Broken capillaries occur when cells in the capillary walls are weakened and lose their elasticity. If they occur often, see a doctor to make sure they are not a symptom of an underlying disease. Some medications including aspirin, Warfarin and Coumadin are blood thinners and can cause capillaries to bleed by inhibiting your clotting ability. Also avoid extreme temperatures and alcohol. Luckily some herbs can aid in sealing off bleeding capillaries and strengthening their walls.
Billberry contains anthocyanins that are important to the capillary and blood vessel network. Anthocyanins repair and regenerate broken and leaky capillaries and blood vessels. Bilberry's anthocyanins increase production of mucopolysaccharides that help synthesise collagen to strengthen capillary walls. It can be taken as a dietary supplement.
Butcher's broom contains two active ingredients, ruscogenin and neoruscogenin that reduce inflammation and strengthen vessel walls and capillaries. It can be taken dried in capsules. Do not use this herb if you have high blood pressure because it constricts blood vessels.
Gotu kola contains triterpines , madecassoside and asiaticoside which strengthen vein walls and capillaries and also improve circulation. This herb, which can be taken as an extract, minimises varicose veins and scarring. Do not use this herb while pregnant; it can cause miscarriage.
Arnica is both a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory that seals off broken capillaries and helps heal bruises. You may use arnica cream or compresses soaked in arnica tea made with either the dried herb or a few drops of arnica tincture in a cup of water.
Comfrey is one of the oldest herbal treatments used for the skin. Its anti-inflammatory effect helps to stop bleeding capillaries, it also beneficial for all sorts of bruising and skin repair due to its allanatoin content. You can use a cream or apply a cloth soaked in comfrey tea to the area. Do not take internally; it could be harmful to the liver.
The common household herb parsley can also be used to treat broken capillaries and bruising. Just moisten parsley and apply it to the area with a bandage or compress; the longer you leave it on the better. Use fresh parsley each time you apply the treatment.
Tumeric is an herb that contains curcumin. You may find this in your spice cabinet. It prevents clotting, increases blood flow and strengthens blood vessel and capillary walls.
Geranium essential oil is used on delicate mature skin for bruises, broken capillaries, eczema and other conditions. It increases cellular regeneration to speed healing.
If you are on blood thinners please speak to your doctor before taking any of these herbs because they may counteract the medication and cause complications.