Essential Oils for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins – a phlebotonic recipe “Lovely Legs”

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Essential Oils for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins – a phlebotonic recipe “Lovely Legs”

“I love wearing nylons” said no woman ever.

That is, unless, they prefer nylons over spidery legs!

Let's face it…summer is around the corner. Why wait until it's time for shorts or cute skirts before working on those lovely legs? (shaving also helps)

Of course if you don't have any varicose veins…or spider veins…and your legs are perfect…no need to read further.

You're still here? Thought so!

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This recipe was created purely based on the essential oils which contain the best therapeutic properties – phlebotonics  (phlee-bow-tonics). Fortunately, it also smells amazing!

This is a 2% dilution according to my dilution chart over on Diluting Essential Oils Safely.

Essential Oils for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins – a phlebotonic recipe “Lovely Legs”

Essential Oils for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins – a phlebotonic recipe “Lovely Legs”


  • 9 drops Cypress Cupressus sempervirens
  • 5 drops Bergamot Citrus bergamia, Citrus aurantium
  • 5 drops Geranium Pelargonium graveolens, Pelargonium x asperum OR use Clary Sage Salvia sclarea
  • 3 drops Grapefruit Citrus paradisi
  • 3 drops Tangerine Citrus reticulata, Citrus nobilis, Citrus tangerine
  • 3 drops Helichrysum Helichrusym italicum, Helichrysum angustifolium, Helichrysum stoechas
  • 2 drops Frankincense Boswellia frereana, Boswellia hildebrandtii
  • 2.5 ounces jojoba oil I use this one.


  1. Add the essential oils to an empty 2.5 ounce lotion pump bottle like these, but you can also use the ones with a lotion cap like this one 2 oz HDPE bottles with lotion cap - you will just have to make a bit less product (find conversions below).
  2. Add the jojoba.
  3. Shake well before using to be sure the essential oils are evenly distributed. Or use a glass stirring rod to stir.

Essential Oils for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins – a phlebotonic recipe “Lovely Legs”

Want to make a different amount? Use the following essential oils per ounce of carrier:

  • 4 drops Cypress 
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Geranium OR Clary Sage
  • 1 drop Grapefruit
  • 1 drop Tangerine
  • 1 drop Helichrysum
  • 1 drop Frankincense

Questions you may have about this recipe

Q: I don't have all the essential oils in this recipe – what can I leave out?

A: Well I hate to mess with a good thing…but there are some alternatives you can use for some of the essential oils. You can replace Tangerine with Sweet Orange or Mandarin. Errr…I guess that is all I would suggest you replace! I do have the “Geranium OR Clary Sage” in there, as some people I know Mom *cough cough* don't actually like Geranium. If you are going to mess with it, I would say this: if you have all but one or two of the essential oils, buy the ones you don't have you can replace with more of the essential oils in this recipe –  but please don't replace Cypress! And please don't use more than 2 drops Bergamot because then you risk phytotoxicity with exposure to sunlight – on this theme, using more than 4 drops per ounce of Grapefruit can also cause a phytotoxic reaction.

Q: Can I use something other than jojoba as a carrier in this recipe?

A: Yes, if you want to use this recipe with a different carrier oil, or a lotion, that is fine. Play around with different carriers to see what you like. I have a huge post on different carriers here: Choosing Carriers for Essential Oils.

Q: Where can I find the jojoba oil you prefer to use?

A: You can find the jojoba oil I like here.

Q: Can I make a stronger dilution?

A: I do find 2% is a great dilution which works for most people. You can certainly double or triple the dilution for the first few applications, but I would not suggest a high dilution for long-term use. For more information about dilutions read: Properly Diluting Essential Oils.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use during pregnancy?

A: Yes! For more information on essential oil safety during pregnancy read: Essential Oils and Pregnancy.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use if I breastfeed?

A: Yes! For more information on essential oil safety for breastfeeding moms read: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding.

Q: Is this recipe safe for use on children?

A: It is, although I'd probably go with a 1% dilution (but please tell me your child doesn't need this recipe!). For more information on essential oil safety with children read: Essential Oils and Children.

Q: What essential oil brands do you recommend for this recipe?

A: I personally use several different brands of essential oils with great results (you can find my opinion here. You can use whatever brand you have on hand, as long as the Latin names match 🙂

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Essential Oils for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins – a phlebotonic recipe “Lovely Legs”

Lea Jacobson is a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist Scholar's Program graduate from Aromahead Institute. This website is home to educational advice and empowering information about using essential oils safely. The Using Essential Oils Safely facebook group founded and run by Lea and her team has over 140,000 members and hundreds of new members joining each week. Lea is the author of her bestseller Essential Oil Profiles (available as a full color print book as well as an ebook). Based off the information in the popular Top 60 Essential Oils APP, the print version has sold out in days each time it's been offered. Other books by Lea: The TRUTH About Essential Oil Safety, and the Hydrosols Quick Start Guide.

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