A Guide to Use of Horse Chestnuts w/ Oil & Salve Recipes

To relieve symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency and treat  treat varicose veins
Horse chestnut is widely used to improve variocse veins around the world. You may be noticed that many cream and cosmetic products contain horse chestnut extract these days.
Varicose veins are swollen, bulging veins that typically occur in the legs. Horse chestnut seed extract may improve venous tone by improving blood flow in your legs.

What are the other best plants for varicose veins?
Besides Horse Chestnuts, Cayenne, Gingko biloba, Grape Seed Extract, Chromium are great for improving blood flow.

For cleaning purposes

Horse chestnuts are part of the soapberry family which means they contain saponins. These saponins have been utilised for cleaning purposes for centuries. And they are hidden inside the meat of the chestnut.So you need to crack the chestnuts to activate the saponin. Using saponins means to use a natural form of soap. It is slightly bubbled when the saponin is activated, not like we are often used to, but it contains just as much cleaning powers.You can use chestnuts for any cleaning job around the house such as laundry, for the floors, and the dishes.


200 g horse chestnuts
1000 ml olive oil


  1. Grind the dried chesnuts as finely as you can, Food processor ( min 750 watt) works great for grinding chestnuts and barks into a coarse powder.
  2. Pour the crushed horse chestnuts into the olive oil on the stove top and stir well.
  3. Use a double boiler. Fill your pot 1/4 of the way with water and set the bowl filled with chestnuts and olive oil into the water.
  4. Then turn on a low-medium heat. Since every stove top is different, you’re going to need to monitor the temperature of your oil-herb mixture to make sure it doesn’t get too hot. The ideal temperature is 40-42 C. ( Be careful; a higher temperature may burn the oil or destroy the medicinal qualities of the chestnuts)
  5. Keep checking the oil every 15 minutes for the the first hour and then less often. Give the chestnuts a good stir every time you check the temperature. Maintain the olive oil temperature of about 40-42 C for 2 hours.
  1. When it is done, allow the oil to cool for a while. Then strain through a cheesecloth, discard the spent chestnuts. Transfer oil to a clean bottle. Now it can be massaged gently onto varicose veins and spider veins.

At the end you will have an soothing horse chestnut oil that can be applied 1-2 times a day. If you’d like to make salve, you’ll just need to add a veganwax– check the instructions to make an herbal salve below.



350 g Chestnut Oil
100 g Carnauba Wax
Lavender Essential Oil


1.In a pot over low heat, warm the olive oil. Add the caranuba wax you measured. Continue to heat gently, stirring from time to time, until the wax is completely melted.

2.Once it is melted, test your blend to see if you like the consistency. Dip a spoon in the melted mixture and leave a coating on it. Put the coated spoon in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes and then check the spread-ability.

3. If it’s too runny / oily, add more carnauba wax , if it’s too hard, you can add more olive oil. (about half tablespoon at a time.)

4.Once you’re done with the consistency, you can add essential oils.

5.Add 2-3 drops lavender essential oil and thoroughly stir the oils into the mixture, then pour the salve into the clean jars . Let the salve to cool, and then lid your containers. Waxes is a great preservative, they last for many years.

What is Carnabua Wax?

Carnauba wax is vegan and is often seen as a good alternative to beeswax. Carnauba wax is obtained from the leaves of the Carnauba palm of Brazil. It is used in many polishes and personal care products as it imparts excellent shine and hardness.

Brazil wax production begins by harvesting the fronds, usually only 6 to 8 leaves at a time, which are then dried and either beaten by workers or processed mechanically to release the waxy flakes.

Once collected, the wax is then placed into boiling water and filtered for purification purposes. From there, it is dried once again and sorted into levels of purity. Some will be powdered down, while the rest will remain in its natural, flakey state.

Is Carnauba Wax edible?
Yes, it is. In fact, carnauba wax is widely used throughout the food industry: from candy through to the waxy coating found on fruit and vegetables.
Obviously, when you buy an apple from the store it doesn’t come with an ingredient list, but it’s highly likely to have carnauba wax as a coating.
In other foods, such as gummy candies, you may see the wax listed as either 903 or E903, depending on whereabouts in the world you live. ( Source: https://happyhappyvegan.com/carnauba-wax/)

Is Carnauba Wax Good for Skin?
It is hypoallergenic, very emollient and has a high melting point — perfect for thickening skin care products (Source: Wiki). When used in cosmetics, Carnauba Wax gives the product a smooth application and glossy finish. It also helps to keep the product in pliable, yet solid.