Essential Oils for Spider Veins on the Face

Most people are familiar with the tiny red, blue or purple vein that can show up unexpectedly in various places on the body. The medical term used to describe this phenomenon is telangiectasia, which refers to broken capillaries, or varicose veins. However, because they resemble tiny spider webs, they are commonly referred to as spider veins. 

Spider veins typically occur on the legs and arms but can occur virtually anywhere on the body. They can be especially troublesome when they show up on the face and can create all kinds of cosmetic problems. They tend to make their appearances under the eyes, in the areas around the nose, and on the cheeks. They can be more prominent on fair skinned individuals. While harmless, spider veins can also be unsightly. 

There are medical treatments for spider veins, such as sclerotherapy or various types of laser therapy, but these treatments can be painful, invasive and expensive. Many people opt for non-evasive, less expensive, all-natural treatments. It is a good idea to discuss the various options for spider vein removal with your preferred medical practitioner to decide which method is best for your particular situation. 

Unhappy elderly woman with skin condition rosacea characterized by facial redness, small and superficial dilated blood vessels, no make-up

Unhappy elderly woman with skin condition rosacea characterized by facial redness, small and superficial dilated blood vessels, no make-up

Causes for telangiectasia (spider veins) on the face 

Spider veins found on the face can have specific causes not attributable to spider veins found elsewhere on the body. For instance, people who have high blood pressure or who are obese may have a condition called venous deficiency, which causes damage to the walls of the blood vessels which are more vulnerable around the face. Other causes can be attributed to the following:

  • Rubbing or washing the face using too much pressure
  • Aging capillaries 
  • Inflammatory skin conditions, such as Rosacea 
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    Lifestyle factors, such as stress, eyestrain, insomnia, or a sedentary lifestyle
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    Free radicals
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    Cigarette smoking
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    Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol
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    Being of Northern European descent 

Additionally, free radicals can be responsible for spider veins that appear on the face, even more so than ones that show up on the legs. Excessive sun exposure can produce free radicals and can be a primary cause of spider veins on the face. This is especially true for the area under the eyes. Smoking cigarettes is another thing linked to free radicals that can cause the spider veins to appear more prominently on the face. In fact, once capillaries are damaged by smoking, they may take longer to repair than those found on people who do not smoke. Second-hand smoke, all kinds of air pollution and environmental toxin exposure can also lead to the development of spider veins.

Dietary advice for the treatment of spider veins 

The development of varicose and spider veins can be exacerbated by constipation, which places pressure on the blood veins. Therefore, it is advisable to eat a diet that is rich in high-fiber foods. On average, an adult should consume somewhere between 25 and 38 grams of fiber each day. (Men should eat closer to 38 grams.) High fiber foods include fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, and whole grains. 

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Foods that strengthen the veins 

Specific foods can help improve blood flow and reverse the inflammation associated with varicose veins or spider veins. Diets that are high in trans fats, caffeine, sugar, processed foods, and alcohol can contribute to arterial damage, poor circulation, high blood pressure, weight gain and hormonal imbalances. Processed foods, especially, can contain high amounts of salt, sugar and, toxins that can worsen inflammation and exacerbate the occurrence of spider veins. 

Spider veins can occur when undue pressure is placed on the capillaries. Stronger veins are important for many reasons, but in this case, they are important because they can help prevent the appearance of spider veins. Specific plant foods can help by providing the flavonoids and antioxidants the body needs to help build tissue and keep the veins strong and healthy. Some examples of these foods include:

  • Citrus fruits that include the pith
  • Buckwheat
  • Red grapes
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Certain spices/spicy foods that help encourage good blood circulation that can help prevent spider veins are:

  • Garlic
  • Chilies
  • Onion
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Natural Treatments for Spider Veins on the Face 

Spider veins can be medically treated, but some people prefer all-natural, less invasive remedies. In these cases, the following all-natural methods have been shown to be effective:

Ginkgo Biloba 

Ginkgo Biloba is another substance that can help strengthen the tissues that form the walls of the blood vessels. This increases the blood flow and oxygenates the tissue, which improves blood circulation and helps prevent spider veins. A recommended dosage of 100-130 mg. of pure Gingko Biloba extract divided into 3-4 doses per day has shown to be effective. 

