Poor blood circulation in the legs and feet can lead to many problems- varicose veins, spider veins and numbness being some of them. There are many ways to improve circulation in the legs and feet naturally and that is the topic of today’s article.
1. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
While a sedentary lifestyle is really bad for blood circulation, standing for long hours could also pressurize the veins and restrict blood flow. The key is to spare some time for aerobic exercises which increase circulation and get the blood flowing. So walk every now and then. This is especially recommended for people traveling on long flights or those working desk jobs. Make sure you walk every half an hour to avoid cramps and poor circulation.
2. Massage your legs and feet with essential oils for blood circulation
At the end of a long day, gently massage your legs and feet using your favorite massage oils. Some of the best essential oils for improving blood circulation in the body are tea tree oil, lavender, basil, sandalwood, and myrrh and ylang ylang. Dilute these oils in carrier oils (you can use coconut, olive or vegetable oils) and massage the legs and feet in circular motions.
3. Dry body brushing
This ancient Ayurvedic ritual is known to improve blood circulation in the entire body and also stimulate the lymphatic nodes to throw out toxic waste. Before showering, use a boar bristle brush to brush away the dead skin on your hands, legs, and feet and anywhere else the circulation is affected. Follow this up with an alternating hot and cold shower. This is a simple, proven technique to improve blood circulation naturally.
4. Alternate hot and cold showers
Cold showers really get the blood flowing but what works best for improving circulation is alternating with hot and cold water. Pour cold water first then turn the temperature up and pour hot water all over your legs and feet. This remedy will prevent varicose veins and other poor circulation issues.
5. Avoid sitting cross legged
Sitting cross -legged (while meditating or at your desk) can impact circulation in the legs. It is best to move every now and then. Also, before you sit for meditation, do complete warm up exercise (jump in place, skip, do some light yoga, run or walk) so that you can sit longer. The same is true at work in office. Here, you must get up from time to time and walk around, climb stairs, do some dumbbell exercises or carry a skipping rope to get moving.
6. DIY homemade Circulation improving bath
To get the circulation back in your legs and toes try this herbal circulation bath. It is an effective remedy for all kinds of circulatory problems such as acne, hair loss, varicose veins etc: Boil 2 grams each of dried Rosemary, Birch leaves and Thyme. Strain the mixture and add it foam bath emulsifier. Also add essential oils like Lavender, Rosemary, Tea tree and Siberian Fir (15-20 drops each). You can make a foot bath or soak completely in this bath water to aid rheumatism, fever, and other circulation problems.
7. Calcium and Magnesium supplements
Talk to your doctor about taking Calcium and Magnesium supplements which are important to prevent blood clots which result from poor circulation.
8. Herbs for circulation
Many herbal teas can improve blood circulation: Ginger, Skullcap and Valerian are some of them. These dilate blood vessels so talk to your doctor before using them. Butcher’s Broom, Garlic and Cayenne also improve blood circulation by thinning the blood.
9. Apple Cider Vinegar compress
Make a compress of Apple cider vinegar in warm water and apply it to legs and feet. Let the compress remain on the affected area for at least 20 minutes. Repeat the remedy twice a day. This natural remedy not only improves blood circulation but also reduces swelling in case of pregnancy, varicose veins etc.
10. Mustard oil
Mustard oil is very good for boosting circulation. Warm up some mustard oil and apply it twice a day to legs and feet before showering or at bedtime. Do this every day for 2 weeks and you will soon notice improvement in the appearance of the veins.
11. Eat Guavas
Guavas contain tons of vitamin C and K. Both nutrients strengthen blood vessels and improve blood flow to areas with poor circulation. This reduces discoloration of the veins. Guavas are also rich in lycopene – an antioxidant that protects the cells and tissues from toxic damage. Eat guavas or drink guava juice to strengthen the capillaries and veins and improve flow of blood.
12. Castor oil
Warm up some castor oil and apply it to affected areas. Cover with a flannel cloth while sleeping. This will reduce swelling and pain.
13. Wear compression garments
Compression stockings are especially recommended for people with varicose veins. They help reduce swelling and improve circulation when worn for long periods of time. Compression garments can also reduce pain and discomfort.
Try these home remedies to improve blood circulation in the legs and the body.