How to relieve tires, heavy legs and help varicose veins

6 July 2017  |  Editor

Although we shouldn't really complain when basking in glorious sunshine, some challenges do come with it - swollen feet and ankles are an issue for many, and this embarrassing problem all comes down to our circulation.

Poor circulation can give rise to a number of problems with swollen ankles and feet being one common issue, but varicose veins can be troublesome too. Both health concerns have one thing in common:  VEIN FUNCTION.

We need healthy, robust veins in order for them to do their job properly and push our blood, against the forces of gravity, back up through our legs towards our heart. However, along with age, our poor veins often have a number of other factors to contend with, including sedentary lifestyles or jobs, warm weather, us being overweight or pregnant, as well as hereditary factors. What chance do they have?

So, we think we can agree that for many of us, our veins need all the support that they can get! This is where Horse Chestnut comes in. The seed of the Horse chestnut contains more than 30 active compounds, collectively known as aescin.

Aescin has a variety of actions in the body, all of them beneficial to weakened veins; this includes being an effective anti-inflammatory. Read some more specific benefits below and why this ingredient is just so important in order to support those luscious legs this summer!

Aescin, the active ingredient in Horse Chestnut, is thought to act as a natural anti-inflammatory and astringent. This makes it an especially useful ingredient for our veins and means it can help with a number of common symptoms, from achy legs, to unsightly bulging veins.

Symptom Reason How Horse Chestnut can help
Vein becomes prominent and visible Weak valves mean blood pools within the veins Helps improve blood flow

Tired, heavy, aching legs.

Swollen ankles

Muscle cramps

Fluid leaks out of veins into surrounding tissues Prevents fluid leaks and swelling by helping to seal the vein walls and increase capillary resistance
Itchy Skin Fluid irritates tissue under the skin and causes inflammation Has anti-inflammatory properties

Which Horse Chestnut products are available:


A traditional herbal medicinal product for the relief of symptoms associated with chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins, such as tired, heavy legs, pain, cramps and swelling, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy.  Go there.


Horse chestnut extracts in gels are soothing, providing cooling relief to legs that feel weary, heavy and uncomfortable – fantastic after a night out or a day’s shopping. It is also useful for long journeys (especially by plane), during hot weather and can be used during pregnancy. Go there.