Hemorrhoids, also known as piles, are swollen, inflamed veins in the region of the anus which may be caused by a variety of factors, such as chronic constipation, pregnancy, an inactive lifestyle, or obesity.
Hemorrhoids can be painful, itchy and uncomfortable, and though they are not typically a serious medical issue, they can even bleed from time to time.
If you’ve ever suffered from hemorrhoids, you know how painful they can be! Add to that pain the embarrassment of standing in a very public aisle in the drug store, and you may quickly find yourself looking for a different solution for hemorrhoid pain.
Whether you’re looking for a less embarrassing treatment, a hemorrhoid treatment that doesn’t have an unpleasant odor, or just want to use something natural, essential oils may be a good option for you.
When you hear “chamomile,” you might think back to times as a child when your mother made you a comforting cup of warm chamomile tea to soothe your upset stomach. Or you may have used it to cure depression. Well, chamomile oil has the same soothing effects!
Chamomile oil has both analgesic (pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it an ideal treatment for painful and swollen hemorrhoids. Quality chamomile oil has even been shown to be an effective topical treatment for other aches and pains, so once your hemorrhoids are gone, you’ll have plenty of uses for any remaining oil. And surely you will find its pleasant, herbal scent preferable to the odor of regular hemorrhoid treatments.
To use chamomile oil, simply dilute a few drops in a carrier oil (such as olive oil or coconut oil) and apply the mixture directly to hemorrhoids to experience soothing relief.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is one of the easiest to find essential oils; even some grocery stores carry this versatile oil. Tea tree oil has countless uses from acne care to treating fungal skin infections – in other words, it’s great for the skin.
It is commonly used to treat minor cuts and scrapes because of its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. These properties make it an ideal essential oil for hemorrhoids, which often result in small fissures in the delicate skin on your bottom.
Those little cuts and fissures can potentially become infected, and tea tree oil works to prevent that infection. Tea tree oil also works as an anti-inflammatory agent to shrink the hemorrhoids, which can result in less pain.
To use tea tree essential oil, dilute a few drops in carrier oil and apply directly to the hemorrhoids. Always make sure that tea tree essential oil is always very well diluted, as very concentrated tea tree essential oil can result in adverse skin reactions.
Sometimes tea tree oil comes pre-diluted, which can be applied directly or, if you have sensitive skin, can be diluted further. Also, be advised that when ingested, tea tree oil can be toxic! Never take tea tree oil orally. As always be sure to check the product packaging when you buy and use tea tree oil.
When you think about essential oils, cypress oil is probably not one of the first ones that comes to mind, but it has many beneficial properties for promoting good health—it’s even used as a respiratory aid.
Cypress oil is another ideal oil for treating hemorrhoids. Like some other essential oils, cypress oil has antiseptic properties which are optimal for preventing infections of minor wounds like those which can occur with hemorrhoids.
Additionally, cypress oil works to simultaneously constrict blood vessels, stimulate normal blood flow, and promote healthy blood clotting. These effects can work together to effectively reduce the size of hemorrhoids, decreasing the pain associated with hemorrhoidal swelling, and also decrease bleeding.
To use cypress essential oil for hemorrhoids, dilute a few drops in carrier oil and apply directly, or you can use it as part of your sitz bath.
Lavender oil has countless uses to improve overall health, well-being and even to boost energy. You might think of lavender oil as being one of the go-to scents of aromatherapists to promote rest and relaxation.
But lavender oil treatments are also an excellent remedy for hemorrhoids. Not only does lavender oil soothe the affected areas, but it is a very effective treatment to shrink the swelling associated with hemorrhoids.
Lavender oil can be used in a couple of ways to treat hemorrhoids. The essential oil can be diluted in a carrier oil and applied directly to the skin several times a day. For the easiest way to apply, just mix some lavender oil with a carrier oil in a spray bottle. Each time you use the bathroom, just give yourself a spritz. Some people prefer to use it in a sitz bath. Add a few drops of the essential oil to a warm water sitz bath, grab a book, and relax. You’ll find that your pain’s subsided in no time at all.
Don’t have a tub? No problem. You can actually find sitz baths that sit atop your toilet at most maternity and drug stores.
Clove Bud Oil
Clove bud oil has been studied as a treatment for anal fissures, which are often associated with hemorrhoids. The oil was shown to be very effective in relieving anal pressure, which can exacerbate hemorrhoids, and in healing anal fissures.
Clove bud oil also is an anesthetic, so it is an excellent choice for those who experience painful hemorrhoids. In fact, clove bud oil can also be used to alleviate tooth pain.
Clove oil is a very strong oil, and it can be irritating to those with sensitive skin, so make sure that your essential oil is very well diluted in a carrier before application to your skin. For best results, do a test patch first – apply the oil to a small area of your skin to make sure you don’t have a reaction.
Use the well-diluted mixture directly on hemorrhoids. Do not use clove bud oil if you take anticoagulants or have high blood pressure.
Essential Oils for Hemorrhoids: The Effective Alternative
Hopefully you have been armed with the confidence to try out one or more of these essential oils as treatment for hemorrhoids. You don’t have to stand in line with your embarrassing tube of cream, and you don’t have to mess with sticky globs of medicine or smell like a pharmacy. These essential oils are all viable treatments for hemorrhoids and can put you on the path to healing.