28 Home Remedies For Edema (Foot, Leg, And Ankle Swelling)

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Edema is also known as oedema, hydropsy, or dropsy. Edema is the accumulation of fluid in body tissues which results in swelling of that tissue. Edema often occurs in the feet, ankles, and legs. However, it can occur in any part of the body.

About 4.4 million Americans have a type of edema.

Causes of edema include; heart failure, sunburn, consuming too much salt, kidney disease, pregnancy, standing or walking a lot, some medications, and trauma.

Common symptoms of edema include; puffiness, swelling, stretched or shiny skin, dimple-like depression on the skin after it has been pressed for a while.

Edema itself is relatively harmless and painless. However, due to the fact that edema may be a pointer to other serious conditions, it is advisable to consult your doctor if you suscept you have edema.

Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, if you are dealing with edema especially lower leg edema;

  • Use a pillow to elevate your legs above your heart when you lie down.
  • Endeavor to exercise your legs. This would help pump blood back from your legs to your heart.
  • Strive to follow a low-salt diet. Such a diet may help reduce fluid retention.
  • When you are traveling a long distance, especially by road, take breaks to stretch and move around.
  • Try to lose weight if you are obese or overweight.
  • Strive not to wear tight clothes around your thigh.
  • Stop taking caffeinated, carbonated, or alcoholic drink.
  • Drop the bad habit of smoking.
  • Avoid sitting or standing for long. Take breaks to stretch and walk around.
  • If you have severely swollen feet, you could opt for support stockings or compressed stockings.
  • Include exercises in your weekly routine.

Below are natural treatments and home remedies for edema;

1. Apple Cider Vinegar


Thanks to its high potassium content and anti-inflammatory properties, apple cider vinegar is perfect for reversing the fluid retention in the affected area and reducing the swelling to a great extent. You can either take ACV by mixing it with a glass of water every day or soak a washcloth in the equal proportion of warm water & apple cider vinegar and apply it few times a day, every day

2. Grape Seed Extract


By working against Chronic Venous Insufficiency, grape seed extract uses its antioxidant properties to prevent pooling of blood in various body parts. This reduces the chances of swelling and eventually inhibits edema. Consumption of grape seed extracts, twice a day, helps in curbing edema.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22752876)

3. Nettle Tea


Crush the dried nettle tea leaves and add it to boiling water. This tea, comprising of stinging nettle, is famous for its antioxidant properties that can help improve blood flow and reduce the chances of swelling.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4075706/)

4. Juniper Oil


Mix 2-3 drops of junip[er oil with warm olive oil and apply it extensively over the affected area. The diuretic and detoxifying properties of juniper oil help reduce water retention in the affected areas and inadvertently, edema.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC139966/)

5. Cranberry Juice


Drink a cup of unsweetened cranberry juice every day. Rich in calcium and potassium and also exhibiting diuretic properties, cranberry juice is extremely beneficial as it optimizes blood flow and reduces edema.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4821106/)

6. Horse Chestnut Seed Extract


Horse Chestnut Seed Extract comprises of diuretic and aescin compounds, effective in countering inflammation and infection, thus, helping inhibit the symptoms of edema.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12518108)

7. Pineapple Juice


Pineapples, known as Ananas comosus, are natural diuretics and rich in a compound called bromelain. Bromelain, enriched with anti-inflammatory properties, readily combats edema and its effects. For this remedy, peel off the fruit’s skin, cut it into chunks and blend it with water for daily consumption and enjoy its health benefits.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14293137)

8. Crushed Flax Seeds


A rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, flax seeds can be crushed and consumed with warm water for to inhibit edema. Its omega-3 fatty acid constituents are instrumental in getting rid of toxins and other harmful substances, from the body, for a more smooth functioning of the organs.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22403867)

9. Mustard Oil


By applying a warm solution of mustard oil on the affected area, you can experience an instant relief in the affected area. Mustard oil is beneficial in improving blood circulation and lubricating the muscle movements.

