Last Modified on Jun 21, 2014
Treatment of phlebitis includes inflammation treatments that support regulation of the circulatory system. Many natural supplements offer relief from the condition and maintain effective circulation. Blackstrap molasses as well as other nutrient-dense compounds are effective treatment options.
What is Phlebitis?
Phlebitis is a condition known as inflammation of a vein. When inflammation is caused by a blood clot, the condition is call thrombosis. In either case, common symptoms include pain, throbbing or burning, a warmth or tenderness at the site, itching and swelling of the skin and a low-grade fever. Several factors contribute to the condition including medical procedures, prolonged inactivity, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, certain medical conditions, injury, hormone therapy, pregnancy and varicose veins.
Natural Remedies for Phlebitis
Treatments for phlebitis must relieve inflammation of the vascular system whatever the cause. Blackstrap molasses, cayenne and lemon are effective treatments for regulating circulation and treating inflammation. Regular exercise is also important for supporting effective circulation.
Blackstrap molasses is a high-concentration nutrient rich compound. Containing magnesium, potassium, iron and a host of other nutrients, this molasses functions in a variety of ways. The compound works to eliminate free radicals and naturally thin the blood.
Cayenne is rich in healthful capsaicin. Capsaicin is an effective blood thinner and circulation regulator. Cayenne also works to relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
When paired with baking soda, lemon is an effective treatment for phlebitis. The combination of lemon and baking soda work to alkalize the body and remove toxins. This tonic serves a two-fold purpose, eliminating inflammation and relieving pain as well as regulating circulation.
Phlebitis is a term used to describe any type of inflammation of a vein, a condition that can be painful and sometimes even life threatening. Natural treatment options, however, relieve inflammation and pain and manage circulation of the body.
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[YEA] 12/22/2013: Grant from Philadelphia, Pa: "Hi Everyone. About 3 weeks ago, I went to tbe emergency room because of deep vein thrombosis. In layman's term, I had a blood clot in my right leg. The pain was intense, and I was given tylenol and a blood thinner. I was discharged after 10 hours and prescribed expensive pharmaceuticals. While I at the hospital, I went on this site and looked up the cures. The blackstrap molasses and red cayenne pepper took a few days to work. After the fourth day, the pain was gone and my leg went back to normal. I saw my physician the following week and was put on a blood thinner. He said he knew that blackstrap and red pepper worked but wanted to be safe than sorry. He took labs, and I go back next week. He said the clot is gone but wants to observe me for another week. I'm happy to have physician that believes in alternative therapies as well."Replies
06/11/2014: Angela from Texas, US replies: "How did you prepare it"
02/28/2009: Virginia from Otto, NC : "Cayenne Pepper in helping prevent returning DVT? I need help in finding the right vitamins to help prevent DVT returning in my leg. My left leg is damaged from DVT and I am currently on Coumadin. I need something to help without messing up my coumadin. Can anyone help me?"Replies
[YEA] 07/05/2010: Julie from Coventry, England replies: "I believe Cayenne saved my life. I fell whilst out shopping and, though my pride was hurt, I felt o.k. Later same evening felt pain in my left foot, couldn't bend my toes.Went to bed but pain kept me awake, felt dreadfully sick, so rushed to bathroom. Next thing I remember is saying to my husband that I had fallen over. My husband tryed to pick me up, but I had passed out again. He called an ambulance and paramedic took my b.p. 64 over 50. My b.p. was so low i couldn't even open my eyes.Then suddenly I felt a rush of heat through my entire body and felt dramatically better, b.p. started to rise. Hospital Dr. said i had severe sprain, ( rubbish, 2hours later i am walking as normal), foot had a red swelling on top he gave it no importance, but through later research I believe it was a blood clot. I always take Cayenne with my evening meal. Thanks be to God. I dread to think what might have happened had I not.This stuff rocks, it brought down husband's blood pressure, believe it dissolves arterial plaque. Anyway, you guys go buy some. I will never be without it."
