. That doesn’t mean all the veins in the legs are spider veins.
Tips to Prevent Spider Veins Formation or to Improve Their Aspect
While not exactly dangerous, spider veins are very unaesthetic. If you want to prevent them or simply improve their appearance, here are a few things to do:
- Keep your legs elevated for half an hour, several times a day.
- Support stockings can also minimize their aspect.
- Avoid putting too much pressure on your legs. Crossing legs for long periods of time, puts a lot of pressure on the veins.
- Try to also avoid sitting or standing still, in the same position.
- Move around regularly. At work, you should do so every hour.
- Watch your weight. Many extra pounds or kilos can also put pressure on blood vessels and heart.
- Long hours of wearing high heels every day can also contribute to spider veins formation.
The legs and face (nostrils and cheecks) are the most affected by spider veins. Now we also know they’re different from varicose veins, which will be the subject of another article.
Essential oils for spider veins can help your veins stay in shape. They’ll contribute to beautiful legs and a clear complexion. You’d have nothing to lose if you give them a chance before considering any type of surgical or laser therapy.