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Varicose Veins

Suffering from Varicose Veins?

November 13, 2014

MARIGOLD

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Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities have been used for centuries to ease skin infections, ulcerations, bowel problems, hemorrhoids and varicose veins.  The herb is also said to reduce fever and treat indigestion, as well as help gallbladder and liver problems. Marigold is widely used in cosmetics for its toning and soothing effects.

Plant Description:

Marigold, also called Calendula, is an annual or biennial aromatic that is native to the Mediterranean countries, where it was used in early Arabic cultures and in ancient Greece and Rome as a medicinal herb, as well as a colorant for fabrics and an ingredient in food and cosmetics. The ornamental plants bear orange or yellow flowers with dense petals and are widely grown in gardens in North America and Europe for their beauty, and the flowers are also extensively cultivated for use in herbal medicine throughout Latin America and Eastern Europe.

History:

The name Marigold refers to the Virgin Mary, since Marigolds were traditionally used in Catholic celebrations concerning the mother of Jesus; and the plant received its botanical name, Calendula, from the Romans, who noted the fact that the plants bloomed on the first days or "calends" of every month. The Calendula/Marigold was used medicinally in ancient Rome to treat scorpion bites and heal wounds, among many other applications. Some of the constituents in Marigold are essential oil, acids, carotenoid, phytosterols, calcium, vitamins C and E, saponins, flavonoids (which account for much of its anti-inflammatory activity), polysaccharides, resin and mucilage. 

Medical Uses:

Marigold has a long history as a superior antibacterial when used internally and externally and has been used to heal many skin irritations, wounds, and injuries, including eczema, herpes, gingivitis, varicose veins and athlete's foot. It is thought to be similar to Witch Hazel, due to its natural iodine content, and may be used as a local application to heal all types of skin problems. Some consider Marigold to be the best tissue healer for wounds, and old herbal doctors believed that constant applications of Marigold would help or even prevent gangrene or tetanus.

As a diaphoretic and febrifuge, Marigold is often used to induce perspiration and break a fever. 

Marigold/Calendula is a powerful anti-inflammatory and painkilling agent that is thought to reduce inflammation of the bowel. It reduces the general tension that can promote bowel problems, relaxing the nervous constriction of the digestive muscles which will help bowel function. The herb is thought to prevent the overgrowth of yeast in the bowel and also have beneficial effects on colitis, diverticulitis and inflammatory pelvic disease. 

As an antispasmodic and effective painkiller, Marigold is an old-time remedy for menstrual cramps and for quelling the pain of an angry ulcer.

Marigold is often used to soothe the digestive tract. German studies have demonstrated that Marigold prevents the hormonal reactions that produce swelling and inflammation in the stomach lining, specifically by acting on the inflammatory prostaglandin (PGE) and also has a strong bactericidal effect that may counteract infection with Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium associated with both gastritis and peptic ulcers. 

As a cholagogue, Calendula/Marigold increases the flow of bile into the intestines and is thus thought to help the gallbladder and the liver, making it useful in the treatment of hepatitis. This action further helps to promote good digestion. 

When taken internally, Marigold soothes and heals the tender mucous membranes and tissues within the body, improving the colon, stomach, liver, and gums after operations.  When used externally, the herb provides the same soothing effects on mucous membranes that will support the skin and connective tissues. 

It is thought that Marigold will support good heart health, as some recent studies indicate that the herb may reduce blood pressure. 

Europeans use Marigold in numerous medicinal compounds and cosmetics.  It is said to enhance the production of collagen in the skin and fill in facial wrinkles, tone tender skin, treat sunburn and insect bites, and protect babies' sensitive skin (particularly when used for diaper rash).

How to Get Rid of Varicose Veins Naturally

November 6, 2013

 

Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins near the surface of the skin. They most commonly develop in the legs and ankles.

Symptoms

You may not have symptoms with varicose veins. Most people identify varicose veins by the appearance of twisted, swollen, bluish veins just beneath the skin.

If you have symptoms of varicose veins, they tend to be mild and may include:

  • A dull ache, burning, or heaviness in the legs. These symptoms may be more noticeable late in the day or after you have been sitting or standing for a long time.
  • Mild swelling, usually involving the feet and ankles only
  • Itching skin over the varicose vein

More severe symptoms or complications include:

  • A buildup of fluid and swelling in the leg
  • Significant swelling and calf pain after sitting or standing for a long time
  • Skin color changes (stasis pigmentation) around the ankles and lower legs
  • Dry, stretched, swollen, itching, or scaling skin
  • Superficial thrombophlebitis (when a blood clot and inflammation develop in a small vein near the surface of the skin)
  • Open sores (ulcerations)
  • Bleeding and/or bruising after a minor injury

Symptoms of varicose veins may become more severe a few days before and during a woman's menstrual period.

Causes

Varicose veins develop when you have faulty valves in your veins and weakened vein walls. Normally, the one-way valves in these veins keep the blood flowing efficiently against gravity up toward the heart. When these valves do not function properly, blood pools, pressure builds up, and the veins become weakened, enlarged, and twisted. This is called venous insufficiency.

Some people may be more likely than others to develop varicose veins because of inherited characteristics (genetics) and the aging process. Varicose veins may also result from conditions that increase pressure on the leg veins, such as being overweight or pregnant or having an occupation that requires standing for long periods.

Treatment   

Marigold

The herb marigold is valuable in varicose veins. A compress of this herb should be applied externally in the treatment of   this disease. The flowers of this plant can be applied externally over varicose ulcers with beneficial results, as they are an excellent remedy for inflamed or ulcerated conditions of the skin.

Vegetable Juices

Raw vegetable juices, especially carrot juice in combination with spinach juice, have proved beneficial in the treatment of this disease. The formula proportions considered helpful in this combination are 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice.

Nutrients

Certain nutrients, especially vitamins E and C have been found effective in the treatment of   this disease. The patient should take vitamin C in therapeutic doses up to 3,000 mg and vitamin E in therapeutic doses from 600 to 1,200 mg daily. This will relieve him of pain and leg cramps associated with varicose veins.

Herbal Remedies for Varicose Veins

November 24, 2012
Home treatments
Varicose veins occur when blood leaks back into the vein and collects there, causing the vein to become congested or clogged. This congestion will cause the vein to abnormally enlarge. These enlarged veins can be either varicose veins or spider veins. horse chestnut and broom are the two most used traditional treatments for strengthening and toning the veins. Broom is approved by German Commission E for chronic venous insufficiency, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids. Home remedies use topical astringents such as witch hazel, vinegar and lemon oil to reduce swelling and pain of varicose veins in feet and legs.