Healing Hemorrhoids

Essential oils are very useful for healing hemorrhoids because of their anti-inflammatory, analgesic and astringent properties. They are able to shrink hemorrhoids, numb the pain & itching, improve circulation and even stimulate the growth and elasticity of tissue. 

Many oils also have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties which enable them to fight infections and other possible complications that may make your situation much more serious. 

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What are Hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids are actually swollen veins around your anus and rectum.

  • Internal hemorrhoids are painless and can go largely unnoticed. A colonoscopy mat be needed to confirm their presence.
  • External hemorrhoids can be seen and felt, and often cause pain and/or itching.
  • Both types of hemorrhoids can be present at the same time.

Hemorrhoids are often caused by too much pressure applied at times of constipation but pregnancy and other unknown factors may also play a part in their formation.

Hemorrhoids can make themselves known by bleeding during bowel movements. You may see some blood on your toilet paper, or experience some itching or pain.

How Can Essential Oils Help?

Because of the inflammatory nature of hemorrhoids, essential oils with anti-inflammatory properties may be able to help treat them as well as numb the pain and itching that they cause.

Other oils improve circulation and have healing properties which help stimulate healthy tissue growth.

Oils with antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties are also helpful in healing hemorrhoids and fighting possible complications which may create more serious problems if not addressed. 

Many oils are also able to promote normal digestion and intestinal function which is helpful both to avoid the problem in the first place as well as stop aggravating the area while you are trying to heal.

note: Essential oils are not monitored by the FDA. I highly recommend you choose only clinical grade oils especially if you intend to consume them orally.

As always, however, I suggest that you defer to your health care professional if:

  • your situation does not improve
  • you are experiencing excessive bleeding or 
  • you suspect that there may be other factors involved

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Single Oils For Healing Hemorrhoids

Cinnamon Essential Oil

Cinnamon Essential Oil has the ability to improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation and stimulate healthy tissue growth. 

Because cinnamon is a very powerful oil it requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil prior to application.

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Clove Essential Oil

Clove Essential Oil is great for healing hemorrhoids.

  • It has a warming action that helps to improve circulation.
  • It contains Eugenol, which is known to relieve inflammation and can significantly reduce the painful pressure you may experience at the bottom of your rectum.

Add 3 - 5 drops of oil per ounce of a lotion or cream and apply directly on external hemorrhoids.

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Chamomile Essential Oil

Chamomile Essential Oil has been proven to be one of the best remedies for healing hemorrhoids. It's natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties prevent itchiness and pain from occurring while at the same time encouraging the swollen blood vessels to retract.

Chamomile Oil also has wound healing properties which can stimulate the growth of new tissue in the rectum.

It is also safe to use on children that may suffer from diarrhea or colic.

For a safe topical application dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or aloe and coconut and apply directly to the area of concern.

Combined with witch hazel in a compress for an easy application.

For internal application add a drop of Chamomile Oil to a cup of Chamomile Tea or a gelatin capsule.

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Cypress Essential Oil

Cypress Essential Oil works well for healing hemorrhoids.

It has antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties. It is known for it's ability to improve circulation, treat varicose veins, relieve hemorrhoids, and help heal wounds.

It is able to stimulate blood flow which can reduce inflammation, spasms, itching and pain.

Cypress oil is also known for it's ability to stop bleeding.

Mix a few drops in a 50:50 solution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut and apply externally without massaging.

This solution can also be taken internally using a Gelatin Capsule available from Amazon

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Dill Essential Oil

Dill Essential Oil is an anti-inflammatory agent which has the ability to soothe pain and inflammation as well as reduce the possibility of bleeding typically caused by bowel movements.

Mix a few drops in a 50:50 solution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut and apply externally without massaging.

Dill works well in synergy with other oils at healing hemorrhoids and appears at the bottom of this page under the heading "Blends that can Help". 

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Oil has powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which work well for healing hemorrhoids.

It has the ability to strengthen and improve elasticity so works well anywhere your skin becomes saggy or wrinkly. 

Frankincense Essential Oil has incredible ability to lower inflammation and accelerate the healing process. It can also be used to kill bacteria and ease the pain of hemorrhoids.

Frankincense can be mixed 50:50 with a carrier oil and consumed in a gelatin cap or applied directly onto the painful area to relieve itchiness and inflammation.