10. Parsley


With its diuretic effects, Parsley blocks reabsorption of potassium and sodium to prevent edema. For this remedy, add crushed parsley leaves to boiling water and drink it every day. Also, You could make a parsley poultice and apply over the affected area for a soothing effect as well.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5698599/)

11. Massage


Due to its highly relaxing benefit, massage is an activity that helps loosen up the tired muscles and assuage the persisting soreness that can lead to edema. You could use warm oil for the massage that can make this treatment more effective.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20854342)

12. Tart Cherry Juice


Like any fruit in the berry family, tart cherry is extremely rich in antioxidants. By consuming a cup of unsweetened Tart Cherry Juice, you can help keep the toxins and edema symptoms at bay.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566454/)

13. Cabbage


Cover your feet with cabbage leaves and let it stay there for 5 minutes. The leaves are able to extract extra fluids and invariably, help reduce water retention and curb edema & swelling almost instantly.

14. Carrots


As another healthy food acting as an agent against edema, carrots help expunge toxins from the body and keep edema at bay

15. Watermelon


Highly rich in fiber content, watermelon plays a crucial role in flushing off unwanted elements from the body and smoothen blood flow by removing blood clots, reducing swelling and inhibiting other edema symptoms.

16. Dandelion


With naturally occurring diuretic properties, dandelion comprises of potassium that helps level out the excess sodium and drain the excess water, causing the swelling edema.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3155102/)

17. Oil of Oregano


Though an antiseptic, oregano oil also comprises of anti-inflammatory properties that can help bring down the effects of swelling and inhibit edema and its numerous symptoms.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22892022)

18. Coriander Seeds


Coriander seeds are a rich source of potassium that removes any water retention and clears numerous body part from any edema effects. For this remedy, boil the seeds in water and drink the strained liquid when it is cool. Consume this drink once a day for best results.

19. Celery Seed Extract


Also known as Apium graveolens, celery seed extracts constitutes of anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that can help expel toxins from your body for a better-rejuvenated body and organ functionality. These celery seed extracts can either be consumed as capsules, or you can munch on them throughout the day.

20. Epsom Salt Bath


An age-old method, soak your feet in a mix of water and Epsom salt and watch the swelling go down with repeated treatment. The salt sucks the excess water from your feet and relieves you from edema.

21. Tea Tree Oil


Dip a cotton swab in the tea tree oil and dab it slowly over the affected portion. The analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties of the tea tree oil can be effective in treating the swelling that comes along with edema.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12088268)

23. Green Tea


Famous for its detox properties, green tea is rich in antioxidants that improve blood flow and efficiently reduces the swollen part, of the body, by relieving it of any harmful toxins. You can boil the tea leaves with water and drink the strained liquid. Consume this tea twice a day for better results.

24. Turmeric


A household ingredient due to its spicy nature and numerous health benefits, turmeric, which has a bioactive constituent called curcumin, is highly effective in eradicating harmful toxins from the blood and clearing the blood vessels for a smooth blood flow. This eventually results in a reduction of swelling and edema.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2911034/)

25. Olive Leaf Extract


This extract is rich in bioactive compounds which helps bring down toxicity. Olive leaf extracts also have potent anti-inflammatory properties. These extracts can be consumed in form of capsules for best results.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21183324)

26. Ginger Root Tea


Ginger contains a compound called gingerol, known for its anti-inflammatory and medicinal properties. Consuming ginger root tea, once a day, can help relieve edema and its other symptoms.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12834002)

27. Castor Oil


By rubbing warm castor oil on the affected area, you can help reduce the symptoms of edema. The ricinoleic acid in castor oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which are potent in treating symptoms of edema such as swelling.
(https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1781768/)

28. Cucumbers


A highly water-rich fruit, cucumbers greatly help in expunging the unwanted toxins from your body while its nutrients help relieve you from pain and swelling, thereby, effectively inhibiting edema.

 

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