Lemon and Baking Soda Remedy for Phlebitis
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Juice of 1 Fresh Lemon
- Baking Soda - 1/8th Teaspoon to start
- Water - 4 oz
Take freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lime) and slowly add baking soda to the glass until the mixture stops fizzing, then add 4 oz. of water. Take this tonic twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime on an empty stomach.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 06/24/2009: REKHA from PUNE, INDIA: "Thanks Ted for your superb remedy for Varicose veins & Deep vein thrombosis,i tried 1/2 lemon &baking soda, thrice a day, it immediately relieves the pain---i'd be grateful if you could let me know how many days i have to continue this treatment as i have a few bulging blue veins from the knee to toes, i also have corns on my left foot--but the honey remedy has not helped !!, my diabetes varies from 125--200, controlled by tablets, diet etc,while ACV is a miracle, it brings my weight down, while my docs want me to put on atleast another 2 kgs. Ted please reply ASAP, God bless you and this site.--rekha"Replies
10/05/2011: Martha from Roseville, Caliornia, Usa replies: "Please let me know how long I need to take the lemon and baking soda to get completely cure. I already feel better. Thank you for helping me. I need to asap.
10/19/2011: Devinder from Brampton, Ontario replies: "From my experience I can say that Lemon and Baking Soda is a safe drink to use it for as long as you want to, however, after the initial treatment for 10-15 days I would suggest to do it 3-4 times a week. This has helped me a lot in stopping my Gout attacks and I believe the same should apply to DVT condition as well."
06/16/2014: Wendy from California replies: "What is the exact baking soda lemon juice recipe for phlebitis?"
03/13/2014: Sue from Lancashire England: "Hello
I am struggling with Phlebitis / Cellulitis in my lower leg from the knee down. My Doctor said it was Phlebitis but I had small blisters on my leg.
It has been like this for nearly 12 months and after many Antibiotics from my Doctor . it had got a lot better but never completely gone. Still very discoloured but not red and angry looking.
It has now started again and I started taking the Lemon/ Baking Soda last Friday [ twice a day] , so I will have been on it for a week , tomorrow.
It has gone Red and inflamed and hot.
Yesterday I had pains in my leg but that has gone now.
What do you suggest I do.? Have I been taking it long enough or how long should I continue.? Should I try something else and if so , what.??
Please help as I went through last Summer unable to wear Summer clothes or go swimming and I do not want to have to do the same again this year.
Thankyou. Sue from England"Replies
03/13/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee, Usa replies: "Dear Sue,
I would continue the baking soda remedy solution and a few other things to your routine.
Charcoal poultices or chamomile poultices should help the inflammation and redness. You could try one or the other and see how it does. To make a charcoal poultice see this link:
To make a chamomile poultice, made a strong chamomile tea and soak a cloth in it and put it over the affected area.
Apply poultices for 30-60 minutes. You can use a charcoal poultice overnight.
I would also consider adding 1 Tablespoon of Blackstrap molasses to your diet once or twice a day.
Turmeric is excellent for inflammation. I would take 1 teaspoon (or 4 capsules) 2-3 times a day with plenty of water. You can mix this in some milk or water if you like.
If you can expose the area to sunlight daily, that would be great.
Cayenne pepper would be another good thing to try. You can mix 3/8 teaspoon in a glass of grape juice. It is spicy, but less likely to cause heartburn that taking capsules. (Though some do just fine with capsules. You could take one or two with food.)
I would continue whatever is helping until all symptoms are gone and even treat a little while past, just to be sure.
Let us know how it goes. I hope you are cured soon!