Mix a few drops in a 50:50 solution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut and apply externally (without massaging) a couple times a day. 

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Helichrysum Essential Oil

Helichrysum Essential Oil is very effective at healing hemorrhoids.

It has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on your body and is well known for its ability to promote healing of surrounding tissues 

Mix a few drops in a 50:50 solution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut and apply externally (without massaging) a couple times a day. 

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Juniper Essential Oil

Juniper Essential Oil can be used for healing hemorrhoids because of its ability to reduce inflammation and ease muscle tension. This results in reduced bleeding and pressure on sensitive tissues.

To reduce the size of hemorrhoids mix Juniper and a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut in a 50:50 ratio and apply twice daily (do not massage).

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Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil is a favorite for most people and its pain relieving, anti-inflammatory properties make it a go to oil for healing hemorrhoids.

This very versatile oil has been used extensively in pharmaceutical antiseptic ointments and skin care products as well as for various conditions and maladies. 

Lavender Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties which work well for this purpose.

Lavender Essential Oil increases the movement of food within your intestine and also stimulates the production of gastric juices and bile which helps with indigestion.

Lavender oil has the effect of increasing blood circulation and is actually able to make swollen veins retract into the rectum.

Add 10 drops of oil to a cup of Epsom Salts and take a nice warm bath. Relax for at least 30 minutes to let it do its work. The combination of hot water and Lavender Oil will ease the inflammation and reduce/eliminate the pain.

Add 3-4 drops of lavender oil to a half teaspoon of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut and apply to the affected veins to relieve itching and prevent infection.

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Myrtle Essential Oil

Myrtle Essential Oil is very popular for healing hemorrhoids because of its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent and antiseptic properties.

These properties are useful in many essential oil remedies and you will be happy to know that Myrtle oil is gentle enough to be used for children as well as the elderly.

Myrtle and a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut in a 50:50 ratio and apply twice daily (do not massage).

Mix a drop of Myrtle Oil with some cold cream and apply directly on the hemorrhoids.

Application of Myrtle Oil can stop the pain and bleeding caused by hemorrhoids.

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Patchouli Essential Oil

Patchouli Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and astringent properties which work well in healing hemorrhoids.

It is a warming oil which promotes blood circulation and improves the oxygenation of organs and cells in your body. It stimulates new cell generation and the production of red blood cells.

Patchouli Essential Oil can be used to treat your digestive system and intestinal tract by promoting normal digestion and intestinal function all of which will assist in healing hemorrhoids.

It has also been known to regenerate damaged tissue and cause swollen veins to retract into the rectum.

Patchouli can be applied undiluted, directly on the painful areas.

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Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint oil is one of the most highly recommended natural cures for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and for this reason it may also be effective at healing hemorrhoids.

Furthermore, Peppermint has analgesic, anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties which have a calming and numbing effect on areas of inflammation. 

Mix a few drops in a 50:50 solution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut and apply externally (without massaging) a couple times a day. 

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Tea Tree Essential Oil

Double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial using Tea Tree Oil for healing hemorrhoids.  PubMed.gov

Tea Tree Oil is antiseptic and has antimicrobial & anti-fungal properties so is well suited for healing hemorrhoids which have become inflamed or are bleeding.

Do not apply Tea Tree directly as it is much too strong for your sensitive skin.

Mix one drop with some carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut and apply externally (without massaging) a couple times a day. Start with a very weak solution and increase gradually to find the ideal concentration.

Add 10 drops of oil to a cup of Epsom Salts and take a nice warm bath. Relax for at least 30 minutes to let it do its work. The combination of hot water and Lavender Oil will ease the inflammation and reduce/eliminate the pain.

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Recommended Oils for Hemorrhoids:

Blends that can Help

Mix Cypress, Dill and Tea Tree oils with some witch hazel to make a strong ointment for healing hemorrhoids. If this blend is too strong for your sensitive skin add some carrier oil to the mix.

Dr. Pénoël suggests blending patchouli and cypress 50:50 with a carrier oil for hemorrhoids.

Look for blends that have titles similar to the following:

  • liver blend
  • digestion blend

I will soon develop pages with suggested blend formulas to match the above list. As I do the items in the list will become links.

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