For some lighter legs, we can play on different boards because theveins may be in pain for several reasons. Either their walls are not toned and muscular enough, to propel the blood upwards against the laws of gravity, or the valves which line the internal wall of the vessels are inoperative because the veins are dilated and no longer prevent venous blood to stagnate at the ankles when standing. Another possibility: the lymphatic circuit, overloaded, puts additional pressure on the veins that work a little less well …
Here are the best phyto solutions on a case-by-case basis. Should you choose them as a cream or as a capsule? Both, provided you choose the right assets! Most are large molecules that pass the skin barrier poorly, unlike essential oils (EO). “We can combine 2 drops of essential oil from cypress, venous tonic, with 1 drop of peppermint EO, anti-swelling, in a quick massage, before applying a moisturizer ”, says Dr Morel, general practitioner and herbalist.
The red vine in prevention
It is essential! The tinctoria vine houses anthocyanins as well as others polyphenols, repairers, cicatrizers and / or protectors. These compounds have a very strong affinity for the membranes of the cells of the venous wall where they will exert their action.
“The red vine is recommended for people with spider veins or who easily bruise due to capillary fragility”
Directions for use: it is used in the form of a fluid extract, 50 drops morning and evening, or in capsules of dry extract, 200 mg twice a day.
Recipe : throw in 1 l of boiling water, 1 handful of a mixture of red vine leaves, anti-inflammatory blackcurrant and draining nettle in equal quantities. Turn off the boil, cover and let infuse for 15 minutes, stirring. Filter. Drink it during the day, during the 3 summer months, 5 days a week.
For pregnant women, reduce the dose to 1 or 2 tbsp. to s. of the mixture for 1 l of water.
Sweet clover for swollen feet
This legume, which is easily found near fields, on the edge of paths, is rich in anticoagulant coumarins. “By deforming red blood cells, this plant thins the blood, explains Dr. Morel. It also alleviates the pressure linked to the nearby lymphatic system ”.
Instructions for use: Dr Morel prescribes this lymphatic tonic more readily in case of swelling of the feet, a “soft” edema, accompanied by a feeling of heaviness. In fluid extract, 50 drops morning and evening, or dry, always at a dose of 200 mg, morning and evening.
Sweet clover can be combined with polyphenol plants, such as red vine, to prevent skin complications ofvenous insufficiency.
However, it should be avoided in pregnant women and not be combined with anticoagulant drugs.
Holly in case of heaviness in the legs
Also called butcher’s broom, it tones the veins and thus facilitates the return of blood. It is in its rhizome that the active ingredients, saponosides who stimulate smooth muscles venous walls.
Instructions for use: it is more easily used in dry extract, 1 capsule of 200 mg, morning and evening, or even 2, morning and evening if the legs are swollen, and this, 20 days per month. “The only contraindication, warns Dr. Morel, is pregnancy, since ragwort stimulates smooth muscles, including those of the uterus”.
Our selection of products:
- Stimulant: Fragon Light Legs, 220 mg per capsule. Fenioux Laboratories, € 24, box of 200 capsules. On laboratories-fenioux.com
- Preventive: Stick Circulation, Naturactive, red vine, blackcurrant and blueberry, € 9.95, box of 20 sticks. In pharmacies.
- Melilot and Red Vine Phytostandard 2-in-1, PhytoPrevent, € 18.50, box of 30 tablets. Take 3 tablets to reach the effective dose. In pharmacies.
- For massage: Organic light legs emul’gel, Aroma-Zone, red vine and holly, cypress and peppermint EO, € 9.50, 200 ml bottle. On aroma-zone.com