Balm for the treatment of Varicose Veins is produced using carefully selected natural ingredients from within our region. This is really important if we bear in mind that for centuries we adapted to use the local plants from which our body can gain most.
COMPOSITION: Balm for treatment of Varicose Veins contains cold pressed olive oil, beeswax and plant-based wax (candellila), and 10 medicinal herbs (increased concentration of pot marigold, St. John’s wort, greater celandine, burdock, Wolf’s-foot Clubmoss, common centaury, greater plantain, yarrow, common elder, great horsetail), wild chestnut extract, lemon and lavender essential oils and propolis.
Price: 8.5 EUR
Varicose veins in the legs (chronic venous insufficiency);
thrombophlebitis (inflammation of a vein) and
phlebothrombosis (blood clot in a superficial vein.
Varicose veins occur in the legs due to the highest hydrostatic pressure – the pressure that the fluid exerts on the walls of the veins. The higher the pressure, the veins are stretching more because they are retaining more blood. If there is a stoppage in the blood flow the chance to develop inflammation and form thrombi is higher. Increased risk of developing varicose veins is due to: genetic predisposition for weak vein valves (that can not resist gravity); stretchy but not elastic veins (incapable of returning to normal width), and life style (standing or sedentary with not enough of walking).
Except being visible and aesthetically unattractive, varicose veins can cause significant medical problems. These are:
- pain while standing and sitting – due to the lack of contractions of the leg muscles as when we are walking, which are necessary to return blood from the veins towards the heart;
- swollen legs;
- increased risk of form thrombus in the area of inflammation of the vein (thrombophlebitis) because
o delayed blood flow increases the potential to develop inflammation, and every inflammation starts coagulation, which is the process during which thrombi are formed;
o increased risk of forming thrombi (phlebothrombosis) due to the slow blood flow – because as blood flow becames reduced (same as a slow river in a wide trough) blood elements are precipitating on each other and increase the risk of coagulation and thrombus formation.
If thrombus detaches from the vein wall and arrives to lungs, it leads to a life threatening condition:
– pulmonary embolism.
Only superficial varicose veins are visible, but internal (deeper) veins can be varicose and cause all of the aforementioned conditions.
1. The most important active principle from this balm, that makes it different to all of the others, is escin from wild chestnut extract. This active substance increases the long-term elasticity of the veins, causing narrowing of the veins (venotonic), and improving their healthiness by keeping their shape similar to the one in normal condition. Influence of the wild chestnut on the veins is as effective as using a compress.
2. Active principles – coumarin compounds, fraxin and esculin. From the wild chestnut extract are anticoagulants (directly reducing the potential of forming thrombus).
3. Active principles from lemon essential oil, commonly named vitamin P (hesperetin, naringenin and quercetin), lavender essential oil (linalyl acetate, linalool, camphor and 1.8-cineole), propolis (quercetin derivatives – bioflavonoids and caffeic acid derivatives), other active principles of wild chestnut extract (quercetin, campherol and proanthocyanidin A2) have:
a. anti-inflammatory effects;
b. antimicrobial effects: antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
c. analgesic (reduce pain).
4. Lavender essential oil is especially accelerating epithelisation – growth of epithelium over visible (macro) and invisible (micro) skin damages.
Actually, the most important is the antioxidative/anti-inflammatory effect of active principles, because oxidative stress by destroying our cells starts an inflammatory reaction. Inflammatory reaction can affect any tissue or organ. Inflammation has a protective role but if it is too strong or lasts too long, can harm more than benefit to the body due to additional damage to the already inflamed tissue. Active principles decrease oxidative stress, and in doing so, the strength of the inflammatory reaction as well, which damages veins more and more over time.
Reduction of the oxidative stress eases inflammation, but in this particular case it is really important because of the reduction of the risk to form thrombi and pulmonary embolism.
Once the inflammation is reduced, its symptoms subside: increased temperature of the inflamed area (color), pain (dolor), redness (rubor), swelling (tumor) and impaired function (functio laesa). Veins are still enlarged, but it is less pronounced, because they expanded due to the reduced blow flow under the influence of gravity, not because of the inflammation. Haemorrhoids develop in the same manner, except haemorrhoids are smaller veins with a bigger chance to bleed, while bigger veins, like veins of the legs, have more chance to form thrombus that can cause a life threatening condition.
The most important goal is to prevent thrombus formation, preventing the stopping of blood flow and/or their inflammation.
The effects of active principles are more pronounced on an applied area, but the same effects, although a bit milder, are expressed in a whole body since these substances penetrate skin and enter blood and lymph vessels.
- Sensitivity (allergic reaction) to any of balm ingredients or medicinal herbs.
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, people with digestive system (and liver) diseases and epilepsy should not be using any remedies that contain significant amounts of camphor and 1.8-cineole.
- There are no restrictions in the use of a balm when exposed to sun, but people sensitive to sunlight should first apply balm on a small area of the skin just to make sure that there is no photosensitivity caused by lavender essential oil.
- Our balms are containing moderate, medically safe amounts of 1.8-cineole and camphor.
Wash your hands with soap and water. Before you apply balm, clean the desired area of the skin with lukewarm chamomile solution (tea). Dry that area by dabbing it with the clean towel.
As balm is thicker than normal cream, we will explain to you how to properly apply it so you gain the maximum benefit.
Use a plastic spatula to scrape little amount of the balm and put it onto your fingertip. Spread a thin layer of the balm on the selected area of the skin using your fingertip.
Repeat this process 3 times a day, especially in the evening.
The plastic spatula must be rinsed with a hot water after every use, to remove excess greasiness, and dipped in a 70% surgical spirit in a closed container. This is how it should be stored, and just before the next use rinse it with lukewarm water.
- There is a risk of side effects if users do not respect contraindications or person does not know that they are allergic to a certain ingredient.
- Allergic reaction to certain balm component in sensitive (allergic) people.
- Epileptic seizures can occur in people with epilepsy, and damage to the gastrointestinal system (and liver) in sensitive people.
- Photosensitivity can occur in people sensitive to sunlight if balm is applied to bigger areas of the skin at once, due to lavender essential oil.
- Our balms contain medically proven to be safe amounts of essential oils.
- None of the users of our balms have ever informed us of any side effects.
In contrast to camphor and 1.8-cineole, lavender essential oil contains linalool, which calms the nervous system and reduces the frequency of epileptic seizures in people with epilepsy.
Camphor and 1.8-cineole are present in many preparations for inhalation for children and adults, widely available lozenges and chewing gums (mostly due to use of eucalyptus essential oil).
Patients under anticoagulant and antiaggregation treatment should consult their doctors before using this balm because of the possible interactions with coumarin, fraxin and esculin from wild chestnut extract, which are anticoagulants, after long-term use.
Although essential oils in our balms are present in medically safe concentrations, it is our duty to inform you about all possible contraindications and side effects. Perhaps your doctor will reduce official therapy if you are using this balm as well.