~Mama to Many~"
08/25/2011: John from Huntersville, North Carolina: "I have been diagnosed with phlebitis in my leg - from what I understand, phlebitis is caused by poor blood flow, usually because of clotting. I have a condition called ITP, which basiclly means, my platelet count is very low, I have trouble clotting all the time. So I find it hard to imagine a clot causing me any problems. Blood flow in general might be another issue - I am somewhat sedentary, although I do a good amount of walking in my full time job."Replies
08/25/2011: Granny Laura from Waco, Tx Usa replies: "I have had phlebitis in my left leg since my first pregnacy, in 1960. I was put on an allergy diet in 1980. I first noticed that if I ate sugar my leg would swell worse the next day. Later I noticed that if I ate wheat that my leg would feel like there was something crawling inside my leg about an inch deep, it also swelled worse.
Since phlebitis is an inflammation and both wheat and sugar can cause inflammation, I suggest you cut both of those things out of your diet for a month and see what happens. Exercise will improve the circulation, and is good for your general good health. Good luck!"
08/25/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "John, Thrombophlebitis is the one that is caused by blood clots. My belief is that the lymph system is involved more than people think. People on EC have had success with Ted's lemon alkalizing remedy so I would be doing that first, if you are not already. http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/phlebitis.html
I have had great success with bowen therapy for an arm. The trip to the ER did not help except for the start of a diagnosis, but the bowen did. It did take nearly a week to see some results but the pain releif was imediately started. Also ginger is good for peripheral circulation."
[YEA] 03/27/2010: Justin from Chester, Ct: "My mother in law had terribly painful phlebitis in her legs. She didn't know what to do, so me and my wife first searched for natural cures. Well, after reading the feedback from several people, we passed the simple recipe from Ted (lemon juice and baking soda). And wouldn't you know it, she called us back after a week, absolutely amazed, and said the pain was gone. She still talks about it. We're so happy to have found something so simple that actually helped and we want to tell other people to give it a try. Now, since being involved in a car accident, she's actually going to try the acupuncture we've been telling will help her with her pain. Small things can make a big difference. Glad to have found your site and like-minded people."Replies
12/21/2012: Lloyd from Charlotte, Nc replies: "If the lemon/soda remedy doesn't work try the herb horse chestnut. I suppose that it can be called an herb. I've seen it work many times on deep vein problems. Start with two tablets daily and increase to four if needed. My mother had very serious leg problems, possibly from her MS condition and if the flare up was pain in the vein area, like inflamation, the horse chestnut worked every time... Without exception. I mentioned this to an attendant at my health food store and she responded that many of her customers have great success using it.
For general pain in the legs that might be related to MS causes, I found Calcium AEP was very effective. Dr Adkins used that in his protocol for his MS patients fed into them by an IV. Reading all the amazing things that Cal AEP (not just calcium... it must be the AEP) does, I take two capsules daily."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "The formula is simple, take 1/2 or 1 whole freshly squeezed lemon, or lime and add the baking soda until the fizz stops. Then add water to 1/2 glass, then drink this. It should tastes like water. The lemon is an antioxidant and the water your drinking is very close in biological terrain of ORP (oxidation reduction potential) of at least -100. It is more closer to -200, but this will normalize the likely millivolt imbalances in your body."
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03/15/2011: Ashu from Nashik, Maharashtra, India replies: "Hi Ted... Just want to ask u, I am already patient of DVT and my left leg is always swelled. Also I am wearing stocking for day to control the swelling. Please suggest me some home made remedies so that I could get relife from swelling and stocking. Please do reply..."
04/22/2011: Juliet from Alpine, Wyoming, Usa replies: "Remedy: honey cayenne vinegar, and massaging coconut oil with garlic, and coconut oil with lavender --my husband had dvt clot last summer. In order to take down the leg swelling I would very gently massage coconut oil on his legs and toward the heart. Sometimes I would add lavender, or garlic, to the coconut oil, (depending on what I had ready). The herbs seemed to help dilate the swollen veins and tissues quicker than just the coconut oil alone. It was usually about 20-30 minutes of massage (done nightly) before the swelling would go down. He stayed pretty active (when he was not having his leg up). I think it was about two weeks before his leg stopped swelling. (he was also drinking honey cayenne vinegar --at least 1 qt daily.)"
