I can’t help but think that despite the tremendous advances made by medicine, we somehow failed to find a cure for some seemingly mundane diseases. While a way of preventing or treating the common cold is yet to be found, I’m more annoyed about the fact that there is no definitive way of dealing with acne or varicose veins.
The pharmacies are full of medicine, but I’ve had my fair share of failed experiments to know that they do nothing more than manage the symptoms. The alternative to drugs is a do-it-yourself product that is more efficient at reducing the swelling and what’s most important, dealing with the pain.
Although I did start getting some small spider veins on my legs in my early 20s, I did not have any issues with varicose veins until my post pregnancy. Oh my, were they painful! But the pain subsided after applying this homemade lotion to relieve the annoying symptoms naturally, and for the most part, the vein itself faded and less visible now.
If you have been suffering from varicose veins for a long time, know exactly how expensive the treatment is, so I’m counting on you to give this homemade remedy a go. It looks, feels and acts as a lotion, so don’t worry about brewing anything complicated or risky because anyone can achieve the best results with minimal effort.
Why These Ingredients:
Witch hazel can shrink the size of your veins. You can find this from your local pharmacy or you can order it online like Amazon.
Apple cider vinegar is also commonly used to decrease the size of varicose veins. Many health food stores and even regular grocery stores sell this vinegar.
Aloe Vera naturally reduces swelling and soothes the area to which it is applied. You can use either aloe vera juice or aloe vera gel for this recipe; gel will help the cream stay thicker.
Cocoa or Shea Butter can thicken the cream and make it easier to apply. If you can’t find plain cocoa or shea butter, look for an alcohol-free lotion that is made from one of these ingredients.
- Witch hazel
- Apple cider
- Aloe Vera (Gel or juice will do)
- Cocoa or Shea Butter – (or lotion with shea butter)
To make sure that all of the ingredients blend properly, use a blender or stand mixer. If you do not have a mixer, you can use a whisk and a mixing bowl.
① Grab 3 tbsp of witch hazel and stir 3 tbsp of apple cider. Mix thoroughly. (Just adjust or increase this amount if you are making a larger batch of lotion).
② After mixing the first 2 ingredients, you can add the Aloe Vera. Add 1/2 cup if you are using the gel OR 1/4 cup if you are using Aloe Vera juice to keep lotion from being runny.
③ Then, you can add 1/2 a cup of the melted shea butter or cocoa to make the mixture in thick consistency. To melt the shea butter, you can use a double-boiler or you fill some water in a pot and boil it.
Once it’s boiling, remove from heat and place the bowl of shea butter over the pot. It will melt very quickly, which is why you need to remove the pot from the heat. (If you’re using a cocoa or shea butter lotion, you can use a little more to help balance out the other ingredients.)
④ Turn the blender on, and mix all of the ingredients together for about 30 seconds. The lotion should be completely smooth and easy to spread. If it looks runny, add a little more melted cocoa or shea butter and mix the cream again.
Make sure to put the mixture in the fridge for about 20 minutes to settle. To keep the mixture last a little longer, try storing this in the refrigerator. If you notice the ingredients start to separate, simply shake the container to mix them again.
Apply this homemade lotion on the affected areas once or twice a day to reduce the swelling of your varicose veins. The lotion will soothe the area almost immediately. Expect the swelling to decrease after a week of regular use.