Herb Girl Takes on Varicose Veins :-)
Hello chicksinthekitchen and fellow readers:
Today, as you can see, I will be taking on varicose veins. First of all, what are varicose veins? They are veins that have become stretched and swollen with blood.
The varicose veins often show up on the legs, ankles, and feet because those body parts are farthest from the heart. Gravity pulls blood down into your legs and feet when you’re standing up or sitting down, so the veins have to work extra hard to get that blood back up to the heart, and some of those veins can wear out over time.
But there’s an herb for that LOL
The herbal approach acts like an anti-inflammatory, a decongestant, and minimizes related health risks. Today we’ll be making a Horse Chestnut Vascular Tincture in our kitchens. Horse Chestnut prevents bruising from sore veins and is a blood vessel support. Are we ready for the easiest, healthy recipe ever?
Horse Chestnut Vascular Tincture
*8 oz crushed or powdered horse chestnut seed
*24 oz brandy (80 proof, 40 alcohol) 1:3
Put in a glass container with a lid and let sit for 14 days out of sunlight. (Make a label and don’t forget to re-visit it in 14 days.) Press the liquid out of it by using coffee filter or cloth. It will be a dark, milky color. Store it into a glass jar or bottle with a label.
Rx- 1/2 teaspoon of extract twice a day in juice or water. Take daily for 3 months up to 12 months then omit to 1 day a week.
This will improve lymphatic drainage in veins, increases circulation, and soothes tired veins.
Legs sore after a hard day of work? What if I told you there was a way for you to massage yourself using hydrotherapy? Go outside wearing some shorts or bathing suit bottoms. Turn on the garden hose and start massaging with cold water from your ankles to your thighs (toward the heart.) No garden hose? How about a cold compress of witch hazel? Put some witch hazel on a towel and wrap it with a dry towel, elevating your legs.
I hope this helped, ladies and gents.
Herb Girl… Spice girl… Baby Spice, over and out