Ted's Lemon and Baking Soda Remedy for Phlebitis
Home Remedy Ingredients
- One Lemon or Lime
- Baking Soda
- Filtered Water - 4 Ounces
Take the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon (or lime) and slowly add baking soda to the glass until the mixture stops fizzing, then add 4 oz. of water. Take twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime on an empty stomach.
[YEA] 07/11/2011: Luis from Cali, Colombia: "Thank you very much, Ted. God bless you. My mother 90-years old was in pain for a week because of a superficial venous thrombosis. She couldn't walk. Then, after drinking 3 glasses of your formula the pain disappeared completely and now we are back to walk together in our daily exercise. I wish you stay doing much good for humanity for many years ahead. You already win the heaven.
I wonder if this remedy is useful as a preventive therapy for superficial and deep venous thrombosis?
07/12/2011: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Basically the alkalizing, bromelain, digestive enzymes, and vitamin E, does more than superficial deep vein thrombosis. The blood thickness or viscosity is high leading to blood clots, the remedy will help circulation and basically reduce the blood clots and therefore deep vein thrombosis. They are shaped that way because of blood is too thick and therefore veins get obstructed.
08/31/2011: Cole from Cali, Valle De Cauca, Colombia replies: "Ted wish I had read the remedy Weeks ago. Just got out the the hospital after 8 days. Question is can I take your remedy while still on warafrina. I want off this drug and Clenox as well."
09/02/2011: Cole from Cali, Colombia replies: "Well Ted couldn't wait to see if complications would occur. So I did a Davey D, just good old common sense and pain has gone with in 30 minutes. Let's see what happens as things continue. I ahve an appointment with one of the best Biomedical Dr. S in the world. Dr. Arturo O'Byerne in Cali he is my English student and was out of town when this problem occured. I am anxious for him to get back.
Thanks Ted you saved me from a lot of pain. Leg felt as if were about to expolde like a sausage on the BBQ pit."
03/05/2014: Missmo from Amman, Jo replies: "Hi I just read the posts on DVT and the lemon juice/baking soda cure. Please advise on my situation, my husband, an otherwise healthy 38 year old man, has spent a month in increasing pain in his leg. 1st doctor told him to seea bone specialist. That guy took xray and prescribed antibiotic, saying he had a small non-descript infection.. We waited, hating to take antibiotic unnecessarily, but pain shifted down the leg and worsened. Finally went to cardiologist who ordered ultrasound. Discovered superficial vein thrombosis. My husband can barely walk from pain. It's Day #3 on prescribed meds, HIGH dose antibiotic, a blood thinner, and a medicine to tighten the veins. Realize, my husband's blood tests are normal, he is not a smoker. He hasn't been injured or been on a long flight. Is it necessary for him to keep taking all this stuff? Can he take the lemon juice treatment while on a blod thinner? Can he stop a blood thinner or this vein tightening medicine cold turkey or does he have to slowly reduce dosage? We are not medicine people, and generally pretty scared by the severity of pain my husband's been in. I really really appreciate some advice here. Thank you."
03/05/2014: Prioris from Fl, Usa replies: "The solution for DVT is fairly simple - use nattokinase. It should resolve the pain and problem within a month. Take higher dosage for first couple weeks. Look for my posts on nattokinase by searching earth clinic "+prioris+nattokinase". You will also find a lot of positive anecdotal reports on internet from people."
12/12/2009: Joseph from Bend, Or: "Ted Remedies, perhaps natural cures would be more accepted if they didn't say things like half to whole lemon/lime, baking soda until fizzing stops, and add water to half a glass. Ted, how big is this glass 300ml, 8oz, 950ml, 32oz.? Then you start talking about millivolts? I guess I am supposed to be a psychic and a scientist."
EC: Somewhat better instructions here: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/alkalizing_formulas.html
Glass size: 8 oz.