Apple cider vinegar 

Another substance that works well for the treatment of spider veins is apple cider vinegar. When applied directly to the affected area with a clean cloth soaked in the vinegar for from 20-30 minutes a day, the vinegar helps improve the blood supply to the affected area. Avoid getting the vinegar in the eyes. 

Witch hazel 

Witch hazel's astringent properties can help reduce the appearance of spider veins, like apple cider vinegar, by strengthening the blood vessels. Simply dip a cotton ball into the solution and apply it to the affected area several times a day to eliminate facial spider veins. Always avoid the direct eye area when using witch hazel. 

St. John's Wort 

St. John wort is an herb that can be used internally or externally to treat spider veins. Follow package directions.

Essential oils for spider veins 

Therapeutic essential oils consist of highly concentrated plant essences. They are derived from millions of tiny molecules that act in a complete synergy. Essential oils for spider veins are all natural, non-invasive, and are ideal for this purpose primarily because of their ability to improve blood flow as they balance hormones and lower inflammation. Using the oils for spider veins requires consistency. They should be applied several times each day. 

The best essential oils for spider veins have the following qualities. They are:

Anticoagulant - prevent clots
Lipolytic - dissolves arterial fat deposits
Tonic – boosts the activity of the blood and organs, and improves mood 
Phlebotonic – Strengthens vein walls and maintains their elasticity 
Stimulant – Boosts organ activity, including brain activity 

How to use essential oils to treat spider veins 

There are three primary methods used to treat spider veins with essential oils:

Massage oil

Essential oils can be diluted with a carrier oil, then used on the affected area, and also as full-body massage oils.


A few drops of essential oil added to hot bath water helps attain significant relief. 


The essential oil can be added to a cotton ball or clean cloth that has been dipped in either hot or cold water and wrung out prior to being placed on the affected area. 

The best essential oils for spider veins 

The following essential oils have been shown to be especially effective for the treatment of spider veins on the face:

Cypress oil 

The many therapeutic benefits of cypress oil include improvement in blood circulation, which strengthens the veins. It is considered by many experts to be the best essential oil to use for the treatment of spider veins. 

Lemongrass oil 

Like cypress oil, lemongrass oil works in the treatment of spider veins on the face by improving the blood's circulation. 

Geranium oil

Not only can geranium oil effectively treat the appearance of spider veins on the face and elsewhere on the body. It can also help clear up many common skin flaws and imperfections, leaving the skin flawless and soft. 

Frankincense essential oil is another essential oil that effectively treats spider veins by strengthening the veins and by improving circulation. 

Helichrysum oil works to treat spider veins on the face by soothing inflamed areas, and by dilating the blood vessels. It also dissolved coagulated blood on the outsides of the veins, as well as inside them. Helichrysum oil is noted for being one of the best essential oil for spider veins.  Helichrysum essential oil lessens inflammation and improves circulation when applied topically. It is considered to be one of the best essential oils for eliminating spider veins on the face.

Rosemary oil 

Rosemary oil helps promote steady blood veins as it strengthens their walls and helps improve circulation. 

Clary Sage oil 

Blood circulation is promoted, and vein swelling reduced when clary sage essential oil is used for spider vein treatment. The end result is the prevention of blood pooling and a strengthening of the vein walls. 

Lemon essential oil helps promote the strengthening of the veins and increases blood circulation. Caution should be exercised when using lemon essential oil, because it is photosensitive, and can promote sunburn if exposed to direct sunlight. It is it ideal essential oil to use prior to bedtime to treat facial spider veins. 

Yarrow oil 

Yarrow essential oil helps eliminate spider veins by decongesting thick or stagnant blood that has trouble flowing easily through the veins. This can be caused by sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time. 

Chamomile oil 

Chamomile essential oil strengthens the blood vessels and promotes healthy constrictions. It also reduces inflammation and promotes healthy blood circulation. 

