Hemorrhoids may not be a normal topic of conversation however they are a common problem, affecting about 50% of people before they reach the age of 50. Many people delay treatment because they are embarrassed, waiting for the problem to resolve itself.
However, there is no need to needlessly suffer any longer. Essential oils not only soothe painful symptoms, but they help expedite the process of healing as well.
What are Hemorrhoids?
The truth is, we all have hemorrhoids. Hemorrhoids are the veins found in our rectum and anal canal, which aid in stool control. Things go awry when these veins become inflamed and swollen, which may cause pain and bleeding.
These inflamed veins can be internal or external. When the veins become external, we experience discomfort, which calls for immediate treatment.
Why Essential Oils?
Essential oils are recommended for the treatment of hemorrhoids because they immediately address the problem in the following ways:
- Essential oils reduce inflammation.
Many essential oils are known for their anti-inflammatory effects. By using essential oils, you can alleviate the swelling of the inflamed blood vessels and the surrounding irritated tissue.
- Essential oils alleviate the pain, itching, and burning associated with hemorrhoids.
When you are experiencing hemorrhoids, the slightest touch can send shockwaves of pain. When hemorrhoids are inflamed, chemical agents are released in the body to reduce the swelling, making them extra sensitive to touch. Essential oils offer pain relief by reducing this hypersensitivity.
- Essential oils shrink blood vessels back to their normal size.
When the blood vessels in your anal canal and rectum become inflamed, they are called piles. The pain of these piles can be relieved by shrinking veins back down to size with the help of essential oils. Essential oils not only relieve swollen veins, but they alleviate the surrounding inflamed tissue as well, offering immediate pain relief.
- Essential oils stop the bleeding by healing the rupture.
Excessive swelling can tear the skin, causing quite a bit of bleeding. Fortunately, essential oils can seal the tear and reduce the swelling responsible for causing the discomfort and torn skin.
- Essential oils improve blood circulation.
One of the main causes of inflammation and bleeding hemorrhoids is poor blood circulation. Sluggish blood circulation causes veins to swell and rupture. Essential oils quickly restores proper blood circulation and to help keep a healthy flow of blood to the anal canal.
- Applied topically, essential oils are safe for pregnant women.
Unfortunately, hemorrhoids are a common problem for pregnant women, especially in the 3rd trimester. Women may either experience hemorrhoids for the first time during pregnancy, or if they have suffered from them before, they will most certainly experience them while with child.
If you are pregnant and seeking hemorrhoid relief, mix a couple drops of lavender oil, cypress, and geranium oil with coconut oil and apply the blend directly to the affected area. Adding the mixture to a spray bottle is another effective, alternative solution to get immediate relief. To ensure maximum safety, please discuss using essential oils on your hemorrhoids with a physician before proceeding with the treatment.
How to Use Essential Oils
When suffering from the pain of hemorrhoids, there are three different ways you can experience the healing, soothing relief of essential oils:
Take a sitz bath everyday to reduce pain and promote healing. A sitz bath is a warm shallow bath made specifically to cleanse the rectum, aid in hygiene, and reduce pain or itching from the rectal and genital area. To experience the cleansing and healing benefits of a sitz bath, add about 8 drops of lavender oil, or any essential oil of your choosing to a warm bath.
Many essential oils are gentle enough to apply topically however certain oils are so powerful they need to be diluted with a carrier oil. Some recommended carrier oils are jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, castor oil, sesame oil, and olive oil.
Mix a couple drops of essential oil with a carrier oil on a cotton ball or clean cloth and apply gently over the affected area. You can apply this treatment once daily or as often as required by your symptoms.
You can make a soothing blend of essential oils to create a massage oil to apply to affected area and experience maximum healing benefits. To make this healing massage oil, mix the following oils:
- 40 drops of a carrier oil
- 4 drops of lavender oil
- 3 drops of chamomile oil
- 5 drops of geranium oil
Mix and store the blend in a glass bottle. Three drops of this treatment can be massaged onto the affected area 3 times a day everyday.
Essential Oils for Hemorrhoids
Convinced that essential oils may help you with your hemorrhoid woes? Good! There are several different essential oils you can you use to address specific problems associated with hemorrhoids.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a known anti-inflammatory, which when applied directly to the hemorrhoids, can immediately reduce swelling.
- Mix a couple drops of tea tree oil with castor oil, soaking a cotton ball into the mixture and applying it directly to the affected area.
Sweet, soothing lavender essential oil. Lavender is not only an anti-inflammatory, but it is also a pain reliever as well.
- When mixed with juniper essential oil, and applied directly to the affected area, you will immediately reduce swelling, experience pain relief, and expedite healing.
This potent oil, derived from the parts and seeds of the dill plant is considered a natural hemorrhoid reliever. Because this essential oil is so powerful, you have to dilute it with a tablespoon of a carrier oil. Once diluted, apply the mixture to the affected area to experience immediate relief from the stinging pain associated with hemorrhoids.
Cypress essential oil is most effective for piles and bleeding hemorrhoids. Cypress stops the bleeding and causes distressed blood vessels to contract, promoting healing.
- To use cypress oil, dilute the oil by mixing a couple drops with a tablespoon of a carrier oil, such as jojoba or sweet almond oil, and a few drops of lemon juice. Apply this mixture directly to the affected area.
Chamomile essential oil is a natural pain reliever that also reduces swelling.
- You can use ointments and creams containing chamomile or simply mix chamomile oil with a carrier oil and apply directly to the affected area to soothe irritated skin.
Evening primrose is a great alternative to treating hemorrhoids because it eases pain, soothes itching, and reduces inflammation.
- Apply this oil directly to inflamed skin, which will instantly help ease swelling and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
This calming oil is an antibacterial that also helps reduce swollen tissue.
- Mix 2 or 3 drops of frankincense oil with 2 tablespoons of liquid lanolin and massage this mixture onto the inflamed area.
Rue oil is a great solution for those looking to strengthen the veins of their anal canal and soothe pain associated with piles. Once the veins are strengthened and back to working order, circulation will improve, which will prevent hemorrhoids from happening in the first place.
- Simply apply rue oil to the affected area to experience immediate pain relief.
If conditions are serious, there are medical options. Hopefully if you catch symptoms early enough, natural remedies and essential oils can prevent symptoms from getting worse.