Varicose and spider veins can be very unsightly and often painful. Both are caused by weakened valves in the leg veins that causes the blood to pool up, which forces the vein to expand. People who are on their feet for long periods of time often develop spider veins. There are many natural alternative to standard medical techniques that may provide relief.

Eat blueberries, cherries, blackberries and purple grapes which all contain pigments that are rich sources of something called anthocyanins. These compounds have been known to improve the health of veins. Eating 1 cup of these type of fruits will help to prevent and treat varicose and spider veins.

Try not to put any extra stress on the veins. This includes not sitting for long periods, standing for long periods of time, excess weight, and tight, constrictive clothing. Getting regular exercise is critical to prevent and treat varicose veins and spider veins. Muscle contraction helps the flow of blood through the veins and will keep it from pooling in the legs. Walking is an excellent choice for gentle exercise that most everyone can do.

Eating high fiber foods will help prevent constipation, which is a major contributing factor for varicose and spider veins. Make sure and eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds daily.

Add spices to your diet to help your body break down fibrin, which is the protein that contributes to the creation of the hard, lumpy tissue surrounding varicose veins. Add garlic, onions, ginger and cayenne to your cooking for great flavor and health benefits.

Take grape seed extract which is an excellent source of antioxidants, these help strengthen capillaries and veins. Take 300mg a day of a standardized extract that contains 85 to 95 percent procyanidins, which are the primary compounds. Grape seed extract can also be found in creams which can be applied directly to the skin for improvement of varicose veins.

Make a soothing aroma therapy lotion out of 4 fluid ounces of witch hazel extract, 10 drops of cypress essential oil, and 10 drops of yarrow essential oil. Mix ingredients together in a bottle, and shake well. Apply as often as you like to your legs to reduce swelling and inflammation.