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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Hemorrhoids are actually swollen veins around your anus and rectum.
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.
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:
note: What follows are brief introductions to oils that are
useful for the subject condition, ailment or concern.
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Cinnamon Essential Oil has the ability to improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation and stimulate healthy tissue growth.
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Clove Essential Oil can be used for healing hemorrhoids.
Because it is a warming oil, it helps improve blood circulation.
Its eugenol content is able to calm the inflammation that causes the painful pressure you feel in your rectum.
Add 3-5 drops to one ounce of cream/lotion and apply it on external hemorrhoids.
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Chamomile Essential Oil is ranked among the best remedies to use for healing hemorrhoids.
It uses natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties to prevent pain and itchiness as well as to cause swollen blood vessels to retract.
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 can be used for healing hemorrhoids.
It has antimicrobial, antiseptic and astringent properties. It is known for the ability to increase 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.
Take internally using a Gelatin Capsule.
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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.
Dill works well in synergy with other oils at healing hemorrhoids. See "Blends that can Help" below.
Frankincense Essential Oil has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that are effective at healing hemorrhoids. It also lowers inflammation, kills bacteria, eases pain and speeds the healing process.
It strengthens and increases elasticity which can result in shrinking hemorrhoids.
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Helichrysum Essential Oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties that assist with healing hemorrhoids.
Mix 50:50 with fractionated coconut to apply twice a day. Don't massage.
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Juniper Essential Oil is 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.
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Lavender Essential Oil is used in many pharmaceutical ointments because of its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.
Lavender is a favorite oil and works well at healing hemorrhoids by:
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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Myrtle Essential Oil has several properties which make it great at healing hemorrhoids:
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 is a warming oil with the following properties:
Patchouli promotes circulation; it stimulates cell generation & the production of red blood cells; it encourages normal digestion and intestinal function.
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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.
It can be mixed with fractionated coconut oil and applied externally (without massaging) twice a day.
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Tea Tree Oil has antimicrobial, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties.
It is good at healing hemorrhoids which are bleeding or have become inflamed.
Tea Tree needs to be diluted prior to application because it is quite strong and can irritate sensitive skin. I like to use fractionated coconut as my carrier oil for this purpose.
Begin with a very weak solution and gradually increase the amount of oil used until you find your preferred concentration. Apply it externally without massaging.
You can also take a hot bath with 10 drops of Tea Tree in a cup of Epsom Salts to reduce inflammation and pain.
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Dr. Pénoël suggests blending patchouli and cypress 50:50 with a carrier oil for hemorrhoids.
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