When it comes to the medical treatment for spider veins, also known medically as telangiectasia or venulectasias, most people will think of sclerotherapy and laser therapy. Besides, herbal remedies may offer help and, hopefully, relief too. And the most popular herbs for varicose and spider veins include butcher’s broom, witch hazel, ginkgo biloba, apple cider vinegar, gotu kola, horse chestnut, Xin Yi Hua (Flos Magnoliae), hawthorn, Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae), grapeseed, Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae), cayenne pepper, St. Johns’ Wort, bilberry, lavender, chamomile, rosemary, calendula, and so on.
1. Butcher’s broom, also known as ruscus aculeatus, can be used for various health concerns, thanks for its known diuretic and mild laxative properties. This herb is also good for varicose and spider veins, hemorrhoids, and other conditions that have something to do with a loss of blood vessel integrity because it supports the vascular system and strengthen the veins.
2. As a great natural astringent, witch hazel has many benefits and uses for skin and hair. Because this herbal extract can act as an astringent and anti-inflammatory, it is often used as a soothing treatment for spider veins and other vein-related problems. While its extract is often applied externally to soothe the infected areas, drinking its tea is believed to make more sense in treating spider veins.
3. Ginkgo biloba has long been used medicinally in traditional Chinese medicine. Because this herb is rich in antioxidant, it is usually used to enhance brain health and treat a variety of conditions. It is worth mentioning that it still contains chemical called bioflavonoids, which are known for their ability to increase the strength of the capillaries (blood vessels). Since bioflavonoids are able to enhance the function of the lining of blood vessels, taking the herb ginkgo can get rid of spider veins and prevent the formation of it.
4. As the fermented juice of crushed apples, apple cider vinegar is now considered a helpful health tonic because it has shown promise in helping so many conditions. Because it helps with weight loss, diabetes, high cholesterol, acid reflux, and more, it is incredibly popular in the natural health community. When it comes to vein-related problems, it can be either ingested or used topically to reduce the related symptoms by increasing circulation.
5. Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) has been traditionally used as a rejuvenative nervine. Today, a few studies have shown that it is able to improve the health of the skin, strengthen blood vessel walls, speed wound healing, relieve congestion, and so on. Besides, it is a natural remedy to help deal with venous disorders too. By the way, these days it can be available in the forms of extract, tea, and tincture.
6. As a staple of European herbalism, the horse chestnut extract has potent astringent, anti-inflammatory properties. And this herb was shown to be effective to remove spider veins because it helps to tone the vein walls. Besides, it also works for other venous diseases, such as varicose veins, hardening of the arteries, hemorrhoids, and so on. Usually, it is used as a topical cream rather than an internal herbal prescription since it contains esculin, which is a type of poison that may lead to death when consumed in raw form.
7. The leaves, berries, and flowers of hawthorn are an antioxidant-rich herbal remedy. This herb is good for angina, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmia, and other health problems. Besides, regular drinking the tea made from hawthorn or taking hawthorn pills can help treat spider veins too.
8. Grape seed oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Besides, it appears to assist with skin repair and, more importantly, it strengthens and repairs damaged/broken capillaries and blood vessels. This may be the reason why it is considered as one of the most effective home remedies for spider veins.
9. Cayenne pepper can improve blood flow as it contained a chemical called capsaicin, which is so powerful that it can be effective on the capillaries. As a result, improved blood flow means a lot in eliminating spider veins and varicose veins.
10. St. Johns’ Wort has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. These days it is recommended for many medical conditions, ranging from bruises to depression. In addition, it can help reduce the inflammation of spider veins too.
11. Bilberry extract, also known as Vaccinium Myrtillus Anthocyanoside (VMA), is a potent antioxidant. This herb is known as a popular home remedy for chronic venous insufficiency. Besides, it can help strengthen the capillary walls and stimulate the formation of new capillaries. So, it helps reduce the appearance of unsightly veins too.
12. Essential oils that increase blood flow are amazing natural remedies for spider veins. One typical example is lavender oil, which helps get rid of them over time if the patients regularly massage with it on the affected area.
13. As an herb that people have used for centuries, chamomile is often used to calm anxiety and settle stomachs. Besides, it is also used to help diminish the appearance of varicose and spider veins.
14. Thanks to the potent immune-supporting and mentally-clarifying properties, rosemary essential oil has become one of the most popular essential oils around the world. And this essential oil reduces the symptoms associated with spider veins too because it is good at increasing the flow of blood.
15. Calendula oil has a wide range of health benefits and uses thanks to the potent healing and anti-inflammatory properties. When used as massage oil, it helps shrink and heal spider and varicose veins and broken capillaries.
In addition to the above-mentioned herbs for spider veins, Xin Yi Hua (Flos Magnoliae), Huang Qin (Radix Scutellariae), and Bai Zhi (Radix Angelicae Dahuricae) often appear in the formulas of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to banish varicose and spider veins. Last but not least, various lifestyle changes are important to the treatment of this common venous condition too since the formation of it has a link with smoking, hormonal birth control, obesity, and the like.