The pain and agony produced by hemorrhoids can only be understood if you have ever suffered from it.
The vastly uncomfortable experience of hemorrhoids is not life threatening but is certainly fill with despair and torture until it is healed.Essential oils provides the required relief.
What Causes Hemorrhoids?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins around your anus. These veins get swollen under increased pressure in the lower rectum caused by
- Chronic diarrhea
- Chronic constipation
- Low fiber diet
- Straining during passing of stools
Aging can increase possibilities of Hemorrhoids as the tissues and veins weaken and stretched.
What are the Symptoms and Types?
Signs and symptoms of hemorrhoids may include:
- Itching and irritation in and around anus
- Swelling around anus
- Painful lump near anus
- Painless bleeding during passing of stools
- Pain and discomfort
Do not scratch as the condition may worsen.
There are three types of hemorrhoids
- Internal – Inside the rectum, don’t cause pain but get irritated during bowel movement
- External – They are outside the anus and can get irritated, bleed and cause pain
- Thrombosis – Hard lump of accumulated blood in the veins around anus, cause sever pain
Why Essential Oils for Hemorrhoids?
Essential oils are effective remedies for hemorrhoids. Some of them are more effective than the others but all the essential oils will provide the following relief:
Improve blood circulation
- Reduce swelling
- Strengthen blood vessels
- Stop bleeding
- Reduce itching and pain
- Act as antibiotic
12 Essential Oils for Hemorrhoids
It is important to remember to carrier oil for essential oils for topical applications on the skin. Essential oils are concentrated extracts which can burn the skin if applied directly causing more problems.
You can use any one or more of the following oils as carrier oil
- Almond oil
- Avocado oil
- Coconut oil
- Olive Oil
- Sesame Oil
Following Essential Oils used with the above carrier oils will give you relief from hemorrhoids.
Cypress essential oil ( Cupressus sempervirens) is extracted from the needle-bearing tree of coniferous and deciduous regions. It helps to heal wounds and is one of the safest and gentlest oils available. It improves circulation and strengthens blood vessels. It kills bacteria and treats sores.
2. Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil is now being used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and hemorrhoids. It helps in soothing age-related structural and functional changes in skin tissues, such as redness, firmness, roughness and fatigue resistance. It stops the itching sensation caused by various skin conditions.
Frankincense Oil (olibanum) is an essential oil widely used in aromatherapy. It is an effective cleanser which destroys bacteria that causes infections. It tones and contracts body tissue to help in fast repair of the damaged tissues. It also relaxes the nervous system providing calming and soothing effect.
Geranium essential oil is also widely used as an element in aromatherapy for its many health benefits. It’s used as a holistic treatment in improving your physical, mental and emotional health. It cures wounds and is an excellent home remedy for hemorrhoids. It reduces pain and speeds up healing.
Helichrysum (Asteraceae plant family) essential oil is an excellent antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory oil. It can heal piles with ease as it is generally used for muscle aches and wound healing.
6. Juniper Berry
Juniper ( Juniperus osteosperma ) berry essential oil is obtained from the fresh or dried berries and needles of this J. scopulorum plant species. It is very effective in external application for hemorrhoids. as it improves blood flow to heal the condition. With natural antibacterial and antimicrobial abilities, juniper berry essential oil fights all types of skin irritations
Lavender oil is one of the most widely used essential oil in the current times. It heals burns and wounds, improves sleep, and slows aging with powerful antioxidants. It is very soothing and calming on the skin. It has been found in scientific studies that lavender oil speeds the healing of burns, cuts, scrapes and wounds due to anti-microbial properties.
Niaouli (Melaleuca Viridiflora) essential oil is native to Australia and due to its disinfectant and antiseptic properties it is widely used in a large variety of cosmetics such as lotions, creams, and soaps. It heals scars and relieves eases pain by providing a numbing sensation. It stimulated blood circulation which reduces swelling in the veins.
Patchouli essential oil comes from the same plant family as lavender, mint and sage. It has strong anti-inflammatory capabilities to deal with difficult skin conditions and heal them. It tightens the skin due to its astringent capabilities.
10. Roman Chamomile
Because of its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, Roman chamomile induces smoothness and calmness to promote healthy skin and relieves irritations. It has been used as natural remedy to heal wounds, ulcers, diaper rash and hemorrhoids.
11. Sandalwood OIl
Sandalwood essential oil is widely used in perfumery, cosmetics and for soothing and healing. Its calming and therapeutic properties make it very useful in aromatherapy. Its antiseptic capabilities give comfort and warmness to the skin.
12. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil is an excellent remedy to heal hemorrhoids. It has powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. It kills many strains of bacteria, viruses and fungi due to its antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal capabilities.
How to Apply Essential Oils on Hemorrhoids?
The essential oils will do one or more of the following jobs on hemorrhoids
- Sooth and heal
- Stop the itch
- Improve blood circulation around the anus area to strengthen the veins
- Contract the skin tissues for faster healing
You can add 5-10 drops of any essential oil or combination of a few essential oils in a teaspoon of carrier oil ( Almond, Avocado, coconut, olive or sesame oil). Apply the mix with a cotton swab or clean wipes. Leave it for 15 minutes and apply coconut oil or aloe vera gel.
Tips and Precautions for Essential Oils
All essential oils are safe when used in the right way. Since they are concentrated extracts of plants, stems, flowers or bark they can burn the skin if used without carrier oil. Keep children away from these oils. Ingestion of the these oils can cause suffocations and serious other consequences that can be fatal.