by Kara McNabb, N.H.E.Varicose veins are painful at times and definitely a cosmetic nuisance. Large swollen veins beneath the skin’s surface are often red, blue or green in color and caused by abnormal valve function.Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood to the entire body. This blood moves thanks to the heart pumping it along. Veins are responsible for returning blood back to the heart, however, they don’t have a pump. So they rely on movement to help blood flow. Veins have valves, which close to prevent the backflow of blood. When the valves malfunction, blood pools and does not make it to the heart. This results in varicose veins.Blood vessels that are red in color are result of a deficiency in bioflavonoids – the white stuff in oranges and green peppers that we often throw out, for instance. Nature’s Sunshine Vitamin C with bioflavonoids will help in this state.For variscosities, or blue veins, this is result of a calcium fluorine deficiency. Together, these two minerals create strength and flexibility. They tighten and tone tissues that are overstretched and flabby. Other indications of a deficiency in these minerals include hemorrhoids, prolapsed uterus, prolapsed bladder, bags under eyes, saggy breasts and saggy chin. A homeopathically prepared mineral known as the Calc Fluor cell salt will tighten and tone tissue. Other remedies are Nature’s Sunshine Vari Gone, a combination of horse chestnut and other herbs that have the same strengthening ability. Cypress and helichrysum are two of the several essential oils key to varicose vein relief. The blend is available at herbs etc. in a roller stick for easy application. A good vitamin E containing at least 400 IU is effective, as well.Together, the cell salt or herbs, along with the essential oil blend and vitamin E, will bring great results. And don’t forget the support hose! These are totally worth it when it comes to varicose veins.