Essential oil blends for facial spider veins 

Certain blends of essential oils can also be effective for the treatment of facial spider veins. These two blends were specially designed with phlebotonic properties to help increase blood flow through the veins. Formula One is a treatment that can be used day or night. Because Formula Two contains a photosensitive essential oil, it is intended for use at bedtime. 

Formula One Ingredients 

5 drops of Bergamot essential oil 
9 drops of Cypress essential oil 
5 drops of Geranium essential oil (Alternatively, one can use Clary Sage .) 
3 drops of Tangerine essential oil
3 drops of Helichrysum essential oil 
3 drops of Grapefruit essential oil 
2 drops of Frankincense essential 
2.5 ounces of jojoba oil to be used as a carrier oil

1. Add the essential oils to an empty 2.5 ounce lotion pump bottle 
2. Add the jojoba. 
3. Shake well or stir with a glass stirring rod to distribute oils evenly prior to use.

Formula Two Ingredients (Nighttime treatment)

½ cup carrier oil. We recommend ¼ cup unrefined avocado oil and ¼ cup oil that is infused with calendula.

5 drops geranium essential oil 
5 drops parsley seed essential oil 
5 drops cypress essential oil 
5 drops lemon essential oil 

1. Before bedtime, mix the carrier oils together and place in an amber colored glass bottle. 
2. Add the essential oils, one at a time. 
3. Close the container and shake well to combine oils. 
4. To use, apply 4 drops on your clean face directly on the effected areas. Then using your finger tips, gently massage the oil in gentle circular motions. Leave it to sink deep into the skin overnight. 

Precaution: Only use this facial oil at night as it contains lemon oil which is photosensitive and can affect sunburn. 


Essential oils are powerful healing tools with the potential for allergic reactions. Symptoms may include:

  • Hives
  • Rash
  • Skin irritation
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    Skin burning
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    Breathing difficulties
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    Rapid heart rate 

Before using oils initially, test a diluted mixture on a small patch of skin and watch for reactions. In most cases, it should be perfectly safe to apply the mixture to a larger area. If allergic reaction symptoms occur after using the oils, discontinue their use and contact a physician.
Women who are pregnant or who breast-feed should refrain from using essential oils unless supervised by a doctor or qualified aromatherapist. 

History and Benefits of Helichrysum Italicum Essential Oil


Helichrysum essential oil comes from the Helichrysum italicum plant, which is a member of the Asteraceae plant family, originating in the Mediterranean region. The plant is a small perennial herb with silver, hairy leaves and yellow, ball shaped flowers. It has been used for medicinal purposes for literally thousands of years, especially in countries such as Herzegovina, Bosnia, Turkey, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Helichrysum has a pungent, full bodied aroma that as been described as smelling, “herbal.” Because of its strength, its aroma can overpower more floral fragrances.


Historical information about helichrysum is scant, although the oil does appear to enjoy a history of medicinal and culinary usage in more than one culture.Helichrysum comes from the Greek term, “Helios,” which signifies the sun, and the word, “chrysos,” which means gold.

This refers to the bright color of the flowers. In Africa, it is called, “swewjaartjie,” which is based on the belief that the flower heads last “sewe” (seven) years (jaar).The essential oil of the helichrysum plant is extracted via steam distillation of the flower petals.

What is Steam Distillation?

Steam distillation is a specific type of a separation process or distillation that is used for temperature sensitive compounds, such as natural aromatic materials. At one time, it was used by scientists to purify organic compounds, but because of the invention of vacuum distillation, it is no longer used for this purpose.Extracting essential oils by steam distillation takes place three different ways:

  • Straight steam
  • Water distillation
  • Steam/water distillation

Extracting essential oils using straight steam entails forcing steam through the plant material, then collecting the oil.

Water distillation is the method used when plant material is submerged into boiling water. The oils and steam are physically captured, then separated. Essential oils are the result.

The steam/water distillation method of essential oil extraction take place when water and steam are pushed through and around the plant material. As the oils and steam are collected, they are separated to produce the essential oil.

