Horse chestnut is valued in herbal medicine for it’s support of the circulatory system. The herb is anti-inflammatory which decreases swelling and astringent which reduces bleeding and adds tone to connective tissue. Much of the medicinal value of horse chestnut is a stabilizing action on veins and capillaries. This strengthening of veins improves circulation to areas of cellulite and heals bruising. It also “firms up” varicose veins (including hemorrhoids) by increasing the tone of the muscle layers underlying them. Creams containing horse chestnut are a defense against wrinkles and in body lotions to help reduce cellulite. Horse chestnuts are poisonous and not to be confused with sweet chestnuts which are edible and delicious.