11/02/2010: Davey D from Vancouver Bc , Canada replies: "Joseph your frustration is evident in your post. I for one am grateful for Ted's remedies and through my own understanding have used what seems to be common measurements. That being said I use a 8 ounce glass with enough real lemon juice out of a bottle bought at the local grocery store to equal a fresh squeezed lemon. If you want to know how much juice that is then measure it yourself as I just use a rough estimate. After the fizzing stops I fill the glass ½ full of water from the tap or some times using flavored water. I do this to relieve the swelling in my feet that I feel at bedtime although they don't appear as swollen. My ankles hurt with pressure as well. 10 minutes after taking this remedy I have relief and am able to fall asleep. Thank God for scientist like Ted and their remedies. They deserve more than just a pat on the back for their help and understanding. No need for psychics here just common sense. Davey D."
09/23/2009: Charlene from Eagar, Arizona: "I want to try the lemon-bicarbonate remedy for blood clots in my feet. I also have varicose veins. But I didn't see the exact amount of bicarbinate to use with the juice of a whole lemon. I did try the juice of one lemon and about 3/4 tsp.baking soda then I filled the glass half full of water. I did not taste the lemon juice but it was the same as drinking soda water, salty. It was supposed to taste like water so I must have put too much soda. Could you please send me the exact measurements. My half glass of combined liquid was probably about 6 oz. Also my doctor advised me to stay away from salt as my blood pressure is too high. Will using soda that is high in sodium increase my blood pressure? I cannot take the blood thinners as I have a bad reaction to them. Thank you for your help. Sincerely, Charlene."
[YEA] 04/20/2009: Leila from Amsterdam, The Netherlands: "Dear Ted, your remedy against Phlebitis works so well, it's absolutely amazing. I have varicose veins, they're not on the surface and so my legs look smooth, but on the inside the veins feel tense. I had Phlebitis three times before, the last time it lasted for 6 weeks and I was in so much pain, I thought I was going crazy.
I work in a shop, so there's lots of standing on my feet all day long. A few days ago, I sensed the first signs of an upcoming Phlebitis; a spot on my calf as large as my hand felt hot and inflamed. Aimed a cold shower at it and searched the condition here at EC. I had one lemon in the fridge (hurrah) and baking soda is always at hand in my house since I found EC, so I mixed teh two just like you said, filled the glass with water and drank it down. Within 30 minutes, the heat had left the spot on my leg! I could hardly believe it, but it's true. Thank you so much."
[YEA] 01/14/2008: Karen from Chicago Suburban, Illinois: "Thank you, Ted, for the lemon juice/baking soda remedy for phlebitis. My pain started two days ago, but I started your lemon juice/baking soda remedy twice a day yesterday and it is improving all ready. I can't thank you enough. I plan to continue this remedy until the pain is totally gone and then start your suggestion of 500 mg sodium ascorbic acid and 1/4 teas. baking soda in 1/2 a glass of water twice per day for about five days out of the week. Is this the correct dose or do you have other suggestions? I am going to be flying internationally for long periods of time in the next two weeks and am concerned about having a blood clot during the flight. I know flying is renown for the conditions that can cause a blood clot and that I should wear loose clothing, get up and move around, drink plenty of water. I am not a smoker. If you have any other suggestions for me or other travelers about preventing phlebitis, your help is greatly appreciated."
[YEA] 11/24/2006: D : "Thank you again Ted, I have good news to report. My brother, after only a few days on lemon-bicarbonate twice a day says that his phlebitis is practically gone (not only better). He has suffered with this leg's vein for three years and tried everything but after just 4-5 days of this remedy his pain is completely gone, he feels the vein "fresh" vs the "fire" he felt before. He cannot believe it... My mother who is 74 and has a lot of problems is feeling much better too. She didn't have any appetite, most of the times she wouldn't have dinner just because she didn't feel like eating (she also has memory loss, stomach problems, always exhausted, what seems a chronic cough etc.) after the same amount of days she says she is very hungry and that she can be active all day long. She is having three meals a day now!! Thank you so much for this really healing water!!! All the best, D"