Spider veins are smaller, red, purple, and blue vessels that are also twisted and turning. Spider veins are easily visible through the skin as well. They are similar to varicose veins but smaller and less prominent.Veins in our body are responsible for getting blood back to the heart so it can re-circulate.Since the veins in the legs have to work against gravity, they have valves so that when blood is traveling upwards towards the heart, it doesn’t flow backwards. Varicose and spider veins happen when these valves are missing or damaged. As a result, blood flows backwards and accumulates in the veins, causing swelling. This swelling is usually higher when you are standing or sitting for too long. While these conditions aren’t typically dangerous or harmful, they can be uncomfortable and unsightly.Spider veins are often caused by genetics or certain daily habits and lifestyle.
Here are some of the typical factors that put you at risk for varicose veins:
Age: Veins wear down with time and less able to fight gravity.
Pregnancy: The body produces extra blood during pregnancy, putting more strain on your veins. The added weight also adds stress.
Weight and obesity: One of the main reasons for varicose and spider veins is excess weight of your body. Being overweight adds more stress to your body.
Standing or sitting for long periods of time: The most important cause for Varicose and spider veins is standing or sitting for long in one place with your legs perpendicular to the ground. While standing for long, you not only put more weight on your legs and stress it but also the veins have to work against gravity for long.
Family history: If someone in your family has varicose veins, you are also at risk.Many people end up resorting to surgery, but we can also follow simple guidelines to ease their appearance. Among the most effective natural products for this condition, apple cider vinegar is one of the best.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) for treating spider veins (and varicose veins):
Apple cider vinegar is good for varicose veins because it helps to improve the body’s blood flow and relieve symptoms caused by these troublesome varicose veins such as pain, heaviness, cramps, tingling, itching and swelling. Therefore, this natural product can become a great solution for instant and effective relief when applied onto the affected area. Because apple cider vinegar is acidic, you may first want to experiment with a very small area of your skin. Some sensitive skins may develop a rash when using apple cider vinegar.
There are several methods that you can follow to treat spider veins using ACV.
This is the simplest method. Pour a few drops of apple cider vinegar directly onto the palm of your hand. Rub or massage vigorously toward the heart with your hand in circular motions to let the skin completely absorb it. Repeat the topical application both at morning and night.
For this method you need to lie down with your foot lifted up to a higher level than your chest. Soaking a clean bandage or clean cloth in apple cider vinegar. Place that on the affected are and rub the affected area vigorously upward, towards your heart. This will help in increase the blood flow from the foot back into your heart with less stress on the veins.
Soak a clean and soft cloth in apple cider vinegar and wrap it around the areas where the spider veins have surfaced. Leave it there for half an hour. Remove the bandage, and wash your legs. Doing this apple cider vinegar soak two times every day for a month will ensure that your spider veins are reduced considerably.
Make a mask out of equal portions of carrot and aloe vera with half cup of ACV. First take the carrot in the blender to process it well and get a smooth mixture. Then put the same amount of aloe vera pulp as the amount of carrot. To get aloe vera pulp, carefully, first remove the thorns from the stems, then open it transversely and remove the pulp (the transparent part) using a spoon. Add the apple cider vinegar. You must adjust the amount by eye level, enough to create a smooth paste with carrot and aloe, that isn’t very liquid, but not too thick. Now start spreading it by massaging it from the ankles to the calves, helping yourself with your hands and always favouring the circulation upwards. Once you’ve applied it to the legs, let the mask act for half an hour on the affected area. Then rinse it off with warm water.
Drinking ACV for Varicose Veins
You should supplement this external application by drinking apple cider vinegar twice a day. Take two to three tsp of apple cider vinegar and mix it with a cup of water. For better taste, you can add one tsp of organic honey to the ACV drink. Drink it before meals.This treatment with ACV for spider or varicose veins should help by removing the inflammation of veins. Results vary from person to person, but you should be able to see a difference on your skin within a month or two.