Uses for Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum essential oil can be effectively used in the following ways:

  • Antispasmodic
  • Anticoagulant
  • Antiallergenic
  • Anti-hemanic
  • ​Anti-plogiastic
  • ​Anti-inflammatory
  • ​Antitussive
  • ​Nervine
  • ​Febrifuge
  • ​Cicatrisant
  • Expectorant
  • Cholagogue
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiseptic
  • Emollient
  • Mucolytic
  • Diuretic
  • Splenic
  • Soap Making
  • ​Cytophylactic
  • Hepatic
  • Fungicidal

According to Organic Facts, helichrysum essential oil can be used to both treat and prevent unwanted or excessive body contractions. In cases where people have high cholesterol and blood that is coagulated, it can be used as an anticoagulant to provide immediate relief by liquifying or thinning the blood.

As an anti-hematic, helichrysum essential oil can be used to clear accumulated blood, or blood clots, which appear as the aftermath of hemorrhaging. It works by simulating the enzymes produced by the body that melt away clots. It can also be used in case of an allergenic emergency.

Fever is a symptom that indicates when the immune system is combating an infection or unwanted substance. It accompanies viral infections, colds, baacterial infections and infections from wounds, biols, pox, arthritis or allergic reactions.

Helichrysum essential oil helps to both cure the root cause of the fever, but also works to reduce the fever itself.

As an anti-phlogistic, helichrysum oil can be used to reduce inflammation that sometimes results from a fever. It also helps combat the fatigue that is sometimes associated with fevers. Helichrysum's anti-inflammatory properties work to provide relief from inflammation due to a number of causes, including fever.

People who have a continuous cough can benefit by using helichrysum essential oil, because it is an antitussive. It works best on the types of coughs stimulated by phlegm found in the respiratory tract, as well as those coughs generated by an itchy sensation in the throat. The latter type of cough is caused by infections.

As an expectorant, the oil provides warmth to the respiratory system to loosen phlegm deposits, and prevents new phlegm from being deposited, providing relief from congestion that shows as a sign of illness or infection, or from continuous coughs.

Helichrysum essential oil can help keep the human nervous system in check by strengthening and protecting it from disorders. Its regular use can protect against the types of nervous disorders that occur as people age, and can help reduce anxiety and stress levels.

When cuts and wounds occur on the human body, helichrysum essential oil not only works to heal the wounds quickly. It also helps to heal scars. As an antimicrobial, the oil inhibits the growth of microbes, and protects the body against infection.

It works as an antiseptic to prevent wounds from becoming septic.

As a cholagogue, the essential oil of helichrysum helps neutralize stomach acids, and promotes the release of bile into the stomach. This works to promote digestion and to reduce the symptoms of acidosis.

People who have dry, itchy skin can help make it smooth by using helichrysum essential oil. Its emollient properties helps keep the skin soft and smooth as it helps it to retain moisture.

The oil prevents cracking of the skin and other symptoms of dehydration.

As a fungicidal, helichrysum oil prohibits fungal infections.

As a diuretic, helichrysum oil acts to facilitate urination, both in quantity and in frequency. This help remove toxic substances from the blood. It can also lower the blood pressure, help with weight loss, eliminate fat and aid in digestion. The oil also works as a splenic, to help keep the spleen healthy, and is especially beneficial for those suffering from anemia.

Cell health is enhanced through the use of helichrysum essential oil, which encourages the recycling of dead cells, and the stimulation of new cell production. As a hepatic, it soothes the liver, regulates its discharges, reduces inflammation and protects it from infections.

Helichrysum Essential Oil is often blended with the Following Oils:

  • Ylang Ylang
  • Geranium
  • Petit Grain
  • Sage
  • Rose
  • Neroli
  • Lavender
  • Orange

Allergens and Precautions

There have been no effects concerning Helichrysum essential oil's toxicity or irritating effects. However, since it is an anticoagulant, people who risk chances of internal hemorrhaging (surgery patients) should avoid its use.

People who have a continuous cough can benefit by using helichrysum essential oil, because it is an antitussive. It works best on the types of coughs stimulated by phlegm found in the respiratory tract, as well as those coughs generated by an itchy sensation in the throat…